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Mark Harmon is an American actor, best-known for the shows like ‘St

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 2, 1951
NationalityAmerican
FamousTelevision Actor, University Of California, Los Angeles, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesPam Dawber
SiblingsKelly Harmon, Kristin Nelson
Known asThomas Mark Harmon
Childrens Sean Harmon, Ty Christian Harmon
Universities
  • University Of California, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Pierce College University of California
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of California
  • Los Angeles
Birth PlaceBurbank, California, U.S.
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherTom Harmon
MotherElyse Knox (née Elsie Lillian Kornbrath)
Net Worth$40 million as of Sep 2,2016
Sun SignVirgo
Born inBurbank, California, U.S.
Famous asAmerican television actor

// Famous Television Actor

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Who is Mark Harmon?

Mark Harmon is an American actor and has starred in a number of films, television shows and stage productions. His ability to dabble with a number of roles, both vivid and banal, with professionalism, sets him apart from others. This Emmy-nominated actor was offered his first acting gig in ‘Ozzie’s Girl’s and from then on, there was no looking back. Acting, above everything else, became his prime focus in life and he has left an indelible impression on the viewers. Be it the Special Agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the military drama, ‘JAG’ or Dr. Robert Caldwell in the Emmy Award-winning show, ‘St. Elsewhere’, he has played all his roles with great finesse and confidence. Before his career as an actor took off, he was briefly a part of the UCLA Bruins league as a collegiate football quarterback. He has portrayed a number of characters ranging from a police detective, to a psychopath murderer and to a doctor. It speaks volumes about his versatility. This heart-throb not only captured the fancy of millions of teenage girls during his prime, but also became the inspiration for a number of promising actors who wished to emanate charisma and perfectionism the way he did.

// Famous Alumni of University Of California, Los Angeles

Childhood & Early Life

Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California. He was the youngest of the three children born to Tom Harmon and Elyse Knox. He is of Austrian descent though he claims to have renounced his Austrian ‘past’ and to have adopted the American life from a very early age.

He graduated from high school in 1970 and completed his junior college education at Pierce College, Los Angeles.

After getting his associate’s degree, he transferred to the University of California, where he started playing for the UCLA Bruins football team as a quarterback in 1972.

He graduated with a BA in Communication ‘cum laude’, in 1974, and after his graduation, he considered taking up advertising or law as a career option. However, fate had other plans for him and he was cast in his first commercial for Kellogg’s cereal, which also became his first national TV appearance.

Career

His first role for a series in television, ‘Ozzie’s Girls’ was offered by his sister Kristen’s in-laws, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson. Word of his raw talent spread and he swiftly bagged guest-roles on episodes of other shows including, ‘Emergency!’, ‘Police Woman’ and ‘Adam-12’.

He was cast in the TV Movie, ‘Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years’, for which he received critical acclaim. In 1978, he was cast as Captain John Macintosh for the acclaimed mini-series, ‘Centennial’.

The same year he was cast in a feature film, ‘Comes a Horseman’ and the following year, he landed a role in ‘Beyond the Poseidon Adventure’. In 1980, he received a major role in the primetime soap opera, ‘Flamingo Road’, where he portrayed the role of Fielding Carlisle.

His second breakthrough role, following the cancellation of ‘Flamingo Road’, was in the Emmy Award-winning show, ‘St. Elsewhere’ as Dr. Robert Caldwell in 1983. Through the 1980s, his acting career reached great heights as he got to play important roles in the films like ‘Let’s Get Harry’ and ‘Summer School’.

He returned to TV movies in the late 1980s and acted alongside Meg Ryan and Sean Connery in the film, ‘The Presidio’ in 1988 and alongside Jodie Foster in, ‘Stealing Home’. Despite his burgeoning talent, his career never really gathered impetus, but his efforts and his acting abilities were taken notice of and lauded by critics and audiences.

He was cast as the Chicago police detective, Dickie Cobb for the NBC series, ‘Reasonable Doubts’ from 1991-1993 and in 1995, he played the role of an investigator for the ABC series, ‘Charlie Grace’.

After a number of roles in popular shows like ‘Chicago Hope’, ‘The West Wing’ and ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, the third major leap in his career came with the role of special agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs for the show, ‘JAG’ and ‘NCIS’, which was broadcast in 2003.

In 2003, he appeared in a supporting role in the remake of the comedy film, ‘Freaky Friday’ and continued making appearances in a number of stage productions in and around the United States.

Major Works

His portrayal of Dr. Caldwell in the medical drama, ‘St. Elsewhere’, earned him widespread recognition around the world. He played the role of a surgeon who helped promote awareness about AIDS but ended up contracting the disease himself. This story of the quintessential heterosexual, became one of the most popular shows on television and earned him a permanent place in People’s Magazine as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 1986.

Awards & Achievements

He won the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Award, in 1971.

He won the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence in Football, in 1973.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1986, he began dating actress, Pam Dawber and the couple got married in 1987 in a small and closely-guarded ceremony. The couple had two children - Sean Thomas Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon

In 1987, he filed for custody of his nephew Sam, claiming his sister Kris was incapable of good parenting but later dropped the custody bid.

Trivia

This popular Hollywood actor of ‘St. Elsewhere’ fame rescued two teenage boys from a car accident outside his home. He used his mallet to break through the glass and pulled the boys out to safety.

Although this American actor dreamt of pursuing a career in advertising or law, he was, in fact, a carpenter before he got into acting. On the popular show, ‘NCIS’, he is seen in a couple of episodes exhibiting his carpentry skills.

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Mark Harmon biography timelines

  • // 2nd Sep 1951
    Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California. He was the youngest of the three children born to Tom Harmon and Elyse Knox. He is of Austrian descent though he claims to have renounced his Austrian ‘past’ and to have adopted the American life from a very early age.
  • // 1970
    He graduated from high school in 1970 and completed his junior college education at Pierce College, Los Angeles.
  • // 1971
    He won the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Award, in 1971.
  • // 1972
    After getting his associate’s degree, he transferred to the University of California, where he started playing for the UCLA Bruins football team as a quarterback in 1972.
  • // 1973
    He won the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence in Football, in 1973.
  • // 1974
    He graduated with a BA in Communication ‘cum laude’, in 1974, and after his graduation, he considered taking up advertising or law as a career option. However, fate had other plans for him and he was cast in his first commercial for Kellogg’s cereal, which also became his first national TV appearance.
  • // 1978
    He was cast in the TV Movie, ‘Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years’, for which he received critical acclaim. In 1978, he was cast as Captain John Macintosh for the acclaimed mini-series, ‘Centennial’.
  • // 1978 To 1980
    The same year he was cast in a feature film, ‘Comes a Horseman’ and the following year, he landed a role in ‘Beyond the Poseidon Adventure’. In 1980, he received a major role in the primetime soap opera, ‘Flamingo Road’, where he portrayed the role of Fielding Carlisle.
  • // 1983
    His second breakthrough role, following the cancellation of ‘Flamingo Road’, was in the Emmy Award-winning show, ‘St. Elsewhere’ as Dr. Robert Caldwell in 1983. Through the 1980s, his acting career reached great heights as he got to play important roles in the films like ‘Let’s Get Harry’ and ‘Summer School’.
  • // 1983 To 1986
    His portrayal of Dr. Caldwell in the medical drama, ‘St. Elsewhere’, earned him widespread recognition around the world. He played the role of a surgeon who helped promote awareness about AIDS but ended up contracting the disease himself. This story of the quintessential heterosexual, became one of the most popular shows on television and earned him a permanent place in People’s Magazine as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 1986.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he began dating actress, Pam Dawber and the couple got married in 1987 in a small and closely-guarded ceremony. The couple had two children - Sean Thomas Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he filed for custody of his nephew Sam, claiming his sister Kris was incapable of good parenting but later dropped the custody bid.
  • // 1988
    He returned to TV movies in the late 1980s and acted alongside Meg Ryan and Sean Connery in the film, ‘The Presidio’ in 1988 and alongside Jodie Foster in, ‘Stealing Home’. Despite his burgeoning talent, his career never really gathered impetus, but his efforts and his acting abilities were taken notice of and lauded by critics and audiences.
  • // 1991 To 1995
    He was cast as the Chicago police detective, Dickie Cobb for the NBC series, ‘Reasonable Doubts’ from 1991-1993 and in 1995, he played the role of an investigator for the ABC series, ‘Charlie Grace’.
  • // 2003
    After a number of roles in popular shows like ‘Chicago Hope’, ‘The West Wing’ and ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, the third major leap in his career came with the role of special agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs for the show, ‘JAG’ and ‘NCIS’, which was broadcast in 2003.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he appeared in a supporting role in the remake of the comedy film, ‘Freaky Friday’ and continued making appearances in a number of stage productions in and around the United States.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Mark Harmon's FAQ

  • What is Mark Harmon birthday?

    Mark Harmon was born at 1951-09-02

  • Where is Mark Harmon's birth place?

    Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California, U.S.

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    Mark Harmon's nationalities is American

  • Who is Mark Harmon spouses?

    Mark Harmon's spouses is Pam Dawber

  • Who is Mark Harmon siblings?

    Mark Harmon's siblings is Kelly Harmon, Kristin Nelson

  • Who is Mark Harmon childrens?

    Mark Harmon's childrens is Sean Harmon, Ty Christian Harmon

  • What was Mark Harmon universities?

    Mark Harmon studied at University Of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Pierce College University of California

  • What was Mark Harmon notable alumnis?

    Mark Harmon's notable alumnis is University Of California, Los Angeles

  • How tall is Mark Harmon?

    Mark Harmon's height is 183

  • Who is Mark Harmon's father?

    Mark Harmon's father is Tom Harmon

  • Who is Mark Harmon's mother?

    Mark Harmon's mother is Elyse Knox (née Elsie Lillian Kornbrath)

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    Mark Harmon is Virgo

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    Mark Harmon is famouse as American television actor