Mark Harmon Net Worth, Career and Awards

Busytape February 5, 2020
Updated 2020/02/05 at 9:48 AM
Mark Harmon Net Worth
Mark Harmon Net Worth

Let’s talk about Mark Harmon Net Worth, Biography, Career, Awards, Accomplishments, Films, Wives, Children, and every other important detail about one of America’s best actors and television personalities.

Who is Mark Harmon?

Mark Harmon (born Thomas Mark Harmon) is an American actor and television personality. He has played many important roles in film since he began acting in the early 1970s.

Initially, a college footballer, his role in the film St. Elsewhere made him titled the “Sexiest Man Alive” by the magazine, People, in 1986. After spending most of the 1990s as a character actor, talented mark played Simon Donovan, a Secret Service special agent in The West Wing. 

His reputation also extends to receiving award nominations for his performances, including a 2002 Emmy Award nomination for his performance in a four-episode story arc.

Mark Harmon Early Life

Mark Harmon was born on the 2nd of September 1951 in Burbank, California, United States. He is the youngest of the three children of Tom Harmon, a broadcaster and Heisman Trophy-winning football player, and Elyse Knox an artist, model, and actress.

He has two sisters — Kristin Nelson the late painter and actress who has divorced Rick Nelson the late singer, and Kelly Harmon the model and actress formerly married to John DeLorean. His maternal grandparents were Austrian immigrants.

Educational History

Mark Harmon completed his junior college at Pierce College in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of arts degree in Communication. He was a football player while in college where he started playing as a quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team.

After he obtained his first degree, he planned to go further with law or advertising but later changed his mind and settled to pursue a career in acting.

Mark Harmon Career

After his first degree, Mark would have proceeded to study law or advertising but instead, he decided to pursue a career in acting. Initially, he started working as a merchandising director but he had his mind on bigger goals.

His first screen appearance was in a commercial for Kellogg’s Cereal. This was closely followed by his first role in the TV series Ozzie’s Girl. Another role followed as a guest in Adam-12, Police Woman and Emergency!

His career spiraled in a positive direction as the newbie actor got role after role. He took the chance to work in the film Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, when it came and received critical acclaim for his acting.

He was cast as captain John for the mini-series Centennial in 1978. He had another role which was in a feature film titled Comes a Horseman and the next year he acted in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.

Mark Harmon also acted as Fielding Carlisle in the primetime soap opera Flamingo Road. His role as Dr. Robert Cardwell in St. Elsewhere won him an Emmy Award accompanied by other nominations. He also played in films like Summer School and Let’s Get Harry. 

Mark Harmon got a lead role as Ted Bundy in the television movie Prince of Bel-Air. He was also selected for a lead role in the acclaimed comedy movie Summer School. In 1988, he played the role of Jay Austin and Billy Wyatt in the movies The Presidio and Stealing Homes.

In 1989 he portrayed Taylor Worth in the film Worth Winning. He also played Detective Dicky Cobb in 45 episodes of the television series Reasonable doubts.

After taking up various popular roles in a good number of television series and movies, Mark’s major leap came when he landed the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS and JAG. In 2003 he played a supporting role in the comedy film Freaky Friday. In 2009, he played Dale in the movie Weather Girls.

Voice Actor

Mark Harmon has lent his voice for voice roles in a good number of movies and animations. He gave his voice in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. His voice was also used in the television Movie Family Guy. Mark Harmon has worked as SSA Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the television series NCIS: New Orleans.


Mark Harmon also became a spokesperson for the Coors Regular beer and performs in television commercials.

Mark Harmon Films

As a popular and professional entertainer, his wealth sprung up as a result of the salaries and incomes earned as an actor in several movies, while also featuring in television series, and also as a voice actor.

Movies that have been created to his name include:

  • Comes a Horseman (1978)
  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
  • The Dream Merchants (1980)
  • Tuareg – The Desert Warrior (1984)
  • Let’s Get Harry (1986)
  • The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
  • Summer School (1987)
  • The Presidio (1988)
  • Stealing Home (1988)
  • Worth Winning (1989)
  • Till There Was You (1990)
  • Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend (1990)
  • Shadow of a Doubt (1991)
  • Cold Heaven (1991)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • Magic in the Water (1995)
  • The Last Supper (1996)
  • Casualties (1997)
  • The First to Go (1997)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • I’ll Remember April (1999)
  • For All Time (2000)
  • Crossfire Trail (2001)
  • The Amati Girls (2001)
  • Local Boys (2002)
  • Freaky Friday (2003)
  • Chasing Liberty (2004)
  • Weather Girl (2009)
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
  • Certain Prey (2011)

Mark Harmon Awards

Mark Harmon has a big list of awards and award nominations, all of which he secured by giving a distinctive performance throughout his professional acting career. The awards that have been won by this acting genius include:

  • a Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • a Primetime Emmy Awards
  • a People Choice Awards
  • a Prism Awards.

Mark Harmon Net Worth

Mark Harmon net worth is a successfully secured total of $90 million. The millionaire actor earned a relatively good sum for most of his television and film appearances. For each episode he performs, Mark Harmon carts away up to $600,000 and up to ten times this figure for any movie he features on.

Although acting is the known primary source of his wealth, Mark Harmon also earns a reasonable sum from endorsement deals. He is a spokesperson for the Coors Regular beer and gets well paid to perform in television commercials for the brand.

Mark Harmon Personal Life, Marriage, Children

Mark Harmon has two sisters— Kelly, a model and actress, and Kristin, a painter, and actress who died of a heart attack in 2018. In 1987, Mark Harmon married actress Pam Dawber with whom he has two sons: Ty Christian Harmon and Sean Thomas Harmon. The Harmon family maintains a low profile and hardly appears in public.

Mark Harmon was the brother-in-law of John DeLorean and Ricky Nelson and is the uncle of singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of the rock duo Nelson, and actress Tracy Nelson.

In 1987, Mark Harmon filed for the custody of his nephew Sam Nelson on the grounds that Kristin Nelson, his sister, was not capable of good parenting. He however later dropped the custody bid Shortly before Sam’s mother died.


From all that this article has portrayed about the actor and father of three, you can see that the iconic millionaire actor has done well as an actor on the big screen, and as a husband and father in his family.

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