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David McCallum is a Scottish-American actor and musician

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BirthdaySeptember 19, 1933
NationalityBritish, American, Scottish
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Composers, Novelists
SpousesKatherine Carpenter (m. 1967), Jill Ireland (m. 1957–1967)
Known asDavid Keith McCallum Jr.
Childrens Jason McCallum, Paul McCallum, Peter McCallum, Sophie McCallum, Val McCallum
Universities
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Birth PlaceGlasgow, Scotland
Born CountryUnited Kingdom
Height170cm
GenderMale
FatherDavid McCallum Sr.
MotherDorothy Dorman
Sun SignVirgo
Born inGlasgow, Scotland
Famous asActor
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Who is David McCallum?

David McCallum is a Scottish-American actor and musician who achieved stardom early on in his career for portraying the Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin on the television series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Decades later, he renewed his international recognition and popularity with his role of NCIS medical examiner Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard on the television series 'NCIS'. His other notable television roles include Flight Lieutenant Simon Carter in 'Colditz', scientist Daniel Westin in 'The Invisible Man', inter-dimensional operative Steel in 'Sapphire & Steel', Sir Alexander 'Alex' Vesey in 'Mother Love', gambler John Grey in 'Trainer', Dr. Joseph Bloom in 'VR-5', the wheelchair and ventilator bound criminal mastermind Mobius in 'Team Knight Rider' and Walter Thornhill in 'The Education of Max Bickford'. His film credits include 'Violent Playground', 'Robbery Under Arms', 'A Night to Remember', 'Freud: The Secret Passion', 'Billy Budd', 'The Great Escape' and 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'. He also recorded four albums during his early career. Most recently, he became an author with the crime novel 'Once a Crooked Man'.

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Childhood & Early Life

David McCallum was born on September 19, 1933 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to cellist Dorothy Dorman and orchestral violinist David McCallum Sr. He was the younger of two sons of his parents.

When he was only three year old, his father got the opportunity to play as concertmaster in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, following which the family moved to London. After the Second World War began, the family was evacuated back to Scotland where he lived with his mother at Gartocharn by Loch Lomond.

He attended University College School, a boys' independent school in Hampstead, London, which offered him a scholarship. He was encouraged by his parents to play the oboe in order to prepare for a career in music and recorded boy voices for the BBC radio repertory company in 1946.

At the age of 18, he was conscripted into the army and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, which was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1954.

During his late teenage years, before joining the army, he appeared in local amateur drama, including an open-air production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with the Play and Pageant Union in which he played Oberon. After being relieved from his duties in the army, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he studied alongside Joan Collins.

Acting Career

David McCallum became assistant stage manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company in 1951 and in the later 1950s, appeared in small roles in a number of British films. His film debut was in an uncredited role in the film 'Ill Met By Moonlight' and his first acting role was portraying a doomed royal in 'Whom the Gods Love, Die Young'.

In the following years, he played a juvenile delinquent in 'Violent Playground' (1957), an outlaw in 'Robbery Under Arms', (1957) and the junior RMS Titanic radio operator Harold Bride in 'A Night to Remember' (1958). His debut in the American film industry was with the John Huston-directed biographical drama film 'Freud: The Secret Passion' (1962), which was followed by a role in Peter Ustinov's 'Billy Budd'.

He played the role of Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt, a.k.a. 'Dispersal', in the American World War II epic film 'The Great Escape' (1963), which was created based on real events. In 1965, he portrayed Judas Iscariot in the American epic film 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'.

During the early 1960s, he guest-starred on several television shows, including two appearances each on 'The Outer Limits' and 'The Great Adventure'. His other guest appearances were in shows like 'Sir Francis Drake', 'The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters', 'Perry Mason' and 'Profiles in Courage'.

His breakthrough role was portraying the mysterious Russian agent Illya Kuryakin in the spy-fiction series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.', which he played from 1964 to 1968. Originally conceived as a supporting role, his portrayal of the enigmatic character provided the perfect foil to Robert Vaughn's character, recognizing which the producers promoted him to a co-starring role.

The role of Illya Kuryakin, with his Beatle-style blond haircut, made him a sex symbol and a pop culture phenomenon even during the cold war era. He reprised the role in the feature-length films 'To Trap a Spy' (1964) and 'The Spy with My Face' (1965), as well as the 1983 TV movie, 'Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.'.

He went on to become a familiar face on British television and appeared on shows such as 'Colditz' (1972–74), 'Kidnapped' (1978), and 'Sapphire & Steel' (1979–82). However, his starring role in the U.S. version of 'The Invisible Man' (1975) was not well-received and the series was cancelled after one season.

Throughout the next two decades, he appeared as the main cast in several television shows, including 'Mother Love' (1989), 'Trainer' (1991-92), 'VR-5’ (1995) and 'Team Knight Rider' (1997-98). He also narrated the acclaimed documentary 'Titanic: The Complete Story' (1994) and hosted the TV special 'Ancient Prophecies'.

The new century saw him in the role of Walter Thornhill in the drama series 'The Education of Max Bickford’ (2001-02). However, it is his portrayal of chief medical examiner Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard in the CBS series 'NCIS' (2003-present) that went close to the popularity of Illya Kuryakin.

Other Ventures

David McCallum collaborated with music producer David Axelrod and Capitol Records to release four albums: 'Music...A Part of Me' (1966), 'Music...A Bit More of Me' (1966), 'Music...It's Happening Now!' (1967), and 'McCallum' (1968). He published the crime novel 'Once a Crooked Man' in 2016 and is currently working on a second novel.

Major Works

Portraying Illya Kuryakin in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard in 'NCIS' are two of the best works of David McCallum. The former elevated him to a status comparable to the Beatles, for which he received more fan letters than any other actor in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's history.

Awards & Achievements

David McCallum received two 'Emmy Award' nominations and a 'Golden Globe' nomination for portraying Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' He received another 'Emmy' nomination for his role as Hamilton Cade in the episode 'Teacher, Teacher' from 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' (1969).

Personal Life & Legacy

David McCallum married actress Jill Ireland, whom he had met on the sets of the film 'Hell Drivers', on May 11, 1957 in London. They together had three sons: Paul, Jason and Valentine (Val). Jason was the adopted child of the couple and died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989.

In 1963, during the filming of 'The Great Escape', he introduced his wife to his co-actor Charles Bronson, with whom she later left and got married in 1968.

He married Katherine Carpenter in 1967 and they together have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie.

He received US citizenship in 1999 and supports Republican Party. He and his wife are involved with many charitable organizations that support the United States Marine Corps.

Trivia

A black-and-white picture of David McCallum and his father from the mid-1960s was used during the episode 'The Meat Puzzle' in the second season of 'NCIS' in 2005.

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David McCallum biography timelines

  • // 19th Sep 1933
    David McCallum was born on September 19, 1933 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to cellist Dorothy Dorman and orchestral violinist David McCallum Sr. He was the younger of two sons of his parents.
  • // 1946
    He attended University College School, a boys' independent school in Hampstead, London, which offered him a scholarship. He was encouraged by his parents to play the oboe in order to prepare for a career in music and recorded boy voices for the BBC radio repertory company in 1946.
  • // 1951
    David McCallum became assistant stage manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company in 1951 and in the later 1950s, appeared in small roles in a number of British films. His film debut was in an uncredited role in the film 'Ill Met By Moonlight' and his first acting role was portraying a doomed royal in 'Whom the Gods Love, Die Young'.
  • // Mar 1954
    At the age of 18, he was conscripted into the army and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, which was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1954.
  • // 11th May 1957 To 1989
    David McCallum married actress Jill Ireland, whom he had met on the sets of the film 'Hell Drivers', on May 11, 1957 in London. They together had three sons: Paul, Jason and Valentine (Val). Jason was the adopted child of the couple and died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989.
  • // 1963 To 1965
    He played the role of Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt, a.k.a. 'Dispersal', in the American World War II epic film 'The Great Escape' (1963), which was created based on real events. In 1965, he portrayed Judas Iscariot in the American epic film 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'.
  • // 1963 To 1968
    In 1963, during the filming of 'The Great Escape', he introduced his wife to his co-actor Charles Bronson, with whom she later left and got married in 1968.
  • // 1964 To 1968
    His breakthrough role was portraying the mysterious Russian agent Illya Kuryakin in the spy-fiction series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.', which he played from 1964 to 1968. Originally conceived as a supporting role, his portrayal of the enigmatic character provided the perfect foil to Robert Vaughn's character, recognizing which the producers promoted him to a co-starring role.
  • // 1967
    He married Katherine Carpenter in 1967 and they together have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie.
  • // 1969
    David McCallum received two 'Emmy Award' nominations and a 'Golden Globe' nomination for portraying Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' He received another 'Emmy' nomination for his role as Hamilton Cade in the episode 'Teacher, Teacher' from 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' (1969).
  • // 1999
    He received US citizenship in 1999 and supports Republican Party. He and his wife are involved with many charitable organizations that support the United States Marine Corps.
  • // 2001 To 2003
    The new century saw him in the role of Walter Thornhill in the drama series 'The Education of Max Bickford’ (2001-02). However, it is his portrayal of chief medical examiner Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard in the CBS series 'NCIS' (2003-present) that went close to the popularity of Illya Kuryakin.
  • // 2005
    A black-and-white picture of David McCallum and his father from the mid-1960s was used during the episode 'The Meat Puzzle' in the second season of 'NCIS' in 2005.

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  • What is David McCallum birthday?

    David McCallum was born at 1933-09-19

  • Where is David McCallum's birth place?

    David McCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • What is David McCallum nationalities?

    David McCallum's nationalities is British,American,Scottish

  • Who is David McCallum spouses?

    David McCallum's spouses is Katherine Carpenter (m. 1967), Jill Ireland (m. 1957–1967)

  • Who is David McCallum childrens?

    David McCallum's childrens is Jason McCallum, Paul McCallum, Peter McCallum, Sophie McCallum, Val McCallum

  • What was David McCallum universities?

    David McCallum studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

  • How tall is David McCallum?

    David McCallum's height is 170

  • Who is David McCallum's father?

    David McCallum's father is David McCallum Sr.

  • Who is David McCallum's mother?

    David McCallum's mother is Dorothy Dorman

  • What is David McCallum's sun sign?

    David McCallum is Virgo

  • How famous is David McCallum?

    David McCallum is famouse as Actor

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