Status: 26/09/2023, 13:31 p.m.
David McCallum in 1975: Now he has died at the age of 90. © Richard Drew/AP/dpa
From "Solo for O.N.C.E.L." to "Navy CIS," generations of television viewers have loved David McCallum. In the mid-1960s, he is said to have received more fan mail into the film studio than Elvis Presley.
Los Angeles - Anyone who spent their childhood in front of the television in the 1970s and 1980s remembers David McCallum with a mixture of fascination and horror. In the TV series "The Invisible" he was the scientific genius Dr. Daniel Westin.
Westin had found the formula to be transparent. For example, when he fought villains, he went behind a bush, undressed and brushed off the rubber skin mask from his head, which then remained disgustingly on the ground.
Seven decades of success
David McCallum was not afraid of strange roles and always gave them credibility and dignity. That's probably why his career lasted for an incredible seven decades - up to the series "Navy CIS". Now the actor has died at the age of 90.
The role of Eton graduate and coroner Dr. Dr. h. c. Donald "Ducky" Horatio Mallard from "Navy CIS" is probably best known today. "Ducky" talks to the dead on the dissecting table and always has a suitable story from his long career ready.
This role was tailor-made for McCallum. His son Peter McCallum wrote in the death notice that his father had been enthusiastic about science and culture. He was able to conduct an orchestra as well as perform an autopsy, thanks to his decades of study for "Navy CIS," the obituary said.
This is his resume
McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1933, the son of a violinist and a cellist. He later switched from studying music to acting. After performing in England, he moved to the United States in the 1960s, where he had enormous success with the crime series "Solo for O.N.C.E.L." in the role of Russian agent Illya Kuryakin.
With a blond side parting and milky face, the young man became an international sex symbol. A Hollywood legend says that McCallum got more fan mail into the studio at the time than any other Metro Goldwyn Mayer star before him. Including Clark Gable. And Elvis Presley.
Born in Scotland, he also starred in several films, including "The Damned of the Seas" (1962), "Broken Chains" (1963), "The Greatest Story of All Time" (1965) and "Constantly in Fear" (1970).
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The father of five, McCallum was married from 1957 to 1967 to British actress Jill Ireland, who married Hollywood star Charles Bronson shortly after the divorce. McCallum also quickly entered into a new marriage. He was married to Katherine Carpenter for 56 years until his death. On Monday (local time), he died peacefully in the presence of his family in a New York hospital, CBS said. Dpa