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David McCallum

Biography

He became referred to as key agent Illya Kuryakin for the 1960s tv series THE PERSON from U.N.C.L.E. so when Dr. Donald Mallard on NCIS. He proved helpful as the associate stage manager on the Glyndebourne Opera Home after attending College or university College College. He performed operative Metal on ITV’s Sapphire & Metal from 1979 to 1982. He wedded Jill Ireland in 1957, and jointly that they had three kids. He starred within the 1989 tv thriller Mother Appreciate with Diana Rigg.

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Full Name David McCallum
Date Of Birth September 19, 1933
Place Of Birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.7 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University College School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality Scottish
Spouse Katherine Carpenter, Jill Ireland
Children Val McCallum, Paul McCallum, Jason McCallum, Sophie McCallum, Peter McCallum
Parents David McCallum, Sr., Dorothy Dorman
Siblings Iain McCallum
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievements In Entertainment
Movies The Great Escape, Mosquito Squadron, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Around the World Under the Sea, Hell Drivers, A Night to Remember, The Watcher in the Woods, Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sol Madrid, Three Bites of the Apple, One Spy Too Many, Dirty Weekend, Billy Budd, Violent Playground, Batman: Gotham Knight, Robbery Under Arms, Hear My Song, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Karate Killers, The Long and the Short and the Tall, The Helicopter Spies, The Spy in the Green Hat, To Trap a Spy, Son of Batman, The Haunting of Morella, The Spy with My Face, Batman vs. Robin, How to Steal the World, King Solomon's Treasure, Jungle Street, The Secret Place, One of Our Spies Is Missing, Terminal Choice, The Kingfisher Caper, Hauser's Memory, Wonder Woman, She Waits, Freud: The Secret Passion, These Dangerous Years, The Screaming Skull, Shattered Image, The Ravine, Dogs, Cherry, Mortal Challenge, The Wind, March in Windy City, Healer, Wuthering Heights, Fatal Inheritance, Teacher, Teacher
TV Shows NCIS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sapphire & Steel, The Replacements, VR.5, Colditz, The Invisible Man, Mother Love, Coming Home, Trainer, Cluedo, The Problem Solverz, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1In the 1960s, McCallum recorded four albums for Capitol Records with music producer David Axlerod. The best known of his pieces today is "The Edge", which was sampled by 'Dr. Dre' as the intro and riff to the track "The Next Episode", "M.I.A" by Missin' Linx, and "No Regrets" by Masta Ace.
2In the film 'Hear my Song' (1991) he played Chief Constable Jim Abbott, a senior policeman attempting to track down and arrest the famous Irish singer (and tax fugitive) Josef Locke when a nightclub entrepreneur smuggles Locke back into the UK on a fishing boat for one last payday performance in Liverpool. Whilst the film was part fact and part fiction, in real life David McCallum's father was a famous violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and actually played for the real Josef Locke in his career. McCallum recalled this story during publicity interviews for the film.
3Was among those briefly considered by the BBC as a potential Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) before Tom Baker was chosen instead for budgetary reasons. He was again briefly considered in the 1980s but not approached as by then he was living full time in the USA. He was also considered for the guest role of Dr. Judson in the 1989 serial "The Curse of Fenric".
4He has played the same character (Dr. Donald Mallard) in three different series: JAG (1995), NCIS (2003) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014).
5As a child, he was an evacuee during WWII to Stewarton, Ayrshire.
6He wrote the book "Once a Crooked Man" (2016), which mixes an espionage novel and a mystery thriller with some light comedy thrown in. Published by Minotaur. The hardcover is 337 pages long.
7David met Katherine Carpenter (his second wife) quite by accident. On a Sunday in New York in 1965, he and Robert Vaughn were posing for a fashion magazine and were accompanied by several high fashion models to various landmarks in the city. One of the models was Katherine, who he would marry two years later.
8David met his first wife, Jill Ireland on March 28 1957 while the duo were working on the film Hell Drivers (1957).
9David attended the 1982 COMDEX (Computer Dealer Expo) computer convention.
10Insisted that people often mispronounce his last name, it's pronounced "MC-Kal-Lumb", not "MC-col-lumb".
11With the deaths of James Garner on July 19, 2014 and Richard Attenborough on August 24, 2014, he is the last surviving star of The Great Escape (1963).
12He has played the same character (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard) in three different series: JAG (1995), NCIS (2003) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014).
13Official residence is Manhattan. Lives part time in California while filming NCIS [December 2006]
14Attended RADA 1949 - 1951.
15At 14 he was a theatre electrician's assistant.
16Best known by the public for his starring roles as secret agent Illya Kuryakin on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and as head medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS (2003).
17Became close friends with Donald Pleasence and James Garner, while filming The Great Escape (1963).
18He was diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture (a common benign condition which involves the thickening and contracture of the fibrous connective tissue beneath the skin of the palm). He underwent surgery in mid-2009 to alleviate the condition. Other sufferers of the condition are Bill Nighy and Ronald Reagan.
19Along with Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Rush and Peter Breck, he is one of only five actors to appear in both The Outer Limits (1963) and The Outer Limits (1995).
20According to McCallum himself in a 2009 interview in Monte Carlo, at the time of the interview he had 5 grandchildren and one on the way.
21Son, Valentine McCallum, is a respected guitarist and session musician, recording and performing with artists Jonatha Brooke, Vonda Shepard and Sheryl Crow.
22Was stricken with rheumatic fever as a child.
23Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Robert Vaughn: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) and The A-Team (1983).
24His first wife, Jill Ireland, met her second husband, Charles Bronson, during the filming of The Great Escape (1963).
25Of the three original stars of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), he is the only one who never appeared on the spin-off series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966).
26Lives on Long Island, New York
27His hobbies include golf and computing.
28One of the first Brit actors to study the Method style of acting.
29Father was concertmaster and violinist David McCallum Sr.; a black & white photograph from the mid-1960's of David, Sr. and David, Jr. was used during one episode of NCIS (2003). The photo can be seen in Victoria's (Ducky's mother's) bedroom in NCIS: The Meat Puzzle (2005).
30He has a daughter, Sophie, and son, Peter, from his marriage to Katherine Carpenter. Jill Ireland and he had three children, Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum, and an adopted son, Jason, who died on 7th November 1989 from an accidental drug overdose.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NCIS2003-2017TV SeriesDonald Mallard
NCIS: New Orleans2014-2016TV SeriesDonald Mallard
Batman vs. Robin2015VideoAlfred Pennyworth (voice)
Ben 10: Omniverse2013-2014TV SeriesProfessor Paradox
Son of Batman2014VideoAlfred Pennyworth (voice)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls2014Video GameThe Grand Maester / King Rakkis (voice)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien2010-2011TV SeriesProfessor Paradox
NCIS Video Game2011Video GameDr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard (voice)
Ben 10: Alien Force2008-2010TV SeriesProfessor Paradox
Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks2009Video GameProfessor Paradox (voice)
The Replacements2006-2009TV SeriesC.A.R. / Canadian Chauffer
Wonder Woman2009VideoZeus (voice)
FusionFall2009Video GameParadox (voice)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2009TV SeriesMerlin
Batman: Gotham Knight2008VideoAlfred Pennyworth (voice)
NCIS: Ducky's World2007Video shortDr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Zeroman2004TV Series
JAG2003TV SeriesDonald Mallard
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesClarence
The Education of Max Bickford2001-2002TV SeriesWalter Thornhill
Deadline2000TV SeriesHarry Hobbs
The Titanic Chronicles1999TV MovieHost / Narrator (voice)
Cherry1999Mammy
Sex and the City1999TV SeriesDuncan
March in Windy City1998TV MovieDaniel Paterson / Dimitri Petrovsky
Team Knight Rider1997-1998TV SeriesMobius
Coming Home1998TV SeriesBilly Fawcett
Three1998TV SeriesDonald Scobie
Death Game1997TV MovieMalius (as David MacCallum)
The Outer Limits1997TV SeriesJoshua Hayward
Law & Order1997TV SeriesCraig Holland
VR.51995-1997TV SeriesDr. Joseph Bloom
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996Video GameCanera Captain
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1996TV SeriesIan Felton
Healer1994The Jackal
Heartbeat1994TV SeriesCooper
Scavengers1994TV SeriesNarrator
Babylon 51994TV SeriesDr. Vance Hendricks
Shattered Image1994TV MovieBen
Fatal Inheritance1993Brandon Murphy
SeaQuest 20321993TV SeriesFrank Cobb
Dirty Weekend1993Reggie
Trainer1991-1992TV SeriesJohn Grey
Hear My Song1991Jim Abbott
Cluedo1991TV SeriesProfessor Plum
Boon1990TV SeriesSimon Bradleigh
Murder, She Wrote1989-1990TV SeriesDrew Garrison / Cyril Grantham
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV SeriesSir Robert
The Haunting of Morella1990Gideon
Lucky Chances1990TV Mini-SeriesBernard Dimes
Mother Love1989TV Mini-SeriesAlex Vesey
The Return of Sam McCloud1989TV MovieInspector Craig
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz1989TV MovieCharlie Ritz
Monsters1988TV SeriesBoyle
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988TV SeriesLieutenant Cavanaugh
Freedom Fighter1988TV MovieSergeant Kemper
Matlock1987TV SeriesPhilip Dudley
Az aranyifjú1986TV MovieZombori felügyelõ
The Wind1986VideoJohn
The A-Team1986TV SeriesIvan Tregorin
Those Golden Years1985TV Movie
Behind Enemy Lines1985TV MovieLt. Col. Shelley Flynn
Terminal Choice1985Dr. Giles Dodson
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesFrank Lane
The Master1984TV SeriesCastile
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair1983TV MovieIllya Kuryakin
Hart to Hart1983TV SeriesGeoffrey Atterton
Sapphire & Steel1979-1982TV SeriesSteel
Strike Force1982TV SeriesWilliam Hadley
The Watcher in the Woods1980Paul Curtis
King Solomon's Treasure1979Sir Henry Curtis
Kidnapped1978TV Mini-SeriesAlan Breck Stewart
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar1976TV SeriesCobb
The Invisible Man1975-1976TV SeriesDr. Daniel Westin
Dogs1976Harlan Thompson
The Kingfisher Caper1975Benedict Van Der Byl
Colditz1972-1974TV SeriesFlt. Lt. Simon Carter
Screaming Skull1973TV MovieLuke
Frankenstein: The True Story1973TV MovieDr. Henri Clerval
The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War1973TV MovieAlexi Kaslov
Marcus Welby, M.D.1972TV SeriesBrian Kenny
She Waits1972TV MovieMark Wilson
Norman Corwin Presents1972TV Series
The Man and the City1971TV Series
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesDr. Joel Winter (segment "The Phantom Farmhouse")
Hauser's Memory1970TV MovieHillel Mondoro
The File on Devlin1969TV MovieKenneth Canfield
La cattura1969Sergeant Stephen Holmann
Mosquito Squadron1969Quint Munroe
Teacher, Teacher1969TV MovieHamilton Cade
How to Steal the World1968Illya Kuryakin
Sol Madrid1968Sol Madrid
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964-1968TV SeriesIllya Kuryakin / Maximilian Nexor
The Helicopter Spies1968Illya Kuryakin
Three Bites of the Apple1967Stanley Thrumm
The Spy in the Green Hat1967Illya Kuryakin
One of Our Spies Is Missing1966Illya Kuryakin
Around the World Under the Sea1966/IDr. Philip Volker
One Spy Too Many1966Illya Kuryakin
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1966TV SeriesIllya Kuryakin
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Judas Iscariot
Profiles in Courage1964TV SeriesJohn Adams
The Outer Limits1963-1964TV SeriesTone Hobart / Gwyllim Griffiths
The Unknown1964TV MovieTone Hobart
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesCapt. Hanning
Perry Mason1964TV SeriesPhillipe Bertain
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters1964TV SeriesProphet
The Great Escape1963Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Freud1962Carl von Schlosser
Billy Budd1962Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer
Wuthering Heights1962TV MovieEdgar
Karolina Rijecka1961Mr. George
Sir Francis Drake1961TV SeriesLord Oakeshott
ITV Play of the Week1959-1961TV SeriesLieutenant Fulda / Rainbow / Henry Antrobus
Jungle Fighters1961Pte. Whitaker
ITV Television Playhouse1956-1960TV SeriesRobert / Agent / James
Armchair Theatre1959-1960TV SeriesJimmy MacGrath / Narrator
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesNicky Lancaster
Emma1960TV Mini-SeriesFrank Churchill
Knight Errant Limited1960TV SeriesPaul Freeman
Jungle Street Girls1960Terry Collins
Antigone1959TV MovieHaemon
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1959TV SeriesHugo
The Eustace Diamonds1959TV SeriesFrank Greystock
Our Mutual Friend1958-1959TV SeriesEugene Wrayburn
A Night to Remember1958Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
Saturday Playhouse1958TV SeriesAlbert Feather
Television World Theatre1958TV SeriesMercury
Violent Playground1958Johnnie Murphy
Robbery Under Arms1957Jim Marston
Hell Drivers1957Jimmy Yately
Dangerous Youth1957
The Secret Place1957Mike Wilson
Night Ambush1957Sailor on Pick Up Ship (uncredited)
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesMaurice Vermeil (1983)
The Rose and the Ring1953TV Mini-SeriesGiglio

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Worst of Pirated Adult Swim Shows2016TV Movie writer: "The Next Episode San Holo Remix"
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "The Edge"
Nip/Tuck2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Narco2004performer: "The Edge"
xXx2002performer: "Mellow Yellow"
Sapphire & Steel1979TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Three Bites of the Apple1967performer: "In The Garden Under The Tree"
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1966 writer - 1 episode, 1966
The Big T.N.T. Show1966Documentary performer: "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", "One, Two, Three 1-2-3"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NCIS: Cast Roundtable2007Video short special thanks
NCIS: Ducky's World2007Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ancient Prophecies1994TV Movie documentaryHost
Return to 'The Great Escape'1993Video documentary shortHimself
Wogan1989TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Today1966-1975TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1973TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Vergißmeinnicht1968TV Series documentaryHimself
Italy's in Season1967Short documentaryHimself (filming 'Three Bites of the Apple (1967)')
The World of Inner Space1966Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Saga of Western Man1966TV Series documentaryVoice of Beethoven
An Evening with Carol Channing1966TV SpecialHimself
Around the World Under the Sea1966/IIDocumentary shortHimself - actor (uncredited)
The Big T.N.T. Show1966DocumentaryHimself / Host
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesIllya Kuryakin
The Andy Williams Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Juke Box Jury1960TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
NCIS - Season 13: Inside Season 132016Video shortHimself
NCIS - Season 13: The Difinitive Dinozzo2016Video shortHimself
NCIS: Season 12 - #1 Drama in the World2015ShortHimself
NCIS: Season 12 - Inside Season 122015ShortHimself
NCIS: Season 11 - Game Change2014Video documentary shortHimself
10 Items or Less: 10 Random Looks at NCIS2013TV ShortHimself
NCIS - Season 10: X Marks the Spot: A Look at Season X2013Video shortHimself
Inside NCIS2012TV Mini-Series shortHimself
Casting Off2012Video shortHimself
Episode Two Hundred2012Video shortHimself
NCIS: Season 9 - Cast Roundtable2012Video shortHimself
Nine is Fine2012Video shortHimself
Psyched Up: Jamie Lee Curtis on Set2012Video shortHimself
Extra2011TV SeriesHimself
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
MGM's Secret Operations2008Video documentary shortHimself - Illya Kuryakin
U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.: Season 42008Video documentary shortHimself
The Story of the Costume Drama2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Counting Out Time2007Video documentary shortHimself
Taboo2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
CBS Cares2003TV SeriesHimself
RIP 20022002TV Movie documentaryHimself / interviewee
Beyond Titanic1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
Ancient Mysteries1995TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Beatles: All Together Now1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Az áldozat1994Documentary
Titanic: Death of a Dream1994TV Movie documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentaryEdgar (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesIllya Kuryakin
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesAssistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesClarence
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryIllya Kuryakin
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortSol Madrid (uncredited)
The Karate Killers1967Illya Kuryakin
The Spy with My Face1965Illya Kuryakin
To Trap a Spy1964Illya Kuryakin

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Male

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleTeacher, Teacher (1969)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - MaleThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
1965Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and PerformersThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)


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