NCIS Cast’s Real-Life Partners — This Star’s Wife ‘Turned Down’ Numerous Roles Before Finally Agreeing to Be on the Show

Who is the NCIS Cast Dating and Married to in Real Life?

Although NCIS is a procedural, the main characters – and their romances over the years – have kept us connected and invested in their storylines as they solve crimes. But when they retreat home after a long day on set, many of the actors have loved ones of their own. Who are the NCIS cast's real-life partners? Here's who the cast is dating or married to in real life.

NCISis CBS's long-running police procedural that premiered in 2003. The show focuses on the personal and professional lives of special agents in the Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Major Case Response Team, which investigates criminal activity involving the United States Navy, Marine Corps and their families. CBS renewed the flagship series for the 2023-2024 season along with its spin-offs, NCIS: Hawai'iand CSI: Vegas.

NCIS remains the third-longest-running U.S. primetime drama series behind Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order. The show currently stars Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover and Katrina Law with Davis McCallum, Rocky Carroll and Gary Cole. Meet the real-life partners of your favorite NCIS actors and actresses below. 

Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs)

Mark Harmon is married to fellow actress Pam Dawber, his wife of 36 years. They tied the knot in March 1987. The couple welcomed their first son, Sean Harmon (age 35), in April 1988, followed by their second son, Ty Harmon (age 30), in June 1992.

Pam has also starred on NCIS; she played Marcie Warren, an investigative journalist, for seven episodes back in 2021. In an interview with TV Insider in April 2021, Dawber revealed after many attempts, she finally agreed to come on her husband's show. "I've been asked to do NCIS before over the years. It just wasn't the right character or the right time. With Marcie, it was so funny because when they were casting, Mark goes, 'Who you're really looking for is my wife.' They said, 'But she's always turned us down!" I read the script and I'm going, 'Oh no.' My fear rockets flew off."

His wife, Pam, who also starred in sitcoms like Mork & Mindy and My Sister Sam, opened up about why she put her career aside to raise her and Mark's kids. "I had children and it was like, 'I'm not going to chase this fame thing,'" Pam told Closer Weekly in May 2018. "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."

When her son, Sean Harmon, stepped in as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS Season 13, Harmon told Entertainment Tonight that Pam was very proud. "More than anything, she's a mom, and there's a pride there involved in that."

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