‘NCIS’: Ducky Actor David McCallum Revealed He Has an ‘Incognito Streak’

by Anna Dunn

NCIS actor David McCallum seems to be a bit of an introvert. He found fame as the very loved Ducky on the hit franchise. However, it was hard for him to adjust to fame at first. McCallum is an 87-year-old Scottish actor whose work on NCIS has brought joy to millions for almost two decades.

NCIS is approaching its 19th season. McCallum is one of the only remaining cast members whose been around since the early years of the show. But thankfully for him, he loves what he does, even if that means he’s lost a bit of privacy.

I was a little sad at the beginning that I lost my privacy,” the actor told Closer Weekly in 2017. “There’s a certain incognito streak in me.” Thankfully, his fans seem to be pretty respectful.

“Nobody really gives me any problems. What I get now is people coming up quietly and saying, ‘Love your work, thank you.’ They just appreciate it, and it’s wonderful.”

McCallum has since taken a reduced role as Ducky, but you can still catch him on NCIS every once in a while. And while it’s nice most fans haven’t caused him trouble, he did have one incident towards the beginning of the series.

The ‘NCIS’ Actor Once Had To Be Rescued from Central Park

A shopping trip to Macy’s turned incredibly chaotic for McCallum thanks to some overzealous fans. The actor once had to be rescued by police on horseback.

“I was rescued from Central Park by mounted police once,” he said in a 2010 interview. “When I went to Macy’s department store the fans did $25,000 worth of damage and they had to close Herald Square to get me out. That’s pretty classic, but you just have to deal with it.”

Amazingly, McCallum has taken all of this in stride despite his “incognito streak” he even said that incidents like that were “all part of a wonderful, crazy life.”

The actor truly does love his role as Ducky and takes his role very seriously. He’s done a ton of pathology research in his spare time, earning the “Dr. Death” nickname from his family members. He’s also expressed deep fondness for his NCIS co-stars and all of the cast and crew that make the popular show possible.

“Popular” may somehow be an understatement, however. The show is the highest-rated drama on network television. Still. Almost 20 years later. NCIS has produced three spinoffs. Unfortunately, NCIS: New Orleans was canceled this year after seven seasons. NCIS: Los Angeles is going incredibly strong, heading into its 13th season.

Meanwhile, NCIS: Hawai’i is the only of the three NCIS shows set to air that’s posted production photos. The cast and crew have officially touched down in Hawai’i and have started filming the brand new show, which will air its first season this fall.