The Most Memorable Flashback Photos of 'NCIS' Actor Mark Harmon

A look back at the NCIS actor Mark Harmon — and PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 1986 — through the years.

The Most Memorable Flashback Photos of 'NCIS' Actor Mark Harmon

You Have the Right to Remain Handsome! Memorable Photos of NCIS actor Mark Harmon - who turns 72 on Sept. 2, 2023 — through the years

To Beard or Not to Beard?

Mark Harmon (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Who doesn't love a tough appearance? At the 1981 Eddie Awards, Harmon sported some scruff.

Taking a Ride on the Love Boat

LOVE BOAT - "The Wedding: Caroly and Doug's Story/Peter and Alicia's Story/Julie's Story/Buddy and Portia's Story: Part 2" which aired on September 15, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images) MARK HARMON;LISA HARTMAN
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During filming The Love Boat in 1979, Harmon donned an oh-so-'70s style.

Harmon tells Variety about his early acting days, saying, "If you needed someone to take his shirt off and kiss the pretty girl, I was the guy to call. It was me if you needed someone to say, 'Ma'am, can I see your license?' and then get shot."

So Dreamy

Mark Harmon looking into the eyes of Morgan Fairchild in a scene from the television movie 'The Dream Merchants', 1980. (Photo by Columbia Pictures Television/Getty Images)
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Harmon looked spiffy in the 1980 miniseries The Dream Merchants, alongside with Morgan Fairchild.

Making History

ST. ELSEWHERE -- "Up On The Roof" Episode 9 -- Pictured: Mark Harmon as Dr. Robert 'Bobby' Caldwell (Photo by Jack Hamilton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
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Harmon made everyone melt as the handsome cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Caldwell on the medical drama St. Elsewhere from 1983 to 1986. His character's journey made history when he became one of the first major network television characters to contract and die of AIDS.

Harmon told Variety of his role, "At the time it was really risky, but years later it was something people talk about and remember. What they were saying about that character was simply not being done at that time."

Going Swimmingly

Mark Harmon "Battle of the Network Stars"
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Harmon wore a Speedo while competing in Battle of the Network Stars in 1984.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Mark Harmon and Michael Schoeffling in a scene from the film 'Let's Get Harry', 1986. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
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Harmon played the titular Harry, who is abducted by a drug lord in Colombia, in the 1986 action thriller Let's Get Harry.

The Sexiest Man Alive

People Magazine - Sexiest Man Alive cover 1.27.1986 Mark Harmon

The same year, Harmon was crowned PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, and it's no surprise why!

Throwing in the Towel

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 18 -- Pictured: Mark Harmon during the opening monologue on May 9, 1987 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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He hosted Saturday Night Live in 1987, proving he's up for a challenge by showing up for his opening monologue with nothing but a towel.

Strut Your Stuff

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 18 -- Pictured: Mark Harmon during 'The Sexiest Man Alive 1986' skit on May 9, 1987 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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Harmon quipped on SNL (Saturday Night Live), "It's been a lot of fun doing this show the last week, except for one problem. As the week progressed, I saw that I was wearing less clothing than everyone else in every sketch and began to worry that I was being used, you know? This is a problem I've had since 1986, when I was named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive."

To Have and to Hold

Harmon married Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber in 1987.
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Harmon married Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber in 1987. The couple has been together for over 35 years, yet they are very discreet about their relationship.

We're not trying to keep something secret, but if you don't want it completely exploited by the press, you have to.

Dawber told PEOPLE that year

Just the Two of Us

Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Mark expressed similar comments in 2017, telling TV Insider, "It's just who we are. We remain at home. A lot. I'm not a fan of Twitter or Facebook. Our sons aren't interested either. Pam and I have both made a livelihood in this field, yet there is still a part of it that isn't natural."

Happy Together

Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon during Premiere of "Dr. Dolittle" in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Sean and Ty, their kids, were born in 1988 and 1992, respectively.

Legends Only

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH -- Air Date 10/01/1989 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Taylor as Alexandra Del Lago, Mark Harmon as Chance Wayne -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
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In 1989, Harmon co-starred in Sweet Bird of Youth with iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Play Ball

Harmon took part in the Hollywood All Star Charity Baseball Game in 1989
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Harmon took part in the Hollywood All Star Charity Baseball Game in 1989. (and his look was a total home run).

Family Film

Sarah Wayne, Mark Harmon, and Joshua Jackson standing together in a scene from the film 'Magic In The Water', 1994. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
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Harmon appeared in the 1994 film Magic in the Water with a young Joshua Jackson (right) and Sarah Wayne (left).

TV Time

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: "Once A Hero" - When suspicious activity surrounds the death of a decorated Marine veteran, the NCIS team (Mark Harmon) works to clear his name, on NCIS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)
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Harmon joined NCIS in 2003 as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a role he would hold for 18 seasons before leaving in October 2021.

We Mustache You a Question

Mark Harmon during 58th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Red Carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
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Are you a big fan of Harmon's 2006 'stache? We most definitely are.

Suited Up

The phrase "silver fox" might have been coined for Mark Harmon.
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Finally, the phrase "silver fox" might have been coined for Mark Harmon. That's all

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  1. Vilma says:

    I have seen of the pictures of Mark, over the years! I love all of them; Yes, even the ones the his lovely lady Pam.

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