Pam Dawber:
• Born in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan
• Raised with her sister Leslie in Farmington Hills
• Attended Reid Elementary School and North Farmington High School
• Pursued modeling while studying at Oakland Community College
• Started acting in commercials and studied voice and physical acting
• Played lead role in a stock production of “Sweet Adeline” at Goodspeed Opera House
• Starred in ABC comedy “Mork & Mindy” alongside Robin Williams
• Played title role of Samantha Russell in CBS sitcom “My Sister Sam” from 1986-1988
• Appeared in numerous movies in the 1980s and occasional roles in the 1990s
• Voiced Perdita in “101 Dalmatians: The Series” from 1997-1999
• Starred opposite Robin Williams in CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” in 2014
• Spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
• People’s Choice Award winner in 1979 and 1987
• Married actor Mark Harmon in 1987, with whom she has two sons
• Net worth of $12 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 18, 1951
SpouseMark Harmon
FactAunt, by marriage, of Tracy Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Sam Nelson and Gunnar Nelson.
PaymentsEarned $15,000 per 1/2 hour episode from Mork & Mindy (1978)

Early life, family, educational background

Singer, actress, fashion model, producer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, and voice actor Pamela Gene Dawber was born on 18 October 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was raised with her younger sister, Leslie, by their parents, Eugene E. Dawber and Thelma M. (neé Fisher) in the suburb of Farmington Hills.

Eugene was a commercial artist, and Thelma ran a photo agency. Unfortunately, Leslie was born with a congestive heart condition, and passed away during open-heart surgery in December 1976 when she was 22.

Pam attended Reid Elementary School in Goodrich, then matriculated from North Farmington High School before attending Oakland Community College, and while studying, she would model part-time. She saw the potential for her modeling career to take off, so she dropped out of college to pursue it full-time.

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Family’s personal life

She is the daughter-in-law of Tom Harmon and Elyse Harmon, and the sister-in-law of Kristin Harmon and Kelly Harmon. Also through her marriage to Mark Harmon, she is the aunt of Sam, Tracy, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, the offspring of singer Ricky Nelson and Kristin.

Who is Mark Harmon?

American television and film actor Thomas Mark Nelson was born on 2 September 1951, in Burbank, California, USA. Since the early 1970s, Mark has appeared in various roles. He was a college football player before acting in “St. Elsewhere”, which earned him People’s title of ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 1986. In 2002, he received an Emmy Award nomination for playing a special agent in the Secret Service, Simon Donovan, in “The West Wing.”

A year later, he was cast in a similar role as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in “NCIS.” The creator of “NCIS” and “JAG” saw Mark in “The West Wing”, and decided to cast him as a guest-starring role in two episodes of “JAG” as Leroy, before making him a permanent character in “NCIS”, which Mark has played since 2003.

He has also appeared in “The Deliberate Stranger,” “Reasonable Doubts,” “Certain Prey,” and other films and television series. Pam and Mark played Barbara and John Cooper in “I’ll Remember April”, as well as a number of “Love Letters” productions. In 2005, Mark won a Prism Award and The Golden Boot Award. He earned a Star on the Walk of Fame in 2012, and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor in 2017.


Pam’s friend moved to New York and advised her to move with and bring her modeling portfolio along.

Pam agreed and showed her portfolio to several agencies before being signed as a fashion model with Wilhelmina Models. From there, she decided to go into acting, after appeared in a few commercials.

Having an intense enjoyment for acting, she began studying both voice and physical acting.

Pam was cast as the lead role in a stock production of “Sweet Adeline,” a musical comedy at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. From that role, she went on to audition in 1976 for a role in the television series “Tabitha”, a sitcom which ran from 1977 to 1978, and was a spin-off from the sitcom “Bewitched”; the character she auditioned for was given to Lisa Hartman, but ABC-TV was impressed with her audition, so they enrolled Pam into their talent development program, which paid the actors until they found appropriate roles. Through the program, Pam was recruited by Garry K. Marshall.

In the 1980s, she sang in the production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” produced by Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, and based on the Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival production. In the New York run, Linda Ronstadt played Pam’s role as Mabel.


She played Terri in “Sister Terri” in 1978.

From 1978 to 1982, she played Mindy McConnell in the ABC comedy, “Mork & Mindy”, considered her breakthrough. Being cast was taken as a surprise due to Pam’s minimal experience in acting, but Garry K. Marshall saw her potential and cast her as one of the two title roles without asking her to audition. Her character, Mindy, was not only funny but also the love interest of Mork, an alien from the planet Ork. Mork was played by the famous actor, Robin Williams, before he became well-known.

The series was hugely popular in its first season, and averaged at number three in the Nielsen ratings of 1978. She has said that the most challenging part of the role was maintaining a straight face when acting opposite Robin, as he was always hilarious and made her laugh easily and often. As the show progressed, the network insisted on Mindy becoming a more sexualized character, but Pam fought against it, with Robin’s support.

She portrayed Karen Billings in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” entitled, “But Can She Type?” in 1985.

From 1986 to 1988, she played the title role of Samantha “Sam” Russell in the CBS sitcom “My Sister Sam.”, co-starring opposite Rebecca Schaeffer. The show was a massive success in its first season, but ratings dramatically dropped after the show was moved to Saturday nights, and was taken off air in April 1988.

Half of the episodes in season two were never aired on CBS, but USA Network eventually aired all previous and remaining episodes. A year after the show was canceled, Rebecca was shot and killed in front of her apartment by an obsessed fan, Robert John Bardo, in July 1989. According to close sources, Pam was ‘devastated’ by Rebecca’s death. Along with her other co-stars from “My Sister Sam,” Pam reunited with the cast, including David Naughton, Joel Brooks and Jenny O’Hara, to record a public service announcement against violence. Pam furthered her efforts by becoming an advocate for gun control.

In 1987, she played Pearl in “Faerie Tale Theatre” in the episode, “The Little Mermaid”, but after the birth of her second child, she left acting to focus on her family, but occasionally acted during the 1990s. In 1994 she played Cheryl Castorini in “Dream On,” an the episode “From Here to Paternity.”

Pam Dawber

She voiced the role of Liese in the episode “Self-Discipline” of “Adventures from the Book of Virtues” in 1996, then in 1997 she played Ronnie Boswell in “Life… and Stuff”, and from 1997 to 199 she voiced Perdita ‘Perdy’ in “101 Dalmatians: The Series.”

In an episode of “The Crazy Ones” entitled “Love Sucks,” in 2014, she played Lily, reuniting with Robin Williams for the show, and once again playing his love interest in the comedy series. Although both actors became widely loved by audiences, the show did not do well and was canceled. Sadly, Robin was already suffering from Lewy body dementia, and died from suicide later that year.

In 2016 she played Arnette in “The Odd Couple” in the episode entitled “Taffy Days.” Pam won a People’s Choice Award in 1979 for her role in “Mork & Mindy.”

In 1987, she earned her second People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program.


In 1978 she played Tracy Farrell in “A Wedding.” She appeared in numerous movies in the 1980s, including “The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything” as Bonny Lee Beaumont in 1980, 1982’s “Remembrance of Love” as Marcy Rabin, “Last of the Great Survivors” in 1984 as Laura Matthews, and in 1988 as Lucy Wedemeyer in “Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story.”

She played opposite John Ritter as Helen Knable in the comedy “Stay Tuned” in 1992, as Robyn in 1993’s “The Man with Three Wives,” “A Child’s Cry for Help” as Monica Shaw in 1994, and as Liz Corrigan in 1999’s “Don’t Look Behind You.”

Pam is a spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In 2016, Garry K. Marshall passed away.

Out of respect, Pam guest-appeared in a tribute episode of “The Odd Couple,” which was dedicated to Garry, with other actors including Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, and Garry’s sister, Penny Marshall.

Along with her ex-manager, Mimi Weber, they created the production company, Pony Productions.

Personal life

On 21 March 1987, Pam married fellow actor Mark Harmon in a private ceremony. Mark’s wedding ring is shaped like the head of an eagle. In an interview with Country Living, he shared, ‘I wear it or a few others I have because when I’m not shooting, I like to make sure I have something on my ring finger because I’m proud to be married and I’m proud of who I’m married to.’ They reportedly renewed their vows on their 30th wedding anniversary in an intimate ceremony held in their backyard.

The couple has two sons together – Sean Thomas Harmon was born on 26 April 1988 and is now an actor, and Ty Christian Harmon was born on 25 June 1992.

In an interview with ET, Pam opened up on her decision to leave her acting career to focus on her family life, ‘I don’t think two people can work all the time in show business and stay married.’ She added that she got to do everything she wanted to professionally, including performing in musical theatre, voicing cartoons, acting in a number one show, and performing on Broadway. After having her children, her focus switched from chasing ‘this fame thing’ to wanting to drive her children to school and participate in their school events. ‘I got to teach in their art class, and so it was a different life then, and I was very happy to do it’’

Pam and Mark are both very private about their personal lives, and do not often appear in public together or with their children.

In an interview with People while the pair were still engaged, Pam spoke about their privacy: ‘We’re not trying to keep something secret, but if you don’t want it totally exploited by the press, you have to.’

Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts

  • In 1996, Pam and Mark pulled a man out of a burning car.
  • She has a four-octave soprano voice.
  • She was a judge on the panel that chose NASA’s “Teacher in Space,” Christa McAuliffe, who subsequently died in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.
  • Her hobbies include cooking, swimming, canoeing, and horse-back riding.
  • Pam was best friends with Robin Williams.


She is 5ft 6in (1.69m) tall, weighs 126lbs (57kgs), and her vital statistics are 33-25-33. She has blue eyes and brown hair.

Net worth and salary

As of early 2020, Pam’s net worth was estimated at $12 million; she earns an annual income from her production company, Pony Productions. When filming “Mork & Mindy,” she received $15,000 per episode, a high salary at that time.

General Info

Full NamePam Dawber
Date Of BirthOctober 18, 1951
Height1.69 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Entrepreneur, Voice Actor, Spokesperson, Singer, Fashion Model
EducationOakland Community College, North Farmington High School


SpouseMark Harmon
ChildrenSean Harmon, Ty Christian Harmon
ParentsEugene E. Dawber, Thelma Dawber
SiblingsLeslie Dawber


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
NominationsTV Land "Who Knew They Could Sing?" Award
MoviesStay Tuned, I'll Remember April, Through Naked Eyes, Web of Deception, A Child's Cry for Help, Do You Know the Muffin Man?, Remembrance of Love, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, A Stranger to Love, The Bears Who Saved Christmas, Swan Lake, The Little Mermaid, Last of the Great Survivors, Parad...
TV ShowsMork & Mindy, My Sister Sam, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, Life... and Stuff, The Bears Who Saved Christmas

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Mork & Mindy (1978)$15,000 per 1/2 hour episode


1It is time somebody admitted there are flat-chested women - and I'm one of them...I don't have big boobs and I refuse to pretend I do by wearing a padded bra and a tight outfit.
2I am so grateful for my life. I've had really hard times, but then so have most people. But I'm grateful for having been able to come out the other side of it.
3It's like a train pulls up to your door, and either you get on it or you let it go by. And I just always got on the train.


1Was best friends with Robin Williams.
2Best known by the public for her starring role as one of the title characters in Mork & Mindy (1978).
3When she was modeling in New York, Pam's best friend was Seventeen cover girl Julianne Wasiak, who was also a Wilhemina model.
4Introduced to her husband, Mark Harmon, by Gina Hecht.
5Her younger sister, Leslie, who was born with a congestive heart condition, died in December 1976.
6Daughter of Gene Dawber, a commercial artist, and Thelma Dawber, who ran a stock photo agency.
7Is a national spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America
8Formed the production company "Pony Productions" with her ex-manager, Mimi Weber.
9Served as a judge on the panel that chose Christa McAuliffe as NASA's "Teacher in Space".
10Second-cousin of actress Mandy Roveda.
11Ex-sister-in-law of Ricky Nelson, Mark Tinker and John DeLorean.
12Has two sons with husband Mark Harmon: Sean Harmon (born 26 April 1988) and Ty Christian Harmon (25 June 1992).
13Aunt, by marriage, of Tracy Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Sam Nelson and Gunnar Nelson.
14Daughter-in-law of Elyse Knox and Tom Harmon.
15Sister-in-law of Kelly Harmon and Kristin Harmon.
16Assisted Mark in pulling a man from a burning car in 1996.




The Odd Couple2016TV SeriesArnette
The Crazy Ones2014TV SeriesLily
I'll Remember April2000Barbara Cooper
Don't Look Behind You1999TV MovieLiz Corrigan
101 Dalmatians: The Series1997-1998TV SeriesPerdy
Men in Black: The Series1998TV Series
Life... and Stuff1997TV SeriesRonnie Boswell
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1996TV SeriesLiese
A Stranger to Love1996TV MovieAndie
Trail of Tears1995TV MovieCheryl Harris
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1995TV SeriesWife / House-buying Wife
The Bears Who Saved Christmas1994TV ShortMom (voice)
A Child's Cry for Help1994TV MovieMonica Shaw
Web of Deception1994TV MovieEllen Benesch
Dream On1994TV SeriesCheryl Castorini
The Man with Three Wives1993TV MovieRobyn
Stay Tuned1992Helen Knable
Rewrite for Murder1991TV Movie
The Face of Fear1990TV MovieConnie Weaver
Do You Know the Muffin Man?1989TV MovieKendra Dollison
Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story1988TV MovieLucy Wedemeyer
My Sister Sam1986-1988TV SeriesSamantha 'Sam' Russell
Faerie Tale Theatre1985-1987TV SeriesPearl / Guest Interviewee
American Geisha1986TV MovieGillian Burke
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesKaren Billings (segment "But Can She Type?")
Wild Horses1985TV MovieDaryl Reese
This Wife for Hire1985TV MovieMarsha Harper
Last of the Great Survivors1984TV MovieLaura Matthews
Through Naked Eyes1983TV MovieAnne Walsh
Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour1982TV SeriesMindy McConnell / Mindy
Remembrance of Love1982TV MovieMarcy Rabin
Pac Preview Party1982TV MovieMindy McConnell (voice)
Mork & Mindy1978-1982TV SeriesMindy McConnell / Mandy
Twilight Theater1982TV Movie
Swan Lake1981Princess Odette (voice)
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything1980TV MovieBonny Lee Beaumont
A Wedding1978Tracy Farrell (as Pamela Dawber)
Sister Terri1978TV MovieSister Terri


The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV Special performer: "There's a Small Hotel", "You're Just in Love", "Anything You Can Do", "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love"
Mork & Mindy1979-1980TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Life... and Stuff1997TV Series producer


The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1986TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer
The 13th Annual American Music Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHerself
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieHerself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Program
Welcome to Los Angeles: A Party for Julio Iglesias1983TV MovieHerself
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night1983TV MovieHerself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Co-Hoist / Herself - Actress
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite TV Comedy
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama or Comedy Special
Dance Fever1979TV SeriesHerself
The Chevy Chase National Humor Test1979TV MovieHerself / Various
Perry Como's Springtime Special1979TV MovieHerself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite Female Performer in New TV Show
Look Magazine Gala Party1979TV MovieHerself
Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall1979TV Movie documentaryHerself / Mindy McConnell (uncredited)
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Talk2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2014TV SeriesHerself
Biography2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Good Day Live2004TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Cameras Rolling: 20 Days on Set2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Joan Rivers Show1991TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Series
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Your New Baby1989DocumentaryNarrator
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Series
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Hour Magazine1982-1988TV SeriesHerself
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1988TV SpecialHerself
The Morning Exchange1988TV SeriesHerself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite Female Performer in New Television Series
Candid Camera: First 40 Years1987TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryMindy McConnell
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Biography2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion2005TV Movie documentaryMindy McConnell


Won Awards

1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female Performer in a New TV Program
1979People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female Performer in a New TV Program

Nominated Awards

2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsThe "Who Knew They Could Sing?" Award

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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