NCIS Mourns the Loss of Beloved Actor David McCallum at 90

NCIS Star David McCallum Passes Away at 90

The world of entertainment is mourning the loss of a true legend. David McCallum, best known for his iconic role as Chief Medical Examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard in NCIS, has passed away at the age of 90. Fans and colleagues alike are paying heartfelt tributes to the remarkable actor.

A Gentleman’s Passing

David McCallum, the British star who brought “Ducky” Mallard to life, departed this world at New York Presbyterian Hospital on the morning of September 25. The actor, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, passed away from natural causes, surrounded by his loving family during his final moments. His passing comes less than a week after celebrating his birthday.

A Legacy of Excellence

David’s illustrious career included a pivotal role in the 1960s spy fiction series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” His most enduring role, however, was as the lovable and enigmatic “Ducky” Mallard in NCIS, a spin-off of the hit series JAG. NCIS first graced our screens on September 23, 2003, and it recently entered its 20th full season.

In honor of David’s memory, a 20th-anniversary NCIS marathon will include a special “In memoriam” card, ensuring that fans have the opportunity to remember the last remaining original cast member of the show.

Remembering a Legend

NCIS executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North shared their sentiments about the loss of their esteemed colleague: “For over twenty years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard. But as much as his fans may have loved him, those who worked side by side with David loved him that much more.”

They continued, “He was a scholar and a gentleman, always gracious, a consummate professional, and never one to pass up a joke. From day one, it was an honor to work with him and he never let us down. He was, quite simply, a legend. He was also family and will be deeply missed.”

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CBS Studios, the home of NCIS, also expressed their condolences: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and privileged that CBS was his home for so many years. David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world. He led an incredible life, and his legacy will forever live on through his family and the countless hours on film and television that will never go away.”

A Farewell from Fans

Fans of NCIS, many of whom took to social media, expressed their grief at the loss of the beloved character and actor.

RIP David McCallum. You were the kindest man. Thank you for being you. 🙏🏻💔


“Very sad to hear this. I’m a big fan of NCIS and he was so much fun to watch. Condolences to all who knew and loved him,” a user shared.

One fan added: “I’m gutted. Another amazing actor gone. Ducky was one of my favorite characters in NCIS! Rest in peace David McCallum.”

A fifth said: “Oh my. R.I.P. Mr. McCallum. Of late, remembered as Ducky from NCIS, but he was also on The Man from Uncle and an accomplished producer.”

David McCallum’s legacy in the world of entertainment is indelible, and he will forever hold a special place in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike.

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