David McCallum

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Date of Birth 19 September 1933, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Birth Name David Keith McCallum Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) David Keith McCallum, Jr. is a prolific Scottish actor and the son of concertmaster violinist David McCallum, Sr.. He is best known for his role as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian-born secret agent, on the popular 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. McCallum was born in Glasgow, and was educated at University College School, a famous boys' independent school in Hampstead, London. He began his career as a bit-part actor in British films of the late-1950s and early-1960s. The Man from U.N.C.L.E., intended as a vehicle for Robert Vaughn, unexpectedly made McCallum into a sex symbol, his Beatle-style blonde haircut providing a trendy contrast with Vaughn's rather traditional appearance. Hero worship even led to a record, Love Ya, Illya, performed by Alma Cogan under the name Angela and the Fans ("I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish that Illya loved me"), which was a "pirate radio" hit in Britain in 1966. Although McCallum subsequently became a familiar face on television, he was never able to achieve the same level of popular success as he had done with his role as Kuryakin. His best-known roles were in Sapphire and Steel (opposite Joanna Lumley), as the lead in a mid-1970s remake of The Invisible Man, and as Judas Iscariot in The Greatest Story Ever Told. In the 1960s, McCallum recorded some albums for Capitol Records with producer David Axelrod, such as Music: A Bit More of Me (1966) and Music: It's Happening Now! (1967). The most well known of his pieces today is arguably The Edge, which was sampled by Dr. Dre as the intro and riff to the track The Next Episode. There is some controversy over what role McCallum actually played in these recordings, as he did not sing on the tracks (they are instrumentals), nor did he write them. McCallum co-starred with Charles Bronson in The Great Escape. He introduced then-wife Jill Ireland to Bronson on the set and she later left him and married Bronson. McCallum married Katherine Carpenter in September 1967, and they have two children: Peter and Sophie. As of December 2006, he is one of only four surviving stars of the film, the others being Richard Attenborough, James Garner and John Leyton. McCallum appeared on stage in Australia when he appeared in the play Run For Your Wife , during 1987-1988 and the production toured the country. Other members of the cast in the production were Jack Smethurst, Eric Sykes and Katy Manning. In 1994, McCallum narrated the critically acclaimed documentaries Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On for A&E Television Networks, the second Titanic-centric project he worked on. The first was the 1958 film A Night to Remember. As of 2006, He is starring in the CBS television series NCIS as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. In an inside joke on that program, when Agent Gibbs is asked the question, "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?," Gibbs simply responds, "Illya Kuryakin." According to the behind-the-scenes featurette on the 2006 DVD release of season 1, McCallum took it upon himself to become an expert in forensics in order to better play the role of Dr. "Ducky" Mallard, including appearing at medical examiner conventions. Bellisario says McCallum's knowledge of the subject became so vast that Bellisario (at the time of the interview) was seriously considering making him a technical advisor for the series. He was married to the late actress Jill Ireland from 1957 to 1967. They had three sons: Paul, Jason (who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1985), and Valentine. He has been married to Katherine Carpenter since 1967. They have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie.

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Mosquito Squadron

Quint Munroe

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Dogs

Harlan Thompson

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Season 4

Illya Kuryakin

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The Wind

John

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Frankenstein: The True Story

Dr. Henry Clerval

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Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair

Illya Kuryakin

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The Haunting of Morella

Gideon

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Around the World Under the Sea

Dr. Philip Volker

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How to Steal the World

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One of Our Spies Is Missing

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

Starring In
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Charles Bronson, Hollywood's Lone Wolf

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Batman vs. Robin

Alfred Pennyworth (voice)

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Batman: Son Of Batman

Alfred Pennyworth

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Wonder Woman

Zeus (voice)

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Batman Gotham Knight

Alfred Pennyworth (voice)

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Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

Self (archive footage)

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Rosamunde Pilcher's Nancherrow

Billy Fawcett

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Cherry

Mammy

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Death Game

Malius (as David MacCallum)

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Dirty Weekend

Reggie

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Seaquest DSV - Season 1

Frank Cobb

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Hear My Song

Jim Abbott

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The Haunting of Morella

Gideon

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The Wind

John

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Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair

Illya Kuryakin

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The Watcher in the Woods

Paul Curtis

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König Salomons Schatz

Sir Henry Curtis

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Kidnapped - The Complete Series

Alan Breck Stewart

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Dogs

Harlan Thompson

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The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War

Alexi Kaslov

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Frankenstein: The True Story

Dr. Henry Clerval

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She Waits

Mark Wilson

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Hauser's Memory

Hillel Mondoro

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Mosquito Squadron

Quint Munroe

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The Ravine

Sergeant Stephen Holmann

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How to Steal the World

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Sol Madrid

Sol Madrid

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The Helicopter Spies

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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Three Bites of the Apple

Stanley Thrumm

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The Spy in the Green Hat

Illya Kuryakin

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The Karate Killers

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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One of Our Spies Is Missing

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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Around the World Under the Sea

Dr. Philip Volker

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One Spy Too Many

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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The Spy with My Face

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Judas Iscariot

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Season 4

Illya Kuryakin

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To Trap a Spy

Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)

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The Great Escape

Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'

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Freud

Carl von Schlossen

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Billy Budd

Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer

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Jungle Street

Terry Collins

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The Long and the Short and the Tall

Pte. Whitaker

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A Night to Remember

Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride

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Violent Playground

Johnnie Murphy

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Ill Met by Moonlight

Sailor on Pick Up Ship (uncredited)

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The Secret Place

Mike Wilson

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Robbery Under Arms

Jim Marston

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Hell Drivers

Jimmy Yately

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