David Keith McCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 1933. His father played first violin in the London Symphony Orchestra. David played the oboe and arranged popular tunes to reflect his own style.
As if that weren't enough, he went on to become a highly regarded actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, the medical examiner, on the original NCIS, although he gained enormous popularity as agent Illya Kuryakin on the 1960s spy thriller The Man from UNCLE.
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin
Also in the 1960s, Mr. McCallum released three LPs, featuring his arrangements of well-known melodies. Here are two of his arrangements as he directed them: