Monday, February 15, 2010
Male On Monday - Mark Harmon
It is Monday which can mean only one thing... MALE ON MONDAY! And on the day after Valentine's Day, Brigid Coady is here to remind you of the joy that is Mark Harmon
Ahhh Mark Harmon... where do I begin? We could begin about when I first found him, it was years ago when he was on St Elsewhere and I was a young and impressionable girl.
There he was Dr Robert Caldwell, so handsome. How we swooned. Of course he also of course played the first major character in a US TV series to be diagnosed with HIV.
Then of course he turned up playing opposite Sean Connery in The Presidio. And then he was back playing a medical man as Dr Jack McNeil in Chicago Hope.
But his finest hour is of course, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Mark Harmon was born on 2 September 1951 in Burbank, California. He was an excellent College football player and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Communications cum laude. Whilst he tried to figure out what he wanted to do he fell into acting. Aren't we all glad he did?
And he has been married to Pam Dawber, she played Mindy in 'Mork and Mindy' since 1987 and they have two children.
But why do we like Mark Harmon so much? I think it has to do with his latest character the gruff alpha Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The former Marine sniper who leads an NCIS investigation team with an iron fist. But it is an iron fist over what is obviously a caring and compassionate man. The small tells when he deals with small children or Abby tells you everything. And he is flawed. But we love him anyway. If you haven't caught NCIS, you should. Some might prefer the younger members of the cast but my heart will always be Mark's, it will beat always for Gibbs.
Brigid's short story 'The Great Leap Forward' will be published in Even More Tonto Short Stories on 6th May 2010