St. Crispin's (st_crispins) wrote in mfu_canteen,
St. Crispin's

Happy Birthday David McCallum!

Today is Mr. McCallum's birthday.

I've interviewed him once but met and talked several times. The last time was at RV's birthday celebration some years ago. He remembered my dissertation [I sent him a copy] and asked how I was doing.

My funniest memories, however, are of the times Ellen Druda would organize the East Coast fans to go to one of DMc's plays.

A few years before NCIS, DMc switched agents and decided to go back to the stage. He started in small, off-B'way shows in NYC. One was a little hole-in-the wall theater and we practically filled all the seats. [I think that one was for "Byrd's Boy."]

I also remember that he'd meet us after the plays, but I guess for him, it was somewhat like the obligatory touching base with the relatives. Once, Ellen was trying to take his photo and she was having trouble with her camera. He took it out of her hands, did something, fixed it and handed it back quickly. Apparently he was in a hurry to get going. We all laughed.

He kept graduating to larger productions and theaters. I remember seeing "Communicating Doors" with Emily. She knew Mary Louise Parker and when we met Mary Louise after the show, the actress expressed surprise that there were so many fans coming to see her mature co-star. She didn't even know who he was and what MFU was.

I missed his Julius Caesar in Central Park but the last stage role I saw was the Emperor in "Amadeus" revival on B'way. This was the really big time! We were all there and Darlene inquired if we could meet after the show. He apparently said yes. We were all stuffed into the first couple of rows in the theater and you could tell he recognized us when he came out on stage.

Afterward, we all gathered at the stage door, a mix of U.S. and U.K. fans. Probably over a dozen of us. Now, DMc had never truly liked having to meet after the show. You could always tell he was uncomfortable with it.

But after "Amadeus," he ripped open the stage door, waved us all in and took tons of photos. He was so happy that night, Darlene whispered to me, "Who is that man?" I laughed.

Soon afterward, he landed the role of Ducky and that was the end of our shared B'way adventure.
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