NCIS's David McCallum Passes Away at 90

David McCallum's impact transcends his on-screen performances

by Nouman Rasool
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NCIS's David McCallum Passes Away at 90
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CBS mourns the loss of one of its most cherished stars, David McCallum, a veteran actor and stalwart of the acclaimed series “NCIS,” who passed away at the age of 90. Surrounded by his loved ones, McCallum took his last breath at the New York Presbyterian Hospital due to natural causes.

Peter McCallum, his son, lovingly remembered his father: "To us, he was not just an accomplished actor but the embodiment of kindness, grace, and selflessness. Always putting family at the forefront, he was our pillar."

Network Celebrates McCallum's Legacy

The network, in its homage, highlighted McCallum's multifaceted career: “David’s talent extended beyond acting; he was a skilled author admired globally.

His magnetic presence, coupled with his heartwarming humor, resonated both on and off-screen. He leaves behind an indelible mark with stories that span a lifetime. His artistic contributions, immortalized in countless film and television hours, will be cherished for generations”.

McCallum's journey in the entertainment world began in his homeland, Scotland. However, his star shone brightest on American soil. He carved a niche for himself in the 1960s with the iconic spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” where he played the role of agent Illya Kuryakin alongside Robert Vaughn’s charismatic Napoleon Solo.

This role not only catapulted him to fame but also earned him two Emmy nominations. His illustrious career included roles in celebrated films like “The Great Escape” and “A Night to Remember”. Fans also fondly recall his performance in the "The Outer Limits" episode titled “The Sixth Finger”.

In 1975, McCallum took on a leading role in NBC’s “The Invisible Man”. Despite its cutting-edge special effects at the time, the series had a short-lived season. Years later, his portrayal of the enigmatic chief medical examiner, Donald “Ducky” Mallard, on CBS’s “NCIS,” became iconic.

As Ducky, McCallum became the heart and soul of the show, guiding its investigators. The actor's life was rich not just in terms of his professional achievements but also his personal ties. David McCallum is survived by Katherine McCallum, his devoted wife of over half a century, three sons - Paul, Valentine, and Peter, his daughter Sophie, and a brood of eight grandchildren, who will forever cherish his memory.

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