Beloved Star of Hit TV Show- NCIS Passes Away!

Renowned actor David McCallum, best known for his iconic portrayal of Chief Medical Examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard on the hit police procedural drama “NCIS,” has passed away at the age of 90. McCallum’s representative confirmed his death, citing natural causes as the cause, at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

David McCallum, ‘NCIS’ Actor died

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 1933, McCallum initially pursued a career in music, studying at the Royal Academy of Music. However, his destiny took a turn towards acting when he received acclaim for his performance in Shakespeare’s “King John” at a local theater group.

In the 1960s, McCallum relocated to the United States and found fame with a bit part in the TV series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” His chemistry with co-star Robert Vaughn led to an expanded role, earning him two Emmy Award nominations and Golden Globe nods. His success continued into film roles, including appearances in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “The Great Escape,” “Mosquito Squadron,” “Freud,” and “A Night to Remember.”

David McCallum

However, it was his portrayal of the eccentric yet highly skilled Chief Medical Examiner “Ducky” Mallard on “NCIS” that endeared him to audiences worldwide. McCallum brought the character to life for an impressive 20-year run on the show, becoming a close confidante to Mark Harmon’s character, Jethro Gibbs.

CBS expressed their condolences, stating, “David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world. 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.”

The executive producers of “NCIS,” Steven D. Binder and David North, also paid tribute, describing McCallum as a “scholar and a gentleman” who was “always gracious” and “a consummate professional.” They further noted that he was “a legend” and “family” to those who worked with him.

To honor McCallum’s memory, CBS announced that the previously scheduled 20th-anniversary “NCIS” marathon would include an “In memoriam” card in remembrance of the beloved actor.

David McCallum is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine McCallum, his sons, Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum, and Peter McCallum, his daughter, Sophie McCallum, and his eight grandchildren. His son, Paul, spoke on behalf of the family, describing him as “the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father” who had a deep bond with his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the McCallum family has requested that donations be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

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