Tuesday, October 27, 2009

David McCallum

To a younger generation, he is Doctor "Ducky" Mallard on the hit television series NCIS.

To an older generation, he is Illya Kuryakin from the hit television series and movies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

But to classic movie lovers he is Lt. Commander Eric Ashley-Pitt "Dispersal" in The Great Escape (1963) and Judas Iscariot in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

David McCallum Jr. was born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 19, 1933 to David McCallum Sr, a violinist for the London Philharmonic and Dorothy Dorman, a cellist.

David McCallum began his career in music, playing the oboe and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He became the Assistant Stage Manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company in 1951. He began his career as a bit-part actor in British films of the 1950s.

David's film debut was in Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) in an uncredited role. Credited roles soon followed in These Dangerous Years (1957), Violent Playground (1957) and Robbery Under Arms (1957).

David McCallum's movie credits include A Night to Remember (1958), Billy Budd (1962), The Great Escape (1963), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Around the World Under the Sea (1966), King Solomon's Treasure (1977), The Watcher in the Woods (1980), Hear My Song (1991), Fatal Inheritance (1993) and Batman: Botham Knight (2008) as the voice of Alfred.

In addition to starring in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., David McCallum has also appeared in such television classics as Law & Order, Sex in the City, Babylon 5, Murder She Wrote, Father Dowling Mysteries, Matlock, Heart to Heart, As The World Turns, The Six Million Dollar Man, Perry Mason and The Outer Limits.

In 1994, McCallum narrated the acclaimed documentaries Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On for A&E television networks.

David McCallum has been nominated for three Emmys, two for his role on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and one for Teacher, Teacher (1969).

He has also appeared on Broadway in The Flip Side, California Suite, and Amadeaus.

In the 1960s, McCallum recorded albums for Capitol Records. David did not sing on these records, but used the opportunity to make a different statement. As a classically trained musician, he conceived a blend of oboe, french horn, and strings with guitar and drums, and presented instrumental interpretations of hits of the day.

David McCallum was married to actress Jill Ireland from 1957 to 1967. He introduced Ireland to Charles Bronson when they were both filming The Great Escape. A few years later, she left McCallum and married Bronson. He later married Katherine Carpenter and they are still married.

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