Born on September 2, 1951 in Burbank, California, actor Mark Harmon has had a notable career on television and film. His father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy winner and his mother, Elyse Knox, was an actress. Mark attended the Los Angeles Pierce College as a student and quarterback, and later transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. There, he continued to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins. In 1973, he was awarded with the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence.
Mark Harmon later ventured into acting, landing a guest role on series like Adam-12 and Emergency! In 1979, he starred in the series 240-Robert, playing the character Deputy Dwayne Thibideaux. Most of Harmon’s career was spent portraying law enforcement officers, and he has been noted for being a guest on Police Woman, Laverne & Shirley, as well as The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. In 1980, Harmon landed his first prominent role in the primetime soap opera Flamingo Road. The short-lived role was followed by a part in the NBC Emmy-winning series St. Elsewhere, but Harmon left it in 1986. He was later seen on Moonlighting, and became a regular member of the cast of the NBC series Reasonable Doubts. From 1996 to 2000, he played the character Dr. Jack McNeil in Chicago Hope.
Mark Harmon's acting talent has earned him multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for The West Wing, and before that for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Special for the movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. He received two consecutive Golden Globe nominations for his work in Reasonable Doubts and also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Made for TV for After the Promise and for his role as serial killer Ted Bundy in The Deliberate Stranger. Mark Harmon later joined the cast of the CBS series NCIS, playing the experienced former US Marine Gunnery Sergeant and sniper, Agent Gibbs. Some of Harmon’s other performances include those in Comes A Horseman, Summer School, The Presidio, Freaky Friday and Chasing Liberty.
- He has two children with wife Pam Dawber, whom he married on March 21, 1987.
- In 1996, he risked his life to save two boys from a car accident outside his house.
- He used to work as a carpenter.
- He took up Communications at UCLA and graduated in 1974. He was also a quarterback for the UCLA Bruins.
2011: Prey (TV movie)
2003-2011: Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV series) - Special Agent Jethro Gibbs
2010: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (video) - Superman (voice)
2009: Weather Girl - Dale
2004: Chasing Liberty - President James Foster
2003: Freaky Friday - Ryan
2003: JAG (TV series) - Special Agent Jethro Gibbs
2002: The West Wing (TV series) - Agent Simon Donovan
2002: Local Boys - Jim Wesley
2001: The Legend of Tarzan (TV series) - Bob Markham
2001: And Never Let Her Go (TV movie) - Thomas Capano
2001: Crossfire Trail (TV movie) - Bruce Barkow
2000: The Amati Girls - Lawrence
2000: For All Time (TV movie) - Charles Lattimer
1996-2000: Chicago Hope (TV series) - Dr. Jack McNeil
1999: I'll Remember April - John Cooper
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Magazine Reporter at Mint 400
1998: From the Earth to the Moon (TV mini-series) - Wally Schirra
1997: The First to Go - Jeremy Hampton
1997: Casualties - Tommy Nance
1997: Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV series) - Ulysses
1996: Strangers (TV series) - Mark
1995: Charlie Grace (TV series) - Charlie Grace
1995: The Last Supper - Dominant Male
1995: Magic in the Water - Jack Black
1995: Original Sins (TV movie) - Johnathan Franye
1994: Natural Born Killers - Mickey Knox in Wayne Gale's Reconstruction
1994: Wyatt Earp - Sheriff Johnny Behan
1993: Harts of the West (TV series) - Rodeo clown
1991-1993: Reasonable Doubts (TV series) - Det. Dicky Cobb
1991: Cold Heaven - Alex Davenport
1991: Shadow of a Doubt (TV movie) - Charles
1991: Long Road Home (TV movie) - Ertie Robertson
1991: Fourth Story (TV movie) - David Shepard
1991: Dillinger (TV movie) - John Dillinger
1990: Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend (TV movie)
1990: Till There Was You - Frank Flynn
1989: Worth Winning - Taylor Worth
1989: Sweet Bird of Youth (TV movie) - Chance Wayne
1988: Stealing Home - Billy Wyatt
1988: The Presidio - Jay Austin
1987: After the Promise (TV movie) - Elmer Jackson
1987: Summer School - Mr. Freddy Shoop
1987: Moonlighting (TV series) - Sam Crawford
1986: Let's Get Harry - Harry Burck Jr.
1983-1986: St. Elsewhere (TV series) - Dr. Robert Caldwell
1986: The Deliberate Stranger (TV movie) - Ted Bundy
1984: Tuareg - Il guerriero del deserto - Gacel Sayah
1979-1983: The Love Boat (TV series) - Doug Bradbury/Rick Tucker
1983: Intimate Agony (TV movie) - Tommy
1980-1982: Flamingo Road (TV series) - Fielding Carlyle
1981: Goliath Awaits (TV movie) - Peter Cabot
1980: The Dream Merchants (TV movie) - Johnny Edge
1979-1980: 240-Robert (TV series) - Deputy Dwayne Thibideaux
1979: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure - Larry Simpson
1978-1979: Centennial (TV mini-series) - Captain John McIntosh
1978: Comes a Horseman - Billy Joe Meynert
1978: Little Mo (TV movie) - Norman Brinker
1978: Getting Married (TV movie) - Howie Lesser ]
1978: Sam (TV series) - Officer Mike Breen
1977: The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV series) - Chip Garvey
1977: Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (TV movie) - Robert Dunlap
1976: Delvecchio (TV series) - Ronnie Striker
1975-1976: Police Woman (TV series) - Paul Donin/Stansky
1976: All's Fair (TV series)
1976: Laverne & Shirley (TV series) - Victor, Jeep Buyer
1975: Adam-12 (TV series) - Officer Gus Corbin
1975: Emergency! (TV series) - Ofcr. Dave Gordon
1973: Ozzie's Girls (TV series) - The Candidate
- "At Chicago Hope they have a technical staff that works real hard to make that O.R. as realistic as possible."
"How many times have you been on the freeway and had someone fly by you at 100 mph then end up two cars ahead of you at the off ramp? What's the point?"
"I like this job - most days I have a chance to make breakfast and take the kids to school or to read 'em a bedtime story. It's almost like a normal life."
"I think if you get asked to do this, then that's called doing your homework, and I try and do it."
"I'm in the business to push it. I'm not likely to be attracted to characters I've already done."
"I'm just beginning to direct. For all intents and purposes, this is the first time for me."
"I'm thankful to get the opportunity to direct. I hope I don't mess it up."
"It's a lot easier to do good work when you have good words to say and work with good people."
"People think what you are doing is real, on a TV show."
"Some people say it's scarier to direct the people you work with; not me, I'm a team guy."
"St. Elsewhere was certainly a great show."