'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Speaks With 'CBS Sunday Morning'

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May 3rd, 2013

Mark Harmon CBS SUnday Morning

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NCIS star Mark Harmon maintains he’s a team player and refuses to take credit for the popular CBS series’ success, he tells Tracy Smith in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast May 5, 2013 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.


Harmon tells Smith he never takes credit, “because I don’t believe it’s just me. You know, I believe we all do it together here, I do.”


Harmon plays agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, a lead investigator who is also a good guy. His co-stars tell Smith that Harmon is as good in real life as the character he plays on TV. Co-star Michael Weatherly says Harmon is “a pretty ordinary guy for someone who’s the biggest TV star in the world.”


Harmon talks with Smith about his role on NCIS, his career, the Oklahoma medical clinic he built with a group of friends, his designation as People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1986 and the night he yanked a teenager out of a burning car in 1996.


Even in saving the teen, now grown, Harmon is reluctant to take credit, saying he could have been killed in the process. “I won’t take credit for it,” he says. “If the car blows up and I’m there next to the car, then you’re talking about two young boys that don’t have a father and you’d be doing this interview with my wife and talking about how stupid I was. Right?”


As for NCIS, Smith asks Harmon how he’d react if the producers said they needed to kill off his character. “Rock on,” he tells Smith. “I’m a team guy… I think anybody can leave. I think we all think that here. And that’s kind of surprising on one level. The other level – it’s what we do. It’s not an actor’s choice. Our choice is to play the role. And that’s all I’ve ever tried to do.”


Smith’s interview with Harmon will be broadcast this week on CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.


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  • RJ

    Mark Harmon, what a great guy!

  • PurpleDrazi

    Harmon is a great person but I have to disagree with him. The show could survive if one of the other actors left but it would die without Gibbs.

    I truly believe that NCIS will go on only as long as Harmon is willing.

  • JoAnn

    If I had to pick an NCIS character to kill off, I just couldn’t.

    I’m still upset they killed off Vance’s wife. I really thought she was great in the part of a directors wife. She did not have many scenes but she shined everytime I saw her. Fornell has grown on me too. Stick to killing off the bad guys.

  • TV Viewer

    It’s somewhat common knowledge that when Donald Bellisario was first in charge of NCIS, it was not going very well behind the camera. Mark Harmon took over and the result was a mega hit that keeps on growing in the ratings, year after year.
    Donald Bellisario gets the credit for starting the program, but, Mark Harmon deserves the praise for making a huge sucess, of what could be just another cops and robbers program.
    I also agree with those who say without the character of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, I doubt if anyone on the show could fill his shoes, and it would drop in the ratings. Mark Harmon would have to work behind the camera as a producer (and countless other tasks), if he no longer worked in front of the camera as a actor.

  • Blake Williams

    I am really looking forward to seeing John M Jackson reprise his role as AJ Chegwidden in the upcoming season finale. I am hoping for JAG reunion movie next season .

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