David McCallum: NCIS and The Man from U.N.C.L.E actor dies aged 90
David McCallum, the British actor, is being fondly remembered as a “genuine polymath” following his passing at the age of 90.
McCallum was most recently recognized for his portrayal of a pathologist on the popular CBS TV series NCIS, which subsequently spawned numerous spinoff shows.
In the 1960s, McCallum gained fame for his role as a secret agent in the hit espionage drama, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The actor, originally from Scotland, passed away in New York on Monday, succumbing to natural causes.
CBS paid tribute to him in a statement, describing him as a talented actor and writer cherished by people all over the world. They acknowledged his extraordinary life the enduring legacy he leaves behind through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will continue to captivate audiences.
His portrayal of a Russian agent in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. earned him a devoted fan base, particularly among young women who were charmed by his handsome appearance.
The series concluded in 1968, but not before he earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Illya Kuryakin.
McCallum’s career also included roles in notable films such as The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and A Night to Remember. Additionally, he made guest appearances on television series like Perry Mason and The Outer Limits.
Born in Glasgow to parents who were classical musicians, McCallum initially pursued a career in music before transitioning to acting.
His involvement in NCIS followed a role in the series JAG, which ultimately led to the creation of the NCIS spinoff. The NCIS franchise, in turn, gave rise to other shows, including NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
McCallum also found work as a voice actor for children’s cartoons and video games.
A statement issued by his family called him a ” true renaissance man”.
“He was fascinated by science and culture and would turn those passions into knowledge,” it said.
“For example, he was capable of conducting a symphony orchestra and (if needed) could perform an autopsy, based on his decades-long studies for his role on NCIS.”