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DeForest Kelley

Mostly Credited As: DeForest Kelley
Sometimes Credited As: De Forest Kelley
DeForrest Kelley

Birth Name: Jackson DeForest Kelley
Date Of Birth: January 20, 1920 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia
Date Of Death: June 11, 1999
Cause Of Death: Stomach Cancer (Woodland Hills, California)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

DeForest Kelley


DeForest Jackson Kelley was born in Atlanta Georgia, January 20, 1920. Mr. Kelley always wanted to be a doctor, just like his uncle, who delivered him, but when the Depression hit, his family did not have the money for him to go to medical school. His participation in his church choir eventually led to singing engagements on the radio and at the Atlanta Paramount Theater with the Lew Forbes Orchestra. When Mr.Kelley turned 17, he went to Long Beach, California to stay with his uncle for two weeks. Finding it difficult to leave, two weeks became one year. Mr. Kelley then returned to Georgia, but found it impossible to remain and so he went back to California permanently. Mr. Kelley returned to Long Beach and joined a local theater group. Another member of the theater group at the time was Carolyn Dowling, who would become Mrs. Kelley in 1945 (53 years). A Paramount talent scout spotted Kelley in a Navy training film during World War II, which resulted in a screen test and a studio contract. Mr.Kelley stayed with Paramount for two-and-a-half years, and while there he starred in his first feature film "Fear In The Night". After a stint working in stock companies and television in New York, Mr. Kelley returned to the West Coast to continue his acting career. He was often cast as a "bad guy" in westerns such as The Gunfight at OK Corral, Raintree County and Warlock. He also appeared on TV programs such as Playhouse 90, Gunsmoke , Bonanza as well as numerous TV pilots.

And... well, the rest is Star Trek History.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)As: Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy -- [Voice]
Star Trek (1966)As: Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy (S02-S03)
Episode Cast Credits 

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 
  Encounter at Farpoint, Part I 01x01: (Sep/28/1987) As Admiral Leonard H. McCoy, [Special Guest Stars]

Ironside (1967) 
  Warrior's Return 03x21: (Mar/05/1970) As Fowler, [Special Guest Stars]

Star Trek (1966) 
  Operation -- Annihilate! 01x29: (Apr/13/1967) As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy, [Starring Roles]
  The City on the Edge of Forever 01x28: (Apr/06/1967) As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy, [Starring Roles]
  The Alternative Factor 01x27: (Mar/30/1967) As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy, [Starring Roles]
  The Devil in the Dark 01x25: (Mar/09/1967) As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy, [Starring Roles]

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Lady of the Plains 14x04: (May/05/1966) As Elliot Webster 
  Coffin for a Coward 11x23: (Apr/21/1963) As Clint Rogers 
  The Breaking Point 10x19: (Mar/01/1962) As Shad Cullen 

Laredo (1965) 
  Sound of Terror 01x28: (Apr/07/1966) As Dr. David Ingram 

A Man Called Shenandoah (1965) 
  The Riley Brand 01x23: (Feb/21/1966) As Egan 

Bonanza (1959) 
  Ride the Wind (2) 07x18: (Jan/23/1966) As Tully 
  Ride the Wind (1) 07x17: (Jan/16/1966) As Tully 
  The Decision 04x12: (Dec/16/1962) As Dr. Michael Johns 
  The Honor of Cochise 03x03: (Oct/08/1961) As Capt. Moss Johnson 

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  Uncle Jeff Needs You 08x14: (Dec/16/1965) As Mr. Williams 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Three Cheers for Little Boy Blue 03x06: (Oct/19/1965) As Charlie 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: Which One Has the Privilege? 01x12: (Dec/07/1964) As Gregg Wilson 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Man of Violence 02x14: (Dec/25/1963) As Lt. Beldon 
  Duel at Shiloh 01x15: (Jan/02/1963) As Ben Tully 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  88 Bars 06x07: (Nov/01/1963) As Phil Wingate 

The Dakotas (1963) 
  Reformation At Big Nose Butte 01x13: (Apr/01/1963) As Martin Volet 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  A Taste of Peace 01x23: (Mar/16/1963) As Colonel Davenport 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Treasure 06x16: (Dec/29/1962) As Deakin 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Elegy 04x08: (Nov/20/1962) As Detective, [Uncredited]

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  1800 Days to Justice 02x16: (Jan/26/1962) As Bob Harcourt 
  The Clover Throne 01x15: (Jan/27/1961) As Willis 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Unwelcome Bride 05x14: (Dec/16/1961) As Peter Thorpe (as De Forest Kelley) 

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  The Fixer 01x12: (Dec/12/1961) As Deputy Bob Tully 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  No Amnesty for Death 03x25: (Mar/30/1961) As Brock Martin 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Squatters 03x20: (Jan/29/1961) As Bent Carr 
  The Thimblerigger 02x21: (Feb/28/1960) As Sam White (as DeForrest Kelley) 

Coronado 9 (1960) 
  Run, Shep, Run 01x20: (Jan/17/1961) As Shep 
  Loser's Circle 01x16: (Dec/20/1960) As Frank Briggs 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Captain Scoville 05x16: (Jan/09/1961) As Cole Scoville 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Listen to the Nightingale 02x13: (Jan/02/1961) As Alex Jeffords, [Co-Guest Stars]

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Calico Bait 04x26: (Mar/31/1960) As Swain 
  Shadow of a Dead Man 02x25: (Apr/11/1958) As Logan Wheeler 
  Village of Fear 01x22: (Mar/01/1957) As Sherm Pickard 
  Stage to Tucson 01x07: (Nov/16/1956) As Les Porter 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  The Adjustor 04x10: (Dec/07/1959) As Ken Porter 
  The Limping Man 03x14: (May/24/1959) As Sheriff 

Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre (1957) 
  333 Montgomery Street 03x13: (Dec/07/1959) As Jake Brittin 

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) 
  The Empty Cell 02x07: (Oct/17/1959) As Ollie Tate 
  Secret Ballot 01x24: (Feb/14/1959) As Steve Pax 

Mike Hammer (1958) (1958) 
  Bride and Doom 02x35: (Oct/03/1959) As Philip Conroy 
  I Ain't Talkin' 02x03: (Feb/07/1959) As Eddie Robbins 

Trackdown (1957) 
  Quiet Night in Porter 02x38: (Sep/23/1959) As Tom Dooley 
  Blind Alley 02x37: (Sep/16/1959) As Tom Dooley 
  Hard Lines 02x25: (Mar/11/1959) As Ed Crow 
  The Jailbreak 01x29: (May/02/1958) As Brock Childers 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident at Barker Springs 01x07: (Feb/20/1959) As Slate Prell (as DeForrest Kelley) 

Northwest Passage (1958) 
  Death Rides The Wind 01x19: (Jan/23/1959) As unknown 

26 Men (1957) 
  Trail of Revenge 02x15: (Jan/13/1959) As Ed Lacey 

Steve Canyon (1958) 
  Operation Jettison 01x05: (Oct/11/1958) As Radar Major 

M Squad (1957) 
  Hideout 01x27: (Mar/28/1958) As Detective Miller 
  Diamond Hard 01x10: (Nov/29/1957) As Sergeant Miller 
  Pete Loves Mary 01x04: (Oct/11/1957) As Sgt. Miller 

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) 
  An Eye for an Eye 01x26: (Mar/01/1957) As Dr. Tabor 

Navy Log (1955) 
  Cigar-Box John 02x20: (Feb/27/1957) As Corporal 

You Are There (1953) 
  The Fall of Fort Sumter 05x01: (Sep/02/1956) As Guest Star 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  From the Desk of Margaret Tydings 01x111: (Apr/04/1956) As Alan Brecker 
  Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 01x07: (Nov/08/1955) As guest star 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Indian Scout 01x23: (Mar/31/1956) As Will Bailey 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Iris Millar 02x04: (Oct/19/1955) As Dr. Mike Wells 

Science Fiction Theatre (1955) 
  Y.O.R.D. 01x04: (Apr/30/1955) As Captain Hall, MD 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  A Medal for Miss Walker 03x09: (Dec/14/1954) As guest star 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  Storm Signal 01x11: (Nov/30/1954) As Ted Lance 

City Detective (1953) 
  Crazy Like a Fox 01x23: (1954) As Hatfield 
  An Old Man's Gold 01x06: (1953) As Benjamin 

Studio One (1948) 
  The Last Cruise 03x12: (Nov/13/1950) As Bob Philo 

The Lone Ranger (1949) (1949) 
  Legion of Old Timers 01x04: (Oct/06/1949) As Bob Kittredge (as De Forest Kelley) 

State Trooper (1956) 
  The Patient Skeleton 03x17: (Unknown) As Graham Jones 

The Lone Wolf (1954) 
  The Murder Story 01x17: (Unknown) As Ted Hopkins 
  The Las Vegas Story 01x01: (Unknown) As Nick Kohler 

Johnny Midnight (1960) 
  The Inner Eye 01x10: (Unknown) As David Lawton 
Trivia

DeForest appeared on Gene Roddenberry's mid-1970s LP Inside Star Trek on which he is interviewed by Gene.

DeForest received a Star on the Walk of Fame, it's located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1990, DeForest was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).

In 1999, Deforest received an In Memoriam Award.

DeForest told close friends that he always felt more comfortable in westerns then he did in science fiction.

Of the four main Star Trek (1966) cast members (the others being William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan), he is the only one who never appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964).

The Enterprise (2001) character, Admiral Maxwell Forrest played by Vaughn Armstrong, is named after DeForest.

DeForest was the only original Star Trek (1966) cast member never to write an autobiography.

DeForest played one of the Earp brothers in the film Gunfight At OK Corral and faced the Earps in an episode of Star Trek.

Shortly before DeForest's death, he won the "Golden Cowboy Boot" award. In honor of his earlier work in westerns.

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