We've been watching Mark Harmon as Leroy Gibbs on NCIS for 15 seasons, and he somehow becomes even better as the years go on. That being said, he's rarely in the media aside from press tours. I can't recall the last time Harmon was involved in a scandal, which speaks to how highly he holds himself.
Because he's so private, there are some things you may not know about Mark Harmon.
1. Real-Life Hero
We know him as Special Agent Gibbs, but Harmon is actually a real-life hero, as well. In 1996, the actor saw a car on fire near his home. He noticed there were two teenage boys trapped inside, so he did what not many others would do: he went in to save them. Harmon grabbed a sledgehammer from his garage and broke the windows of the car to free the boys from the burning car.
2. Jock Life
Before he became an actor, Mark Harmon was living an active life. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, after high school and in his final year he was awarded the National Football Foundation Award for All-Around Excellence. Harmon was so good at football, he was offered the opportunity to go pro in the NFL with the New England Patriots. Harmon declined, saying he was at college to get an education and use it in the future, not to build a path as a sports star.