Person Details

Birthday: 1920-01-20 21:39:29

Death: 1999-06-11 21:39:29

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Movie Involvements: 33

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Star Trek: The Next Generation
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8

Star Trek: The Next Generation

(1987) Admiral Leonard McCoy
Star Trek
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8

Star Trek

(1966) Leonard McCoy
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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6

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

(1979) Dr. Leonard McCoy
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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7

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

(1986) Dr. Leonard McCoy
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
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6

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

(1989) Dr. Leonard McCoy
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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8

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

(1982) Dr. Leonard McCoy
Warlock
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7

Warlock

(1959) Curley Burne
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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7

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

(1991) Dr. Leonard McCoy

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2010 Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
2006 Himself (archive)
1998 Viking 1 (voice)
1997 Himself
1995 Himself
1994 Himself
1991 Dr. Leonard McCoy
Himself
1989 Dr. Leonard McCoy
1987 Admiral Leonard McCoy
1986 Dr. Leonard McCoy
1984 Dr. Leonard McCoy
1982 Dr. Leonard McCoy
1979 Dr. Leonard McCoy
1973 Leonard McCoy (voice)
1972 Elgin Clark
Ben Tully
1970 Tully
1967 N/A
1966 Leonard McCoy
Bill Rile
1965 Toby Jack Saunders
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Guy Tavenner
Sheriff Dal Nemo
1964 Sam Corwin
1963 Amos Troop
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1962 N/A
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1961 N/A
1960 N/A
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1959 N/A
Curley Burne
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1958 N/A
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Wexler
1957 Southern Officer
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Lambert
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Morgan Earp
1956 N/A
Jim Breck
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1955 Jim - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly)
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Charlie (uncredited)
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1954 N/A
Eddie Lee
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1953 N/A
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1952 N/A
1949 Lt. Glenson (uncredited)
'Ace' Martin
1948 N/A
Smalley
1947 Bob Kirby
Vince Grayson
1945 Peter
Year Character Movie/Tv

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