You’re not going to find very many shows as successful as NCIS. The CBS drama has been a ratings behemoth for decades now. For many years, the show was anchored by its leading man Mark Harmon. Although this was a big break for Harmon in the industry, a lot of folks may not be aware of another appearance by the former NCIS star. Yes, NCIS star Mark Harmon once appeared on a ‘Happy Days’ spinoff, Outsiders.
Which show was it, though, that Harmon appeared in? Well, it was Laverne & Shirley, folks. Yes, Harmon appeared in one of the episodes at one point. It should also be noted that during this time Harmon guest-starred in a number of different roles across television.
It wasn’t until The West Wing and later NCIS where Harmon really shined as a permanent fixture on a television program.
Mark Harmon’s Workout Routine
Harmon cares a lot about his acting, but he also cares a lot about his fitness.
Harmon told Men’s Journal, “I was a jock, so I came from a place where all you were trying to do was play the game and play it well—most of that is about not letting people know what you’re thinking or doing. In the beginning of this chase, you try very hard to control everything. As an actor you control none of it. That’s sometimes important—stepping away from it and not putting so much focus on it. Sometimes [that is] a better tactic than trying to throw the ball through the tire more times than the next guy.”
He was a different kind of actor. It was also a different world. He had to learn the differences between acting and sports. You have far less control in the former.
Harmon concluded, “When you’re 18 to 22, you’re never out of shape. Training is what you do, it’s what you wake up in the morning doing and go to bed at night thinking about, and that’s your job, so to speak. I don’t know that that has changed for me. The job I have, whether it’s this job or some other job, I’m usually aware of that. It’s every bit as much about the physical as it is about anything mental. I try to take care of myself and try to eat well and try to get [my] rest. I don’t do the same stuff I was doing when I was 24 years old.”
Training was a part of his life at a young age. However, his training changed as he got older. The situations around him changed along with his job. However, it all worked out in the end for Harmon. You can watch NCIS on CBS every week.