Mark Harmon recently made an announcement that has left his fans heartbroken.
Mark Harmon has been part of NCIS for 18 episodes, and his character as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, became more famous than him.
Harmon has confirmed he’s finally leaving the show, and it’s doubted whether he was going to return in the future.
Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California, on September 2, 1951. It was no surprise when he went from football to acting as his mother was an actress while his father worked as a broadcaster.
He told TV Inside, “My parents kept things real. I had no idea they were famous. In fact, it didn’t hit me until one day when I was riding in the car with my father in Ann Arbor, Michigan – I was maybe eight and could barely see above the dashboard – and we stopped at a crosswalk.
“Suddenly we were surrounded by people who recognized my dad and were really thrilled to see him. I remember looking at this man I thought I knew so well and thinking, ‘Who are you?’”
Then most people thought Mark was going to build a career in soccer, but it took another turn after he filled in for an actor.
He decided he was going to pursue a career in acting after then. He took acting classes and soon was landing first roles.
In 1987, Mark started a family and tied the knot with actress Pam Dawber. A year after they had their first son, Sean Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon arrived in 1992.
The couple were both celebrities and tried as much as possible to keep their family off the tabloids.
Dawber told People, “We’re not trying to keep something secret, but if you don’t want it totally exploited by the press, you have to. It’s not even a choice. It’s who we are,” Mark said years later. “We stay home. A lot. I’m not a Twitter guy or a Facebook guy. Our sons aren’t into that either. Pam and I have both made a living in this business, and still, there’s a part of that, that’s just not natural.”
Mark was spending time with his family when the role that changed his life forever was handed to him. When he saw the character of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, he was impressed.
The show had taken time before it got recognition and after it did it was a hit.
“It’s hard to walk through airports even in the most out-of-the-way places without being surrounded by people who love the show—and that’s nothing to complain about. I’ve done TV shows where I walk through airports apologizing.”
There has been lots of rumors of Mark Harmon leaving the show, and he has confirmed it.
“Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go, said NCIS executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder.
We hope for his coming back in the future and wish him all the best.