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David McCallum

1933-09-19 Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Image of David McCallum


David McCallum (September 19, 1933 - September 25, 2023) was a Scottish actor and musician. He gained wide recognition in the 1960s for playing secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. His other notable television roles include Carter in Colditz (1972–1974) and Steel in Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982). Beginning in 2003, McCallum gained renewed international popularity for his role as NCIS medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the American television series NCIS. On film, McCallum notably appeared in The Great Escape (1963). He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to David McCallum Sr., an orchestral violinist, and Dorothy (née Dorman), a cellist. He began his acting career in the early 1950s, appearing in British television shows and films. In 1957, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in American cinema. His breakthrough role came in 1964 when he was cast as Illya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The show was a huge success, and he became an international star. After the show ended in 1968, he continued to act in films and television shows, but he never achieved the same level of success. In 2003, he was cast as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in NCIS. The show was a critical and commercial success, and McCallum became one of the most popular members of the cast. He remained with the show for a 20-year run, and became the longest-serving cast member. In addition to his acting career, he was also a musician. He has released several albums of folk and pop music, and he also toured extensively.


NCISverse: The First 1,000 Self 2024-04-08
Charles Bronson, le génie du mâle Self (archive footage) 2020-11-29
Batman vs. Robin Alfred Pennyworth (voice) 2015-04-03
Son of Batman Alfred Pennyworth (voice) 2014-05-13
Wonder Woman Zeus (voice) 2009-03-03
Batman: Gotham Knight Alfred Pennyworth (voice) 2008-07-08
Doctor Who: Origins Self (archive footage) 2006-01-30
Swindle Eddie 2002-04-01
Television: The First Fifty Years Illya Kuryakin (archive footage) 1999-01-01
Cherry Mammy 1999-12-10
March in Windy City Daniel Paterson / Dimitri Petrovsky 1998-05-03
Death Game Malius 1996-09-21
Ancient Prophecies II: Countdown to Doomsday Self 1994-11-18
Ancient Prophecies Self 1994-03-01
Titanic: The Complete Story Narrator (voice) 1994-07-24
Dirty Weekend Reggie 1993-10-29
Return to 'The Great Escape' Self 1993-12-31
Fatal Inheritance Brandon Murphy 1991-10-01
Hear My Song Jim Abbott 1991-12-27
The Haunting of Morella Gideon Locke 1990-02-09
The Return of Sam McCloud Inspector Craig 1989-11-12
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz Charlie Ritz 1988-11-28
Wall of Tyranny Sgt. Kemper 1988-01-11
The Wind John 1986-11-17
Terminal Choice Dr. Giles Dodson 1985-05-10
92 Grosvenor Street 1985-12-29
Master Ninja II Castile 1984-01-20
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair Illya Kuryakin 1983-04-05
The Watcher in the Woods Paul Curtis 1980-04-17
King Solomon's Treasure Sir Henry Curtis 1979-05-31
Dogs Harlan Thompson 1976-11-11
The Kingfisher Caper Benedict Van Der Byl 1975-06-30
The Invisible Man Dr. Daniel Westin 1975-05-06
Frankenstein: The True Story Dr. Clervall 1974-09-19
The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War Alexi Kaslov 1973-10-20
The Screaming Skull Luke 1973-02-14
She Waits Mark Wilson 1972-01-28
Hauser's Memory Hillel Mondoro 1970-11-24
Mosquito Squadron Quint Monroe 1969-08-22
Teacher, Teacher Hamilton Cade 1969-02-05
La cattura Sergeant Stephen Holmann 1969-11-07
The File on Devlin Kenneth Canfield 1969-11-21
The Helicopter Spies Illya Kuryakin 1968-05-23
How to Steal the World Illya Kuryakin 1968-09-18
Sol Madrid Sol Madrid 1968-02-07
Italy's in Season Self 1967-01-01
The Spy in the Green Hat Illya Kuryakin 1967-02-03
Three Bites of the Apple Stanley Thrumm 1967-05-24
The Karate Killers Illya Kuryakin 1967-04-07
Casino Royale Casino Patron (uncredited) 1967-04-13
Around the World Under the Sea Dr. Philip Volker 1966-05-21
One Spy Too Many Illya Kuryakin 1966-08-05
One of Our Spies Is Missing Illya Kuryakin 1966-12-01
The Big T.N.T. Show Self - Host 1966-01-07
The Greatest Story Ever Told Judas Iskarioth 1965-04-09
The Spy with My Face Illya Kuryakin 1965-04-15
The Unknown Tone Hobart 1964-05-04
To Trap a Spy Illya Kuryakin 1964-01-01
The Great Escape Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal' 1963-07-03
Billy Budd Steven Wyatt, Gunnery Officer 1962-11-12
Wuthering Heights Edgar 1962-05-10
Freud: The Secret Passion Carl von Schlossen 1962-12-12
The Long and the Short and the Tall Pvt. Sammy Whitaker 1961-02-28
Karolina Riječka Mr. George 1961-01-01
Jungle Street Terry Collins 1960-01-07
The Skin of Our Teeth Henry 1959-01-01
Violent Playground Johnnie Murphy 1958-01-14
A Night to Remember Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride 1958-07-03
Robbery Under Arms Jim Marston 1957-01-10
Ill Met by Moonlight Sailor on Pick Up Ship (uncredited bit) 1957-01-31
These Dangerous Years 1957-07-03
Hell Drivers Jimmy Yately, Tom's brother 1957-07-23
The Secret Place Mike Wilson 1957-02-06
Ancient Prophecies III: New Visions of the Future Self