Two of the most un-Hollywood people I know are ROBERT VAUGHN and DAVID MCCALLUM. Neither David nor Robert are party going, starlet dating (David is married), premiere attending men. They're serious actors -- actors' actors.
I first met Robert and David this past summer thanks to my editor, Lillian Smith, who "insisted" that I interview them. At that time they were filming the third segment for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and were very excited about starring in a new series.
David McCallum came to the United States to follow his acting career after becoming established as one of England's most popular young film players. He too is very happy to be part of "U.N.C.L.E." because it's a very well constructed show -- and because he's acting.
Although McCallum speaks like a Russian in the series, in real life he speaks with a simply divine English accent. David told me, "I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, the second son of David McCallum, lead violinist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dorothy McCallum, a cellist. Believe it or not, my parents met in the orchestra pit of a theater where they once played for silent movies. I have an older brother, Iain."
In 1957 David married the beautiful English actress Jill Ireland. They now make their home in the hills above Hollywood, residing in a rambling four-floor, 10-room Spanish house with their three children, Paul, 5, Jason, 2, and Valentine, 1.
"This is the only bad feature of doing the series," David confessed. "Jill and I had finally settled in our home in England...we just about completed furnishing our home ...buying all those little things like brooms, dust pans, mops and the like, when we had to pull up roots, give or throw away all of these goodies, store our furniture, pack our brood and start all over again. Don't get me wrong, I like the United States and living here very much. It's just the children miss their grandparents very much... not to mention how much Jill misses dressing them up and taking them to their grandparents' home. Thank goodness we were able to bring their wonderful Nanny with us... I don't know what we would do without her. She's a prize!"
Although David and Robert work together and are very friendly, they do not socialize. Their personal lives go in opposite directions. David is busy raising his children, being a husband and fixing up his new home. Robert, on the other hand, is a bachelor who naturally enjoys dating...