The world mourns the loss of David McCallum, a true cinematic classic who died just days after turning 90. McCallum, known for his classic roles and unflinching dedication to his profession, has left a legacy that fans and colleagues alike will appreciate.
McCallum gained worldwide fame as the charming and talented actor who portrayed Donald “Ducky” Mallard on the hit show NCIS for two decades.
His portrayal of the beloved character endeared him to audiences, with his dedication to accuracy even leading him to attend medical examiner conventions.
His co-stars remember him fondly, with Michael Weatherly noting McCallum’s professionalism and leadership on the set. Brian Dietzen, another NCIS actor, called McCallum a joy to work with and a close friend.
Outside of NCIS, McCallum’s career spanned an incredible seven decades, during which he appeared in nearly 100 films and TV shows. He gained widespread acclaim for his role as secret agent Ilya Kuryakin in the 1960s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Aside from his professional triumphs, McCallum’s biggest joy was his family. He was a devoted father of five and a beloved grandfather of six. His son recalled him as gentle, loving, and always prioritizing family.
While fans mourn his passing, McCallum’s legacy will endure through his timeless performances and the impact he had on those who knew him. Rest in peace, David McCallum.