Mark Harmon

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I spent a lot of time at the Coliseum  when I was growing up. My dad broadcast there. And then I was part of that first Super Bowl, when there were 62,000 people in the stands. So for me to get a chance, as a student at UCLA, to come out of that tunnel for the first time to play Nebraska was just like a dream. My dad broadcast that game, too. He called me “the quarterback” instead of calling me by my name, which was his way of avoiding bias. We won. My dad came down to the locker room because he had interviews to do—he was working. I made my way to the shower and got dressed, and he was waiting outside. When I walked out, he said, “Hey!” I turned around, and he was standing on the wall of the Coliseum. He said, “Great game.” It was a great moment. » Harmon, 59, stars in the CBS series NCIS. Born in Burbank, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, and played football for the UCLA Bruins.