Ncis Honors Late Actor David Mccallum During Cbs Marathon — See The Tribute


Monday’s NCIS marathon included a poignant nod to late cast member David McCallum, who passed away earlier that day at the age of 90.

At the conclusion of CBS’ re-airing of the NCIS series premiere (in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary), a photo of McCallum was shown along with the text: “In Memoriam: David McCallum, 1933-2023.”

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McCallum played chief medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on the CBS procedural for all 20 seasons, most recently appearing (remotely) in the final two episodes of Season 20 last spring. He was the show’s last remaining original cast member, following the exit of series lead Mark Harmon early in Season 19.

“For over 20 years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard,” NCIS‘ current exec producers, Seven D. Binder and David North, said in a statement. “But as much as his fans may have loved him, those who worked side by side with David loved him that much more. 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.”


Pauley Perrette posts sweet IG tribute to David McCallum

Off-screen drama has appeared on NCIS quite a bit. The Hollywood Reporter’s latest oral history discussed some of the conflict that appeared between the cast members and/or between particular producers and/or showrunners. But David McCallum was the one who everyone seemed to like.

Donald “Ducky” Mallard’s portrayer McCallum passed away on Monday at the age of 90. Positive feedback has poured in from his coworkers and previous classmates, including Pauley Perrette. The actress took some time to think back on her time with McCallum even though she hasn’t talked much about NCIS in recent years.

“Oh David”, she wrote on Instagram. “What a life. What a legend. What a journey. And your legacy Will always be The love you have for your family. Love to Katherine and the kids and the grandkids, your absolutely very favorite things.” The caption was accompanied by a series of photos that run in chronological order, from the start of the show in 2003 to the end of Perrette’s tenure.

The last image on the post, which features McCallum and Perrette holding up a note that reads, “Thank you for all your wonderful messages! “, is very endearing. I adore you all. At the time, it was a wink to the fans, but in light of McCallum’s passing, it now has greater significance.

Perrette has already given her former co-star high marks. David McCallum is a total treasure, the actress wrote in a tweet from 2014. It is a privilege to work and know him. #NCIS.” With both characters gone, the program won’t be the same, but we’re grateful we got to watch them interact for so many seasons.

McCallum has also been remembered by executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North, as well as actors Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon.