A year or two after the CBS juggernaut 'N.C.I.S." began it's run, it still needed
a little help getting the word out. Hard to believe given that it's been the #1
scripted show on network television for the past few years.
Nevertheless, early on we landed a phone chat with it's star, Mark Harmon.
As was a my custom, I liked to establish a bit of rapport with any guest
before we actually rolled on the interview. The call was scheduled for
9:30am our time, 6:30am his time. He was in the makeup trailer. I picked
up the phone to speak with him one on one.
After introducing myself, I set the wheels in motion...
"Mark, you and I are just a few years apart in age. I gotta ask you,
what's it like going into work everyday with Illya Kuryakin???"
"Illya Kuryakin" was a character played by actor David McCallum
on the 1960's series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.". McCallum is Harmon's
co-star as "Ducky", the team's medical examiner.
Mark jumped on it. "That's the first thing I said to him when I met him!
And David said, 'My God, man. That was 40 years ago!!!'"
He was funny and honest.
He famously has a "No Jerks Clause" in his contracts. He wants to
work with good, talented and nice people. Just like he is.
I picked up no sense of an inflated ego.
What you see, and in my case, what you hear...is what you get.
I went onto Google to look for a picture to post here.
My wife Marianne asked if I just wanted her to email me one of her
photos of him.
"When did you take pictures of Mark Harmon?"
"I pause the DVR during "N.C.I.S."..."