Why ‘NCIS’ Fans May Also Know David McCallum’s Son, Val McCallum

Today, David McCallum is well known for playing Donald Mallard — the former Official Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team — in NCIS. Yet, prior to the hit crime procedural, the actor starred in several well-known TV and cinematic roles. McCallum has been an A-lister for quite some time now. 

McCallum also starred in The Great Escape, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Sapphire and Steel, and more. NCIS merely marks the actor’s most recent and longest-lasting role. Yet, the NCIS star is not the only McCallum who works in the entertainment industry. His son, Val McCallum is no stranger to the biz. Yet, unlike his father who shares his talents on the screen, Val McCallum is a musician. 

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Val McCallum is an English-Scottish guitarist who is currently 56 years old. He was born in 1963 to David McCallum and Jill Ireland. He is also a singer and a songwriter who has toured with some pretty well-known musicians. 

McCallum toured with Jackon Browne (“Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby,” “Doctor My Eyes”) and has also had the opportunity to work alongside the likes of Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, The Wallflowers, Bonnie Raitt, and Loretta Lynn. In other words, he has worked with musical artists spanning genres, from country to rock, alternative rock, folk, country pop, and more. 

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McCallum is also known for his first solo record At the End of the Day, and as a member of the comic-country band, Jacksh*t, which got its start as Vonda Shepard’s backing band in the hit TV series Ally McBeal, starring Calista Flockhart, Robert Downey Jr., Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi, and more.  

Inside Val McCallum’s album ‘At the End of the Day’ 

While Val McCallum may not be the most well-known musician, he has managed to work with some greats while also releasing some independent music. 

Val McCallum’s album At the End of the Day includes the following songs (among others): “Tokyo Girl,” “Shotgun and Bombshell.” “Stellar Girl,” “Digging for Gold,” Charlie’s Coal,” and “Nobody Lives Forever.” “Tokyo Girl” is the most-streamed of the songs on Spotify, with over 20,000 streams. Most of the other tunes boast a couple of thousand streams, while “Digging for Gold” comes in at nearly 6,000 streams on Spotify. 

David McCallum may not be as famous as his father, but he’s managed to follow his passion for music and the arts. And, with a father as talented as his, with so much knowledge to share, it should come as no surprise that Val McCallum followed similar career pursuits. 

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