DAVID MCCALLUM is well known by fans of NCIS as medical examiner Ducky. But is the star married in real life?
NCIS fans love the character of Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard (played by David McCallum) on the long-running CBS show. However, some are curious to know a bit more about the star who plays him and if he himself is married- here’s everything you need to know about the British star.
Is NCIS star David McCallum married in real life?
Fans of the long-running series NCIS will know medical examiner Ducky has been a major part of the cast ever since it first began.
However, throughout 17 seasons of the show, there has never been any mention of the beloved character being married.
Alongside this, it has never been referenced whether he has had any relationships either.
Therefore, some fans of the series have been left wanting to know if the star who plays him is also an eternal bachelor.
Ducky is played by the 86-year-old British actor and musician David McCallum.
Aside from NCIS, the star is best known for playing secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
However, McCallum met his first wife before he even appeared on the television series.
Back in 1957, he met actress Jill Ireland on the set of the film Hell Drivers.
The pair were married in the same year in London and stayed together for 10 years.
When they split, Ireland married American film actor Charles Bronson who she had met when McCallum was filming The Great Escape.
Speaking about the marriage back in 2017, he said: “I never hated him, Charlie was always a good friend.
“I find that when problems come along, worrying about them and getting anxious and negative is quite unnecessary.
“You can solve them, usually amicably. That’s what happened.
But, he did admit: “It was an extremely difficult time, not least because we had three children.”
Together McCallum and Ireland had three sons together, Paul, Jason and Valentine.
Their adopted son Jason died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989.
The star explained how difficult he found this time in his life.
He said: “The worst moment of my life was when I lost my son, there’s no question of that.
“Losing people you love are always the most terrible moments, especially when they’re so young.
“Things remind you of the loss, birthdays and things. But it’s gone, it’s done. He’s not coming back, so I don’t dwell on it.”
Following the breakdown of his marriage to Ireland, McCallum found love again with Katherine Carpenter.
The NCIS star married the model in 1967 and they have a son and daughter together, called Peter and Sophie.
One thing the pair are both devoted to is charitable work and among the causes they support are the United States Marine Corps.
As of 2020, McCallum has six grandchildren in total.
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