Early in season 19, NCIS said goodbye to Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Harmon, 70, stepped down from TV’s most-watched drama in October after appearing in over 400 episodes since 2003. And there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return.
Nonetheless, Gibbs’ influence has remained, and his name is frequently mentioned. In terms of Harmon’s influence on his co-stars, they’ve confirmed what fans have long suspected about the NCIS star and executive producer.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is still an important character on ‘NCIS’
After finding peace in Alaska, Gibbs said goodbye to McGee (Sean Murray) and the rest of his team in Season 19, Episode 4 “Great Wide Open.” However, this does not imply that he has been forgotten as the season has progressed. In fact, Gibbs remains an important part of NCIS.
Harmon appears in the NCIS opening credits despite not being seen since the fourth episode of the season. And he’s the first character introduced at the start of each episode.
Throughout the season, the character has been mentioned numerous times. The most recent being an episode titled “Pledge of Allegiance” in the winter premiere.
For years, Gibbs had kept a secret.
Vance (Rocky Carroll) revealed a secret about Gibbs at the end of the episode, explaining why $10,000 had been mysteriously deposited into both McGee and Jimmy Palmer’s (Brian Dietzen) bank accounts.
“I just wanted to greet you as the newest members of the Leroy Jethro Gibbs College Scholarship Club,” Vance said to the pair.
“It’s dedicated to his daughter, Kelly.” He started a college fund for her when she was young. Gibbs never closed the account after she d1ed. In fact, he continued to add to it. So he’s helped a lot of agents’ families since then. Kelly’s children are all attending college.”
‘NCIS’ stars discuss what it’s like to collaborate with Mark Harmon.
It should come as no surprise to fans that Harmon is just as popular on the NCIS set as he is in real life. The character of Gibbs was a strict authority figure who also served as a mentor. With his numerous rules, he also disseminated his unique brand of wisdom.
Simultaneously, Harmon served as a mentor to many of his co-stars. Murray, who has worked with Harmon since the show’s inception, has expressed his admiration for his co-star in interviews.
Mark Harmon made a ‘big impression’
Murray actually co-starred with Harmon in an episode of the TV show Harts of the West when he was a teenager in the 1990s. Murray recalls Harmon making an impression on him nearly a decade before he became his co-star on NCIS.
“He made quite an impression on me when he came on and did a role on Harts of the West,” Murray said on The Love of Acting with Allen Vaysberg. “I had a few scenes with him and we talked a lot about craft and stuff.” So being able to work with him again after all these years is fantastic. And, you know, whether he realizes it or not, he’s been a bit of a mentor to me.”
Mark Harmon has received a lot of praise from the cast of ‘NCIS’
Cote de Pablo portrayed Ziva David on NCIS from seasons 3 to 11, and she has previously stated that Harmon was both a friend and a mentor to her. Their relationship was “forged in fire,” she said.
“He’s more like a friend mentor.” According to Looper, “he was always like a father figure to me.” “Of course, Ziva and Gibbs have it, but Cote and Mark have a little of it as well.”
Michael Weatherly, who played Tony DiNozzo for 13 seasons, praised Harmon’s on-set behavior as well. “[Harmon is] a very rare person in this business because there’s no assistant, no entourage,” the Bull star said. Mark is primarily a straightforward, approachable, calm, and assertive individual. He’s not one to pander to others.”
Harmon’s wife, Pam Dawber, who played Marcie Warren in seasons 18 and 19, praised her husband’s work and ability to lead and mentor.
“Mark wants the best for everyone and everything.” His ego isn’t very big. “All he wants is for everything to work,” Dawber explained.
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