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Iconic NCIS Actor Dead at 90

He died of natural causes in New York City, according to his rep.

For over 20 years, David McCallum has portrayed Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard on the police procedural drama "NCIS." However, the celebrated actor, who hails from Scotland, will not be continuing his run on the hit show. This week, he died at the age of 90. 

David McCallum Died of Natural Causes on Monday

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David McCallum died on Monday at the age of 90, his rep has confirmed. He died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

He Is Survived By His Wife, Kids, and Grandchildren

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He is survived by his wife, 55 years, Katherine Carpenter; sons Paul, Val, and Peter; daughter Sophie, and six grandchildren.

He Played Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard for Over 20 Years

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"For over twenty years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard," said "NCIS" executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North in a statement.

He Will Be "Deeply Missed"

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

His Former Co Star Mark Harmon Was "In Awe" of Him

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"David lived a great, full, long life," Harmon shared in a statement to TVLine. "I was in awe when I first met him and all of us on the show were honored to have toed a mark opposite him. My condolences go out to Katherine and his family," his longtime NCIS costar Mark Harmon added in a statement to TV Line.

CBS Is "Deeply Saddened"

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"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," CBS released in a statement on Instagram. 

His "Legacy Will Forever Live On"

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"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," they continued. 

He Will Be Missed

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"We will miss his warmth and endearing sense of humor that lit up any room or soundstage he stepped onto, as well as the brilliant stories he often shared from a life well-lived." 

"Out Hearts Go Out" to His Family

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"Our hearts go out to his wife Katherine and his entire family, and all those who knew and loved David," the note concluded. 

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He Was Nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes


McCallum has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for his role in the 1960s show, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." 

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