Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber Reveal Secret Behind Their 32-Year Marriage
In Hollywood, it’s rare to find two celebrities who have been able to make a marriage last. That’s what makes the 32-year marriage between “NCIS” star Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber so remarkable!
Fox News reported that Harmon and Dawber, who are both 67, have been married since 1987, and they just opened up about why their marriage has lasted.
“Pam and I have both made a living in this business, and still, there’s a part of that that’s just not natural,” Harmon said, with Dawber adding, “I don’t think two people can work all the time in show business and stay married.”
Harmon and Dawber were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in 1986, and they married the very next year. Together, they share two children, Sean, 30, and Ty, 26. Dawber put her career in Hollywood on hold to raise her boys, something that she said she was happy to do.
“It was a different life then, and I was happy to do it,” she said.
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“I had children and it was like, ‘I’m not going to chase this fame thing,’” Dawber later added. “I wanted to drive my kids to school. I wanted to be there for their birthdays and bring cupcakes and doughnuts. And I was very happy to do it.”
Harmon has also been picky when it comes to choosing projects, making sure he did not take roles that would take him too far from his family.
“No job is worth missing life’s most important moments,” he said.
Another secret to the success of Harmon and Dawber’s marriage could be that they are private people who have tried to stay out of the spotlight.
“It’s not even a choice,” Harmon explained. “It’s who we are. We stay at home. A lot. I’m not a Twitter guy or a Facebook guy. Our sons aren’t into that, either.”
As the son of sportscaster Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox, Harmon had a good example from his parents of how to deal with fame.
“My parents kept things real — I had no idea they were famous,” he said. “In fact, it didn’t hit me until one day when I was riding in the car with my father in Ann Arbor, Mich. – I was maybe 8 and could barely see above the dashboard – and we stopped at a crosswalk. Suddenly, we were surrounded by people who recognized my dad and were really thrilled to see him. I remember looking at this man I thought I knew so well and thinking, ‘Who are you?’”
It’s so refreshing to see a Hollywood couple that has stood the test of time! We hope that Harmon and Dawber have many years of happiness to come.