Mark Harmon Reveals First Acting Gig Since NCIS Exit

Photo from NCIS on CBS’ Instagram

Mark Harmon Reveals First Acting Gig Since NCIS Exit

By Movieguide® Contributor

NCIS veteran Mark Harmon left fans in the lurch when he exited the long-running naval crime show, but now, fans can look forward to seeing him in his next gig in FREAKY FRIDAY 2.

“Almost three years after leaving NCIS, news broke that Harmon — who played NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs from Season 1 to Season 19 — would be returning to acting in the upcoming FREAKY FRIDAY sequel, FREAKY FRIDAY 2, which is set to premiere in 2025,” Soaps reported last Friday.

Movieguide® reported on the movie last week:

Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY is getting a sequel 22 years after the original’s release.

“The Colemans are back and coming to theaters in 2025! The sequel to FREAKY FRIDAY is now in production!” Disney announced on X on June 24.

“The sequel picks up years after Tess and Anna switched bodies, with Anna now having a daughter of her own and a soon-to-be stepdaughter. According to the film’s synopsis, “As they navigate the myriad challenges that come when two families merge, Tess and Anna discover that lightning might indeed strike twice,” The Hollywood Reporter said.

Harmon posed in the original 2003 movie as Ryan, Jamie Lee Curtis’ character’s love interest.

Though Harmon appeared in several scenes in FREAKY FRIDAY, he didn’t get a ton of screen time. Pop Culture notes that it’s not known how much he’ll get in the sequel.

“Harmon’s return to FREAKY FRIDAY came after The Hollywood Reporter reported in February 2023 that the NCIS alum had signed with The Gersh Agency, a talent agency that has also represented actors like Brendan Fraser, Allison Janney, Patricia Arquette, Adam Driver and Mandy Moore,” Soaps said.

Though he’ll be busy on set in FREAKY FRIDAY 2, he will also executive produce and narrate in NCIS: ORGINIS, which follows the story of Leroy Jethro Gibb’s, Harmon’s character, when he was young. His son, Sean Harmon, will also executive produce.

Since his on-screen exit from NCIS, Harmon hasn’t been idle. He recently released a historical book based on a true-story called, “Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor.” It tells “dueling stories” of a U.S. naval counterintelligence officer, Douglas Wada, whose job is to safeguard Pearl Harbor, and a Japanese spy sent to Hawaii.

Harmon wrote it with former NCIS agent Leon Carroll Jr.

“Credit has been due to Wada for a long time, and it’s great to open the window to that a little bit with this book,” Harmon told AARP last November. “It was interesting trying to uncover the research and talk to people who had never been asked to tell their story.”

“When I first googled NCIS, nothing came up. These people did their work quietly, and nobody knew who they were,” he said.

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