David McCallum Biography — Former Scottish actor and musician, David Keith McCallum Jr. was born on September 19, 1933, in Glasgow, Scotland.
David McCallum Cause of Death
McCallum, who was one of the most famous faces on screens died on September 25, 2023. According to online reports, he died at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in the United States of America, just a week after his 90th birth anniversary.
Per the reports available to us on the internet, McCallum died of natural causes while he was surrounded by his family before he took his last breath.
David McCallum Nationality
McCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a Scottish national by birth.
David McCallum Age
McCallum was born on September 19, 1933, and died on September 25, 2023, hence he died at the age of 90 years.
David McCallum Height and Weight
McCallum stood at a height of 5ft 6 inches and weighed 80kg or 179 lbs,
David McCallum Family and Siblings
McCallum was born to Dorothy Dorman McCallum and David McCallum Sr. He had a brother.
David McCallum Education
McCallum attended the University College School, a boys’ independent school in Hampstead. He attended the school by scholarship.
David McCallum Career
McCallum started working for the Glyndebourne Opera Company as an assistant stage manager in 1951. Beginning in 1947, he did boy voices for BBC Radio before landing bit parts in British movies starting in the late 1950s.
His debut performance was as a doomed royal in Whom the Gods Love, Die Young. The Rank Organisation signed McCallum in 1956 after seeing a James Dean-themed portrait of him.
However, McCallum claimed that he had actually held his Equity card since 1946 in an interview with Alan Titchmarsh that was aired on November 3, 2010, and that was broadcast.
Early roles included an outlaw in the 1957 film Robbery Under Arms, junior RMS Titanic radio operator Harold Bride in the 1958 film A Night to Remember, and a young offender in the 1958 film Violent Playground.
Following a role in Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd, his first American picture was Freud: The Secret Passion (1962), directed by John Huston. McCallum portrayed Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt (also known as “Dispersal”) in the 1963 film The Great Escape.
In 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told, he played Judas Iscariot. The defendant Phillipe Bertain made two appearances on The Outer Limits and a guest appearance on Perry Mason in “The Case of the Fifty Millionth Frenchman” in 1964.
McCallum became a sex symbol in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which was meant to be a vehicle for Robert Vaughn. His Beatle-style blond hair provided a hip contrast to Vaughn’s dapper demeanor.
The part of McCallum as the enigmatic Russian agent Illya Kuryakin was initially intended to be a supporting one. In the 1983 television movie Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E., he and Vaughn reprised their roles as Kuryakin and Solo, respectively.
Run for Your Wife, which toured Australia from 1987 to 1988, featured McCallum on stage there. Jack Smethurst, Eric Sykes, and Katy Manning were also cast members.
In addition to playing supporting roles in several major motion pictures, McCallum also starred as Sol Madrid, the titular character, in 1968.
The team’s chief medical examiner and one of the show’s most well-known characters, Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, is played by McCallum in the CBS television series NCIS, which debuted in 2003.
What did Ducky look like as a child? is a question Special Agent Caitlin Todd of NCIS (Sasha Alexander) puts to Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in Season 2 Episode 13 of “The Meat Puzzle.” Gibbs then responds, “Illya Kuryakin.”
McCallum collaborated with music producer David Axelrod to record four albums for Capitol Records in the 1960s: McCallum (Capitol ST 2748, 1968), Music…A Part of Me (Capitol ST 2432, 1966), Music…A Bit More of Me (Capitol ST 2498, 1966).
The Dunwich Horror (“slightly abridged”) (TC 1467, 1976), “The Haunter of the Dark” (TC 1617, 1979), and “The Rats in the Walls” (TC 1347, 1973) are three H. P. Lovecraft stories that McCallum also recorded for Caedmon Records in the 1970s.
Once a Crooked Man, a crime book by McCallum was released in 2016. A young actor who attempts to stop a murder is the main character of this story, which is set in both New York and London. According to McCallum, work on a second book is ongoing.
David McCallum Wife
McCallum was married to Katherine Carpenter.
David McCallum Children
McCallum had five children; Jason, Paul, Valentine, Sophie, and Peter.
David McCallum Religion
McCallum was born into a Christian home but according to him, he was not religious.
David McCallum Net Worth
McCallum had an estimated net worth to be $15 million as of the time of his death.