David McCallum


Date Of Birth

September 19, 1933


A prolific Scottish actor, David McCallum was born on September 19, 1933 in Glasgow. Though known as the son of concertmaster violinist David McCallum Sr., he made a name for himself in the entertainment industry for his roles on several TV series and work on over 30 books on tape and CDs. He was educated at Hampstead’s University College School, and was originally headed for a career in music. He initially enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music but left it to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

David McCallum began his acting career with small roles in numerous British productions, such as films during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1964, he appeared as the blond Russian agent Illya Kuryakin on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which catapulted him to a sex symbol status. He received two Emmy Award nominations for his work, and the hero worship towards him even led to a record by Alma Cogan. He also gained acclaim for his role on the film Billy Budd, but he never gained as much success later on in his career. He became a familiar face on television, getting roles on shows like Colditz, Sapphire & Steel, and the series remake of The Invisible Man. He later became known for playing Judas Iscariot on the film The Greatest Story Ever Told. McCallum also rose to fame by recording albums for Capitol Records, but didn’t sing on any of them. Because of his training as a classical musician, he conceived a mix of the oboe, French horn, guitar as well as drums. During the late 1980s, he appeared mostly on stage productions. He acted alongside Katy Manning, Jack Smethurst and Eric Sykes in Australia on Run for your Wife and toured the country. Some of his guest roles were in Babylon 5, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, SeaQuest DSV, The Outer Limits, Sex and the City and JAG. In 2003, he joined the cast of the CBS series NCIS, portraying the character of Dr. Donald Mallard. He was also seen on the series The Replacements, and has been known for his work in narrating acclaimed documentaries like Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On.

Place of Birth

Glasgow, Scotland

Birth Name

David McCallum



Fun Facts

- He has a daughter, Sophie, and son, Peter, from his marriage to Katherine Carpenter. Jill Ireland and he had three children, Paul McCallum, Val McCallum, and an adopted son, Jason, who died on 7th November 1989 from an accidental drug overdose.

- Some of his hobbies are golf and computing.

- He was diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture (a common benign condition which involves the thickening and contracture of the fibrous connective tissue beneath the skin of the palm). He underwent surgery in mid-2009 to alleviate the condition. - His dad was concertmaster and violinist David McCallum Sr..

- He hit #117 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1966 with "Communication" (Capitol 5571)

- He was one of the first Brit actors to study the Method style of acting.

- As a child, he was struck by rheumatic fever.



1966: Laurel Awards - Golden Laurel: New Faces, Male


2003-2011: Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV series) - Dr. Donald Mallard
2010: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (TV series) - Paradox
2008-2010: Ben 10: Alien Force (TV series) - Paradox
2009: Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks (Video Game) - Paradox (voice)
2006-2007: The Replacements (TV series) - C.A.R./C.A..R./Canadian Chauffer
2009: Wonder Woman (video) - Zeus (voice)
2009: FusionFall (Video Game) - Paradox (voice)
2009: Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV series) - Merlin
2008: Batman: Gotham Knight (video) - Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
2003: JAG (TV series) - Dr. Donald Mallard
2002: Jeremiah (TV series) - Clarence
2001-2002: The Education of Max Bickford (TV series) - Walter Thornhill
2000: Deadline (TV series) - Harry Hobbs
1999: Cherry - Mammy
1999: Sex and the City (TV series) - Duncan
1999: The Titanic Chronicles - Host/narrator
1997-1998: Team Knight Rider (TV series) - Mobius
1998: Coming Home (TV movie) - Billy Fawcett
1998: Three (TV series) - Donald Scobie
1998: March in Windy City (TV movie) - Daniel Paterson/Dimitri Petrovsky
1997: The Outer Limits (TV series) - Joshua Hayward
1997: Law & Order (TV series) - Craig Holland
1995-1997: VR.5 (TV series) - Doctor Joseph Bloom/Dr. Joseph Bloom
1996: Privateer 2: The Darkening (Video Game) - Canera Captain
1996: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (TV series) - Ian Felton
1996: Death Game (TV movie) - Malius
1994: Heartbeat (TV series) - Cooper
1994: Babylon 5 (TV series) - Dr. Vance Hendricks
1994: Shattered Image (TV movie) - Ben
1994: Healer - The Jackal
1993: SeaQuest DSV (TV series) - Frank Cobb
1993: Dirty Weekend - Reggie
1993: Fatal Inheritance - Brandon Murphy
1991-1992: Trainer (TV series) - John Grey
1991: Hear My Song - Jim Abbott
1991: Cluedo (TV series) - Prof. Plum
1990: Boon (TV series) - Simon Bradleigh
1990: Lucky Chances (TV mini-series) - Bernard Dimes
1989-1990: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) - Cyril Grantham/Drew Garrison
1990: Father Dowling Mysteries (TV series) - Sir Robert
1990: The Haunting of Morella - Gideon
1989: The Return of Sam McCloud (TV movie) - Inspector Craig
1989: Mother Love (TV mini-series) - Sir Alexander "Alex" Vesey
1988: Monsters (TV series) - Boyle
1988: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series) - Lieutenant Cavanaugh
1988: Freedom Fighter (TV movie) - Sergeant Kemper
1988: The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (TV movie) - Charlie Ritz
1987: Matlock (TV series) - Phil Dudley
1987: The Wind (video) - John
1986: The A-Team (TV series) - Ivan
1986: Az aranyifju (TV movie)
1985: Behind Enemy Lines (TV movie) - Lt. Col. Shelley Flynn
1985: Fox Mystery Theater (TV series) - Frank Lane
1985: Terminal Choice - Dr. Giles Dodson
1985: Those Golden Years (TV movie)
1984: The Master (TV series) - Castile
1983: As the World Turns (TV series) - Maurice Vermeil
1983: The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (TV movie) - Illya Kuryakin
1983: Hart to Hart (TV series) - Geoffrey Atterton
1979-1982: Sapphire & Steel (TV series) - Steel
1982: Strike Force (TV series) - William Hadley
1980: The Watcher in the Woods - Paul Curtis
1978: Kidnapped (TV mini-series) - Alan Breck Stewart
1977: King Solomon's Treasure - Sir Henry Curtis
1976: The Kingfisher Caper - Benedict
1976: Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV series) - Cobb
1975-1976: The Invisible Man (TV series) - Dr. Daniel Westin
1976: Dogs - Harlan Thompson
1972-1974: Colditz (TV series) - Flt. Lt. Simon Carter/Flight Lt. Simon Carter
1973: Frankenstein: The True Story (TV movie) - Dr. Henry Clerval
1973: The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (TV movie) - Alexi Kaslov
1973: Screaming Skull (TV movie)
1972: Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV series) - Brian Kenny
1972: She Waits (TV movie) - Wilson
1972: Norman Corwin Presents (TV series)
1971: The Man and the City (TV series)
1971: Night Gallery (TV series) - Dr. Joel Winter
1970: Hauser's Memory (TV movie) - Hillel Mondoro
1969: Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series) - Hamilton Cade/Kenneth Canfield
1969: La cattura - Holmann
1969: Teacher, Teacher (TV movie) - Hamilton Cade
1969: Mosquito Squadron - Quint Munroe
1968: Sol Madrid - Sol Madrid
1964-1968: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV series) - Illya Kuryakin/Nexor
1967: Three Bites of the Apple - Stanley Thrumm
1966: Around the World Under the Sea - Dr. Philip Volker
1966: One Spy Too Many - Illya Kuryakin
1966: Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV series) - Illya Kuryakin
1965: The Greatest Story Ever Told - Judas Iscariot
1964: Profiles in Courage (TV series) - John Adams
1964: The Unknown (TV movie) - Tone Hobart
1963-1964: The Outer Limits (TV series) - Gwyllim Griffiths/Tone Hobart
1964: The Great Adventure (TV series) - Capt. Hanning
1964: Perry Mason (TV series) - Phillipe Bertain
1964: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV series) - Prophet
1963: The Great Escape - Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt "Dispersal"
1962: Freud - Carl von Schlossen
1962: Billy Budd - Steven Wyatt, Gunnery Officer
1962: Wuthering Heights (TV movie) - Edgar
1961: Sir Francis Drake (TV series) - Lord Oakeshott
1961: The Long, the Short and the Tall - Pvt. Sammy Whitaker
1961: Jungle Street - Terry Collins
1960: Juke Box Jury (TV series)
1959-1960: ITV Play of the Week (TV series) -
Henry Antrobus/Rainbow
1956-1960: ITV Television Playhouse (TV series) - Agent/James/Robert
1959-1960: Armchair Theatre (TV series) - Narrator
1960: BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV series) - Nicky Lancaster
1960: Emma (TV series) - Frank Churchill
1959: BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV series) - Hugo
1959: The Eustace Diamonds (TV series) - Frank Greystock
1958-1959: Our Mutual Friend (TV series) - Eugene Wrayburn
1958: A Night to Remember - Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
1958: Violent Playground - Johnnie Murphy
1957: Robbery Under Arms - Jim Marston
1957: Hell Drivers - Jimmy Yately
1957: These Dangerous Years
1957: The Secret Place - Mike Wilson
1957: Ill Met by Moonlight - Sailor on Pick Up Ship


5' 8" (1.73 m)


"I feel it's a person's duty to participate in the governing of the country in which he lives."

"But so far as countries are concerned, I don't go to a place to see what's there, but who is there."

"I didn't want to be famous. I just wanted to earn enough money to have a nice life and enjoy acting."

"Fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens. They drain us of creative energy. And when we are drained of creative energy, we do not create. We procreate, but we do not create."

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