David McCallum: ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Man from Uncle’ star dies at 90

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David McCallum, who was seen as Donald “Ducky” Mallard on ‘NCIS,’ died on Monday, according to a statement from his family.


Actor David McCallum, best known for his role on the long-running CBS procedural “NCIS,” has died, the network said in a statement. He was 90 years old.

“He was the kindest, nicest, most patient and loving father,” his son Peter McCallum wrote in a family statement provided by CBS. “He always put family before himself.”

CBS said McCallum died of natural causes surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

“David was a talented actor and writer and beloved by many people around the world,” the network’s statement said. “He lived an incredible life, and his legacy will live on through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will never end. We will miss his warmth and endearing sense of humor that permeated any room or soundstage he stepped into, as well as the wonderful stories he often shared from a life well lived.

Scottish-born McCallum got his big break in the US (after several roles in British television) in the 1960s spy series “The Man from Uncle”, in which he co-starred as Agent Ilya Kuryakin alongside Robert Vaughn’s suave detective Napoleon Solo. Played an acting role.

McCallum earned a pair of Emmy nominations for the show, and worked steadily thereafter, including roles in the films “The Great Escape” and “A Night to Remember.” He also starred in a memorable episode of the horror sci-fi anthology series “The Outer Limits,” “The Sixth Finger,” in which he played an ordinary man who wants to undergo evolutionary progress at an accelerated pace.

McCallum returned to television in a starring role in the 1975 NBC series “The Invisible Man”, but the show, despite its then-successful special effects, lasted one season. His incredible final work in TV came with the CBS crime procedural “NCIS.” McCallum played Chief Medical Examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard, an eccentric and accomplished professional who served as a mentor to the show’s investigators.

McCallum is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine McCallum, three sons (Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum and Peter McCallum), his daughter Sophie McCallum, and eight grandchildren.

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