David McCallum died on Monday at the age of 90. His “Navy CIS” colleagues paid tribute to the actor on social media.
David McCallum is dead. The Scottish actor died on Monday (September 25th) of natural causes surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 90. McCallum is best known for his role as medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard on the CBS crime series “NCIS.”
“We are glad that CBS has been his home for so many years,” says the network and the series. “David was a gifted actor and writer and was loved by many people around the world. He lived an incredible life, and his legacy will live on forever through his family and the countless hours in film and television. We will cherish his warmth, his sense of humor as well as the brilliant stories he often shared from his full life.”
His colleagues who appeared in front of the camera with him on the series over time also took to social media to say goodbye to McCallum. Tony DiNozzo actor Michael Weatherly (55) said: “For David McCallum, every moment counted, in life and on set. Let’s celebrate a funny, fantastic, authentic man. […] Nobody has done it better. We were lucky he brought us Ducky. Let’s send all the love in the world to his wonderful family. Rest in peace David.”
Nick Torres actor Wilmer Valderrama (43) wrote about a joint series photo: “David, it was a great honor for me to stand in front of the camera with you. Your professionalism and your ability to effortlessly take each of us on a journey through your art will be felt forever. I will miss you, my friend.”
“What a legend”
Pauley Perrette (54), who once played forensics specialist Abby Sciuto, also looked back with shared photos and wrote: “Oh David. What a life. What a legend. What a journey. And your legacy will always be that be the love you have for your family.”
Brian Dietzen (45), aka Ducky’s medical assistant Jimmy Palmer, describes the late actor as a “mentor, a great filming partner, a wonderful father and husband, and he was my good friend.” From the first day of filming they got along well and over the next 20 years “a deep friendship and love for our work together developed between David and me (and our alter egos Ducky and Jimmy). […] He lived to be 90, starred in several hit television shows, films and Broadway shows, and wrote several novels while raising a loving family. Thank you, David. I love you my friend. I’ll miss you.”
The musician, author and actor David McCallum, born in Glasgow in 1933, made a name for himself in the 1960s with his role in the thriller series “Solo for ONCEL” (originally: “The Man from UNCLE”). From 2003 he was seen as forensic pathologist Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS. He took on film roles in, among others, “The Last Night of the Titanic”, “The Damned of the Seas” and “The Greatest Story of All Time”.
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