Who is Kelly Harmon?
Kelly Harmon is a retired American actress, perhaps best known to the world as Bobbi Robbins in the TV series “Switch” (1976), among several other popular roles she had in her acting career.
Where is Kelly Harmon Today?
Kelly left the acting world in the mid-‘80s, since when she’s been focused on a number of things, including working as a costume designer on the reality TV series “Top Chef Masters” in 2010.
Presently, Kelly is focused on her rising career as an interior designer, and has started her own interior design company, Kelly Harmon Designs, operating in the Los Angeles area. As her ‘about page’ says, Kelly’s style incorporates period antiques with strong elements of country simplicity. Her work has been featured in numerous lifestyle magazines, including House Beautiful and Town & Country.
Kelly Harmon Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Kelly Jean Harmon was born on 9 November 1948, in Los Angeles County, California, USA. She’s the daughter of the former college football star and sports broadcaster Tom Harmon, the sole survivor of the bomber plane he piloted during World War II, and his wife Elyse Knox. Kelly’s the middle of three children – her younger brother is the famous actor Thomas Mark Harmon, best known as Leeroy Jethro Gibbs from the ‘NCIS’ franchise, while her older sister, Sharon Kristin Harmon, was also an actress, painter, and author, who passed away in 2018 after suffering a heart attack.
While in a local high school, Kelly made her acting debut, and after matriculation, Kelly became focused on pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional actress just like her mother, instead of enrolling into college.
Johnny with Kelly Harmon (Mark Harmon's sister). Year unknown.
Kelly’s first steps into the acting world were taken in 1962, when she appeared in the TV comedy series “The New Loretta Young Show”, in which she portrayed the character named Teedee Doley. The show follows a woman named Christine Massey, portrayed by Loretta Young, and her life as a freelance writer in suburban Connecticut, while trying to raise her seven children alone as a widow.
After several years, Kelly returned to acting in 1973 with the voice role of Kimmy in the Academy Award-nominated Hall Bartlett’s film “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, based on the book by Richard D. Bach, and starring James Franciscus, Juliet Mills and Philip Ahn in the lead roles.
Three years later, Kelly joined the main cast of the action crime-drama series “Switch” as Bobbi Robbins, comprised of Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert and Charlie Callas, which follows the story of ex-cop Frank McBride and ex-con Pete Ryan as they start their own detective agency.
Next, she appeared as a Stewardess in the Oscar-winning romantic-comedy-drama film “California Suite”, starring Jane Fonda, Alan Ada and Maggie Smith, while Herbert Ross directed it, following the misadventures of the guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Before the decade ended, Kelly portrayed Sarah in the eponymous sci-fi action-adventure series “Battlestar Galactica” (1978), with Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict as the main stars of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series. Moreover, she appeared in the critically acclaimed mystery crime-drama series “CHiPs” as Candi Wright, about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers and their daily activities, which starred Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox and Robert Pine.
Later Career and Retirement
The start of the ‘80s brought some new contracts to Kelly. In addition to appearing in TV series and films, she struck a deal with Tic-Tac, and began appearing in commercials for the famous small, hard-mint brand.
Her acting career took an upward turn too; Kelly featured in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated crime mystery-drama series “Barnaby Jones”, which follows the titular private detective and his widowed daughter-in-law, as they team up to solve mysterious cases, starring Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether and Mark Shera.
Next, she was Jean in the Emmy-awarded action adventure-drama series “The Incredible Hulk”, with Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner, and Lou Ferrigno as the green monster.
The following year, Kelly featured in the short-lived “Nero Wolfe” mystery crime-drama series, starring William Conrad about a detective who primarily tends to his eating habits and his orchids rather than doing his job.
The same year, Kelly made a one episode appearance in the soap opera “One Day at a Time”, and the same year appeared in the TV action crime-drama series “T.J. Hooker”, with William Shatner as the titular character in this police drama.
To speak further of her accomplishments, Kelly was Dr. Jane Lewis in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. Before retiring, she was the recurring character Sunny Hayward in the short-lived sports drama series “Bay City Blues”, about a minor league baseball team and their success in the league, as they play games in various cities. The series was created by Steven Bocho and Jeffrey Lewis, and starred Michael Nouri, Pat Corley and Perry Lang.
According to reports, Kelly Harmon’s wealth is estimated at $5 million as of late 2022, earned through her career as an actress, during which she made around 15 TV and film appearances. Moreover, her work as an interior designer has also boosted her wealth.
Personal Life, Married, Husband, Children
Kelly Harmon was John DeLorean’s second wife. The famous automobile executive had just divorced his first wife, Elizabeth Higgins, in 1969 when Kelly and he married on 31 May. She was just 20 years old, while Joh was 43 at the time. However, their marriage didn’t last long as they separated in 1971, and the divorce was finalized in 1973.
In 1984, she married her second husband, Robert L. ‘Bob’ Miller, who is an L.A.-based publishing entrepreneur. According to reports, she has three children from her marriages.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Kelly Harmon has blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), but her weight and other vital statistics are currently unknown, though she has a slim figure.