Mark and Pam
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber have been married for 31 years. In Hollywood, being with the same person for over three decades is very rare. There aren’t too many couples who have stood the test of time the way that these two have. Recently, Pam revealed a shocking secret about their relationship.
Mark was born in Burbank, California, on September 2, 1951. His other is actress, Elyse Knox, and his father is football legend, Tom Harmon. Before he became an actor, he worked as a carpenter. It wasn’t until the 1970s that he got his break in acting. In 1981, he landed a role in the short-lived TV series, Flamingo Road. Two years later, he started playing Dr. Robert Caldwell on St. Elsewhere. In 1986, he did a fantastic job playing serial killer, Ted Bundy in The Deliberate Stranger. After starring in Reasonable Doubts, Chicago Hope, and the West Wing, he landed the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, and he has been starring in the show ever since.
Pam was born on October 18, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan. She started her career modeling. In 1987, she walked in a Detroit based fashion show. She was also a regular at auto trade conventions. Before acting, she studied at Oakland Community College. She planned to attend a four-year university, but those plans changed when she took a trip to New York City with a friend. Her friend told her to take her modeling portfolio with her on the trip, and she met with a few agencies. Before leaving New York, she had a contract with Wilhelmina, which is one of the top modeling agencies in the world. She was in the pages of magazines and on TV commercials. Soon, Pam caught the acting bug and started taking acting classes and vocal lessons. She landed a part on a stage production of the musical, Sweet Adeline. When her audition for the TV series Tabitha didn’t work out, she landed the role of a lifetime on Mork & Mindy alongside the late, great Robin Williams. When the show ended, she starred in My Sister Sam, and then took a break from acting.
While Pam was working on My Sister Sam, she and Mark were married during a private wedding ceremony. On April 25, 1988, she and Mark welcomed their first son, Sean. On June 25, 1992, Ty was born. It has been over 30 years since the couple tied the knot, and Pam has finally spoken out about her marriage.
In November 2016, Pam did an interview with Entertainment Tonight, where she shared the secret to her rock-solid marriage. She says that by putting her family first and leaving fame behind, she was able to see what was important, which kept her bond with Mark strong.
Pam says that she didn’t mind stepping back from Hollywood because she already had a successful career. She had already been on a number one show; she got to do Broadway and musical theater. She was able to do cartoon voices and got her own deals. She realized that she had done it all so now, it was time to do the wife and the mother thing. She says she never had any regrets.
Pam says that motherhood changed her priorities. She wanted to be the kind of mother who brought her kids to school, helped with the school bake sales, and planned elaborate birthday parties. She even taught her sons’ art classes, which for her was a great experience.
Pam says that keeping her relationship out of the media has also kept it strong. Keeping her marriage and family out of the public eye made everything more normal. She says that you never saw them in magazines and they were never considered the “It” couple. She also kept her children out of the tabloids.
Pam says that she didn’t keep her life out of the media because she was trying to keep a secret. She just wanted to avoid her life being exploited by the press. She says that when the media and the public aren’t speculating, it makes things in the marriage easier. She says that her marriage to Mark is as strong today as the day that they said, “I do.”
When asked about his feelings for his wife and his marriage, it went this way. Mark Harmon: She was the love of my life”. He didn’t want to stop acting, but he supported his wife in her desire to step out of the limelight. This is one couple that is sure to stand the test of time.