9 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS Star David McCallum
5. Published Writer
At 82, he published his first novel, Once a Crooked Man, about a young actor in New York City who tries to foil a murder. According to him, he never intended to write a book. “I sat down about fourteen years ago and decided to teach myself how to write. I would write a couple of pages and then chuck them away and I kept on writing stuff, putting it away, writing stuff, putting it away, and eventually I finished a book to a certain extent, but by the time I’d finished it, a lot of it was very old fashioned and not really up to date. Three years ago, I decided it was a shame to just leave it laying about; I’d had too much fun doing it, so purely for pleasure I finished it. I showed it to a wonderful man in New York by the name of Will who decided to publish it! So, that’s how it came about. I never sat down to write a novel, it just grew out of my brain over many years,” he told Vulture Hound.
4. Recording Artist
In the ‘60s, he recorded four albums for Capital Records, Music…A Part of Me, Music…A Bit More of Me, Music…It’s Happening Now! and McCallum, some of which were instrumental interpretations of hits of the day, as well as several original compositions of his own. In the ‘90s, he released one album, Open Channel D, and sang on four tracks, which included “Communication,” “House on Breckenridge Lane,” “In the Garden, Under the Tree” and “My Carousel.” The single, “Communication,” reached No. 32 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1966.