9 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS Star David McCallum
He has been married twice. He married his first wife Jill Ireland in 1957. They met on the set of the movie Hell Drivers. Together, they had two sons and a daughter, Paul, Jason and Valentine, with Jason being the only one who was adopted. In 1963, David introduced Jill to his co-star on The Great Escape, Charles Bronson, and she left David and married Charles in 1968. In 1967, David married Katherine Carpenter and they have two children together, a son Peter and a daughter, Sophie. He and Katherine currently live in New York, but he spends several months every year filming NCIS on the West Coast.
6. Oboe Player
Since both of his parents were musicians, the Scottish-born actor was encouraged to prepare for a career in music. His father decided what instrument David should study and settled on the oboe. While he was quite skilled with the instrument, music never interested him the way that acting did. “I played The Little Prince in Shakespeare’s King John, at one of those local things where people do skits and songs. Mine was the little prince having his eyes put out by this terrible man, and I acted it, evidently, very well, because I got a standing ovation. I wasn’t more than eight,” he told The Scotsman. “And I said: ‘Hey, hey, hey, this is kinda cool!’ I don’t know if I consciously thought it, but I had found the place I wanted to be: on a stage, with the lights and make-up and the people. I’m exactly the same to this day; the feeling has never left.” David always figured that if his acting career didn’t work out, he could always fall back on music.