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The Top Four Must-Watch Mark Harmon Movies and TV Shows

The contrasting roles Mark Harmon played in some of his top-rated movies and TV shows indicate how talented the actor is.

Since starting his career in the movie industry, Mark Harmon has starred in multiple top-rated movies and Tv shows. In addition, Harmon has consistently displayed his acting abilities in various movie roles, ranging from light comedy to serious drama. 

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At the beginning of his acting career, Harmon looked to veteran actor Jack Webb, the star of the crime series “Dragnet,” for advice. Webb then helped him land a guest spot on the crime drama “Adam-12” (1968–1975). A string of guest appearances soon followed; typically, roles involving a silent, handsome stranger without any speaking lines. 

His first notable TV role came in 1977 with the movie “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years,” for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Then, in 1981, he landed a leading role in the prime-time soap opera “Flamingo Road.” In the film, he played an ambitious politician who married into a wealthy Florida family. He starred alongside Morgan Fairchild, who played his wife, and Cristina Raines appeared as his love interest.

Also, in 1986, Harmon took on one of the most notorious figures in recent history. In the TV movie “The Deliberate Stranger,” he gave a convincing performance as serial killer Ted Bundy. Bundy was known for his ability to charm his victims, and Harmon delivered both the sophisticated and menacing aspects of Bundy’s personality. Since then, the actor has delivered countless jaw-dropping performances in various movies. Here are four of the best Mark Harmon movies and Tv Shows.

NCIS

NCIS is a television program that is more than just an action movie. It’s a comedy that emphasizes the often complicated but always entertaining dynamics of a group of people who must cooperate under pressure. These elite agents look into every crime with ties to the Navy or Marine Corps, from murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines.

“NCIS” producer Don Bellisario thought Harmon would be a fantastic fit for the series after seeing him on “The West Wing.” So Harmon got cast to play Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the chief investigator. The actor appeared alongside Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, and Katrina Law.

He also became an executive producer of the show during his time on the series. “NCIS” has aired since 2015 and even spurned a sequel, “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS.” The series has a rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Freaky Friday

“Freaky Friday” is a movie an adaptation of the novel by Mary Rodgers. The film tells the story of a single mother, Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis), and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan.)  Coleman, an empathetic therapist and busy mother of two, lost her husband three years ago and is about to be wed to Ryan (Mark Harmon). However, she and her teenage daughter can’t seem to agree on anything. 

However, after obtaining a mysterious fortune at a Chinese restaurant, they woke up the following morning to find out that their bodies had miraculously switched. After failing to switch back somehow, they must pretend to be one another until a solution is found. Nonetheless, as time passes, they grow to respect and comprehend one another more due to the process. “Freaky Friday” grossed $110 million at the U.S. box office.

The Last Supper

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“The Last Supper” is a comedy-drama written by Dan Rosen and released in January 2003. It tells the story of a stranded student (Ron Eldard) who gets a lift from a racist trucker Zack. He then invites Zack for dinner with his roommates Jude (Cameron Diaz), Luke (Courtney B. Vance), Marc (Jonathan Penner), and Paulie (Annabeth Gish). 

However, after hearing Zack’s discourse praising Hitler, they pull a knife out of disdain and kill him. Because they enjoyed that, they start inviting individuals they don’t get along with, and their vegetable garden prospers as the death toll climbs. In the film, Mark Harmon portrayed “Dominant Male,” an arch-misogynist and seducer.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is a movie inspired by the 1971 book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. It tells the story of Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro). The two drive across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas in a red convertible containing a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race.

Although the pair initially planned to cover the city for a newspaper, they ended up using drugs to explore it instead. Mark Harmon played the Magazine Reporter at Mint 400. The movie also starred Cameron Diaz and Gary Busey. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” made just $10.6 million at the U.S. box office.

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