David McCallum

  1. Dinsdale Landen, Doctor Who #154: The Curse of Fenric, TV, 1989.       McCallum, Edward Hardwicke and Martin Jarvis were also discussed for Dr Judson – based on the WWII code-breaker, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 film, The Imitation Game). Ian Briggs scripted Judson as gay as Turing, but Aunty over-ruled characters discussing their sexuality in a family hour show.
  2. Jim Byrnes, Highlander, TV, 1993-1998.     Not only did the actors’ names change  – from McCallum and Michael York to the unknown Byrnes from Sat Louis – so did the character from Ian to Joe Dawson. Hey, how many US Ians do ya know?McCallum, the one time Man From UNCLE, 1964-19687, was too busy with his great comeback – as the Chief NCIS Medical Officer in two decades  of NICS during 2003-2023.  His Dr Donald Mallard was nicknamed Ducky. (What else?)   We both went out separate  ways from Lo don – he to Hollywood, me to Parts  – and finally  ran into each other again  at a Monte Carlo TV Festival  in the noughties – first  time since interviewing him (and his then wife. Jill; Ireland) on this set of Jungle Street in 1961. A true gent.

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  2