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Mark Harmon. NCIS

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Thomas Mark Harmon (born September 2, 1951) is an American television and film actor. He has appeared in a wide variety of roles since the early 1970s. Initially achieving fame as a college football player, his role on St. Elsewhereled to his being named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People in 1986. After spending the majority of the 1990s as a character actor, he discovered newfound fame for his portrayal of Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan in The West Wing,[1]receiving a 2002 Emmy Awardnomination for his acting in a four-episode story arc.[2]

Mark Harmon

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Harmon in 2005

Born

Thomas Mark Harmon

September 2, 1951(age 67)

Residence Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Alma mater UCLA, B.A. 1974
Occupation Actor, television producer, television director
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s)

Pam Dawber(m. 1987)

Children 2
Parent(s)
College football career
UCLA Bruins – No. 7
Position Quarterback
Major Communication
Career history
College
High school Harvard-Westlake
Personal information
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Harmon was cast in a similar role a year later.[3] The creator of both JAG and NCIShad seen Harmon in The West Wing and decided to cast him in NCIS.[4] Harmon’s character of NCIS special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs was first introduced in a guest starring role in two episodes of JAG.[3] Since 2003, Harmon has starred in NCIS as the same character.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Harmon was born in Burbank, California, the youngest of three children. His parents were Heisman Trophy–winning football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress and artist Elyse Knox(née Elsie Lillian Kornbrath).[5] Harmon has two older sisters, the late actress and painter Kristin Nelson, who was divorced from the late singer Rick Nelson, and actress and model Kelly Harmon, formerly married to car magnate John DeLorean. His maternal grandparents were Austrianimmigrants.[6]

College footballEdit

After graduating from high school at Harvard-Westlake School,[7] Harmon completed a two-year associate degree at Pierce College in Los Angeles[8]. After his sophomore season at Pierce, Harmon received offers from major college football programs,[9] ultimately choosing UCLA over Oklahoma.[10] The Soonersfinished second in the nation in 1971, while the Bruins were a preseason top-20 selection and stumbled to a 2–7–1 record, placing last in the Pac-8.[citation needed]

After transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles,[11] he played starting quarterback for the 1972 and 1973 Bruins.[12][13]

During his first game, his UCLA team produced a stunning upset of the two-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers.[5][14][15] The Bruins were an eighteen-point home underdog to the top-ranked Huskers but won 20–17 on a late field goal by Efren Herrera under the lights of L.A. Coliseum.[16]

In his senior year, Harmon received the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence.[12][17][18] During his two years as quarterback in coach Pepper Rodgers‘s wishbone offense, UCLA compiled a 17–5 record (.773). Harmon graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a B.A. in Communications.[19]

He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.[8][20]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

After college, Harmon considered pursuing a career in advertising or law.[21]Harmon started his career in business as a merchandising director, but soon decided to switch to acting.[22] He spent much of his career portraying law enforcement and medical personnel. One of his first national TV appearances (other than as an athlete) was in a commercial for Kellogg’s Product 19 cereal with his father, Tom Harmon, its longstanding TV spokesman. Thanks to his sister Kristin’s in-laws, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson, he landed his first job as an actor in an episode of Ozzie’s Girls. This was followed by guest roles in episodes of Adam-12, Police Woman, and Emergency!in mid-1975. He also performed in “905-Wild”, a backdoor pilot episode for a series about two L.A. County Animal Control Officers which did not sell. Producer/creator Jack Webb, who was the packager of both series, later cast Harmon in Sam, a short-lived 1978 series about an LAPD officer and his K-9 partner. Before this, Harmon received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Robert Dunlap in the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.[23] In 1978, he appeared in three episodes of the mini-series, Centennial, as Captain John MacIntosh, an honorable Union cavalry officer.[24][25]

During the mid to late 1970s, Harmon made guest appearances on TV series such as Laverne & Shirley, Delvecchio, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and had supporting roles in the feature films Comes a Horseman (1978) and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979). He then landed a co-starring role on the 1979 action series 240-Robert as Deputy Dwayne Thibideaux. The series centered around the missions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail, but was also short-lived.[26]

In 1980, Harmon gained a regular role in the prime time soap opera Flamingo Road, in which he played Fielding Carlisle, the husband of Morgan Fairchild‘s character. Despite initially good ratings, the series was canceled after two seasons. Following its cancellation, he landed the role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the prestigious NBC Emmy-winning series St. Elsewhere in 1983. Harmon appeared in the show for almost three seasons before leaving in early 1986 when his character contracted HIV through unprotected intercourse, one of the first instances where a major recurring television character contracted the virus (the character’s subsequent off-screen death from AIDS would be mentioned two years later). In the mid-1980s, Harmon also became the spokesperson for Coors Regular beer, appearing in television commercials for them.[27]

Harmon’s career reached several other high points in 1986. In January, he was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.[28] Following his departure from St. Elsewhere in February, he played the lead in the TV movies

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