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David McCallum, star of hit TV series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘NCIS,’ dies at 90

FILE - David McCallum, star of the NBC-TV series "The Invisible Man," is shown during an...
FILE – David McCallum, star of the NBC-TV sequence “The Invisible Man,” is proven throughout an interview with Jay Sharbutt at NBC studios in New York, Aug. 28, 1975. McCallum, who grew to become a teen heartthrob within the hit sequence “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” within the Nineteen Sixties and was the eccentric medical expert within the widespread “NCIS” 40 years later, died on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. He was 90. He died of pure causes surrounded by household at New York Presbyterian Hospital, CBS stated in an announcement.(AP Picture/Richard Drew, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor David McCallum, who grew to become a teen heartthrob within the hit sequence “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” within the Nineteen Sixties and was the eccentric medical expert within the widespread “NCIS” 40 years later, has died. He was 90.

McCallum died Monday of pure causes surrounded by household at New York Presbyterian Hospital, CBS stated in an announcement.

“David was a gifted actor and creator, and beloved by many all over the world. He led an unimaginable life, and his legacy will endlessly reside on by his household and the numerous hours on movie and tv that can by no means go away,” stated an announcement from CBS.

Scottish-born McCallum had been doing nicely showing in such movies “A Evening to Keep in mind” (concerning the Titanic), “The Nice Escape” and “The Best Story Ever Instructed” (as Judas). However it was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” that made the blond actor with the Beatlesque haircut a family title within the mid-’60s.

The success of the James Bond books and movies had set off a sequence response, with secret brokers proliferating on each giant and small screens. Certainly, Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed some concepts as “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” was being developed, in line with Jon Heitland’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. E book.”

The present, which debuted in 1964, starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo, an agent in a secretive, high-tech squad of crime fighters whose initials stood for United Community Command for Regulation and Enforcement. Regardless of the Chilly Battle, the company had a global employees, with McCallum as Illya Kuryakin, Solo’s Russian sidekick.

The function was comparatively small at first, McCallum recalled, including in a 1998 interview that “I’d by no means heard of the phrase ‘sidekick’ earlier than.”

The present drew combined critiques however finally caught on, notably with teenage women attracted by McCallum’s beauty and enigmatic, mental character. By 1965, Illya was a full associate to Vaughn’s character and each stars had been mobbed throughout private appearances.

The sequence lasted to 1968. Vaughn and McCallum reunited in 1983 for a nostalgic TV film, “The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” by which the brokers had been lured out of retirement to save lots of the world as soon as extra.

McCallum returned to tv in 2003 in one other sequence with an company recognized by its initials — CBS’ “NCIS.” He performed Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, a bookish pathologist for the Naval Prison Investigation Service, an company dealing with crimes involving the Navy or the Marines. Mark Harmon performed the NCIS boss.

McCallum stated he thought Ducky, who sported glasses and a bow tie and had an eye fixed for fairly girls, “appeared slightly foolish, however it was nice enjoyable to do.” He took the function severely, too, spending time within the Los Angeles coroner’s workplace to achieve perception into how autopsies are performed.

Co-star Lauren Holly took to X, previously Twitter, to mourn: “You had been the kindest man. Thanks for being you.” The beforehand introduced twentieth anniversary “NCIS” marathon on Monday evening will now embody an “in memoriam” card in remembrance of McCallum.

The sequence constructed an viewers progressively, finally reaching the roster of prime 10 reveals. McCallum, who lived in New York, stayed in a one-bedroom house in Santa Monica when “NCIS” was in manufacturing.

“He was a scholar and a gentleman, at all times gracious, a consummate skilled, and by no means one to move up a joke. From day one, it was an honor to work with him and he by no means allow us to down. He was, fairly merely, a legend, stated an announcement from “NCIS” Govt Producers Steven D. Binder and David North.

McCallum’s work with “U.N.C.L.E.” introduced him two Emmy nominations, and he obtained a 3rd as an educator fighting alcoholism in a 1969 Hallmark Corridor of Fame drama known as “Instructor, Instructor.”

In 1975, he had the title function in a short-lived science fiction sequence, “The Invisible Man,” and from 1979 to 1982 he performed Metal in a British science fiction sequence, “Sapphire and Metal.” Over time, he additionally appeared in visitor pictures in lots of TV reveals, together with “Homicide, She Wrote” and “Intercourse and the Metropolis.”

He appeared on Broadway in a 1968 comedy, “The Flip Facet,” and in a 1999 revival of “Amadeus” starring Michael Sheen and David Suchet. He additionally was in a number of off-Broadway productions.

Largely primarily based within the U.S. from the Nineteen Sixties onward, McCallum was a longtime American citizen, telling The Related Press in 2003 that “I’ve at all times cherished the liberty of this nation and all the things it stands for. And I reside right here, and I wish to vote right here.”

David Keith McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1933. His dad and mom had been musicians; his father, additionally named David, performed violin, his mom performed cello. When David was 3, the household moved to London, the place David Sr. performed with the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.

Younger David attended the Royal Academy of Music the place he realized the oboe. He determined he wasn’t adequate, so he turned to theater, learning briefly on the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork. However “I used to be a small, emaciated blond with a caved chest, so there weren’t an terrible lot of components for me,” he commented in a Los Angeles Occasions interview in 2009.

After outing for army service, he returned to London and commenced getting work on reside tv and flicks, In 1957 he appeared in “Theft Underneath Arms,” an journey set in early Australia, with a rising actress, Jill Eire. The couple married that very same 12 months.

In 1963, McCallum was a part of the big solid of “The Nice Escape” and he and his spouse grew to become pleasant with Charles Bronson, additionally within the movie. Eire finally fell in love with Bronson and he or she and McCallum divorced in 1967. She married Bronson in 1968.

“All of it labored out tremendous,” McCallum stated in 2009, “as a result of quickly after that I obtained along with Katherine (Carpenter, a former mannequin) and we’ve been very fortunately married for 42 years.”

McCallum had three sons from his first marriage, Paul, Jason and Valentine, and a son and daughter from his second, Peter and Sophie. Jason died of an overdose.

“He was a real Renaissance man — he was fascinated by science and tradition and would flip these passions into information. For instance, he was able to conducting a symphony orchestra and (if wanted) might really carry out an post-mortem, primarily based on his decades-long research for his function on NCIS,” Peter McCallum stated in an announcement.

In 2007, when he was engaged on “NCIS,” McCallum informed a reporter: “I’ve at all times felt the tougher I work, the luckier I get. I consider in serendipitous issues taking place, however on the identical time, dedicating your self to what you do is one of the best ways to get alongside on this life.”


Bob Thomas, a longtime Related Press journalist who died in 2014, was the principal author of this obituary.

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