How much do you know about your favourite characters?
Although fictional, people in film and TV can often affect us way more than we’re even aware of, inspiring us and influencing how we live our lives.
They can be role models, and there are certainly plenty of those in NCIS.
Created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, the American police procedural served as a spin-off of JAG and immediately impressed CBS audiences back in September 2003.
Although we’ve been ready to embrace new faces in recent seasons, some of the oldest characters on the show remain bonafide fan favourites. Donald “Ducky” Mallard is one of them.
Portrayed by David McCallum, audiences were thrilled to catch his very first season 19 appearance in ‘Great Wide Open’. We saw him catch up with Gibbs as he voiced his concerns for his well-being after the onslaught of issues he’s endured over the months.
The episode raised many questions, but let’s tackle this one: How old is Ducky on NCIS?
How old is Ducky on NCIS?
Although the character’s specific age is never directly acknowledged in the series, David McCallum is 88-years-old and the NCIS Fandom Database suggests Ducky is the same age.
Indeed, it’s likely that Ducky is in his eighties.
The Scottish-American actor has been aboard the project since day one but only signed on to reprise the role in a limited capacity from 2017 onwards.
In 2021, David actually celebrated having been an actor for a monumental 75 years. Weighing in on the milestone, he reflected on how his journey began: “From the age of 12, or even earlier, I worked with BBC Radio, with all those wonderful actors like Laidman Browne in the BBC Rep.”
He added: “I had an Equity card at 12 and after a spell at University College School, Hampstead, I went on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.”
“You never know…”
Starring on NCIS across three decades now, David is still very much a valued treasure amongst the cast.
However, the star has expressed how happy he is that certain audiences have decided to visit his body of work beyond NCIS as a result of loving him as Ducky:
“You never know how these things will work out or what is around the corner. But NCIS has been a phenomenon, it has attracted huge audiences all over the world and I’m now hearing from people who have watched me in programmes from the ’60s and ’70s after first noticing me in NCIS.”
Reprising the role for so long, you know he takes the part seriously. Yet, you may not know just how seriously; he actually became an expert in pathology that resulted in him becoming an important consultant on the show, ensuring certain elements are factual.
“This absolute legend is back”
It’s clear that fans had seriously missed seeing Ducky on screens, with some taking the time to champion his return in season 19 over on Twitter.
Check out a selection of tweets:
NCIS continues on Mondays on CBS.