NCIS Stars React To The Death Of David McCallum

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In 2023, David McCallum passed away on September 25. He had a remarkable career that started in the 1950s and was involved in a number of television productions, including “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Colditz,” and “Sapphire & Steel.”But he’ll be best remembered by many for his 20 seasons as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on “NCIS.” From Seasons 16 through 20, his appearances were more sparse, yet every time he was on screen, he left an impression. Numerous people adored him, and his “NCIS” co-stars have publicly voiced their sorrow and support for McCallum’s family since the news broke.

One of the first of McCallum’s co-stars to post on X, formerly known on Twitter, was Lauren Holly, who played NCIS director Jenny Shepard from Seasons 3 through 5. She hasn’t been on the show in a while, but McCallum clearly made an impression on her, as she posted, “RIP David McCallum. You were the kindest man. Thank you for being you.”

A similar sentiment was shared on X by Michael Weatherly, who played special agent Tony DiNozzo Jr. He posted a lengthy tribute, ending with “No one did it better. We were lucky to have him bring us Ducky. Let’s send all the love in the world to his beautiful family. Rest In Peace David.”

David McCallum touched numerous actors’ lives

It’s not hard to find evidence of how many lives David McCallum impacted. In addition to his co-stars, many fans have expressed how much they loved watching the actor on “NCIS” over the years. Other tributes can be found on Instagram, such as from Katrina Law, a new addition to the “NCIS” family, who posted a photo of McCallum with the caption, “R.I.P.”

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McCallum’s death was also posted by the official “NCIS” Instagram account, NCISverse: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and privileged that CBS was his home for so many years. David was a talented playwright and performer who was well-liked all across the world. He had an extraordinary life, and his family and the numerous hours of film and television that will never end will ensure that his legacy endures forever. Steven D. Binder and David North, the show’s executive producers, paid tribute to their buddy in a statement that Parade reported: “He was a scholar and a gentleman, always kind, a consummate professional, and never one to pass up a joke. It was a privilege to work with him right away, and he never let us down. He was a legend, to put it simply. He was also a member of my family, and he will be missed.

More tributes will undoubtedly come in throughout the following days, but McCallum’s passing has particular resonance on September 25. It’s CBS’ official “NCIS Day” that includes a mini-marathon on the network. For many, there was no “NCIS” without McCallum, and when Season 21 finally comes around, it will be tough to watch.

 

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