Elyse Knox Poster

Trivia (8)

Mother of actor Mark Harmon, actresses Kristin Harmon (1945-2018) and Kelly Harmon.

A "B" actress for most of her career, she retired in the late 1940s to raise a family, but came back sporadically to do commercial work.

Mother-in-law of actress Pam Dawber.

Grandmother of Sam Nelson, musicians Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson, and actress Tracy Nelson.

When she married football star and World War II serviceman Tom Harmon, her wedding dress was made out of the parachute that saved his life in the Pacific Theater.

Besides being married to a football star, Tom Harmon, her brother, Ron Knox, played quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and her son, Mark Harmon, was a star quarterback at UCLA.

Ex-mother-in-law of Ricky Nelson, Mark Tinker and John DeLorean.

Contrary to some belief, she is NOT the daughter of former U.S. Secretary of Navy (and 1936 Vice-Presidential candidate) Frank Knox. Her father was Frederick Kornbarth.