Mark Harmon has paid respect to his longtime NCIS co-star David McCallum, who passed away on Monday at the age of 90.
“David lived a great, full, long life,” Harmon said in an interview with TVLine. “I was in awe when I first met him, and everyone on the show was honored to have toed the line alongside him.” My heartfelt sympathies to Katherine and his family.”
As previously reported, McCallum, who most recently appeared, remotely, in the final two episodes of NCIS’ 20th season last spring, d1ed of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital. With Harmon’s departure from NCIS in Season 19, McCallum was the show’s final original cast member.
The current executive producers of NCIS, Seven D. Binder and David North, released a statement saying that David McCallum had “endeared himself to audiences around the world for over 20 years playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard.”
“But, as much as his fans adored him, those who worked alongside David adored him even more. He was a scholar and a gentleman, always cordial and professional, and never missed a joke. It was a privilege to work with him from the start, and he never let us down. He was, simply put, a legend. He was also a member of the family and will be greatly missed.”
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and grateful that CBS was his home for so many years,” a CBS official said. David was a talented actor and playwright who was well-liked by people all around the world. He lived an amazing life, and his legacy will carry on forever via his family and the numerous hours of cinema and television that will never be forgotten. We shall miss his warmth and delightful sense of humor, which brightened each room or studio he entered, as well as the amazing anecdotes he often recounted from a life well-lived.”
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