Who ‘NCIS’ star Mark Harmon Dated Before Marrying Pam Dawber: Inside the Famous Flings

NCIS star Mark Harmon — best known for portraying Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit primetime procedural — has been married to actress Pam Dawber for as long as anyone can remember. Harmon and Dawber tied the knot in 1987, and they have been happily married ever since. 

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Mark Harmon of ‘NCIS’ | Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic

They have two sons together who are now both adults — Ty Christian and Sean. Though Dawber and Harmon have stood the test of time — proving that marriages in Hollywood are not predetermined to end in disaster — Dawber was not the only woman Harmon ever dated. She just happened to be the only woman Harmon ever married. So, who did the NCIS heartthrob date before settling down with the love of his life. Let’s explore some of the confirmed flings and rumored romances. 

Inside ‘NCIS’ star Mark Harmon’s reported dating life: Karen Carpenter, Morgan Fairchild, and Christina Raines

According to MarriedBiography.com, Harmon dated a handful of famous Hollywood actresses and singers before marring Mork & Mindy star Pam Dawber, who took a step back from acting to focus on family life following their marriage.

Mark Harmon reportedly dated American singer Karen Carpenter, and though the songstress needs no introduction, she is well-known as the angelic voice behind “Top of the World,” “Yesterday Once More,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Close to You. 

MarriedBiography also goes onto note that Harmon briefly dated Morgan Fairchild in 1979, but their relationship only lasted for about a year before he went on to date Christina Raines. Fairchild was a well-known actress in the ‘70s and ‘80s, appearing in Flamingo Road, The Seduction, Falcon Crest, and Search for Tomorrow. 

As for Christina Raines, she is a former actress and model who appeared in a couple of horror films and period pieces in the 1970s: The Sentinel, Sunshine, Silver Dream Racer, and more. Harmon was reportedly with Raines for quite some time before jumping into his next romance.

Mark Harmon also reportedly dated Heather Locklear, Sheree J. Wilson, and Terri Garber 

Mark Harmon and Heather Locklear were briefly tied in the 1980s, but as soon as the relationship started, it ended. Mark Harmon reportedly once commented that it began sometime around Christmas and was over by New Year’s. 

While their romantic fling was brief, no one will ever forget how great these two looked arm-in-arm — a then soon-to-be People Magazine’s second Sexiest Man Alive and one of the ‘80s most eligible bachelorettes were once linked. Locklear is well-known for her leading roles in Melrose Place, Dynasty, and Spin City.

Reports indicate that Mark Harmon later went on to date Sheree J. Wilson: the established American actress, producer, businesswoman, and model. She is best known for starring in Dallas and Walker, Texas Ranger. And finally, before meeting the woman of his dreams — the woman he would go on to commit his entire life to — Harmon reportedly dated Terri Garber. Garber is an American actress and entrepreneur who has appeared in North and South, Toy Soldiers, and Mr. Smith.