Mark Harmon, renowned for his portrayal of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the long-running CBS series NCIS, made a significant departure from the show after Season 19, having contributed to the series for over two decades. Despite stepping away from his on-screen role, Harmon has not retired from the NCIS universe. In Season 20, although he did not appear on screen, he took on the role of an executive producer, continuing his involvement with the show from behind the scenes.

Mark Harmon’s departure from the regular on-screen appearances as Gibbs does not signify a complete disconnection from NCIS. In fact, he has pursued other ventures, showcasing his commitment to the NCIS legacy. Notably, he co-wrote a non-fiction book titled “Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese American Spy Hunter and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor.” This collaborative effort with NCIS technical adviser Leon Carroll Jr. explores the historical narratives of American and Japanese intelligence agents during World War II. The book is slated for release on November 14, 2023.

At the age of 72, Mark Harmon’s decision to engage in a literary project related to NCIS highlights his enduring passion for the series and the character of Gibbs. While the demands of a weekly show became too taxing for him, he found a creative outlet in co-authoring this historical work.

Despite leaving the day-to-day grind of NCIS, Harmon continues to cherish the show and its various aspects. His departure has left a void felt by his co-stars, who admired him for his dedication and honesty. Harmon, now enjoying a more relaxed pace of life, spends quality time with his family. Free from the stress of a regular job, he relishes the freedom to engage in activities of his choice, whether it’s planning dinners with his boys or embarking on spontaneous trips.

As he embraces this new chapter, Mark Harmon’s multifaceted life post-NCIS includes not only personal joys but also significant contributions to historical storytelling through his book, offering readers insights into the real-life stories of intelligence agents during a pivotal period in history.

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