David McCallum, the acclaimed actor known for bringing Illya Kuryakin to life in the 1960s hit series ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,’ passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023. The Scottish actor, who had become a household name through the show, succumbed to natural causes at the age of 90, surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
In more recent years, McCallum showcased his talent by portraying a pathologist in the popular crime thriller series ‘NCIS’ on CBS TV. The news of his passing was first confirmed by CBS through an obituary statement across various media platforms.
Beyond ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘NCIS,’ he made significant contributions to projects like ‘A Night to Remember,’ ‘The Great Escape,’ ‘Perry Mason,’ and ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told.’ David McCallum leaves behind his wife, former model Katherine Carpenter, children from both his marriages and eight grandchildren.
CBS and his son Peter, along with executive producers of ‘NCIS,’ have expressed their condolences and issued statements on the loss of this beloved TV legend.
Did David McCallum die? What Was His Cause Of Death?
David McCallum passed away peacefully as the hospital was closing, surrounded by his family. Age-related health issues, including a previous cardiac attack, plagued the actor. His son, Peter, has issued a statement saying that the star was a family man and would seek opportunities to connect with his grandchildren.
Here’s the Peter Oxley announced the heartbreaking news of David McCallum’s passing on Monday, just days after his 90th birthday. David appeared in Hell Drivers, Kidnapped, The Great Escape, and hit TV shows The Man From UNCLE, The Invisible Man, Colditz, Sapphire & Steel, and NCIS.
Sad news on hearing David McCallum died on Monday only a few days after his 90th birthday.
David appeared in many films including Hell Drivers, Kidnapped and The Great Escape and starred in hit series The Man From UNCLE, The Invisible Man, Colditz, Sapphire & Steel and NCIS.#RIP pic.twitter.com/VnEvlAIrCt
— Peter Oxley (@oxley264) September 26, 2023
I am sad to learn that actor David McCallum died today, just a few days after his 90th birthday. 😢 pic.twitter.com/1SeAL71sMr
— Chip Coffey (@chipcoffey) September 25, 2023
25 September 2023. Glasgow born, David McCallum died (aged 90). He rose to international fame in the 1960s playing, Illya Kuryakin, in the hugely popular espionage series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He also starred in The Great Escape and many other films and TV dramas. pic.twitter.com/hwUcA85Vub
— Prof. Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) September 26, 2023
He was able to flawlessly portray each of his characters. His Illya Kuryakin was a mystery to the audience, which added to his appeal. David stated, in a 1998 interview with the New York Times,
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Who was David McCallum?
David Keith McCallum, who was born to musician parents in Glasgow in 1933, migrated to London at the age of three. His mother was a cellist, while his father was a violinist for the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. After failing to master the clarinet, McCallum decided to pursue a career in the theater.
David McCallum, who played Dr. “Ducky” Mallard in ‘NCIS,’ has died pic.twitter.com/oNhFmfGbEP
— BNO News (@BNONews) September 25, 2023