NCIS actor David McCallum dies at the age of 90

The actor became known for his role as Dr. Donald Mallard in NCIS.

Actor David McCallum died on Monday (August 25) in the presence of his family. McCallum was known for his many years of work as a forensic pathologist, Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the US crime series “CIS”. He was 90 years old.

“He was a true Renaissance man – he was fascinated by science and culture and translated those passions into knowledge,” McCallum’s son Peter said in a statement. “For example, he was capable of conducting a symphony orchestra and could even perform an autopsy (if necessary) due to his decades of studies for his role on NCIS.”

McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1933, the son of a violinist and a cellist. He himself studied music for a while before switching to acting. In 1960 he moved to the United States to further his career. The mime had his first major success with his role as Illya Kuryakin in “Solo for ONCEL”. For this he received two Emmy nominations. From 2003 until his death, McCallum appeared regularly on the CBS crime series NCIS.

MacCallum is survived by his wife, Katherine Carpenter, and five children.