Happy 88th birthday, David McCallum

David McCallum in a Man From U.N.C.L.E. publicity still

Today, Sept. 19, is David McCallum’s 88th birthday.

He’s almost the last man standing from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn is gone. So is Norman Felton, the producer who met with Ian Fleming in 1962. So is Sam Rolfe, who took the Felton-Fleming ideas and put them into a script. Many of the actors are gone, including Leo G. Carroll.

Earlier this year, Richard Donner, who directed the first U.N.C.L.E. episodes to prominently feature McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin character, also passed away.

There’s not a whole lot that needs saying. McCallum had a great career. He still has many fans who admire him. Happy birthday. We’ll leave it at that.

2 Responses

  1. All the MFU people who’ve sadly passed, established a unique legacy in their day, for us to enjoy a half century later. And they won’t be forgotten. We can’t even imagine the day to day, or seasonal struggles the MFU Production worried about. And which achieved ultimate recognition (longevity and popularity) beyond expectation. Mostly it was about vision, being true to a purpose and goals. Taking risk. Protecting quality. We are fortunate the surviving actor (Mr. David McCallum) is the living representation of collaborative talent before and behind the camera, who (IMO) put pride and reputation ahead of monetary gain as the primary goal. Yes profit enables continuation, but only talent makes it worthy of happening.

    My annual gratitude for remembering the MFU!
    Thank you!

  2. It might be more appropriate to say that David McCallum is having a great career. I’m surprised you didn’t mention that he has played Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS since 2003, appearing in more than 400 episodes of the show!

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