Actor Mark Harmon is known to most as Leroy Jethro Gibbs from the hugely successful TV show NCIS. But did you know that the actor comes from a very famous family? Mark’s dad, for instance, was none other than former NFL star and broadcaster Tom Harmon. And in February 2019 the star spoke to People magazine about some profound – and slightly profane – advice that his father had imparted to him. Yet while the anecdote may sound like an NCIS scene between Gibbs and Jackson, it’s totally real – and something that Mark has carried with him throughout his whole life.
It’s fair to say that the Harmon family tree is full of famous faces. At the top, there’s football star Tom and his wife, Elyse Knox, who was an actress. Then, of course, there’s Mark himself – a successful TV star. Elsewhere, Mark’s sister Kristin wed The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet actor Rick Nelson. And from that union came actress Tracy Nelson and rockers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson.
What’s more, Mark is also married to someone from the celebrity world. In 1987 he got hitched to Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber, with the couple going on to have two sons: screenwriter Ty and actor Sean. It goes without saying, then, that the Harmons are used to being in the public eye. But you won’t catch any of the family on Facebook or Instagram; they maintain their privacy intensely.