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Renowned Actor David McCallum of "NCIS" Fame Passes Away at 90


David McCallum, seen here in his role as Donald "Ducky" Mallard on 'NCIS,' died Monday, according to a statement from his family.

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The entertainment world mourns the loss of veteran actor David McCallum, celebrated for his notable role in the CBS series “NCIS.” McCallum, aged 90, passed away surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital, CBS announced.


Peter McCallum, his son, paid tribute, saying, "He was the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father. Always putting family before himself."


CBS paid homage to the legendary actor, "David was a gifted actor and author, cherished globally. His incredible life has left an indelible mark through his vast body of work on film and television. His endearing sense of humor, captivating stories, and warmth will be sorely missed by all."


Hailing from Scotland, McCallum's entry into American television followed various British TV roles. He achieved stardom in the 1960s with the spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” portraying agent Illya Kuryakin alongside Robert Vaughn. This role fetched him two Emmy nominations. His portfolio includes stellar roles in movies like “The Great Escape” and “A Night to Remember”, as well as an unforgettable appearance in the sci-fi series “The Outer Limits.”


His role as chief medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard in “NCIS” is fondly remembered as the wise figure guiding the show’s investigators.


David McCallum's legacy continues through his loving wife Katherine McCallum, three sons—Paul, Valentine, and Peter—and his daughter Sophie, along with eight grandchildren.



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