David McCallum, pictured as his character Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS," died Monday, according to a statement from his family. (Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS/Getty Images)
(CNN) — Actor David McCallum, known for his role on the popular CBS series "NCIS," died Monday at age 90, the network said in a statement.
"He was the kindest, coolest, most patient and caring father," his son Peter McCallum wrote in a family statement, provided by CBS. "He always put family before himself."
McCallum died of natural causes surrounded by his family at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, CBS reported.
"David was a talented actor and author, loved by many around the world," the network's statement read. "He led an incredible life and his legacy will live on forever through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will never go away. We will miss his warmth and endearing sense of humor, which lit up any room or sound stage he stepped on, as well as the brilliant stories he often shared about a life well lived."
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2 of 72 | Actor David McCallum, known for his role on the popular CBS series "NCIS," died Sept. 25 at age 90, the network said in a statement.
3 of 72 | The renowned Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero died on September 15. He was 91. (Credit: BORIS HORVAT/AFP via Getty Images)
4 of 72 | Steve Harwell, the founding singer of the rock group Smash Mouth, died on September 4, 2023.
5 of 72 | Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett died on September 1 at age 76, according to his official website.
6 of 72 | Bob Barker, former host of "The Price Is Right," has died at age 99. The news was confirmed by his representative Roger Neal on Aug. 26 and did not disclose a cause of death.
7 of 72 | Wrestler Bray Wyatt passed away "unexpectedly" on August 24, according to WWE. He was 36 years old. (Credit: Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports/Sipa USA)
8 of 72 | Canadian musician Robbie Robertson died on August 9 at the age of 80 after a long illness, his advertising agency Costa Communications confirmed. Co-founder of The Band, Robertson won the Grammy Award five times. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
9 of 72 | Mark Margolis, a veteran actor known for his portrayal of Hector Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," died Aug. 3 at age 83.
10 of 72 | Angus Cloud, a young actor remembered for his role as Fezco in "Euphoria," has died at age 25, his family announced in a statement sent to CNN on July 31.
11 of 72 | Paul Reubens, the actor best known for his portrayal of the character Pee-wee Herman, died on July 31.
12 of 72 | Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has died at the age of 56, RTE, Ireland's public broadcaster, reported on July 26.
13 of 72 | American singer Anthony Dominick Benedetto, popularly known as Tony Bennett, died on July 21, 2023, according to the New York Times, which cited his longtime publicist, Sylvia Weiner. Bennett was 96.
14 of 72 | Kevin Mitnick, one of the most famous hackers in cybersecurity history, died Sunday, July 16, after a more than year-long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said in a published obituary. He was 59.
15 of 72 | Iconic British-French actress and singer Jane Birkin has died at the age of 76, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported Sunday, July 16, citing its sources.
16 of 72 | Czech writer Milan Kundera, pictured in this 2010 photo, died on July 11, 2023, in his Paris apartment, aged 94. The author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" was known for his witty and tragicomic accounts, often intertwined with deep philosophical debates and satirical portrayals of life under communist oppression. (Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)
17 of 72 | CoCo Lee, a popular Hong Kong-born singer, died on July 5, her sisters Carol and Nancy shared in a social media post. According to them, the artist had suffered from depression for "some years" and tried to take her own life days before.
18 of 72 | Alan Arkin, the Oscar-winning actor for "Little Miss Sunshine," has died at age 89, his family announced June 30. "Our father was a force of nature with a unique talent, both as an artist and as a man. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, whom we deeply adore and miss," his sons Adam, Matthew and Anthony Arkin said in a statement sent to CNN.
19 of 72 | British actor Julian Sands, who disappeared in January in California, was confirmed dead on June 27. (Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
20 of 72 | Actress and former British Labour politician Glenda Jackson died on June 15 at the age of 87 after a brief illness, her agent has confirmed. Jackson twice won the Oscar for best actress and was transport minister from 1997 to 1999. Credit: BBC One
21 of 72 | Silvio Berlusconi, the flamboyant billionaire and former Italian prime minister who once described himself as the "Jesus Christ of politics," died in a Milan hospital at age 86, June 12, 2023.
22 of 72 | Rock and soul singer Tina Turner has died at age 83, according to a post on her verified account on May 24. From humble beginnings, Turner overcame an abusive marriage and became one of the most popular female artists of all time.
23 of 72 | Ray Stevenson, an actor who appeared in "RRR" and the "Thor" films, died Sunday, May 21, his publicist Nicki Fioravante confirmed to CNN. He was 58.
24 of 72 | British writer Martin Amis died on May 19 at the age of 73, according to his publisher Penguin Books UK. Amis' wife, author Isabel Fonseca, told the New York Times that the cause of his death was esophageal cancer. Credit: David Levenson/Getty Images
25 of 72 | Jim Brown, a former Cleveland Browns player and prominent civil rights activist, died May 19 at age 87, the team said. Look in the gallery at the other celebrities who have died in 2023.
26 of 72 | Andy Rourke, bassist for legendary English rock band The Smiths, died aged 59 on May 19 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (Credit: Damien Maguire/Shutterstock)
27 of 72 | Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian singer-songwriter, died at age 84 on May 1, spokeswoman Victoria Lord told CNN.
28 of 72 | Jerry Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati and longtime television host, has died at age 79, Bradley Singer, his manager, said Thursday, April 27. (Credit: Ralf-Finn Hestoft/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images)
29 of 72 | Harry Belafonte, the singer, actor and activist who became an indispensable supporter of the civil rights movement, died Tuesday, April 25 at age 96, his publicist Ken Sunshine told CNN. Belafonte died of congestive heart failure. (Credit: Archive Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
30 of 72 | Former "Dancing With the Stars" judge Len Goodman died Saturday, April 22, at age 78. The English dance expert died in a hospital in Kent, southern England, after a battle with bone cancer. (Credit: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
31 of 72 | Australian comedian Barry Humphries, best known for his drag character Dame Edna Everage, died at the age of 89 on Saturday, April 22. A few days earlier, on Wednesday, the artist had been readmitted to hospital for complications following hip surgery last month. (Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
32 of 72 | K-Pop star Moon Bin, a member of the band Astro, died at age 25 on Wednesday, April 19, his music label Fantagio reported. His representative said he found the artist dead at his home in southern Seoul, South Korea. (Credit: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
33 of 72 | Julian Figueroa, son of actress Maribel Guardia and singer Joan Sebastian, has died at the age of 28, Mexico's National Association of Interpreters announced Monday, April 10. (Credit: Maribel Guardia/Instagram)
34 of 72 | Andrés García, a renowned actor in Mexico of Dominican origin, died at age 81 on April 4, 2024, confirmed Margarita Portillo, wife of the artist. Garcia was known for a vast career in film and television and notable roles as a heartthrob in Mexican telenovelas.
35 of 72 | World-renowned Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has died at the age of 71 after battling cancer. His death occurred on March 28, 2023 and was confirmed by the company representing him on April 2.
36 of 72 | María Kodama, writer, translator, widow and executor of renowned author Jorge Luis Borges, died at the age of 86 on Sunday, March 26 in the town of Vicente López, Argentina.
37 of 72 | Actor, comedian and producer Xavier López Rodríguez, popularly known as "Chabelo," died on March 25 at the age of 88, his official Twitter account confirmed.
38 of 72 | Mexican actress Rebecca Jones died on March 22 at age 65. According to the agency that represented her, she died accompanied by her family (Credit: Instagram/La_rebeccajones)
39 of 72 | Willis Reed, NBA star and hero of the New York Knicks, died at age 80 on March 21, 2023.
40 of 72 | Lance Reddick, an actor known for his portrayal of Cedric Daniels in "The Wire" and for his work on the "John Wick" franchise, died Friday, March 17, his manager, Mia Hansen, said. He was 60 years old.
41 of 72 | Mexican actor Ignacio López Tarso died at the age of 98 on March 11, the National Association of Interpreters of Mexico (ANDI) reported on its Twitter account. Credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP via Getty Images
42 of 72 | Robert Blake, actor of "In Cold Blood" and "Lost Highway," died at age 89 on March 9, 2023, according to his daughter, Delinah Blake. (Credit: Brian To/FilmMagic/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
43 of 72 | Gary Rossington, guitarist of the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died on Sunday, March 5, his band said in a statement on Facebook. Credit: Amy Harris/Invision/Amy Harris/AP/File
44 of 72 | Tom Sizemore, an actor known for his work in hit films such as "Rescuing Private Ryan," "Natural Born Killers" and "Heat," died March 3, his manager Charles Lago confirmed to CNN. He was 61.
45 of 72 | Irma Serrano "La Tigresa", renowned singer of rancheras and corridos and Mexican actress, died at the age of 89 on March 1.
46 of 72 | French footballer Just Fontaine — who still holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup — has died at the age of 89.
47 of 72 | Richard Belzer, the comedian and actor best known for playing acid detective John Munch on several NBC police series such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," died at age 78 on Feb. 19, his representative said.
48 of 72 | Actress Stella Stevens, Hollywood star of the 84s and 60s, dies at the age of 70. Her son said he was coming off a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
49 of 72 | Raquel Welch, star of 'Fantastic Voyage', has died at the age of 82, her manager confirmed on February 15. (Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Pantelion Films)
50 of 72 | Carlos Saura died on February 10 in Madrid at the age of 91. The Spanish filmmaker, photographer and screenwriter is the author of works such as "La caza", "Cría Cuervos" "Carmen" or "Dispara, dispara"
51 of 72 | Burt Bacharach died at age 94 on February 9. He is the writer of classic pop hits such as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head".
52 of 72 | Oscar-nominated Melinda Dillon who starred in films such as "A Christmas Story" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," has died at age 83, according to an obituary released by a cremation service in Long Beach, California.
53 of 72 | Iconic Spanish designer Paco Rabanne died at the age of 88 on February 3. The Spaniard, whose birth name is Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo, founded his eponymous fashion house in 1966 generating praise and controversy for his bold creations.
54 of 72 | Lisa Loring, best known as the first actress to play Wednesday (Merlina) Addams in the original comedy "The Addams Family," died at age 64 on Saturday, Jan. 28, her daughter confirmed.
55 of 72 | Actress Annie Wersching died of cancer on Jan. 29, her publicist, Craig Schneider, told CNN. She was 45 years old and was recognized for her work on the series "24" and for being the voice of Tess in "The Last of Us".
56 of 72 | Tom Verlaine, a founding member of influential New York Television punk band, died Jan. 28 at age 73 "after a brief illness," Jesse Paris Smith reported.
57 of 72 | Mexican comedian Leopoldo Roberto García Peláez Benítez, known as "Polo Polo," died on January 23, his family announced.
58 of 72 | David Crosby, legendary singer-songwriter and one of the founding members of Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died at age 81, his family announced Jan. 19, 2023.
59 of 72 | Italian small screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has died aged 95 on January 16, 2023. Lollobrigida starred in Pan, amor y sueños, La mujer deserrada and Mujer de Roma. Along with Sophia Loren, she came to symbolize Italian actresses in the 1950s and 1960s. (Credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)
60 of 72 | Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, died Jan. 12 after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 54 years old and his death was confirmed by his mother, Priscilla Presley, in a statement.
61 of 72 | Tatjana Patitz, who rose to fame in fashion in the '90s as an animal-loving supermodel with a piercing gaze, died of cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 11. He was 56. (Credit: Arthur Elgort/Condé Nast/Shutterstock)
62 of 72 | Carole Cook, a well-known actress and Broadway star, has died, her agent Robert Malcolm said in a statement. He was 98.
63 of 72 | Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck has died in January 2023, according to a statement posted on his official social media accounts. He was 78.
64 of 72 | Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse before his acquittal in 2020, died Jan. 10 at age 81.
65 of 72 | Constantine II, the last king of Greece, died at the age of 82 on January 10.
66 of 72 | Adam Rich, an actor who rose to fame as a child playing the youngest member of the Bradford family, Nicholas, in the television drama "Eight Is Enough," died Jan. 8 at age 54, according to the Los Angeles County medical examiner.
67 of 72 | Italian soccer great Gianluca Vialli died at the age of 58 on January 6 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (Credit: Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
68 of 72 | Marcio Freire, legendary Brazilian surfer (pictured here on the right wearing a white collar), died on January 5 riding giant waves in Nazaré, Portugal. Jet ski support staff managed to get the 47-year-old to the beach, but all attempts to revive him failed. Freire was one of three Brazilian surfers who became known as the "Mad Dogs" — like the 2016 documentary — after conquering the giant "Jaws" wave in Hawaii. (Credit: Getty Images)
69 of 72 | Walter Cunningham, a retired NASA astronaut who piloted the first flight on the space agency's famed Apollo program, died Jan. 3. He was 90 years old. This photo shows Cunningham aboard Apollo 7 in October 1968. (Credit: NASA)
70 of 72 | Professional rally driver and YouTube star Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident on January 2. He was 55. Before embarking on his career as a rally driver, Block co-founded sportswear company DC Shoes in 1994, which became one of the world's most recognizable skate apparel brands. (Paulo Oliveira/DPI/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
71 of 72 | Fred White, drummer for the classic 1970s band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Jan. 2, according to an Instagram post by his older brother and former bandmate, Verdine White. He was 67. With the band, White won six Grammy Awards and was nominated a total of 13 times. In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images)
72 of 72 | Art McNally, the "father of instant replay" and the first playful official to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Jan. 1 at age 97.
Born in Scotland and after several roles on British television, McCallum got his big break in America with the 1960s spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", in which he played agent Illya Kuryakin. He co-starred with Robert Vaughn, who played the spy Napoleon Solo.
McCallum earned a pair of Emmy nominations for the series and worked steadily thereafter. He had, among others, roles in the films "The Great Escape" and "A Night to Remember". He also starred in a memorable episode of the creepy sci-fi anthology series "The Outer Limits," "The Sixth Finger," playing an ordinary man who volunteers to undergo an evolutionary breakthrough at accelerating speed.
McCallum returned to television with a starring role in the 1975 NBC series "The Invisible Man," but the show, despite its then-revolutionary special effects, lasted only one season. His unlikely last act on television was with CBS's "NCIS." McCallum played Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard, an eccentric and skilled professional who served as the patriarch of the show's investigators.
McCallum is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine McCallum, four children (Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum and Peter McCallum), daughter Sophie McCallum and eight grandchildren.