David McCallum

David McCallum is a Scottish actor known nowadays for playing Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS.

McCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became Assistant Stage Manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Company in 1951.

He began his career as a bit-part actor in British films of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His big break came in the '60s Cold War series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which turned McCallum into a sex symbol.

McCallum's role as mysterious Russian agent Illya Kuryakin was originally conceived as a peripheral one. However, McCallum took the opportunity to construct a complex, enigmatic character.

David has over 100 TV and film credits to his name since.

He has five children, three with ex-wife Jill Ireland, and two with Katherine Carpenter, to whom he has been married since 1967.

David and Katherine McCallum are active with charitable organizations that support the U.S. Marine Corps.

Katherine's father was a Marine who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and her brother lost his life in Vietnam.

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NCIS Quotes

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.