Mark Harmon Recalls the 'Cold Call' That Led to His 36-Year Marriage to Pam Dawber 

The 'NCIS' star married the 'Mork & Mindy' actress one year after their first date

When it came to asking out his wife Pam Dawber for the first time 

Mark Harmon did not beat around the bush. 

The former NCIS star tells online a cold call led to their first date 37 years ago.

A mutual friend wanted to set him up with the Mork & Mindy star via a group date

the author recalled to mans as he discussed his new historical non-fiction book

Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, a Japanese American Spy Hunter

and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, out Nov. 14. 

But Harmon, 72, preferred a more direct approach. 

“I said, 'Can I just call? Can I get a number and just cold call?' And so I did.

 I got the number, and I called, and I got an answering machine

 And I started to leave a message that said, ‘We don't have to (all) go out.

We could get a cup of coffee or something.’ And then she was monitoring and she picked up.

 We went out that night and we're together ever since.”

The two married a year later “to the day,” he says.