‘NCIS’: Mark Harmon Shares One Major Hobby in Common With Gibbs

by Chase Thomas

Who doesn’t love and miss Mark Harmon playing the role of Gibbs on the long-running television show CBS NCIS? We all miss him on the program, but almost twenty years is a pretty solid run, don’t you think? We certainly think so.

While he may not be acting on NCIS anymore, perhaps the actor, somewhere, is working on his other passion that we suspect you may not already be familiar with when it comes to Harmon: carpentry. Yes, you may recall from earlier seasons that the character Harmon played on NCIS, Gibbs, had a bit of a hobby in woodworking. Well, now we know that there was another reason for this and that is the character playing him had the same sort of passion.

Harmon said, “I used to hang out in my dad’s workshop on weekends. …Later, when I was starting out as an actor, I became a roofer and a framer to make money,” he shared. “But what I really enjoyed was [finishing] work. I like the longevity of it. If you do it right, it will be around a lot longer than you are.”

Mark Harmon and NCIS and Carpentry

Oh man, how cool is this, Outsiders? Harmon obviously paid his dues as an actor, and it resulted in him finding his way to NCIS where he starred as Gibbs for so many seasons. Lots of actors when they’re starting out have to work odd jobs to make ends meet. Harmon was no different. He just may have chosen a different side hustle in roofing and framing, while many wait tables or work at coffee shops. But it sounds right, doesn’t it? That Harmon, before reaching fame in acting worked as a roofer or a framer. What’s cooler is that his dad instilled this love of carpentry in him at a young age. Without his dad working with him on it as a kid, who knows if he figures this out in adulthood. His last point about the finishing aspect of it is fascinating and something we may not consider. When you do it right and take your time, that wood creation should last a really long time, even longer than you. Isn’t that something?

If Harmon wasn’t acting what we would have been doing? Yes, he would have been working as a carpenter. He said, “For me it was about materials and doing right. If you did it right, [the project] outlasted you. I still enjoy [carpentry], but I think that’s probably what I would have been trying to do had I not been [acting].”

It was the simplicity and organization of it that drew him to carpentry it seems. That if you took your time, followed the right steps and really took the time to do it right then you could create something cool and beautiful that lasts a lifetime. We get it.