NCIS Gibbs – Mark Harmon

NCIS Gibbs – Mark Harmon

NCIS Gibbs - Mark Harmon

Born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California, actor Thomas Mark Harmon faced some challenges growing up. His father, Tom Harmon, worked as a sports broadcaster. This meant that he often traveled, leaving his wife Elyse Knox, a former actress, to look after the couple’s three children. Mark deeply felt his father’s absence. Even when his father was home, their relationship was not easy. “He raised me hard, and when I say hard, I mean hard. I was taught to fight for everything,” Harmon told People magazine.

Graduating with a degree in communications in 1974, Harmon turned down offers of up to $40,000 to train as a pro in order to try law school. He then left the law to work for an advertising agency. This also dissatisfied Harmon, who then took a job selling shoes to athletes. Feeling unfulfilled, Harmon decided to try his hand at more acting roles.

TV producer Don Bellisario saw Harmon’s work on The West Wing and thought he would be a great fit for his next project. He needed to cast the lead investigator, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, in the military crime procedural NCIS. “What I saw was a very controlled presence, a quiet strength. That’s what I was looking for. Leroy is Mark’s kind of guy. Mark has that jock mentality—you tough it out no matter how tough it is,” Bellisario told Entertainment Weekly.

Originally called Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NCISdebuted in 2003 and soon built up a strong following. It was developed as a spin-off from the popular Navy legal series JAG starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell. In addition to Harmon’s Special Agent Gibbs, the NCISteam includes Agent Tony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly), Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) and Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette).

On the series, Harmon has been able to display his abilities as an actor, ranging from light comedy to serious drama. Harmon says the character “can be really good at his job … but so much of his life is really tormented and dark, and I don’t know if he’ll ever recover from it. I think he would be an uncomfortable guy to have dinner with.”

In 2007, Harmon and Bellisario had a dispute about how the show was being run. There was some issues over the actors getting their scripts late and Harmon complained to the network. Bellisario was replaced and a new show-runner was brought in. “This is a hard enough thing to do when everything is going right. We’ve made changes, and we’re better organized now,” Harmon explained to USA Today.

Three years later, audiences remain enthralled with Harmon’s character, and with the show. NCIS averages more than 20 million viewers each week, making it one of TV’s most popular programs.

Off-screen, Harmon seems to be an easy-going, down-to-earth person. He is known by his colleagues for his dedication, sense of humor, and lack of pretension. “He’s one of those guys who makes you say, ‘They don’t make them like that anymore,'” his wife Pam explained to In Style magazine.

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NCIS Abby Sciuto – Pauley Perrette

NCIS Abby Sciuto – Pauley Perrette

NCIS  Abby Sciuto - Pauley Perrette
Actress, musician and activist Pauley Perette is best known for her role as a forensic scientist on the crime drama ‘NCIS.’

Actress Pauley Perette initially intended to pursue a career in criminology, earning a masters degree at Valdosta State College. Her first big break came in 1996 with a recurring role on the legal drama Murder One. She found her greatest success as Abby Sciuto, a forensic scientist on the crime drama NCIS.  Perette is also a musician and runs her own independent music label.

Actress, writer and singer Pauley Perrette was born on March 27, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Perrette moved around a lot as a child because of her father’s job. The family lived in 14 different places, mostly in the southern United States. Perrette spent most of her teenage years in the Atlanta area, where she spent the majority of her time buried in books — particularly science textbooks.

After Perrette graduated from Crestwood High School, she began exploring her interests in science and criminology at Valdosta State College. She later earned a master’s degree in criminology, and would have been a police officer or a federal agent if she had not discovered acting. Moving to New York City, Perrette worked as a bartender for a time, and a co-worker introduced her to a director. “I walked into this guy’s office and was like, ‘I was thinking maybe I could make $3,000.’ And he hired me for commercials, short films, like 15 jobs in a row,” Perrette told Entertainment Weekly.Her first big break came in 1996 with a recurring role on the legal drama Murder One. At the time, she used the stage name Pauley P.

Two years later, she landed her first starring role on the short-lived sitcom That’s Life. Perrette tried again for television stardom with a part on 1999’s Time of Your Life, a spin-off from the popular family drama Party of Five. Set in New York City, the show featured Jennifer Love Hewitt as a new arrival to the city, and Perrette played a building manager who befriends her. Only 12 episodes aired before the series was canceled.On the big screen, Perrette landed small parts in such films as Almost Famous (2000) and The Ring (2002).

She found her greatest success, however, on the small screen in 2003. That year, Perrette debuted as Abby Sciuto, an offbeat-yet-perky forensic scientist known for her tattoos and goth fashion sense, on the crime drama NCIS. Her character works with a team of Navy investigators led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon). The show developed a huge following, and Perrette emerged as a fan favorite.For a time, Perrette showcased some of her other creative talents by writing a blog for the show, as well as creating her own blog. She stopped blogging in 2007, however, after she was stalked by a fan.Music is another passion for Perrette.

She was the lead singer for the punk band Lo-Ball. Working under the name Stop Making Friends, Perrette contributed a song, “Fear”, to the first volume of the NCIS soundtrack. In addition to songwriting and performing, she runs her own independent music label, Go Records.A dedicated activist, Perrette supports a number of causes and charities, including Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity. She lives in Los Angeles with her second husband Michael Bosman. The couple wed on Valentine’s Day in 2009. Perrette was previously married to indie rocker Coyote Shivers.

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