NCIS wished Mark Harmon a happy birthday in an epic way.
On Thursday, September 2, the official NCIS Twitter account shared their birthday wishes. Harmon turns 70 today.
“Yup, it’s Mark Harmon‘s Birthday. You know what to do,” they wrote with a finger pointing down emoji.
Fans flooded the comment section to pay tribute to the icon, king, and beloved actor.
So what did Mark Harmon do to celebrate? He apparently got a vintage truck. According to the Daily Mail, he went to the San Fernando Valley to pick it up. He apparently inspected a vintage white Ford F-250 truck. Harmon later drove off in it.
An Unforgettable Prank on the Birthday Boy
Former NCIS star Michael Weatherly and actress Lauren Holly once played somewhat of a prank on Harmon for his birthday. Holly portrayed former NCIS Director Jenny Shepard on the show. The pair were in cahoots to pull off a sweet gesture.
Holly recalled the event to Herald Extra. She and the team ordered 150 shirts that read, “It’s Mark Harmon’s Birthday!” They then passed it out to the entire cast and crew to wear.
Weatherly was tasked with dercorations. He put crepe paper, helium balloons, and pinatas in Harmon’s trailer. Holly said that he used so much confetti that it was “three inches deep everywhere.”
The art department decorated the walls, trucks, and trailers with birthday decorations. All of the plasma television screens on set displayed photos of Harmon. Sadly, Holly had to return home to Chicago so she wasn’t there to witness his reaction. Instead, she got a phone call about his response.
“He arrived to work with everybody dressed in the t-shirts, holding signs,” she said. “From a distance, he told me he thought something had happened and there was a strike, because he saw these people parading around with signs.”
The executive producers questioned who set this all up. Weatherly threw Holly under the bus. The whole ordeal was caught on camera too.
“Michael was like, ‘I’m not going to name any names … Lauren Holly,’” she added.
“But in true Mark fashion, I thought he was going to freak out at first and then ultimately love it,” she shared. “But instead, he just loved it right off the bat. He was so happy and so touched. They had filmed the whole thing, his arrival, so he took the DVD home to show Pam [Dawber, Harmon’s wife]. She had a great laugh.”
Holly concluded by saying that confetti will live in Harmon’s trailer for three seasons to come.
‘NCIS’ Season 19: When Does It Air?
Season 19 of NCIS will premiere on Monday, Sept. 20 at 10 PM ET.
The series is one of the top longest-running primetime drama series of all time. It follows, Law & Order: SVU with 22 seasons and Law & Order with 20 seasons as well as Gunsmoke.
The series is CBS’ most-watched series with 12 million people tuning in for each episode. However, it is also the most expensive production. All in all, it seems as though the network believes that it is worth the hefty price tag.