David McCallum

Scottish actor (1933-2023)

David Keith McCallum (19 September 1933 – 25 September 2023) was a Scottish actor. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. McCallum was best known for playing Illya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS.

David McCallum
McCallum in October 2012
David Keith McCallum

(1933-09-19)19 September 1933
Died25 September 2023(2023-09-25) (aged 90)
Occupationactor / musician



McCallum's first movie work was in Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), followed The Secret Place (1957). Later, he worked in The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961), Billy Budd (1962), and Freud (1962). McCallum played a role in the movie The Great Escape (1962), with Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges. In 1965, he worked in the in biblical movie The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). In this movie he played Judas. In 1966, he co-starred in Around the World Under the Sea (1966), with Lloyd Bridges.

He had a strong performance in first lead role in a movie in Mosquito Squadron (1969), directed by Boris Sagal. In 1970s, McCallum acted in movies as Dogs (1976), The Kingfisher Caper (1976),



Most of his career has been in television. He has worked for over fifty years in television both in the United States and the United Kingdom. His first appearances were in British television in Our Mutual Friend (1958), The Eustace Diamonds (1959), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1959) and BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960). In 1964, he played the role of Illya Kuryakin in the American TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. McCallum played the character for 114 episodes. For this series McCallum was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. David McCallum also had success in British series Colditz (1972–1974), and Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982).

He also played role the invisible man in NBC TV series, The Invisible Man. In the 1990s, he was in the sci-fi series VR.5 as Doctor Joseph Bloom. He worked on the American series The Replacements (2006–2009) and CBS TV series NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003-2011), as Dr. Donald Mallard.

McCallum died of natural causes on 25 September 2023 at a hospital in New York City, less than a week after his 90 birthday.[1][2]


  1. David McCallum Dies: Beloved ‘NCIS’ Actor Was 90
  2. "David McCallum, star of hit TV series 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' and 'NCIS,' dies at 90". Yahoo. 25 September 2023. Retrieved 25 September 2023.

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