Fans of NCIS will recognize DAVID MCCALLUM as medical examiner Ducky. Is the actress, however, married in real life?
On the long-running CBS show NCIS, fans adore the character of Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard (played by David McCallum). Some people are curious about the actor who plays him and whether or not he is married- here’s everything you need to know about the British actor.
Is David McCallum, the star of NCIS, married in real life?
Fans of the long-running series NCIS will recall that medical examiner Ducky has been a key member of the cast since the show’s inception.
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.
As a result, some series fans have been left wondering if the actor who plays him is also an eternal bachelor.
Ducky is played by David McCallum, an 86-year-old British actor and musician.
Aside from NCIS, the actor is best known for his role as secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
McCallum, on the other hand, met his first wife before appearing on the television show.
On the set of the film Hell Drivers in 1957, he met actress Jill Ireland.
The couple married in London the same year and were married for ten years.
When they divorced, Ireland married American film actor Charles Bronson, whom she met while filming The Great Escape with McCallum.
In 2017, he said of the marriage, “I never hated him, Charlie was always a good friend.”
“When problems arise, I find that worrying about them and becoming anxious and negative is completely unnecessary.”
“You can solve them, usually amicably. That’s what happened.
“It was an extremely difficult time, not least because we had three children,” he admits.
Together McCallum and Ireland had three sons together, Paul, Jason and Valentine.
Their adopted son Jason d1ed from an accidental drug overdose in 1989.
The actor described how difficult this period in his life was for him.
He said: “The worst moment of my life was when I lost my son, there’s no question of that.
“Losing people you care about is always one of the most heartbreaking experiences, especially when they are so young.”
“Things remind you of your loss, birthdays, and other things.” But it’s gone, it’s finished. I don’t dwell on it because he’s not coming back.”
Following the dissolution of his marriage to Ireland, McCallum fell in love with Katherine Carpenter again.
The NCIS star married the model in 1967 and they have a son and daughter together, called Peter and Sophie.
One thing the couple is both passionate about is charitable work, and one of the causes they support is the United States Marine Corps.
As of 2020, McCallum has six grandchildren in total.
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