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Also Known As: Thomas Mark Harmon Died:
Born: September 2, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Burbank, California, USA Profession: actor, director

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An all-American leading man with classic good looks, Mark Harmon's easygoing demeanor and graceful maturation eventually led to his settling into an onscreen persona as a world-wise leader of men. A former star quarterback at UCLA, Harmon began acting in the mid-1970s, landing roles on various television series and in the occasional feature film prior to landing the plum role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the acclaimed medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). Initially St. Eligius' resident ladies man, Harmon took a tremendous career risk when Caldwell later became the first main character on network television to be diagnosed with AIDS. The actor's calculated risks continued to pay off when he earned kudos for his portrayal of serial killer Ted Bundy in "The Deliberate Stranger" (NBC, 1986), only to be dubbed "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine. Efforts to parlay Harmon's popularity into success on the big screen yielded the moderately popular comedy "Summer School" (1987), although more serious offerings, such as the actioner "The Presidio"(1988) and the little-seen drama "Stealing Home" (1988) failed to lift him to movie star status. Television provided far more fertile ground of Harmon,...

An all-American leading man with classic good looks, Mark Harmon's easygoing demeanor and graceful maturation eventually led to his settling into an onscreen persona as a world-wise leader of men. A former star quarterback at UCLA, Harmon began acting in the mid-1970s, landing roles on various television series and in the occasional feature film prior to landing the plum role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the acclaimed medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88). Initially St. Eligius' resident ladies man, Harmon took a tremendous career risk when Caldwell later became the first main character on network television to be diagnosed with AIDS. The actor's calculated risks continued to pay off when he earned kudos for his portrayal of serial killer Ted Bundy in "The Deliberate Stranger" (NBC, 1986), only to be dubbed "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine. Efforts to parlay Harmon's popularity into success on the big screen yielded the moderately popular comedy "Summer School" (1987), although more serious offerings, such as the actioner "The Presidio"(1988) and the little-seen drama "Stealing Home" (1988) failed to lift him to movie star status. Television provided far more fertile ground of Harmon, who, after returning to familiar territory for four seasons on the medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) landed the biggest hit of his career as the star of the popular crime drama "NCIS" (CBS, 2003- ). An enduring television presence for more than 30 years, Harmon's timeless appeal was undeniable.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Certain Prey (2011)
2.
 Weather Girl (2009)
3.
 Chasing Liberty (2004) U.S. President James Foster
4.
 Freaky Friday (2003) Ryan
5.
 Amati Girls, The (2001) Lawrence
6.
 Crossfire Trail (2001) Bruce Barkow
7.
 For All Time (2000) Charles Lattimer
8.
 I'll Remember April (2000) Duke'S Dad
9.
 First to Go, The (1999) Jeremy Hampton
10.
 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Magazine Reporter At Mint 400
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Milestones close milestones

1974:
TV acting debut in the syndicated "Ozzie's Girls"
1977:
earned Emmy nomination for TV-movie debut as a crippled soldier in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)
1978:
TV miniseries debut, "Centennial" (NBC)
1978:
Feature film debut in "Comes a Horseman"
1978:
Starred in the CBS drama series "Sam", as the human half of a man-dog police team
1979:
Co-starred in the ABC series "240 Robert"
:
Played Fielding Carlyle on the NBC primetime soap "Flamingo Road"
:
Played Dr. Robert Caldwell on the popular, hospital-set NBC drama, "St. Elsewhere"
1986:
Named PEOPLE magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive"
1986:
Played image-changing role of serial killer Ted Bundy in the two-part NBC TV-movie "The Deliberate Stanger"
1987:
Played recurring role of Sam Crawford, suitor to Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) in the ABC comedy-drama "Moonlighting"
1987:
First leading role in a feature film, "Summer School"
1989:
Starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in a TV remake of "Sweet Bird of Youth" (NBC)
:
Co-starred with Marlee Matlin in the NBC series "Reasonable Doubts"
1995:
Starred in and produced the short-lived ABC detective series "Charlie Grace"
1996:
Joined the cast of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
1998:
Had a memorable cameo in the feature "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
1999:
Featured in the family drama "I'll Remember April," which starred Haley Joel Osment
2000:
Cast in the Anne DeSalvo drama "The Amati Girls"
2003:
Played the fiance' to Jamie Lee Curtis' character in "Freaky Friday"
2003:
Cast as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the naval-themed CBS crime drama, "NCIS"
2004:
Starred as the U.S. President in the comedy "Chasing Liberty"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1974

Notes

Harmon made headlines in January 1996 when he rescued two teenagers from a burning car near his Brentwood, CA home.

On October 14, 1999, Harmon made broadcast television history when he uttered one of the seven words which the FCC had formerly ruled couldn't be said on the small screen.

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wife:
Pam Dawber. Actor. Married March 1987; born 1951; mother of Harmon's two children.

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mother:
Elyse Knox. Actor.
father:
Tom Harmon. Professional football player, performer. Died March 15, 1990 aged 70 of a heart attack.
sister:
Kristin Harmon. Model. Born on June 25, 1945; was on "Ozzie and Harriet" as Kris Nelson while married to Rick Nelson.
sister:
Kelly Harmon. Model, actor. Born on November 9. 1948.
son:
Sean Thomas Harmon. Born on April 25, 1988; mother, Pam Dawber.
son:
Ty Christian Harmon. Born on June 25, 1992; mother Pam Dawber.
niece:
Tracy Nelson. Actor.
nephew:
Gunnar Nelson. Singer. Twin of Matthew; part of rock group Nelson.
nephew:
Matthew Nelson. Singer. Twin of Gunnar; part of rock group Nelson.
nephew:
Sam Nelson. Was in custody fight with sister Kris Nelson for youngest Nelson nephew in late 80s; Harmon and wife Dawber said that Kris Nelson was recovering from abuse problems and was unable to care for son.
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