New York: Mark Harmon has left behind the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Conan O`Brien, and Charlie Sheen to be voted America`s favorite television personality.
The findings were based on a Harris Interactive online poll of 2,331 adults last month.
Harmon, who currently stars as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the CBS procedural NCIS, ranked No. 8 last year-and wasn`t even on the list for the two decades before that.
"To trot out the classic quip, he represents who other men want to be and who women want to be with. Throughout so many of his roles, Mark has been an almost iconic representation of a salt-of-the-earth, upstanding guy," a daily quoted Matt Mitovich, editor-at-large of TVLine.com, as saying.
He made headlines as Dr. Robert Caldwell on the 1980s smash St. Elsewhere, playing one of the first mainstream characters to contract AIDS.
Harmon left the show in 1986, the same year he beat out Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis and JFK Jr. for People`s Sexiest Man Alive.