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

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

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

“David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world,” the network’s statement read. “He led an incredible life, and his legacy will forever live on through his family and the countless hours on film and television that will never go away. We will miss his warmth and endearing sense of humor that lit up any room or soundstage he stepped onto, as well as the brilliant stories he often shared from a life well-lived.”

Born in Scotland, McCallum got his big break in the US (after a number of roles in British television) in the 1960s spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” co-starring as agent Illya Kuryakin opposite Robert Vaughn’s suave spy Napoleon Solo.

McCallum earned a pair of Emmy nominations for the show, and working steadily thereafter, including roles in the films “The Great Escape” and “A Night to Remember.” He also starred in a memorable episode of the eerie sci-fi anthology series “The Outer Limits,” “The Sixth Finger,” playing an ordinary man who volunteers to undergo evolutionary advancement at accelerated speed.

McCallum returned to television in a starring role in the 1975 NBC series “The Invisible Man,” but the show, despite its then-breakthrough special effects, lasted a single season. His improbable last act in TV came with the CBS crime procedural “NCIS.” McCallum played chief medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard, an eccentric and skilled professional who served as a patriarch 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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We watched NCIS for probably the first seven seasons. He was always my favorite character.  Damned good actor, and from everything that I have read, a very nice man. Rest in Peace.

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Rest In Peace, Mr. McCallum.


When I was a little kid and to me, he were the coolest guy. Loved watching The Man from UNCLE. I looked everywhere for a toy gun like his. :D


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What a career!  Consummate professional and an absolute STAR!!


He could play a character and it would always be believable!

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He was the last original cast member on NCIS. Maybe they'll have a funeral for Ducky on the show. It would be a great chance to have Gibbs come back for. 

Maybe they could go as far as to have Ducky murdered, the team stumped, and Gibbs come back to find the killer. It would make a good 2 episode season opener.

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He is best known for starring as Illya Kuryakin in the 1960s spy drama The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as playing pathologist Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard in NCIS.

McCallum died peacefully on Monday (September 25) of natural causes in New York City, having celebrated his 90th birthday just one week ago.

His son Peter issued a statement on behalf of his family.

It read: ‘He was the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father.

‘He always put family before self. He looked forward to any chance to connect with his grandchildren and had a unique bond with each of them.’

R.I.P. Ducky

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