Mostly Credited As: Jack Kelly Birth Name: John Augustus Kelly Jr. Date Of Birth: September 16, 1927 (Age 65) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Astoria, New York Date Of Death: November 07, 1992 Cause Of Death: Stroke (Huntington Beach, CA) Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Actor best known for his role of Bart Maverick in the classic 1957-62 ABC Western series Maverick. Kelly began his show biz career as a child actor on the New York stage and in radio. He starred in the short-lived series King's Row before being cast in what would become his signature role as Bart Maverick. After his acting career dried up, Kelly went into local politics and served two terms as Mayor of Huntington Beach, CA during the 1980's before passing away from a stroke in 1992. Among Kelly's non-television roles were well-receieved turns in the films Forbidden Planet and Young Billy Young.
Brother of actress Nancy Kelly. During the 1980's served two terms as Mayor of Huntington Beach, California. Reportedly faster on the draw with a gun than Maverick co-star James Garner. Grew up in a show biz family. Parents were stage actors. Was the original host of the game show Sale of the Century. For the first two seasons of Maverick, the ratings for Kelly's episodes were slightly higher than those of co-star James Garner. Was the brother-in-law of actor Edmond O'Brien. Reunited with Maverick co-star James Garner when he guest-starred on two episodes ofThe Rockford Files. In an interview conducted a few months before his death in 1992, Kelly claimed that he never saw Maverick co-star Robert Colbert again after the series ended. Never appeared on-screen with his actress sister Nancy although she was reportedly slated to play a Maverick sister in the TV series. For some reason the episode was never filmed. More Trivia
Jack Kelly Quotes Kelly: (about his career) I've been lucky. I know a lot of people running around with more talent than I have who never got to first base. I've done everything--stage, radio, movies; I even studied law for a while--and I never got to first base. Then TV game me the chance for security.