How Mark Harmon Achieved a Net Worth of $90 Million

Mark Harmon

If you know who is Leroy Jethro Gibbs is, then you are obviously a fan of NCIS. This is a hit show on CBS that is still popular well over a decade after it first premiered. Gibbs is actually Mark Harmon, and he is an incredibly wealthy actor. He did not get there by luck. He put in a lot of hard work to get to this point in his life and career, and it has obviously paid off. As the lead agent of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, he has become something of a household name amongst those who enjoy crime solving tv dramas. This franchise is an advertiser’s dream, which has opened up the budget of the show to keep Harmon around for as long as they have. Because of his role on the show and his various other professional interests, Mark Harmon has quickly amassed a personal net wealth of roughly $90 million. You might wonder how he got to this point. Continue reading to find out.

Before Acting

It is obvious to this point that you are going to find out that Mark Harmon has earned the lion’s share of his $90 million from acting. However, what was he doing before he developed and perfected this professional passion of his? He was born in California and is the youngest of three kids in the family. His parents were actually quite famous in their own right. His dad is Tom Harmon. Tom was a Heisman Trophy football player in college. He went on to be a successful sports broadcaster. His wife is known as Elyse Knox, who is a famous actress and model. Even Mark Harmon’s two sisters have proven to be quite successful. Kristin Nelson has passed away, but she was an actress. While they did divorce, she was married at one point to Rick Nelson, a famous rock singer. His other sister, Kelly Harmon, is also an actress and model. You might say that celebrities run in the Harmon family. As such, it was only natural that Mark would follow suit at some point.

Originally, football looked to be in the cards for Mark Harmon. He was following in his father’s footsteps. He ended up playing junior college ball for two years in Los Angeles. It was after that point that he finally got offers from several major universities, UCLA being one of them. He would end up being the starting quarterback for two seasons. When he was a senior, he was given the National Football Foundation Award that is designated to players for All-Round Excellence.

His Career Begins

While Mark Harmon was quite a prolific college football quarterback, he would not pursue that at the professional level. Instead, he went from college into a career as a merchandising director. This was putting his degree in communications to good use. However, it would not take long for him to switch from that career to one in acting. He has been pretty successful ever since that point. In his early career, he started portraying a variety of law enforcement and medical staff on a variety of television shows. That has obviously served him well. In the early days, he was also in a number of commercials. The first would be for Product 19, a Kellogg’s cereal. He would actually appear in this advertisement alongside his father.

It should be mentioned that one of Mark’s older sisters was married to Ozzie and Harriet Nelson’s son. This would help him get his first ever major acting job. That would be for one episode of Ozzie’s Girls. That would then be following by a guest appearance on a variety of shows included Adam 12, Police Woman, and Emergency!. This all took place back in 1975.

Moving On

It was in 1980 that Mark Harmon really began to become a household name. He would be granted a regular role on Flamingo Road, which was a popular soap opera that aired during prime time. That show would go on for two seasons before being canceled, even though it had surprisingly good ratings. His appearance there, however, would get him appearances on a number of other shows that would keep his name in the minds of viewers across the country. All the while, he is earning money and that has contributed to his net worth.

Where the Big Money Comes From

It is obvious to this point that you are going to find out that Mark Harmon has earned the lion’s share of his $90 million from acting. However, what was he doing before he developed and perfected this professional passion of his? He was born in California and is the youngest of three kids in the family. His parents were actually quite famous in their own right. His dad is Tom Harmon. Tom was a Heisman Trophy football player in college. He went on to be a successful sports broadcaster. His wife is known as Elyse Knox, who is a famous actress and model. Even Mark Harmon’s two sisters have proven to be quite successful. Kristin Nelson has passed away, but she was an actress. While they did divorce, she was married at one point to Rick Nelson, a famous rock singer. His other sister, Kelly Harmon, is also an actress and model. You might say that celebrities run in the Harmon family. As such, it was only natural that Mark would follow suit at some point.

It was in 2002 that Mark Harmon was invited to play the role of a secret service agent on The West Wing. This was one of the most popular shows on television at the time. That was when Donald Bellisario became a big fan. He was the creator of both JAG and NCIS. It was in 2003 that he has Harmon appear on two shows of JAG. After that, he would move into the starring role on NCIS where he remains to this day. He currently makes $525,000 per show on NCIS, so you can see where the money comes from quite quickly.


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