David McCallum, who played ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘NCIS,’ died at 90 in New York City. His son Peter announced his natural death on behalf of the family.
Peter McCallum praised his father as kind, gentle, and loving, always prioritizing family. David McCallum loved talking philosophically with his grandchildren, especially his 9-year-old grandson Whit.
David McCallum was adaptable and turned his passion for science and culture into knowledge. He conducted a symphony orchestra and performed autopsies after studying for ‘NCIS.’
The love between David and his wife survived his death. Even at 90, his wife wanted to grow old together, reflecting their vibrant bond.
Alongside Robert Vaughn, David McCallum played Illya Kuryakin in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in ‘NCIS.’ His distinctive blend of drama and humor made ‘NCIS’ a fan favorite. The show’s popularity spawned ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans.’
CBS, where NCIS aired, mourned McCallum’s death, praising him as a talented actor and novelist whose impact will live on in film and television. The network also remembers his warm nature and sense of humor, which enlivened any room or studio.
For 60 years, David McCallum worked hard at his art. He loved his job and considered it his calling. His dedication to excellence includes learning a sophisticated medical language for Dr. Mallard.
From his television career, McCallum voiced roles in ‘The Replacements and ‘Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.’
David McCallum came from a musical family in Glasgow, Scotland, and played the oboe. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art because he loved acting. He began performing professionally at age 12 for the BBC radio repertory company.
He debuted in 1953’s BBC fantasy serial “The Rose and the Ring”. In the late 1950s, he appeared in “The Secret Place,” “Hell Drivers,” and “Robbery Under Arms.”
With his pivotal role in “The Great Escape” (1963), David McCallum made his debut. He kept working in cinema and television, guest-starring on “Perry Mason” and “The Outer Limits.”
In 2003, McCallum’s “JAG” role inspired “NCIS.” Little did he know that this would define his career for over a decade.
David McCallum recorded four Capitol Records albums in the 1960s. His classical music was showcased on these recordings.
“Once a Crooked Man,” McCallum’s 2016 mystery novel, complements his incredible career.
David McCallum is survived by his 56-year-old wife Katherine, his children, and eight grandchildren. Many will love his entertaining legacy.