8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘NCIS’ Star Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon has endeared fans through his numerous roles, but none more so than as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the hit series NCIS. Harmon has essentially been a star almost his whole life, and from football to commercials to becoming a Hollywood star, he has done nothing but find success and, along the way, has made himself millions of loyal fans. Despite all of the love from fans, and a lot of fame, he is also down-to-earth and rarely in the media, so, here are 8 things not widely known about the talented actor:
8. Actual Hero
While fans are used to Harmon due to his role as Gibbs on NCIS, it turns out the actor isn’t that dissimilar from his popular character. In 1996, Harmon risked his own life to save two teenage boys when their car crashed near his Brentwood, California home. The actor reportedly got a sledge hammer from his garage and broke the window of the burning car in order to pull the two boys free before they burned to death. He also had preparation for saving lives when he worked as a lifeguard as a summer job at Laguna Beach.
7. Early Life
Thomas Math Harmon was born on September 2, 1951 in Burbank, California, as the youngest child and only son of Tom Harmon and Elyse Knox. From a young age Harmon pursued both sports and academics, and following his graduation from high school, he attended Pierce College and then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. In his final year in 1973, Harmon received the National Football Foundation Award for All-Around Excellence, and graduated cum laude in 1974 with a B.A. in Communications.