While being famous is definitely the dream for a lot of people, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Many famous people have to deal with rabid fans and constant pressure to behave a certain way. NCIS star David McCallum, for instance, once had to be rescued in central park after a swarm of fans found him.
McCallum plays the iconic Ducky, a beloved character on NCIS. The former chief medical examiner and current historian is one of the most cherished characters on the show. While McCallum’s appearances on NCIS are now few and far between, whenever the star appears, it’s a real treat.
Because of that, fans can get a bit…. much. In a 2010 interview with The Scotsman, the NCIS actor described the time he had to get rescued.
“I’m dying to know what it was like being as popular as the Beatles,” he started.”There is a practicality about it. You have to deal with it by not going to certain places.”
McCallum, for the most part can still go out, but it doesn’t always go smoothly.
“I was rescued from Central Park by mounted police once,” he said. “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.” And thankfully, McCallum tries to take it all in stride.
“But it’s all part of a wonderful, crazy life,” he said.
The ‘NCIS’ Star Loves Playing Ducky
McCallum does a lot of research about his role in his spare time. His research into forensics and pathology has even earned him the name “Dr. Death” from his family. He loves his time on NCIS because it gives him space to act in the way he loves the most.
“When we started this show, I didn’t know anything about pathology and I didn’t know anything about [the real] N.C.I.S. I learned the commitments of excellence that all of those special agents have, and then we brought that to what we all do as a team. I love this show because it gives me a chance to do what I was born to do in the best possible way,” he told Buzzymag in 2013.
McCallum did reduce his role on the show in 2019. At the time, he remained one of the only main cast members from the original seasons. Now, the cast looks very different than it did at the start of the show. Former fan favorites like Tony Dinozzo and Abby Scuito have since gone, and not all fans are happy about the characters that have taken their place.
But still, NCIS is a ratings dominator. The show is currently one of the highest ratest TV shows on broadcast television and has spawned three spinoff series, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, and NCIS: Hawai’i.