‘NCIS’ Star Mark Harmon Once Explained Why He Wore Hilarious Tuxedo To Meet John Wayne in 1973

by Joe Rutland

At one time, actor Mark Harmon of “NCIS” was a college football star at UCLA. It would lead him to meet a legendary movie star.

Harmon, who stars as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the CBS police drama, talked about meeting John Wayne during a 2019 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert shows the audience a picture from a National Football Foundation ceremony in 1973 in which Harmon is dressed in a tuxedo. The photo shows the “NCIS” star standing next to his father, Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, on his right and Wayne on his left. In other words, Colbert focuses on the tuxedo and wants to know the story.

‘NCIS’ Star Says He Didn’t Know About Clothing Attire For Ceremony

“You were a handsome man, a vibrantly handsome man,” Colbert says. “But you couldn’t even make that tuxedo work.”

“I came from California, I didn’t know,” Harmon, who will enter his 19th season as part of the “NCIS” cast, says. “I brought a suit [and] I got here [to New York City] and they said, ‘You have to have a tux.’ Again, 1973. There was a tux store across the street.

“I walked across the street,” he says. “There was a dove-grey tuxedo in the front window with a frilly, puffy shirt and that was me. That’s all I can say.”

However, Colbert says “you looked like one of the rejected Osmond Brothers,” referring to the family musical group.

Harmon was the starting quarterback for UCLA’s 1972 and 1973 teams. In two years with the Bruins, he compiled a 17-5 record as the signal-caller. After that, one wonders what his first game was like at UCLA. It was big. Harmon and the Bruins beating two-time defending national champion Nebraska on a late field goal 20-17.

Above all, Harmon proves he was pretty adept at leading a football team. Most importantly, he leads a team of investigators.

‘Ducky’ Actor David McCallum Says He’s Got ‘No Regrets’ About Career

Harmon is one of three original “NCIS” cast members with the show. Sean Murray plays Detective Timothy McGee and, moreover, David McCallum plays Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard.

McCallum, as part of a long-running, popular TV series simply adds to an already sparkling career. For example, he went through a time as a worldwide superstar thanks to the 1960s NBC spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

“I have no regrets,” McCallum says in an interview with “Closer Weekly.” “I’ve had a magnificent life all the way.”

Regarding his time as Illya Kuryakin on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” McCallum says, “I got a job, and I was able to pay the bills. It was wonderful I had that opportunity. My part was very minor, and it just developed.”

In conclusion, McCallum co-starred with Robert Vaughn, who played Napoleon Solo, in the series.