Actress Joan Collins has paid tribute to her “first boyfriend”, as fellow actor David McCallum sadly died at the age of 90.
The Scottish actor, who starred in the 1960s hit spy drama The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had died of natural cases in New York City, his son Peter announced on Monday 25 September.
Following the announcement, Joan took to social media to share a throwback picture with David as she revealed she is “so sad” to hear about his death. Joan captioned the picture: “So sad that #davidmccallum – my first boyfriend at #rada – has died. A fine #actor a great #talent and a true #gentleman. Loved working with him on #manfromuncle #rip #ripdavidmccallum”.
Joan’s followers also expressed their sadness over David as one fan penned: “That's so sad he was a fine actor he was great in The Man from U.N.C.L.E”, while another said: “Loved David Mccallum, I loved watching him as a child he was my favorite alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton”.
David’s son Peter released a statement on behalf of the family where he described his dad as “the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father”.
Peter said: “He always put family before self. He looked forward to any chance to connect with his grandchildren, and had a unique bond with each of them. He and his youngest grandson, Whit, 9, could often be found in the corner of a room at family parties having deep philosophical conversations.
“He was a true renaissance man – he was fascinated by science and culture and would turn those passions into knowledge. For example, he was capable of conducting a symphony orchestra and (if needed) could actually perform an autopsy, based on his decades-long studies for his role on NCIS.
“After returning from the hospital to their apartment, I asked my mother if she was OK before she went to sleep. Her answer was simply, ‘Yes. But I do wish we had had a chance to grow old together.’ She is 79, and dad just turned 90. The honesty in that emotion shows how vibrant their beautiful relationship and daily lives were, and that somehow, even at 90, Daddy never grew old.”
David was born in Glasgow in 1933 and went on to appear in huge movies, including The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Mosquito Squadron, Billy Budd, Freud and A Night to Remember.
David is survived by his wife Katherine McCallum, his sons Paul McCallum, Valentine McCallum and Peter McCallum, and his daughter Sophie McCallum.
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