‘NCIS’: Here’s the One Role Everyone Forgets Mark Harmon Played

by Anna Dunn

Mark Harmon is definitely best known for his role as Special Agent Gibbs on NCIS, but he’s also had plenty of roles outside of the top-rated drama. The actor actually had an important role in the iconic film Freaky Friday. The film followed a mother and daughter who switched bodies.

Of course, if you switch bodies with middle-aged women as a 17-year-old, there are consequences. You may have to fight off some terrifying middle-aged suitors with no idea you’ve swapped bodies. Harmon played that middle-aged man.

Few characters get the short end of the stick quite like a love interest in a body swap plot. They very rarely get a good explanation and are typically quite confused throughout the swap. Harmon plays the confused stepfather Ryan Volvo. Ryan spends the majority of the film confused about what happened to his wife, and why she suddenly won’t even look at him the same way.

Mark Harmon Reportedly Eyeing an ‘NCIS’ Exit

Mark Harmon is reportedly taking a look at leaving NCIS. According to an explosive report by The Hollywood Reporter released last April, Harmon wanted to leave the series. However, CBS said they would cancel the show without Gibbs. This prompted Harmon to stay for another year.

The threat of cancellation is surprising, even though Harmon plays the lead. NCIS is the most popular scripted drama not only for CBS but in the world. This has lead fans to worry about the future of NCIS hingeing on Mark Harmon’s decision to leave or stay.

This year, Harmon will reportedly only be in a handful of episodes. Even CBS president of scripted entertainment Kelly Kahl admitted to Deadline, that Mark Harmon is someone they really have to negotiate with.

“We take it year by year with Mark, we’d love to have him as long as he’d like to be here,” he told the publication. “Even in this past season, he might have been light in a couple of [episodes], so we’re happy to work around his schedule.”

But it’s not as if Harmon is bailing. The show has almost been on for two decades, making it one of the longest-running scripted series in TV history. NCIS has survived a large number of major cast changes, but it would be hard for the show to survive without Harmon.

Agent Bishop Actress Emily Wickersham also left NCIS last year, making the cast even less recognizable. Gary Cole and Katrina law are both joining the series as regulars to counteract the change in cast, but it’ll be hard to fill the void left by Harmon and Wickersham.

Still, Harmon will reprise his role as Gibbs for season 19. You can catch NCIS on CBS starting on Monday, September 20th this year. Right after, the all-new spinoff, NCIS: Hawai’i will premiere.