David McCallum’s Cause Of Death and Net Worth: What Did The Actor Die Of and How Rich Was He? Obituary

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What happened to David McCallum? The NCIS actor has been confirmed dead aged 90. How he died and his fortune explored.

David McCallum – real name David Keith McCallum Jr. – had a successful career in the entertainment industry that spanned decades.

He was a Scottish actor and musician.

He shot to fame in the 1960s for playing secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. His other notable television roles include Carter in Colditz and Steel in Sapphire & Steel.

Sadly, the world learned about his passing on September 2023 and following that, fans might want to know what actually happened to him, his cause of death, net worth and details about his career. Read on for more.

David McCallum, an original cast member of NCIS, died at the age of 90
David McCallum, an original cast member of NCIS, died at the age of 90Credit: Getty

What was David McCallum’s cause of death?

NCIS actor David McCallum has died at the age of 90, and he’s being remembered by fans and colleagues.

The star died while in New York Presbyterian Hospital on the morning of September 25.

David died from natural causes, and he was surrounded by family in his final moments.

The seasoned actor celebrated his birthday less than a week before his death.

David was also an actor on the show The ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E. Credit: Getty

NCIS executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North released a statement about their longtime star.

They said: “For over twenty years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard.

“But as much as his fans may have loved him, those who worked side by side with David loved him that much more.”

They continued: “He was a scholar and a gentleman, always gracious, a consummate professional, and never one to pass up a joke.

“From day one, it was an honor to work with him and he never let us down. He was, quite simply, a legend. He was also family and will be deeply missed.”

NCIS studio CBS Studios also made a joint statement saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and privileged that CBS was his home for so many years.

“David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world.

“He led an incredible life, and his legacy will forever live on through his family and the countless hours on film and television that will never go away.”

David appeared on NCIS for 20 years and 20 seasons of the show
David appeared on NCIS for 20 years and 20 seasons of the show. Credit: Getty

Fans pay tribute to David McCallum

Fans of NCIS on X, formerly known as Twitter, were deeply saddened by the loss of the fan-favorite character as many reacted.

“No! I’m such a big fan of that show. Rip, David,” one person said.

Another added: “David McCallum was the reason why I watched NCIS… RIP.”

“Very sad to hear this. I’m a big fan of NCIS and he was so much fun to watch. Condolences to all who knew and loved him,” a user shared.

One fan added: “I’m gutted. Another amazing actor gone. Ducky was one of my favorite characters in NCIS! Rest in peace David McCallum.”

A fifth said: “Oh my. R.I.P. Mr. McCallum. Of late, remembered as Ducky from NCIS, but he was also on The Man from Uncle and an accomplished producer.”

h said: “Oh my. R.I.P. Mr. McCallum. Of late, remembered as Ducky from NCIS, but he was also on The Man from Uncle and an accomplished producer.”

Producers on NCIS called him a 'legend' and said he was great to work with
Producers on NCIS called him a ‘legend’ and said he was great to work withCredit: Handout

What was David McCallum’s net worth?

For his long years in the entertainment industry, the late actor accumulated an impressive fortune. Before he died, he had a net worth of $15 million. He accrued his fortune from his works as an actor, musician, and author.

How much does David McCallum make per episode on NCIS? David McCallum’s salary per episode was $175,000. His salary per episode makes him one of the richest actors on the show, per HelloMagazine.

NCIS was a spin-off of the television show JAG, and it premiered two decades ago on September 23, 2003.

The CBS show entered its 20th full season this year.

It was previously announced that there would be a 20th anniversary NCIS marathon, and it will now include an “In memoriam” card in remembrance of David.

He was the last remaining original cast member on the show, and he played Chief Medical Examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard.