Does David Mccallum Appear In Any Ducky-Related Scenes In Ncis Season 21?

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Fans of “NCIS” were devastated to discover that longtime series star David McCallum had passed away at the age of 90 on Monday. Over the course of his career, McCallum had the opportunity to provide a number of legendary cinematic performances, including his breakthrough performance as Illya Kuryakin on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960s. Following the cancellation of the TV show, McCallum went on to become more well-known for his roles as Flight Lieutenant Simon Carter on “Colditz” and Steel on “Sapphire and Steel.”

Despite the success he experienced throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, though, McCallum is, perhaps, best known now for his 20-year performance as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on the long-running CBS procedural series, “NCIS.” One of the show’s core cast members, McCallum managed to make nearly as much of a lasting mark on “NCIS” as the series’ longtime lead, Mark Harmon. It isn’t much of a mystery, therefore, why some fans are already wondering whether or not McCallum got to film any scenes as Ducky for “NCIS” Season 21 before his death this week.

The answer to that question is, unfortunately, no. That’s because zero episodes of “NCIS” Season 21 have actually been filmed so far, as a result of this year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Since May 2, no WGA members have been allowed to write new scripts for any struck productions or companies. No SAG-AFTRA members, meanwhile, have been allowed to film or promote any struck projects since the guild’s strike began on July 14. Consequently, McCallum never got to shoot any more scenes as Ducky either this fall or this past summer.

David McCallum wasn’t going to have a major role in NCIS Season 21

Several former and present “NCIS” actors have already expressed their condolences in the hours following the news of David McCallum’s passing. In fact, it appears that both the show’s creators and viewers share a common emotion of grief. The fact that McCallum’s performance as Ducky in the “NCIS” Season 20 finale has now been retrospectively changed into his final appearance as the character must likely be accepted by those same fans as well. However, it appears improbable that the seasoned “NCIS” star would have a significant part in the upcoming 21st season of the show.

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“NCIS” executive producer Charles Floyd Johnson confirmed as much in a recent 20th-anniversary interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the show. During the interview, which was conducted prior to McCallum’s death, Johnson said, “David McCallum doesn’t do that much in the series anymore. David [just turned 90], and he lives in New York. He may come back and do four or five episodes. It’s much too hard on him now, and I think he’s ready to retire.”

All of this serves to demonstrate that fans shouldn’t generally expect to see any new sequences starring McCallum in “NCIS” Season 21, except than perhaps an homage to the actor. While undoubtedly heartbreaking, it appears that the actor’s appearance as Ducky in the “NCIS” Season 20 finale earlier this year was indeed his last as the character. However sad that is, it doesn’t take away from McCallum’s contributions to “NCIS,” nor should it change how viewers perceive his influence on the program. In his interview with THR, Johnson stated that “[David] was amazing from the day he came on.”

 

 

 

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