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Mark Harmon’s Cold Call to Forever, 37 Years of Love with Pam Dawber

In the glitzy world of Hollywood, where fairy-tale romances often make headlines, one couple’s love story stands out for its unconventional start and remarkable longevity.

Mark Harmon, the former star of “NCIS,” recently opened up about the unique circumstances that led to his 36-year marriage to actress Pam Dawber.

Prepare to be enchanted by a love story that began with a bold move and continues to thrive, proving that laughter and communication are the keys to a lasting bond.

The Cold Call That Started It All

Long before Mark Harmon was a household name as the star of “NCIS,” he was a man on a mission to win the heart of Pam Dawber, known for her role in “Mork & Mindy.”

Their love story began 37 years ago with a bold move that’s a far cry from traditional Hollywood courtship.

A mutual friend had a group date in mind, intending to set Harmon up with Dawber. But Harmon, known for his straightforward nature, had a different idea. He remembers, “I said, ‘Can I just call? Can I get a number and just cold call?’ And so I did.”

This was the modern equivalent of sliding into someone’s DMs with a friendly, “Hey, would you like to grab a coffee?” 

Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber

The twist in the tale? Dawber had an answering machine, and Harmon left a message that began, “We don’t have to (all) go out. We could get a cup of coffee or something.” But little did he know that Dawber was monitoring the situation closely.

She picked up the phone, and the rest is history. They went out on that fateful night, and the connection was instant. Harmon recalled, “We went out that night, and we’re together ever since.”

A Year Later, They Said “I Do”

If you thought their story couldn’t get any more enchanting, think again. One year after their first date, Harmon and Dawber walked down the aisle and exchanged vows. It’s a love story that proves that sometimes, when you know, you just know.

Their union came shortly after Harmon was crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1986. In that cover story interview, he revealed his monogamous nature and his desire for a marriage that defied Hollywood stereotypes.

He wanted a love that would be everything “this town says it can’t be,” emphasizing his disinterest in “catting around.”

The couple’s two children, Sean and Ty, who are now in their thirties, stand as a testament to the strength of their love.

Sean, an actor who even appeared on “NCIS,” and Ty, a screenwriter, have grown up with role models who value family and work ethic.

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