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Also Known As: David Keith Mccallum Died:
Born: September 19, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, composer, director, singer, conductor

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A thoughtful, intense presence on television in America and his native United Kingdom, David McCallum was a pop culture sensation in the mid-1960s as the suave spy, Illya Kuryakin, on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" (CBS, 1965-68) and later as the avuncular Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS: Naval Criminal Service Investigation" (CBS, 2003). The Scottish-born McCallum worked his way up the ranks in British film and television before bursting onto the American scene with "U.N.C.L.E." His cool charm and blonde good looks made him an immediate TV idol, but failed to translate into stardom after the show left the air. McCallum settled into a steady diet of TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, frequently essaying mellowed professorial types or pensive government figures, before scoring his late-inning smash with "NCIS." The rare performer with two major hits to his credit, McCallum's image and talent ensured his fame for generations of TV fans.

A thoughtful, intense presence on television in America and his native United Kingdom, David McCallum was a pop culture sensation in the mid-1960s as the suave spy, Illya Kuryakin, on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" (CBS, 1965-68) and later as the avuncular Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS: Naval Criminal Service Investigation" (CBS, 2003). The Scottish-born McCallum worked his way up the ranks in British film and television before bursting onto the American scene with "U.N.C.L.E." His cool charm and blonde good looks made him an immediate TV idol, but failed to translate into stardom after the show left the air. McCallum settled into a steady diet of TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, frequently essaying mellowed professorial types or pensive government figures, before scoring his late-inning smash with "NCIS." The rare performer with two major hits to his credit, McCallum's image and talent ensured his fame for generations of TV fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Undercover Angel (1999) Dan O'Donnell
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 Cherry (1999) Mammy
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 Dirty Weekend (1997)
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 Mortal Challenge (1997)
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 Death Game (1996) Malius
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 Milk and Money (1996)
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 Healer (1994) The Jackal
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 Shattered Image (1994) Ben Algood
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1951:
Began acting career in English repertory theater
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Directed plays for the Army
1957:
Signed a seven-year film contract with the Rank Organization
1957:
First notable British feature credits, "The Secret Place", "Robbery Under Arms", "Hell Drivers"
1958:
Played radio operator harold Bride in "A Night to Remember"
1962:
First US film, John Huston's "Freud"
1963:
Did memorable guest shots on the stylish sci-fi series "The Outer Limits" in the episodes "The Sixth Finger" and "The Forms of Things Unknown"
1963:
Breakthrough feature supporting role, "The Great Escape"
1964:
Featured as Judas Iscariot in George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (released 1965)
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Achieved teen idol status, co-starring (with Robert Vaughn) as the Russian Illya Kuryakin in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", A popular spoof of the James Bond ethos
1966:
Prominently featured in "The Big T.N.T. Show", a concert film that included performances by Ike and Tina Turner, Joan Baez and Ray Charles; introduced acts and conducted the Ray Charles band
1966:
Guest-starred as Illya Kuryakin in "The Moonglow Affair", a TV special that served as the pilot for the spinoff "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."
1967:
Co-wrote music and lyrics and sang title song for the feature "Three Bites of the Apple" (also starred)
1969:
Starred in "Teacher, Teacher", an acclaimed "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie, as a teacher recovering from alcoholism
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Co-starred in "Colditz", a critically and commercially successful BBC-TV series sets at a German POW camp during WWII
1974:
Directed "The Explorers: Charles Montague Doughty", a segment for BBC-TV's "Ten Who Dared"
1975:
Starred in the TV-movie pilot "The Invisible Man"
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Starred in the NBC sci-fi adventure series "The Invisible Man"
1983:
Reprised the role of Illya Kuriakin for the CBS TV-movie pilot "The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Ffifteen Years Later Affair"
1991:
Played a small but important supporting role in the Irish feature "Hear My Song"
1995:
Had recurring role as the scientist father of Lori Singer in "VR.5", a Fox sci-fi series
1998:
Appeared alongside Mary-Louise Parker in Off-Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Communicating Doors"
1999:
Had featured role of Emperor Joseph in the Broadway revival of "Amadeus"
2001:
Had a recurring role as Walter Thornhill in "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS)
2003:
Cast as Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard on "NCIS" (CBS)
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Education

University College: -
Royal Academy of Music: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1949 - 1951

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wife:
Jill Ireland. Actor, author. Married in 1957; divorced in 1967; remarried in 1968 to actor Charles Bronson, McCallum's "The Great Escape" (1963) co-star; died of breast cancer on May 18, 1990.
wife:
Katherine Carpenter. Interior designer, former model. Married in September 1967.

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son:
Paul McCallum. Mother, Jill Ireland.
son:
Jason McCallum Bronson. Adopted son of McCallum and Jill Ireland; later adopted by Charles Bronson; died of a heroin overdose in 1989 at age 27.
son:
Valentine McCallum. Guitarist. Mother, Jill Ireland.
son:
Peter McCallum. Mother, Katherine Carpenter.
daughter:
Sophie McCallum. Mother, Katherine Carpenter.
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Contributions

Cat5787 ( 2010-12-03 )

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McCallum's educational information is worded awkwardly. He attended the "University College School" (look up the Old Gowers on wikipedia) and briefly attended the Royal Academy of Music. {The information about the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is correct.)

McCallum was born in the UK, but subsequently to his remarriage he became a US citizen.

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