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Birthday: Jan 20, 1920
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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.

Movie Cast Year
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Dr. Leonard McCoy 1984
Fear in the Night Vince Grayson 1947
Gunfight at Comanche Creek Amos Troop 1963
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Dr. Leonard McCoy 1982
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Dr. Leonard McCoy 1989
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Dr. Leonard McCoy 1979
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Dr. Leonard McCoy 1991
Variety Girl Bob Kirby 1947
Beyond Our Own Bob Rogers 1947
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Dr. Leonard McCoy 1986
Night of the Lepus Elgin Clark 1972
Apache Uprising Toby Jack Saunders 1965
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories Himself 1995
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special Self 1991
Star Trek: A Captain's Log Himself 1994
Star Trek: Swept up snippets from the cutting room floor Doctor Leonard McCoy 1970
Star Trek: Strange new worlds visualizing the fantastic Doctor Leonard McCoy 2016
Trekkies Himself 1997
Canon City Smalley 1948
The Law and Jake Wade Wexler 1958
Where Love Has Gone Sam Corwin 1964
Ride the Wind Tully 1970
The Edge of Innocence Lambert 1957
Time to Kill Peter 1945
Tension at Table Rock Jim Breck 1956
Warlock Curley Burne 1959
The Bull Of The West Ben Tully 1972
House of Bamboo Charlie (uncredited) 1955
Black Spurs Sheriff Dal Nemo 1965
Malaya Lt. Glenson (uncredited) 1949
Duke of Chicago 'Ace' Martin 1949
The View from Pompey's Head Jim - Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 1955
Waco Bill Rile 1966
Raintree County Southern Officer 1957
Town Tamer Guy Tavenner 1965
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Viking 1 (voice) 1998
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint Adm. Leonard McCoy 1987
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Morgan Earp 1957
The Men Dr. Sherman (uncredited) 1950
Illegal Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly) 1955
40 Years of Star Trek Himself (archive) 2006
Duffy of San Quentin Eddie Lee 1954
Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault (archive footage) 2016
Series Cast Year
Ironside 1967
Route 66 1960
Gunsmoke 1955
Studio One 1948
The Fugitive Charlie 1963
The Virginian 1962
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1957
You Are There 1953
Matinee Theater 1955
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958
City Detective 1953
Coronado 9 1960
Johnny Midnight 1960
The Lone Wolf 1954
The Gallant Men 1962
Star Trek Leonard McCoy 1966
Cain's Hundred 1961
Star Trek: The Next Generation Admiral Leonard McCoy 1987
77 Sunset Strip 1958
Trackdown 1957
Star Trek: The Animated Series Leonard McCoy (voice) 1973
Perry Mason 1957
Laredo 1965
The Donna Reed Show 1958
Have Gun, Will Travel 1957
Rawhide 1959
The Millionaire 1955
M Squad 1957
The Adventures of Jim Bowie 1956
Navy Log 1955
The Dakotas 1963
Bat Masterson 1958
Lawman 1958
Riverboat 1959
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater 1956
26 Men 1957
Cavalcade of America 1952
Studio 57 1954
Death Valley Days Elliott Webster 1952
Death Valley Days Shad Cullen 1952
Death Valley Days Clint Rogers 1952
Tales of Wells Fargo Captain Cole Scofield 1957
The Lone Ranger Bob Kittredge 1949
Black Saddle Sam King 1959
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