Widely known for his role as an agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, Mark Harmon has a net worth of $90 million. He has displayed his acting skills in several movies and TV shows, however, some of his remarkable work includes The Deliberate Stranger as serial-killer Ted Bundy, and The West Wing as special agent Simon Donovan.
Mark Harmon was born as Thomas Mark Harmon on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California to Tom Harmon, a football player, and Elyse Knox, an actress. He has two sisters, actress-model Kelly Harmon and actress turned painter Kristin Harmon.
He graduated his high school from Harvard School. Further, he enrolled at Pierce College, where he completed a two-year associate degree. He later went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he started playing quarterback for UCLA Bruins Football team in 1972 and 1973.
In his senior year, he also won National Football Foundation Award for all-around excellence. He graduated from UCLA with cum laude in 1974 majoring in Communications.
Career and net worth
Soon after college, he contemplated about pursuing a career in law or advertising. However, shortly after working as merchandising director, he decided to switch to acting.
Later, starting off acting career in a commercial for Kellogg’s, alongside his father, he got his debut role of Gorilla in a sitcom, Ozzie’s Girls in 1973. The series was produced by Ozzie Nelson who is the in-law of his sister, Kristen.
Following his appearance in Ozzie’s Girls, in mid-1975, he made several guest appearance in series including Adam-12, Police Woman, and Emergency!. He has also appeared in the series 905- Wild in its backdoor pilot episode.
Further, in the mid to late 70s, he guest appeared in several TV series including, Delvecchio, Laverne & Shirley, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.
In 1978, he starred in a short-lived series, Sam as an LAPD officer. He also appeared in mini-series, Centennial playing the role of Captain John MacIntosh. Moving on, he co-starred in an action series, 240-Robert portraying the character of Deputy Dwayne Thibideaux. He landed a role in the series Flamingo Road (1980), but the show got canceled after airing two seasons.
However, the show’s cancellation did not affect his career, as he landed the role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the Emmy winning show, St. Elsewhere in 1983.
Besides, he was also named The Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in January 1986.
While his career was kissing several high points, he got another break as Robin Prince in the TV film, Prince of Bel Air in 1986. Same year, he also starred in TV film, The Deliberate Stranger, where he illustrated himself as Ted Bundy, a real-life serial killer. Additionally, he played the character of Harry Burck Jr. in 1986 theatrical film, Let’s Get Harry.
He also appeared in a feature film, Presidio (1988) alongside Sean Connery and Meg Ryan. Amidst of all his high profile roles in the movies, he could not gather momentum, and he returned to appear in Television. He played a regular role on NBC series Reasonable Doubts from 1991-1993. Later in 1995, he starred in ABC series Charlie Grace, but the show only lasted one season.
He portrayed the role of Dr. Jack McNeil on drama series Chicago Hope from 1996-2000. He also appeared as Simon Donovan, a secret service agent on the series The West Wing, which earned him his second Emmy nomination.
His remarkable performance in the The West Wing landed him in the role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in CBS’s NCIS . He has been starring in the show since 2003.
His outstanding work in the crime investigating series has earned him several People’s Choice Award nomination and a win for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor in 2017. He is also serving as a producer and executive producer of the show since 2008. He started a production company, Wings in 2014, to produce NCIS: New Orleans.
Furthermore, a rumor surfaced the media that he is leaving the show after 15 years. But, CBS announced that he will be returning to the show for its 16th Season in 2018.
He receives a paycheck of $525 thousand per episode and is one of the highest paid TV stars. He earned over $20 million, in 2016 alone. With his successful career as an actor, producer, and director, he has accumulated an impressive net worth of $90 million as of 2018.
The 66-year-old actor is currently married to actress Pam Dawber. The couple has been together for over three decades since getting married on March 21, 1987. They share two children, Sean Thomas Harmon, born April 25, 1988, and Ty Christian Harmon, born June 25, 1992. Sean has also made an appearance in NCIS, portraying young Gibbs at the age of 5.
Unlike his magnificent professional career, his personal life is something which he prefers to keep low-key. So far, he hasn’t shared much about his children and wife and has also made rare public appearances with them.