David McCallum, renowned for his role as secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the TV series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” passed away on Monday, September 25, at the age of 90. The news of McCallum’s passing was confirmed by his son, Peter. McCallum had most recently graced the screens as the beloved medical examiner Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard on NCIS.

The NCIS community swiftly took to Facebook to express their deep sorrow upon hearing the news. The post acknowledged that CBS had been McCallum’s home for many years and described him as a talented actor and playwright who was cherished worldwide. It highlighted his incredible life and the enduring legacy he leaves behind through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will never be forgotten. The post also fondly remembered his warm and humorous presence, which lit up any room or soundstage he entered, along with the captivating stories he shared from his well-lived life. The message extended condolences to his wife Katherine, his entire family, and all those who knew and admired David.

McCallum’s NCIS co-star Pauley Perrette, known for her role as Abby Sciuto, paid tribute on social media by sharing various photos from their 15 seasons together on the show. Her Instagram caption conveyed her admiration for McCallum, describing him as an icon and expressing that his love for his family would be his enduring legacy. She shared a series of photos through the years, including a favorite one with David and Sasha Alexander. The post ended with a greeting from both David and Pauley to their fans, thanking them for their wonderful messages and expressing love for them all.

Numerous colleagues, friends, and NCIS enthusiasts also joined in to honor David McCallum. Executive producer Peter Oxley shared the sad news on X (formerly Twitter) and recognized McCallum’s contributions to films and television series throughout his illustrious career. SAG-AFTRA paid tribute to the actor, author, and musician, highlighting his 90th birthday celebration and his significant impact on the industry. A social media user shared a heartfelt toast to McCallum’s memory, describing him as a humorous, great, and honest man. They praised his unique autograph alongside those of Sean Connery and Tony Bennett, and commended his portrayal of Ducky in NCIS, expressing gratitude for having had him in their lives and sending love to his family, concluding with a wish for David to rest in peace.

By chrysos