David McCallum

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David McCallum

David McCallum has written Once A Crooked Man, his first crime novel, at the age of 82! The Glasgow-born actor plays Dr. ‘Ducky’ Mallard on NCIS, which averages 22 million viewers weekly in the US alone. David also starred in the cult 1960s series, The Man from Uncle, as Russian agent, Illya Kuryakin, becoming a pin-up to a generation of young women. Later he appeared in the science fiction series, The Invisible Man and Sapphire and Steel, both of which have achieved cult status. He now lives in the United States.


Interviewed 30 January 2016

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

A vast library of memories. More are still being added.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Flowers, trees, birds, a wine glass half filled, an empty plate, a cheese grater, a fig tree with many ripe fruit, the studio where I write and paint, a jet high in the sky on the way to land at LAX.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Penne, sautéed onion with broccoli rabe and crumbled hot Italian sausage, all combined with a sprinkle of Italian parsley and Parmesan cheese plus a drizzle of olive oil. Pellegrino. Sagrantino.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

My wife Katherine, Armie Hammer, Charles Krauthammer, Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, James Levine and Penelope Cruz.

Six things you can't live without ...

Freedom, water, warmth, beautifully prepared food, good health and a clear head.

Five favourite words ...

Congratulations! Happy Birthday! Good morning!

Four places you'd run away to ...

Vernazza, Santa Margherita Ligure, Florence and Grand Cayman.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Plunder and Deceit by Mark R. Levin, The Balkans by Misha Glenny, Facebook for Dummies.

Two things that make you rant ...

Mediocrity and laziness.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

“Take more risks.”