Although Mark Harmon is best known for his role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the CBS drama "NCIS", he has had a long and illustrious career in show business. According to him, his success is largely due to his father's advice.
The star sat down for People's Cover issue, where he talked about celebrity, his marriage and his over 40-year career, which was put to the test after being named the second "Sexiest Man Alive" never published by the magazine in 1986. In the interview, the star explained how he had sailed in glory all these years.
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"My father has learned, if it's not true, do not worry," said Harmon, 67, to People. "I come from the working stock and I'm proud of that. You must get up every day and do your best. That's what I wake up always ready to do: do my best. "
Harmon's father is best known as Tom Harmon, the famous soccer broadcast icon, who played at the university before joining the NFL for two seasons. Mark followed in his father's footsteps, eventually becoming the starting quarterback for UCLA. Working hard was not just a casual tip that the star was applying for the show. It is a way of life that his father made sure to teach him and his two sisters.
"Work at your ease, and do not let the effort come to light," he says of his father's advice. "Also: treat people the same way, without being based on who they are or what they are. Show them the common kindness. Do not be colored by their fame or profession. I'm not all excited by the people who blow up the smoke of my a–. You have to stay honest.
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Now that Mark is an older man who has succeeded himself, he passes the torch of advice to another generation. He opened to people his advice for a sustainable marriage.
As fans may know, Harmon has been married to "Mork & Mindy" star Pam Dwaber for 31 years. According to him, the secret of a lasting marriage is maturity.
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"We were both in our thirties when we got married, so let's hope for the stupid stuff we did earlier," he says. "That's probably what's most important to me."
The couple share two sons, Sean, 30, and Ty, 26.