Mark Harmon reveals his true feelings for Jamie Lee Curtis – their bond goes back decades

Hollywood romances aren’t anything out of the ordinary, but to the delight of millions of fans, friendships between co-stars aren’t as well. We’ve witness actors and actresses translating the fun time on set to their private life. Just think of the co-stars of the iconic TV series Friends.

Another genuine friendship between Hollywood stars is that of Mike Harmon and Jamie Lee Curtis.

According to both of them, there have never been romantically involved or felt anything besides fondness and friendship for one another.

In fact, bot of them have been married to their significant others for many years.

When it comes to Harmon, he and his wife Pam have been married for over three decades and they are still deeply in love with one another.

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Asked about the secret to his long and successful marriage, Harmon says there isn’t any. Apparently, he needed to kiss a lot of frogs to get where he is today. One thing, however, he believes helped is their age at the time they decided to tie the knot. “We were both in our 30s when we got married, so hopefully the stupid stuff, we did earlier. That’s probably the closest I have to what the key is,” he told People.

Harmon and Dawber met at a party thrown by a mutual friend. They married in 1987 at a chapel at the Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, in an intimate wedding ceremony attended by few of their closest friends and family only.

At the time, both were well-known actors already. Harmon gained fame starring in 240 Robert, Flamingo Road, The Love Boat, and the drama St. Elsewhere. Dawber, on the other hand, got her breakthrough with the television series Mork & Mindy, where she starred alongside late Robin Williams. “It was clear. He was so adorable and so funny,” she told ABC in 2020, speaking of Williams. “He just had it. And that was it. It was just like, “Where do I sign?’”

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Harmon and Dawber have two sons together, Sean Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon.

When they were born, Dawber decided to slow down and put her career on hold. She did appear in some series, but not as a regular, because she wanted to spend more time with her family. In fact, she believes that if two people are fully engaged in acting, the relationship between them is not likely to survive because of all the commitment and time the profession requires.

Both Harmon and Dawber agree on keeping their private lives out of the spotlight.

“It’s not even a choice. It’s who we are,” Mark said years later. “We stay home. A lot. I’m not a Twitter guy or a Facebook guy. Our sons aren’t into that either. Pam and I have both made a living in this business, and still, there’s a part of that, that’s just not natural.”


Jamie Lee Curtis also keeps her private life exactly that, private. In 1984, she married Christopher Guest, and they’re still together today. The couple has two adopted children.

Curtis first saw Christopher, who is best known for his role in Spinal Tap, while flipping through a Rolling Stone magazine, according to a piece she wrote for “I looked at the man on the right, wearing a plaid shirt and a waggish smirk. I’d never seen him before, but I pointed at him. ‘I’m going to marry that man,’ I said to my friend.”


The two exchanged numbers through their agents, but he didn’t call her and she moved on dating someone else.

But then, she accidentally met him at a restaurant. “I glanced up and found myself staring straight at Chris, three tables away. He waved to me as if to say, ‘I’m the guy you called.’ I waved back: ‘I’m the woman who called you.’ A few minutes later, he got up to leave. Standing 20 feet away, he shrugged his shoulders and put up his hand as if to say, ‘I’ll see ya.’”

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon starred together in the 2003 hit film Freaky Friday.

“Mark Harmon was interesting because Tom Selleck was attached to play that part when Annette Bening was attached. He was very upfront with me. He called me when Annette dropped out, and he said, “Look, I was excited about the project, but I was really excited about the opportunity of working with Annette. So, I’m gonna back out.” And I was like, “Oh, I understand. No hard feelings,” and then we went out for Mark Harmon. As far as an older man, he was still considered to be like a heartthrob because women adored him,” Freaky Friday Director Mark Waters onc explained.

The film was a huge success and helped form Curtis and Harmon’s acting careers at the time. It made $160.8 million worldwide, and critics praised Curtis’ performance.

Today, Curtis is a recipient of several accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Jamie Lee Curtis, winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ poses in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

When Harmon became part of NCIS, Curtis appeared as Dr. Samantha Ryan in season nine.

Harmon loved working with her again.

“She’s terrific,” Harmon once said about Curtis’s appearance on NCIS. “I’ve known Jamie a long time. She’s a treat to have on set. The rest of the cast loves her and Gary Glasberg has created a role for her that made her want to come and play in the first place, which is rare. But she’s had a great time there, and I think she’d tell you that as well.

“She’s a gift to have on the set,” Mark Harmon added. “And such a rare talent, and as a person, a good person and terrifically good at what she does. So, we’ve enjoyed having her.”

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During a separate occasion, Harmon said of Curtis, “Jamie’s great and I think we’re all glad that she’s coming to play with us in our little sandbox for a while … I look forward to it, absolutely.”

“She’s a gift to have on the set,” Harmon said in another interview the same year. “Gary Glasberg has created a role for her that made her want to come and play in the first place, which is rare. But she’s had a great time there and I think she’d tell you that as well.”

Curtis, of course, felt the same for her friend. She as well was looking forward working with him.


“I’m not going to lie to you and say that this is a horrible, difficult job to ‘play’ with him. I’m happy to have it,” Curtis told Entertainment Tonight.

“He makes me blush a little bit,” she added. “Because he’s just such a sweet guy.. I’m very fond of him and he’s fond of me.”

Recently, Curtis shared with her fans that she has plans to make a sequel to Freaky Friday, but whether or not Harmon will have a role in it is yet to be revealed.

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