9 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS Star David McCallum
David McCallum’s acting career has spanned six decades; however, these days he is best known for his starring role on the police procedural NCIS as medical examiner as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard. There’s a lot to this actor that most people don’t know about, so get to know him better with these 9 fun facts:
9. Scottish Born
David Keith McCallum Jr. was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, to Dorothy Dorman, a cellist, and violinist and orchestra leader David McCallum Sr. When he was three, his father got a job as concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, so the family moved to London. During World War II, he was evacuated back to Scotland. He and his mother lived with her sister, Margaret, for a number of years and then moved into a house by Loch Lomond, at Gartocharn. He attended University College School, an independent boys’ school in Hampstead, London, on a scholarship and after he finished with the army he was a student at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
8. Sex Symbol
McCallum became a sex symbol when he played the mysterious Russian agent Illya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. His role was originally going to be a peripheral one; however, when producers saw how popular he was with the audience and how great his on-screen chemistry was with Robert Vaughn, they decided to make him a co-star on the show. While playing Kuryakin, McCallum was inundated with fan mail, receiving more than any other actor in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s history, which included popular stars like Clark Gable and Elvis Presley.