Mark Harmon recently left NCIS after starring in 423 episodes, disappointing many fans. He wants to spend more time with his family, who played a role in him joining the show.
Born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California, Harmon had famous parents in sports and acting. Despite initial plans for a football career, he chose acting, influenced by experiences on TV sets with family connections.
Harmon started with small roles, eventually landing his big break on St. Elsewhere. NCIS became a global hit, winning awards. Harmon, who played Leroy Jethro Gibbs, was surprised by its success.
Reports suggest he had a strained relationship with co-star Pauley Perrette but a strong bond with Sean Murray. Harmon is admired by colleagues, like David McCallum and Sean Murray, who see him as a mentor and friend.
In October, Harmon made his final NCIS appearance, creating a buzz. CBS confirmed his departure but hinted at possible returns. Newcomer Gary Cole sparked exit rumors. Executive producer Steven D. Binder keeps the door open for Harmon’s return.
Harmon’s departure was low-key, aligning with his wish for minimal publicity. He may explore new projects with his production company, Wings Productions.
Despite his acting success, Harmon once considered a career in carpentry. Now, fans hope for his return to NCIS. For now, he deserves a break to enjoy life. Share this story to honor Mark Harmon.