The Scottish actor, who endeared himself to audiences around the globe enjoying the mild and clever Chief Medical Examiner Dr Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard for twenty years, died of pure causes on 25 September.
Earlier than his dying, McCallum made his remaining appearances remotely within the current season’s remaining two episodes, which aired in Could.
With the present making ready to make its season 21 return on 12 February 2024, co-showrunners/government producers Steven D Binder and David North defined how the forthcoming season would deal with McCallum’s dying.
“Everybody at NCIS felt it was vital to do an episode that honours such a legendary actor, to not point out an expensive buddy,” they informed TVLine in an announcement.
“Within the episode, the staff will be taught of Ducky’s passing and replicate on their recollections of him as they grieve. And true to Ducky’s meticulous and compassionate nature, even after he’s gone, he nonetheless manages to unravel one final crime with the staff.”
They teased that “there may also be a really touching and particular second you received’t need to miss”.
McCallum was the final remaining authentic solid member of the long-running CBS procedural crime drama, becoming a member of the solid in 2003. After having devoted himself to the examine of forensics for the position, producer Donald P Bellisario mentioned in 2006 that McCallum’s data had grow to be so huge that he was contemplating making him a technical adviser on the present.
Following his dying, the community and NCIS studio CBS Studios launched a joint assertion, saying: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of David McCallum and privileged that CBS was his dwelling for therefore a few years,” the community and NCIS studio CBS Studios mentioned in a joint assertion.
“David was a gifted actor and writer, and beloved by many around the globe. He led an unimaginable life, and his legacy will perpetually reside on by way of his household and the numerous hours on movie and tv that can by no means go away.
“We’ll miss his heat and endearing humorousness that lit up any room or soundstage he stepped onto, in addition to the good tales he usually shared from a life well-lived. Our hearts exit to his spouse Katherine and his whole household, and all those that knew and beloved David.”
Along with fan-favourite character Ducky, McCallum was additionally well-known for his starring position within the Sixties spy drama The Man From UNCLE.
NCIS returns with season 21 on 12 February 2024 on CBS at 9pm ET. McCallum’s particular tribute episode will air on 19 February.