NCIS stars Wilmer Valderrama, Michael Weatherly lead tributes to David McCallum

David McCallum, NCIS and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star, died on Monday aged 90, sparking an outpouring of grief from his fans and co-stars from the CBS show.

Actors Wilmer Valderrama and Michael Weatherly were among some of the well-known names paying tribute to the late “legend” on social media.

Valderrama took to Instagram to upload a throwback still of the pair in NCIS as he penned a heartfelt caption praising McCallum’s “professionalism”.

He wrote: “David, what an immense honor it was to share the screen with you.

“Your professionalism and ability to effortlessly take every one of us on a journey through your art will be felt forever.

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“I will miss you my friend [sic],” Valderrama, who plays NCIS Special Agent Nicholas Torres, concluded.

Anthony DiNozzo star Weatherly shared a message with his 460,400 followers on Twitter, where he branded McCallum a “funny fantastic authentic man.”

Sharing a video of an autographed and framed photo, Weatherly said: “David McCallum made every moment count, in life and on set.

“Let’s raise a jug and celebrate a funny fantastic authentic man. I’ve only got 3 autographs. Connery, Tony Bennett and McCallum.

“I felt the same way as Steve McQueen in this picture from The Great Escape: Wow! It’s David McCallum!

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“No one did it better. We were lucky to have him bring us Ducky.

“Let’s send all the love in the world to his beautiful family. Rest In Peace David [sic].”

Emily Wickersham, who is best known for her role as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor Bishop, uploaded a still from the show to her Instagram account as she remembered “true legend” McCallum.

She typed: “Had the pleasure of working with David for many years and he was the utmost professional and a true legend.

“I will miss you David. Sending my love to you family,” Wickersham signed off alongside a red heart emoji.

McCallum left NCIS earlier this year after making a small appearance in season 20.

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