Mark Harmon

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Harmon in 2004, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Thomas Mark Harmon

Place of Birth: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 2, 1951

*50% Austrian
*37.5% Irish
*12.5% Alsatian [mix of German and French]

Mark Harmon is an American actor, producer, director, and football quarterback. His roles include the films Summer School and The Last Supper, and the series St. Elsewhere and NCIS, among many other projects.

He is the son of Tom Harmon (Thomas Dudley Harmon), a football player, broadcaster, and military pilot, and Elyse Knox (born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath), an actress, model, fashion designer, and artist. Mark’s father was of three quarters Irish descent, with his other roots being French and German. Mark’s maternal grandparents were emigrants from Austria.

He is the brother of primitive painter, actress, and author Kristin Nelson, and actress and model Kelly Harmon. He is married to actress Pam Dawber, with whom he has two children, including actor Sean Harmon. Mark’s sister Kristin was married to singer and actor Ricky Nelson, and Mark’s niece is their daughter, actress Tracy Nelson.

Mark was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1986.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Louis Amiel/Anthony Harmon (the son of Emile/Emil/Amiel Harmon and Mary Elizabeth Maher/Cashin/Cashion). Louis was born in Illinois. Mark’s great-grandfather Amiel was born in Lutzelhause, Alsace, France, the son of Jean/John Baptiste Harmon and Mary Matill/Mettille/Metille, and was of German and French ancestry. The family’s original surname was Hermann. Mark’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Rose/Rosa Marie Quinn (the daughter of Michael Quinn and Johanna/Hanna/Hannah Keon). Rose was born in Illinois, to parents of Irish origin. Michael was the son of John Charles Quinn and Jane Campbell. Johanna was born in Ireland, the daughter of John Keon and Kathrine McGuire.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was named Frederick/Fred Kornbrath. Frederick was born in Ferlach, Karten, Austria.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was named Hermine/Mina Sophie Muck. Hermine was born in Vienna, Austria.

Sources: Genealogies of Mark Harmon –

Genealogy of Mark Harmon (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Mark’s paternal grandparents, Louis Amiel/Anthony Harmon and Rose/Rosa Marie Quinn –

Mark’s paternal grandparents, Louis Amiel/Anthony Harmon and Rose/Rosa Marie Quinn, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Mark’s paternal grandfather, Louis Amiel/Anthony Harmon, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Mark’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

27 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    He does resemble Tom Cruise, though I think Mark is more handsome.

  2. Freerk says:

    Alsatians are not a mix of French and Germans, they are Alemannic people, from a Germanic tribe, and Alsatian is an Alemannic (German) dialect. They only live in France. If you want so: Germans in France. But of course nowadays there are many ethnic French in Alsatia, so his ancestors personally may have been a mix.

  3. chris91 says:

    I dont see anything eastern euro about him. Almost textbook western/white american

  4. Ardor says:

    He looks very German. He reminds me of an older Tom Cruise.

    • chris91 says:

      Exactly my thought. I assumed he must’ve (south)german/austrian since he has similar feauters. You can tell by his deep set piercing eyes, eyebrows, forehead and even nose. Reminds me of Tom Cruise as well but more refined and better looking

    • Freerk says:

      Actually he looks pretty Austrian; while Germans and Austrians are almost the same, there are regionally spread faces. You will more likely find a face like this in the east and south of Austria than in Germany.

  5. madman says:

    Amiel Harmon’s full name was Marie Felix Emile Harmon, according to other genealogies. Both his parents appears to have been of Alsatian German and French descent.

    Genealogy of Mark Harmon (focusing on his father’s side) –

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