David McCallum
Scottish actor and musician
David McCallum
David Keith McCallum, Jr. is a Scottish actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian-born secret agent, in the 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , as interdimensional operative Steel in Sapphire & Steel, and for his current role as NCIS Medical Examiner, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the series NCIS.
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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Rock the Troops'
LATimes - 3 months
SERIES NCIS A Navy officer’s murder appears to be connected to Ducky’s (David McCallum) late mother. The case gives Ducky conflicted feelings about a decision he made almost four decades earlier. With Mark Harmon, Joe Spano and guest star Adam Campbell appears again in flashbacks as the younger...
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Robert Vaughn, 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Star, Dead At 83
Huffington Post - 4 months
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83. Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast. The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons. It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. Vaughn also guested as Napoleon Solo on sitcom “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and made an uncred ...
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'Measure for Measure' Review: Problem-Solving Shakespeare's Play
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
Davis McCallum pulls off a successful staging of one of Shakespeare’s problem plays at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
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'NCIS' Actor David McCallum on His New Book, and More
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
Actor David McCallum, famed for his roles in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and CBS's "NCIS" joins Tanya Rivero to discuss his debut novel, "Once a Crooked Man."
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Review: Actor David McCallum writes crime novel
Yahoo News - about 1 year
David McCallum — yes, actor David McCallum of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "NCIS" fame — confidently embarks on a second career in his highly entertaining debut that mixes the espionage novel with the mystery thriller.
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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Expanse' on Syfy
LATimes - about 1 year
SERIES Manhattan The second season of the historically based series ends with the first test of an atomic weapon. 6, 7, 9 and 10 p.m. WGN America NCIS Ducky (David McCallum) is attacked by a man who claims to have information about his half brother, who died decades earlier. Adam Campbell reprises...
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Les Moonves: Cote de Pablo Decided to Leave NCIS After Being Offered "a Lot of Money"
US Magazine - over 3 years
Cote de Pablo's sudden departure from NCIS was her decision, according to Les Moonves. During the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday, July 29, CBS' CEO addressed de Pablo's recent announcement that she would not be reprising her role as Special Agent Ziva David in Season 11 of the hit drama series. PHOTOS: Young Hollywood's hottest stars "We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money . . . We didn't want to lose her," Moonves explained. "We obviously were in discussions . . . Ultimately, she decided she didn't want to do the show." He added, "We did everything humanly possible [to keep her]." PHOTOS: Top 10 TV shows of 2012 De Pablo, 33, announced to her fan on July 10 that she would be leaving NCIS after appearing on the show since Season 3. "I've had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David," the actress said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter. "I have huge respect and affection for ...
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'NCIS' Renewed For Season 11
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"NCIS" has been renewed for a new season. The naval procedural will return for an eleventh season. Series star Mark Harmon, who also serves as an executive producer on "NCSI," signed a new deal keeping him with the series for the 2013-2014 season. "In a world gone niche, 'NCIS' keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the No. 1 show on television," Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, said in a statement. "'NCIS' is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem -- high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform." The series is currently the No. 1 show on TV -- ahead of Sunday Night Football -- and averages 21.5 million viewers, which is seven percent more than last season. Internationally, "NCIS" is licensed in more than 200 markets. "NCIS" also stars Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, ...
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NCIS Season 10 – Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette Back in the Fold
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Contract negotiations can be a scary thing, especially when they involve some of the most beloved actors of a popular television series. In fact, just 10 days ago, three of NCIS’s longest running actors – Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, and Sean Murray – were still in the middle of coming up with a deal to entice them to return for Season 10 and beyond. These are tricky moments. At any point in time, negotiations can break down and suddenly you’re down a cast member. But NCIS fans can rest easy because the high rated drama has finally locked in the entire cast for next season, so you won’t have to say goodbye to anyone for at least one more season! related | NCIS SEASON 10 – PALMER GETS A PROMOTION AFTER EIGHT YEARS According to Deadline, Weatherly, Perrette, and Murray all signed two-year deals, ensuring their presence on NCIS through Season 11. They were three out of four veteran cast members whose contracts were up for renewal after Season 9, with the fourth being David Mc ...
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Central Yorkshire League: Younger Bresnan takes his spot in the limelight
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Opening bowler Ritchie Bresnan, younger brother of England and Yorkshire star Tim, was outstanding as Townville stayed in the trophy hunt with two away victories last weekend. The 20-year-old bagged 4-35 as the Castleford side kept alive their Premier Division title hopes by beating Birstall on Saturday and claimed 4-12 as they knocked Methley out of the Heavy Woollen Cup the next day. Jonathan Booth (73) steered Townville to an eight-wicket win at Birstall who were bowled out for 146 by Bresnan, Dean Woolsey (3-38) and South African Wade Lezar (2-28), despite opener Connor Williams’ undefeated 67. Bresnan, Lezar (3-17) and Woolsey (2-28) struck again to skittle Methley for 72 in Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-final at Little Church Lane. Coin In reply, Tim Walton hit an unbeaten 34 as Townville coasted to a seven-wicket win that earned them a semi-final trip to holders Shepley on July 15. In the other semi-final, Wrenthorpe visit Bradford League Hanging Heaton after winning ...
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Central Yorkshire League: Bilal and Pyrah skittle Scholes as Ossett cruise
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
RELEGATED Ossett are aiming for a swift return to the Premier Division after putting last season’s disastrous campaign behind them. They lost 21 of their 22 league matches last year but they have made a great start in Division One by winning five of their first six games. Khalid Bilal bagged 5-29 and Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah 4-29 as Ossett crushed Scholes who were skittled for 62 after losing their first five wickets for just 14 runs. Ossett are joint leaders with promoted Hopton Mills, who have quickly found their feet on their return to Division One. Sam Gardiner (80) and Chris Scott (72) put on 160 as Hopton posted 216-8 in a 38-over match against strugglers Methley A. Routed Michael Carroll (5-13), Andrew Moorhouse (2-11) and Gardiner (3-31) routed Methley for 78 in reply. Moorlands, aiming to win promotion to the top-flight for the first time since they joined CYL from the Huddersfield Central League in 1998, climbed to third place by beating Wakefield St Michael ...
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NCIS Season 10 Gets Rocky
Boom Tron - over 4 years
The latest news coming in regarding contract negotiations for the cast of NCIS –dealing specifically with Rocky Carroll – has put me in a bit of an awkward position. Often times my own personal opinions conflict with a number of television shows in the world, but that’s hardly a crime, and I feel this is something that needs to be addressed. In fact, it’s everyone’s right to allow their biases to affect the way they view basically anything within reason. In this particular case, the fact that NCIS is the number one rated drama on TV right now means nothing to me. It could be the only drama on television and I would still boycott the series over the business it has done with Mr. Carroll. Be warned: this is about to get weird. related | DINOZZO OF NCIS COMMITS MAJOR CRIMES WITH TNT TVLine reported Carroll has inked a new deal to appear on NCIS throughout Season 10. I’m appalled. What kind of world do we live in when a man with such a horrendous pencil mustache would be rewarded wit ...
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Rocky Carroll Returning to NCIS
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Rocky Carroll Returning to NCIS Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:09 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012 Rocky Carroll has signed a new deal to return for the upcoming 10th season of NCIS, TVLine reports. Ask Matt: Thrones, Mad Men, NCIS, Rumpelstiltskin and More The actor plays Director Vance and often guest-stars on spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles. Carroll will join David McCallum, who re-upped last month, back on the CBS procedural, while the futures of stars Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray remain uncertain. View original Rocky Carroll Returning to NCIS at TVGuide.com Other Links From TVGuide.com NCISMichael WeatherlyRocky CarrollSean MurrayPauley PerretteNCIS: Los Angeles View the original article on TVGuide.com
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NCIS Boss Weighs In on Season 10 Contract Talks for Unsigned Trio
TV Line - almost 5 years
Heading into May sweeps, CBS’ NCIS — aka TV’s most-watched drama — had four series regulars unsigned for Season 10. As of Tuesday, David McCallum had inked a new deal to stick around as Ducky. But what of Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray? RELATED | CBS Reveals Finale Dates and Scoops (Funerals! Weddings! Space Missions! New Lovers!) While speaking with show runner Gary Glasberg about the procedural’s season finale airing May 15, the conversation of course turned to the in-flux status of those three fan favorites, who portray Tony, Abby and McGee. Noting that CBS Television Studios handles the nitty-gritty of contract talks “while I and the writers handle the creative side of things,” Glasberg nonetheless expressed, “I have no doubt that it will all work out.” RELATED | Ratings for May 1: NCIS: LA Is Tuesday’s Only Gainer Series front man Mark Harmon, along with Cote de Pablo, re-upped with the hit show a year ago, as their respective deals drew to a close. T ...
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‘NCIS’ Co-Star David McCallum Signs New Two-Year Deal, Will Return Next Season
Deadline Hollywood - almost 5 years
EXCLUSIVE: NCIS co-star David McCallum has closed a new two-year deal with series producer CBS TV Studios to continue on the long-running CBS procedural. McCallum is one of four original cast members whose contracts are up at the end of this season, along with Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray. During the quartet’s previous renegotiation two years ago, McCallum again was the first to reach a new agreement at the end of April. Talks with the other three stretched past the upfronts into June. There is indication of that happening again this year, with Weatherly, Perrette and Murray all in various stages of negotiations. On NCIS, which was recently renewed for a 10th season, McCallum plays medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard. The rest of the cast, including star/executive producer Mark Harmon, have deals in place for next season.
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MOVIE REVIEW | '3'; Tom Tyker’s ‘3,’ a Comedy of Adultery - Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
Tom Tykwer ’s “3,” a forbiddingly sober and sophisticated comedy of adultery and sexual experimentation, is unburdened by the usual emotional markers found in films whose characters push conventional boundaries. Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (Sebastian Schipper), who have lived together for 20 years and who separately embark on an
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DVD review: “NCIS: The Eighth Season” - NewsOK.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... computer whiz Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), former Israeli Mossad officer and new American citizen Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), chatty chief medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) and happy, hyperactive tattooed forensics specialist
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David McCallum
  • 2014
    Age 80
    Val McCallum is a successful guitar player, playing with Jackson Browne most recently in 2014 and currently a member of the faux country band Jackshit.
    More Details Hide Details He has been married to Katherine Carpenter since 1967. They have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie. McCallum and his wife are active with charitable organizations that support the United States Marine Corps: Katherine's father was a Marine who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and her brother lost his life in the Vietnam War. McCallum has six grandchildren.
    In May 2014 he signed another two-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1960s, McCallum recorded four albums for Capitol Records with music producer David Axelrod: Music A Part of Me (Capitol ST 2432, 1966), Music A Bit More of Me (Capitol ST 2498, 1966), Music It's Happening Now! (Capitol ST 2651, 1967), and McCallum (Capitol ST 2748, 1968). 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. McCallum did not sing on these records, as many television stars of the 1960s did when offered recording contracts. As a classically trained musician, he conceived a blend of oboe, English horn, and strings with guitar and drums, and presented instrumental interpretations of hits of the day. The official arranger on the albums was H. B. Barnum. However, McCallum conducted, and contributed several original compositions of his own, over the course of four LPs. The first two, Music A Part of Me and Music A Bit More of Me, have been issued together on CD on the Zonophone label. On Open Channel D, McCallum did sing on the first four tracks, "Communication", "House on Breckenridge Lane", "In The Garden, Under The Tree" (the theme song from the movie Three Bites of the Apple), and "My Carousel".
  • 2012
    Age 78
    In late April 2012 it was announced that McCallum had reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with CBS-TV.
    More Details Hide Details The move meant that he would remain an NCIS regular past his eightieth birthday.
  • 2005
    Age 71
    McCallum appeared at the 21st Annual James Earl Ash Lecture, held 19 May 2005 at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, an evening for honoring America's service members.
    More Details Hide Details His lecture, "Reel to Real Forensics", with Cmdr. Craig T. Mallak, U.S. Armed Forces medical examiner, featured a presentation comparing the real-life work of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner staff with that of the fictional naval investigators appearing on NCIS.
  • 1994
    Age 60
    In 1994 McCallum narrated the acclaimed documentaries Titanic: The Complete Story for A&E Networks.
    More Details Hide Details This was the second project about the Titanic on which he had worked: the first was the 1958 film A Night to Remember, in which he had had a small role. In the same year McCallum hosted and narrated the TV special Ancient Prophecies. This special, which was followed soon after by three others, told of people and places historically associated with foretelling the end of the world and the beginnings of new eras for mankind. Since 2003 McCallum has starred in the CBS television series NCIS as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, the team's chief medical examiner and one of the show's most popular characters. In one episode, NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is asked, "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?" Gibbs replies, "Illya Kuryakin". According to the behind-the-scenes feature on the 2006 DVD of NCIS season 1, McCallum became an expert in forensics to play Mallard, including appearing at medical examiner conventions. In the feature, Donald P. Bellisario says that McCallum's knowledge became so vast that at the time of the interview he was considering making him a technical adviser on the show.
  • 1991
    Age 57
    In 1991 and 1992 McCallum played gambler John Grey, one of the principal characters in the television series Trainer.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1990s McCallum guest-starred in two U.S. television series. In season 1 of seaQuest DSV, he appeared as the law-enforcement officer Frank Cobb of the fictional Broken Ridge of the Ausland Confederation, an underwater mining camp off the coast of Australia by the Great Barrier Reef; he also had a guest-star role in one episode of Babylon 5.
  • 1989
    Age 55
    McCallum starred with Diana Rigg in the 1989 TV miniseries Mother Love.
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  • 1986
    Age 52
    In 1986 McCallum reunited with Robert Vaughn again on an episode of The A-Team entitled "The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair", complete with "chapter titles", the word "affair" in the title, the phrase "Open Channel D", and similar scene transitions.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview for a retrospective television special, David McCallum told of a visit to the White House during which, while he was being escorted to meet the U.S. president, a Secret Service agent told him, "You're the reason I got this job." McCallum never quite repeated the popular success he had gained as Kuryakin until NCIS, though he did become a familiar face on British television in such shows as Colditz (1972–74), Kidnapped (1978), and ITV's science-fiction series Sapphire & Steel (1979–82) opposite Joanna Lumley. In 1975 he played the title character in a short-lived U.S. version of The Invisible Man. McCallum appeared on stage in Australia in Run for Your Wife (1987–88), and the production toured the country. Other members of the cast were Jack Smethurst, Eric Sykes, and Katy Manning.
  • 1983
    Age 49
    McCallum reprised the role of Kuryakin in a 1983 TV movie, Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E..
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  • 1968
    Age 34
    She subsequently left McCallum and married Bronson in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details McCallum and Ireland had three sons: Paul, Jason (an adopted son who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989), and Val (short for Valentine).
  • 1965
    Age 31
    He took the role of Judas Iscariot in 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told.
    More Details Hide Details Other television roles included two appearances on The Outer Limits and a guest appearance on Perry Mason in 1964 as defendant Phillipe Bertain in "The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman". The Man from U.N.C.L.E., intended as a vehicle for Robert Vaughn, made McCallum into a sex symbol, his Beatle-style blond haircut providing a trendy contrast with Vaughn's clean cut appearance. McCallum's role as the mysterious Russian agent Illya Kuryakin was originally conceived as a peripheral one. McCallum, however, took the opportunity to construct a complex character whose appeal rested largely in what was shadowy and enigmatic about him. Kuryakin's popularity with the audience and Vaughn's and McCallum's on-screen chemistry were quickly recognized by the producers, and McCallum was elevated to co-star status. Although the show aired at the height of the Cold War, McCallum's Russian alter ego became a pop culture phenomenon. The actor was inundated with fan letters, and a Beatles-like frenzy followed him everywhere he went. While playing Kuryakin, McCallum received more fan mail than any other actor in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's history, including such popular MGM stars as Clark Gable and Elvis Presley. Hero worship even led to a record, Love Ya, Illya, performed by Alma Cogan under the name Angela and the Fans, which was a pirate radio hit in Britain in 1966. A 1990s rock-rap group from Argentina named itself Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas in honor of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. character.
  • 1963
    Age 29
    McCallum played Lt Cdr Eric Ashley-Pitt (e.g., "Dispersal") in The Great Escape, which was released in 1963.
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  • 1957
    Age 23
    McCallum was first married to actress Jill Ireland on 11 May 1957 in London.
    More Details Hide Details The two met during production of the film Hell Drivers which provided early roles for both actors. In 1963 McCallum introduced Ireland to Charles Bronson when both were filming The Great Escape.
  • 1956
    Age 22
    A James Dean-themed photograph of McCallum caught the attention of the Rank Organisation, who signed him in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details However, in an interview with Alan Titchmarsh broadcast on 3 November 2010, McCallum stated that he had actually held his Equity card since 1946. Early roles included a juvenile delinquent in Violent Playground (1957), an outlaw in Robbery Under Arms, (1957) and as junior radio operator Harold Bride in A Night to Remember (1958). His first American film was Freud: The Secret Passion (1962), directed by John Huston, which was shortly followed by a role in Peter Ustinov's Billy Budd.
  • 1947
    Age 13
    He began his acting career doing boy voices for BBC Radio in 1947 and began taking bit parts in British films from the late 1950s.
    More Details Hide Details His first acting role was in Whom the Gods Love, Die Young playing a doomed royal.
  • 1946
    Age 12
    McCallum won a scholarship to University College School, a boys' independent school in Hampstead, London, where, encouraged by his parents to prepare for a career in music, he played the oboe. In 1946 he began doing boy voices for the BBC radio repertory company.
    More Details Hide Details Also involved in local amateur drama, at age 17, he appeared as Oberon in an open-air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Play and Pageant Union. He left school at age 18 and, following military service with the Royal West African Frontier Force, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (also in London), where Joan Collins was a classmate. McCallum next did his National Service, for which he was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment and seconded to the Ghana Regiment. In March 1954 he was promoted to full Lieutenant. In 1951 McCallum became assistant stage manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company.
  • 1933
    Born on September 19, 1933.
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