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David McCallum

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The multi-talented David McCallum has racked up many accomplishments over time, including acting in films, theater, and TV, plus issuing his own music albums (McCallum is effective in several instruments). Given birth to David Keith McCallum on Sept 19, 1933, in Glasgow, Scotland, McCallum was encircled by music beginning young as his dad was a violinist (who performed for the London Philharmonic) and his mom a cellist. After providing cello a go, McCallum became entranced by such traditional authors as Chaucer, Kipling, Dickens, and Shakespeare, which influenced McCallum to provide acting a go as an adolescent. Before he could explore performing completely, McCallum enlisted within the Royal Western African Frontier Pressure around the African Platinum Coast in the first ’50s, which inadvertently helped McCallum plan what would become his personal acting part — as blond Russian agent Ilya Kuryakin in TV’s THE PERSON from U.N.C.L.E. — which McCallum performed from 1964 through 1968. Through the past due ’60s, McCallum released several albums which have since become novelty cult products among enthusiasts (? la William Shatner’s The Transformed Guy) — 1966’s Music: An integral part of Me, 1968’s Music: A LITTLE MORE of Me, and 1969’s Music: It’s Taking place Today! — which blended renditions of then-current strikes (the Beatles’ “Last night,” the Rolling Rocks’ “Fulfillment,” etc.) alongside McCallum originals. McCallum proceeds to act both in movies and Television, and retains a sizeable group of fans, as proven with the fanzine the McCallum Observer, that is released quarterly by superfan Lynda Mendoza.

Quick Facts


Full Name David McCallum
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Composer, Conductor, Oboist
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
Music Songs The Edge, 59th Street Bridge Song "Feeling Groovy", A Taste of Honey, Batman Theme, House of Mirrors, California Dreamin', Uptight, Mellow Yellow / We Gotta Get Out of This Place, The Far Side of the Moon, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Satisfaction, The Shadow of Your Smile, Carnegie Ball, Five O'Clock World, Turn! Turn! Turn!, If I Were a Carpenter, Mellow Yellow, Isn't It Wonderful, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, 1-2-3, Yesterday, My World Is Empty Without You, It Won't Be Wrong, Downtown, The "In" Crowd, Song of Jupiter, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Call Me, Michelle, Insomnia, I Can't Control Myself, White Daisies
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, Around the World Under the Sea, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Hell Drivers, The Watcher in the Woods, Mosquito Squadron, A Night to Remember, Hear My Song, Batman: Gotham Knight, Violent Playground, Robbery Under Arms, Billy Budd, Sol Madrid, Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E., One Spy Too Many, Three Bites of the Apple, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Haunting of Morella, The Spy in the Green Hat, The Karate Killers, Son of Batman, The Helicopter Spies, The Spy with My Face, How to Steal the World, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Batman vs. Robin, King Solomon's Treasure, To Trap a Spy, The Kingfisher Caper, The Secret Place, Dirty Weekend, One of Our Spies Is Missing, Hauser's Memory, Freud: The Secret Passion, Wonder Woman, Dogs, These Dangerous Years, The Ravine, Shattered Image, Mortal Challenge, Cherry, The Wind, Jungle Street, The Screaming Skull, She Waits, Terminal Choice, Healer, Wuthering Heights, The Unknown, Fatal Inheritance, March in Windy City
TV Shows NCIS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sapphire & Steel, The Replacements, Colditz, VR.5, The Invisible Man, Mother Love, Cluedo, The Problem Solverz, Coming Home, Trainer, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz


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#Fact
1 In 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.
2 In 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.
3 Was 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".
4 He has played the same character (Dr. Donald Mallard) in three different series: JAG (1995), NCIS (2003) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014).
5 As a child, he was an evacuee during WWII to Stewarton, Ayrshire.
6 He 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.
7 David 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.
8 David met his first wife, Jill Ireland on March 28 1957 while the duo were working on the film Hell Drivers (1957).
9 David attended the 1982 COMDEX (Computer Dealer Expo) computer convention.
10 Insisted that people often mispronounce his last name, it's pronounced "MC-Kal-Lumb", not "MC-col-lumb".
11 With 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).
12 He has played the same character (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard) in three different series: JAG (1995), NCIS (2003) and NCIS: New Orleans (2014).
13 Official residence is Manhattan. Lives part time in California while filming NCIS [December 2006]
14 Attended RADA 1949 - 1951.
15 At 14 he was a theatre electrician's assistant.
16 Best 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).
17 Became close friends with Donald Pleasence and James Garner, while filming The Great Escape (1963).
18 He 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.
19 Along 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).
20 According 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.
21 Son, Valentine McCallum, is a respected guitarist and session musician, recording and performing with artists Jonatha Brooke, Vonda Shepard and Sheryl Crow.
22 Was stricken with rheumatic fever as a child.
23 Has 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).
24 His first wife, Jill Ireland, met her second husband, Charles Bronson, during the filming of The Great Escape (1963).
25 Of 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).
26 Lives on Long Island, New York
27 His hobbies include golf and computing.
28 One of the first Brit actors to study the Method style of acting.
29 Father 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).
30 He 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
NCIS 2003-2017 TV Series Donald Mallard
NCIS: New Orleans 2014-2016 TV Series Donald Mallard
Batman vs. Robin 2015 Video Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Ben 10: Omniverse 2013-2014 TV Series Professor Paradox
Son of Batman 2014 Video Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls 2014 Video Game The Grand Maester / King Rakkis (voice)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 2010-2011 TV Series Professor Paradox
NCIS Video Game 2011 Video Game Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard (voice)
Ben 10: Alien Force 2008-2010 TV Series Professor Paradox
Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks 2009 Video Game Professor Paradox (voice)
The Replacements 2006-2009 TV Series C.A.R. / Canadian Chauffer
Wonder Woman 2009 Video Zeus (voice)
FusionFall 2009 Video Game Paradox (voice)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2009 TV Series Merlin
Batman: Gotham Knight 2008 Video Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
NCIS: Ducky's World 2007 Video short Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Zeroman 2004 TV Series
JAG 2003 TV Series Donald Mallard
Jeremiah 2002 TV Series Clarence
The Education of Max Bickford 2001-2002 TV Series Walter Thornhill
Deadline 2000 TV Series Harry Hobbs
The Titanic Chronicles 1999 TV Movie Host / Narrator (voice)
Cherry 1999 Mammy
Sex and the City 1999 TV Series Duncan
March in Windy City 1998 TV Movie Daniel Paterson / Dimitri Petrovsky
Team Knight Rider 1997-1998 TV Series Mobius
Coming Home 1998 TV Series Billy Fawcett
Three 1998 TV Series Donald Scobie
Death Game 1997 TV Movie Malius (as David MacCallum)
The Outer Limits 1997 TV Series Joshua Hayward
Law & Order 1997 TV Series Craig Holland
VR.5 1995-1997 TV Series Dr. Joseph Bloom
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996 Video Game Canera Captain
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 TV Series Ian Felton
Healer 1994 The Jackal
Heartbeat 1994 TV Series Cooper
Scavengers 1994 TV Series Narrator
Babylon 5 1994 TV Series Dr. Vance Hendricks
Shattered Image 1994 TV Movie Ben
Fatal Inheritance 1993 Brandon Murphy
SeaQuest 2032 1993 TV Series Frank Cobb
Dirty Weekend 1993 Reggie
Trainer 1991-1992 TV Series John Grey
Hear My Song 1991 Jim Abbott
Cluedo 1991 TV Series Professor Plum
Boon 1990 TV Series Simon Bradleigh
Murder, She Wrote 1989-1990 TV Series Drew Garrison / Cyril Grantham
Father Dowling Mysteries 1990 TV Series Sir Robert
The Haunting of Morella 1990 Gideon
Lucky Chances 1990 TV Mini-Series Bernard Dimes
Mother Love 1989 TV Mini-Series Alex Vesey
The Return of Sam McCloud 1989 TV Movie Inspector Craig
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz 1989 TV Movie Charlie Ritz
Monsters 1988 TV Series Boyle
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1988 TV Series Lieutenant Cavanaugh
Freedom Fighter 1988 TV Movie Sergeant Kemper
Matlock 1987 TV Series Philip Dudley
Az aranyifjú 1986 TV Movie Zombori felügyelõ
The Wind 1986 Video John
The A-Team 1986 TV Series Ivan Tregorin
Those Golden Years 1985 TV Movie
Behind Enemy Lines 1985 TV Movie Lt. Col. Shelley Flynn
Terminal Choice 1985 Dr. Giles Dodson
Fox Mystery Theater 1984 TV Series Frank Lane
The Master 1984 TV Series Castile
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair 1983 TV Movie Illya Kuryakin
Hart to Hart 1983 TV Series Geoffrey Atterton
Sapphire & Steel 1979-1982 TV Series Steel
Strike Force 1982 TV Series William Hadley
The Watcher in the Woods 1980 Paul Curtis
King Solomon's Treasure 1979 Sir Henry Curtis
Kidnapped 1978 TV Mini-Series Alan Breck Stewart
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar 1976 TV Series Cobb
The Invisible Man 1975-1976 TV Series Dr. Daniel Westin
Dogs 1976 Harlan Thompson
The Kingfisher Caper 1975 Benedict Van Der Byl
Colditz 1972-1974 TV Series Flt. Lt. Simon Carter
Screaming Skull 1973 TV Movie Luke
Frankenstein: The True Story 1973 TV Movie Dr. Henri Clerval
The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War 1973 TV Movie Alexi Kaslov
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1972 TV Series Brian Kenny
She Waits 1972 TV Movie Mark Wilson
Norman Corwin Presents 1972 TV Series
The Man and the City 1971 TV Series
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Dr. Joel Winter (segment "The Phantom Farmhouse")
Hauser's Memory 1970 TV Movie Hillel Mondoro
The File on Devlin 1969 TV Movie Kenneth Canfield
La cattura 1969 Sergeant Stephen Holmann
Mosquito Squadron 1969 Quint Munroe
Teacher, Teacher 1969 TV Movie Hamilton Cade
How to Steal the World 1968 Illya Kuryakin
Sol Madrid 1968 Sol Madrid
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964-1968 TV Series Illya Kuryakin / Maximilian Nexor
The Helicopter Spies 1968 Illya Kuryakin
Three Bites of the Apple 1967 Stanley Thrumm
The Spy in the Green Hat 1967 Illya Kuryakin
One of Our Spies Is Missing 1966 Illya Kuryakin
Around the World Under the Sea 1966/I Dr. Philip Volker
One Spy Too Many 1966 Illya Kuryakin
Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1966 TV Series Illya Kuryakin
The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Judas Iscariot
Profiles in Courage 1964 TV Series John Adams
The Outer Limits 1963-1964 TV Series Tone Hobart / Gwyllim Griffiths
The Unknown 1964 TV Movie Tone Hobart
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Capt. Hanning
Perry Mason 1964 TV Series Phillipe Bertain
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1964 TV Series Prophet
The Great Escape 1963 Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Freud 1962 Carl von Schlosser
Billy Budd 1962 Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer
Wuthering Heights 1962 TV Movie Edgar
Karolina Rijecka 1961 Mr. George
Sir Francis Drake 1961 TV Series Lord Oakeshott
ITV Play of the Week 1959-1961 TV Series Lieutenant Fulda / Rainbow / Henry Antrobus
Jungle Fighters 1961 Pte. Whitaker
ITV Television Playhouse 1956-1960 TV Series Robert / Agent / James
Armchair Theatre 1959-1960 TV Series Jimmy MacGrath / Narrator
BBC Sunday-Night Play 1960 TV Mini-Series Nicky Lancaster
Emma 1960 TV Mini-Series Frank Churchill
Knight Errant Limited 1960 TV Series Paul Freeman
Jungle Street Girls 1960 Terry Collins
Antigone 1959 TV Movie Haemon
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1959 TV Series Hugo
The Eustace Diamonds 1959 TV Series Frank Greystock
Our Mutual Friend 1958-1959 TV Series Eugene Wrayburn
A Night to Remember 1958 Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
Saturday Playhouse 1958 TV Series Albert Feather
Television World Theatre 1958 TV Series Mercury
Violent Playground 1958 Johnnie Murphy
Robbery Under Arms 1957 Jim Marston
Hell Drivers 1957 Jimmy Yately
Dangerous Youth 1957
The Secret Place 1957 Mike Wilson
Night Ambush 1957 Sailor on Pick Up Ship (uncredited)
As the World Turns 1956 TV Series Maurice Vermeil (1983)
The Rose and the Ring 1953 TV Mini-Series Giglio

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Worst of Pirated Adult Swim Shows 2016 TV Movie writer: "The Next Episode San Holo Remix"
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game performer: "The Edge"
Nip/Tuck 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Narco 2004 performer: "The Edge"
xXx 2002 performer: "Mellow Yellow"
Sapphire & Steel 1979 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Three Bites of the Apple 1967 performer: "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. Show 1966 Documentary performer: "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", "One, Two, Three 1-2-3"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NCIS: Cast Roundtable 2007 Video short special thanks
NCIS: Ducky's World 2007 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ancient Prophecies 1994 TV Movie documentary Host
Return to 'The Great Escape' 1993 Video documentary short Himself
Wogan 1989 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Himself - Actor
Today 1966-1975 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1973 TV Series documentary Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Vergißmeinnicht 1968 TV Series documentary Himself
Italy's in Season 1967 Short documentary Himself (filming 'Three Bites of the Apple (1967)')
The World of Inner Space 1966 Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
Saga of Western Man 1966 TV Series documentary Voice of Beethoven
An Evening with Carol Channing 1966 TV Special Himself
Around the World Under the Sea 1966/II Documentary short Himself - actor (uncredited)
The Big T.N.T. Show 1966 Documentary Himself / Host
Hullabaloo 1965 TV Series Illya Kuryakin
The Andy Williams Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965 TV Series Himself - Guest
Juke Box Jury 1960 TV Series Himself - Panellist
NCIS - Season 13: Inside Season 13 2016 Video short Himself
NCIS - Season 13: The Difinitive Dinozzo 2016 Video short Himself
NCIS: Season 12 - #1 Drama in the World 2015 Short Himself
NCIS: Season 12 - Inside Season 12 2015 Short Himself
NCIS: Season 11 - Game Change 2014 Video documentary short Himself
10 Items or Less: 10 Random Looks at NCIS 2013 TV Short Himself
NCIS - Season 10: X Marks the Spot: A Look at Season X 2013 Video short Himself
Inside NCIS 2012 TV Mini-Series short Himself
Casting Off 2012 Video short Himself
Episode Two Hundred 2012 Video short Himself
NCIS: Season 9 - Cast Roundtable 2012 Video short Himself
Nine is Fine 2012 Video short Himself
Psyched Up: Jamie Lee Curtis on Set 2012 Video short Himself
Extra 2011 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2009 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2009 TV Series Himself
MGM's Secret Operations 2008 Video documentary short Himself - Illya Kuryakin
U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.: Season 4 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Story of the Costume Drama 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Counting Out Time 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Taboo 2002-2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
CBS Cares 2003 TV Series Himself
RIP 2002 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself / interviewee
Beyond Titanic 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
Ancient Mysteries 1995 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Beatles: All Together Now 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Az áldozat 1994 Documentary
Titanic: Death of a Dream 1994 TV Movie documentary Narrator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brontes at the BBC 2016 TV Movie documentary Edgar (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Illya Kuryakin
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2012 TV Series Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jeremiah 2002 TV Series Clarence
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Illya Kuryakin
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Himself
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short Sol Madrid (uncredited)
The Karate Killers 1967 Illya Kuryakin
The Spy with My Face 1965 Illya Kuryakin
To Trap a Spy 1964 Illya Kuryakin

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards New Faces, Male

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Teacher, Teacher (1969)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Male The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
1965 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Male TV Star (TV-Star m)


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