David McCallum, famed for his role in the enduring CBS series “NCIS,” has passed away at the age of 90, as confirmed by the network in an official statement.
David McCallum, known for his kindness, coolness, patience, and love as a father, passed away peacefully from natural causes, surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital, according to CBS.
In a statement, his son Peter McCallum expressed, “He was the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father. He always put family before self.”
CBS also shared their condolences, describing David as a gifted actor and author who was beloved worldwide. They highlighted his remarkable life and the enduring legacy he leaves through his family and his countless hours of film and television work.
Born in Scotland, McCallum found fame in the US during the 1960s through the spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” where he portrayed agent Illya Kuryakin alongside Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo. He received two Emmy nominations for his role in the series and continued to work steadily in the industry, appearing in films like “The Great Escape” and “A Night to Remember.” He also left a mark on the sci-fi genre with his memorable performance in “The Outer Limits” episode “The Sixth Finger.”
Returning to television in 1975, McCallum took on the lead role in the NBC series “The Invisible Man.” Despite its groundbreaking special effects, the show lasted just one season. However, his final and unexpected television role came in the CBS crime procedural “NCIS,” where he portrayed chief medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard—a character who became a paternal figure to the show’s investigators.
David McCallum is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine McCallum, along with three sons (Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum, and Peter McCallum), a daughter named Sophie McCallum, and eight cherished grandchildren. His memory will continue to shine through his work and the impact he had on those around him.