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DeForest Kelley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer known for his iconic roles in Westerns and as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series Star Trek. Kelley was delivered by his uncle at his parents' home in Atlanta, the son of Clora (née Casey) and Ernest David Kelley, who was a Baptist minister of Irish and Southern ancestry. DeForest was named after the pioneering electronics engineer Lee De Forest, and later named his Star Trek character's father "David" after his own. Kelley had an older brother, Ernest Casey Kelley. As a child, he often played outside for hours at a time. Kelley was immersed in his father's mission in Conyers and promised his father failure would mean "wreck and ruin". Before the end of his first year at Conyers, Kelley was introduced into the congregation to his musical talents and often sang solo in morning church services. Eventually, this led to an appearance on the radio station WSB AM in Atlanta, Georgia. As a result of his radio work, he won an engagement with Lew Forbes and his orchestra at the Paramount Theater. In 1934, the family left Conyers for the community of Decatur. He attended the Decatur Boys High School where he played on the Decatur Bantams baseball team. Kelley also played football and other sports. Before his graduation, Kelley got a job as a drugstore car hop. He spent his weekends working in the local theatres. Kelley graduated in 1938. During World War II, Kelley served as an enlisted man in the United States Army Air Forces between March 10, 1943, and January 28, 1946, assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit. After an extended stay in Long Beach, California, Kelley decided to pursue an acting career and relocate to southern California permanently, living for a time with his uncle Casey. He worked as an usher in a local theater in order to earn enough money for the move. Kelley's mother encouraged her son in his new career goal, but his father disliked the idea. While in California, Kelley was spotted by a Paramount Pictures scout while doing a United States Navy training film.


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Born:
Jan 20, 1920 In Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
67
First Appeared:
In the movie Fear in the Night 1947-04-18
Latest Project:
Movie Star Trek: Tik Tok 2010-04-17
Known For
Poster of The Edge of Innocence

DeForest Kelley Movies Filmography

Movie
Star Trek: Tik Tok
Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 2010-04-17
Movie
40 Years of Star Trek
Himself (archive) 2006-01-01
Movie
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
Viking 1 (voice) 1998-05-19
Movie
Trekkies
Himself 1997-10-18
Movie
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories
Himself 1995-01-01
Movie
Star Trek: A Captain's Log
Himself 1994-11-30
Movie
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1991-12-06
Movie
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special
Himself 1991-09-28
Movie
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1989-06-09
Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Admiral Leonard McCoy 1987-09-28
Movie
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1986-11-26
Movie
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1984-06-01
Movie
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1982-06-04
Movie
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Dr. Leonard McCoy 1979-12-07
Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Leonard McCoy (voice) 1973-09-08
Movie
Night of the Lepus
Elgin Clark 1972-10-04
Movie
The Bull Of The West
Ben Tully 1972-05-04
Movie
Ride the Wind
Tully 1970-02-27
Series
Ironside
Unknown 1967-03-28
Series
Star Trek
Leonard McCoy 1966-09-08
Movie
Waco
Bill Rile 1966-09-01
Movie
Apache Uprising
Toby Jack Saunders 1965-12-29
Series
Laredo
Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie
Town Tamer
Guy Tavenner 1965-07-07
Movie
Black Spurs
Sheriff Dal Nemo 1965-05-28
Movie
Where Love Has Gone
Sam Corwin 1964-11-02
Movie
Gunfight at Comanche Creek
Amos Troop 1963-11-06
Series
The Fugitive
Unknown 1963-09-17
Series
The Dakotas
Unknown 1963-01-07
Series
The Gallant Men
Unknown 1962-10-05
Series
The Virginian
Unknown 1962-09-19
Series
Route 66
Unknown 1960-10-07
Series
COronado 9
Unknown 1960-09-06
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
Riverboat
Unknown 1959-09-13
Movie
Warlock
Curley Burne 1959-06-10
Series
77 Sunset Strip
Unknown 1958-10-10
Series
Bat Masterson
Unknown 1958-10-08
Series
Lawman
Unknown 1958-10-05
Series
The Donna Reed Show
Unknown 1958-09-24
Series
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie
The Law and Jake Wade
Wexler 1958-06-06
Movie
Raintree County
Southern Officer 1957-12-20
Movie
The Edge of Innocence
Lambert 1957-10-31
Series
Trackdown
Unknown 1957-10-04
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Series
M Squad
Unknown 1957-09-20
Series
Have Gun – Will Travel
Unknown 1957-09-14
Series
Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Unknown 1957-07-01
Movie
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Morgan Earp 1957-05-30
Series
The Adventures of Jim Bowie
Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie
Tension at Table Rock
Jim Breck 1956-10-03
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie
The View from Pompey's Head
Jim - Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 1955-11-04
Movie
Illegal
Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly) 1955-10-28
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie
House of Bamboo
Charlie (uncredited) 1955-07-01
Series
The Millionaire
Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie
Duffy of San Quentin
Eddie Lee 1954-03-16
Series
The Lone Wolf
Unknown 1954-01-01
Series
Cavalcade of America
Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie
Malaya
Lt. Glenson (uncredited) 1949-12-27
Movie
Duke of Chicago
'Ace' Martin 1949-03-15
Series
Studio One
Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie
Canon City
Smalley 1948-06-30
Movie
Variety Girl
Bob Kirby 1947-08-29
Movie
Fear in the Night
Vince Grayson 1947-04-18