The actor who made his name in U.S. television playing Illya Kuryakin in the 1960s spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” has signed up to remain on “NCIS” for two more years. David McCallum will stay with the top-ranked CBS drama in his role as medical examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard, Deadline.com reports.
The Scottish-born McCallum is one of the original four original “NCIS” cast members whose contracts were due to be up at the end of this season, along with Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray, who joined “NCIS” during season one.
When the contracts for all four came up two years ago, McCallum was the first to sign, as he was again this year, the story notes. Last time around, negotiations with the other three actors dragged into June — and there’s some sign it could happen again, the piece reports.
Since the iconic 1964-1968 NBC series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” where McCallum played Kuryakin opposite Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo, McCallum has kept busy with series work including “Colditz” (1972-1974), “The Invisible Man” (1975-1976), “Sapphire & Steel” (1979-1982) and “The Replacements” (2006-2009). He has been a regular on “NCIS” since 2003.
“NCIS” was recently renewed for a 10th season.