David McCallum is going to be the biggest talking point heading into NCIS season 21. The actor was slated to return to the procedural drama before his death, and there will lots of speculation about how the writers plan to address his character’s absence.
In the interim, of course, there’s been lots of reflection on McCallum, what he brought to NCIS, and in some cases, how much he was paid to steal every scene he was in. Here’s a quick rundown of the actor’s salary over the course of his two decades on the show.
What is David McCallum’s net worth?
According to Tuko, McCallum was making an estimated $75K per episode on NCIS. This translates to $1.5 million for a 20 episode season, which makes sense given that he was not one of the main characters on the show. For comparison, Pauley Perrette, who featured more heavily in storylines, made $200K per episode, while former star Mark Harmon made an estimated $575K per episode.
That’s a nice chunk of change over 20 years, but McCallum was already a very wealthy star when he signed on to NCIS in 2003. The actor rose to fame on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68), and then went on to appear in popular shows like Colditz (1972-74) and Sapphire & Steel (1979-82). That’s not even mentioning high-profile appearances on the original Law & Order (1997), Sex and the City (1999) and the Ben 10 animated franchise.
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At the time of his death, McCallum had an estimated net worth of $15 million. This is largely made up of his TV work, though, according to Celebrity Net Worth, it was bolstered by supporting roles in blockbuster films and video games.
McCallum’s last NCIS episode was the season 20 finale, “Black Sky.” The recent oral history on the show revealed that the actor was slated to appear in 4-5 episodes, but production on season 21 was not able to resume before his death.
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