Mark Harmon is an American actor who’s best known for his role Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS and has played the lead role for 18 seasons. He is also a producer, director and has been in many movies since the early 1970s.
There have been stories making waves of him leaving the show after a whopping 18 seasons and recently Harmon confirmed himself that he’s exiting the show.
Showrunner and executive producer Steven D. Binder said he might return to his character later in the future, but all these are under speculations.
The past 20 years have just been on our screens as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS which got him nominated for Emmys and other awards.
There’s a lot of stories surrounding Harmon’s exit from the show after 20 years. The legend was a football quarterback during his youth days and as he approached adulthood he started his acting career.
When Harmon was a kid, he had no idea that his parents were famous and he never found out until one day at a crosswalk when people were thrilled to see him and at that moment he doubted if he knew his parents.
Harmon always went with his dad for his broadcasting games, but Harmon was a football quarterback. He was so into it and never expected taking on another career if not soccer.
Harmon’s career in acting started after he was asked to fill in for an absent character on set. Mark always hanged out with his sister-in-law’s husband Ricky and was with him on the set of the sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Ricky was there to put him through all he needed to know about the role and he was thrilled by acting and decided to ditch his dream of becoming a footballer.
He went on to take acting lessons and started getting better roles, he even acted alongside Michael Caine and Jaso Robards, who became his mentors.
While Mark was at the top of his career, he decided to start a family and got married to actress Pam Dawber and the duo has kids together.
Mark after 15 years decided to take a step backward as he says he’s missing a big part of his life, his family. He has always been busy with his career, if he wasn’t acting, he was directing.
He decided to leave the show and spend time with his family.
Mark is just out of the show for a moment as Steven D. Binder has left the door open for him anytime he chooses to return.