Music is an important part of my life and my fingers had become so bent that I feared I would never be able to play the oboe again. And I didn’t want to entertain that thought.

-David McCallum

To my age group, he was the cute guy in Man from U.N.C.L.E and to folks who didn’t grow up with that he is, perhaps Ducky (how appropriate!) in NCIS. The article is about his dealing with Dupuytren’s contracture.

David took great delight, a few weeks ago, in putting on the DVD of the Mozart symphony he had been playing when he first realised his partially clawed hands could no longer reach the keys – and this time playing the oboe solo without a hitch. ‘It was a wonderful feeling and a wonderful experience,’ he says.

Hmm. Wonder what symphony he played. And don’t you think he should play oboe on NCIS sometime? That would be just … wait for it … you know it’s coming … c’mon … here we go …



  1. Did you know that his father – also David MCallum – was the leader (concertmaster) of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

  2. I knew he was a successful musician, but I didn’t realize he was the leader of LPO. Very cool!