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Kelley in SPACE SEED (Classic Star Trek).

About DeForest Kelley (1920 – 1999)


  • Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920, in Toccoa, Georgia. He was the son of Clora and Ernest David Kelley; a Baptist Minister. He and his family moved to Decatur, Georgia for his high school years.

    DeForest Kelley graduated from Decatur Boys High School at the age of 16. After graduation, he developed his musical talents at his father's church in Decatur.

    In 1943, He enlisted in the United State Army Air Force, and served in the First Motion Pictures Unit. This unit did more than 400 propaganda and training films. They also trained combat cameramen.

  • DeForest Kelley married the love of his life, Carolyn Dowling, on September 7th, 1945, four months before he was discharged from the service.

    After he got out of the sevice in January of 1946, DeForest spent a year living in California, with his new wife. He then returned home for a visit with his folks, and announced his decision to become an actor. His choice of careers was received with mixed reactions; Mom was encouraging, and Dad was understandably disappointed.

    Kelley at first made a living as a character actor; mostly in westerns. He portrayed his fair share of characters with bad motives and awful attitudes, who were up to no good!

    DeForest Kelley found work on many TV series; from the late 40s', to the late 1970s'.

    DeForest Kelly will always be best known for his iconic role as STAR TREK's crusty and irascible country doctor, "Bones" McCoy, on the star ship Enterprise.

    STAR TREK 1
    STAR TREK 2
    STAR TREK 3
    STAR TREK 4
    STAR TREK 5
    STAR TREK 6


    On June 11th, 1999, DeForest Kelley died from stomach cancer in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

    DeForest's other film credits include:

    FEAR IN THE NIGHT;(1947)
    VARIETY; (1947)
    CANON CITY;(1948)
    LIFE OF ST. PAUL SERIES;(1949)
    DUKE OF CHICAGO;(1949)
    HOUSE OF BAMBOO;(1955)
    WARLOCK;(1959)
    GUNFIGHT AT COMANCHE CREEK;(1963)
    WHERE LOVE HAS GONE (1964)
    APACHE UPRISING (1965)
    TOWN TAMER (1965)
    BLACK SPURS (1965)
    WACO (1966)

    DeForest Kelley's television credits include:

    THE LONE RANGER (TV Series); (1949-1953)
    YOUR FAVORITE STORY (TV Series); (1954-1955)
    MAYOR OF THE TOWN (TV Series)(1953-1954)
    YOU ARE THERE (TV Series)(1953-1956)
    SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE (TV Series); (1955-1956)
    M SQUAD (TV Series); (1957-1958)
    THE SILENT SERVICE (TV Series); (1957-1958)
    ZANE GREY THEATER (TV Series); (1956-1960)
    CORONADO 9 (TV Series 1960-1961)
    STAGECOACH WEST (TV Series 1961)
    LARAMIE (TV Series)(1962-1963)
    THE VIRGINIAN (TV Series 1963)
    BONANZA (TV Series 1961, '62, 1966)
    DEATH VALLEY DAYS (TV Series 1962-1963)
    STAR TREK (1966-69 series)
    STAR TREK:THE ANIMATED SERIES (TV Series 1973-1974)

    Kelley made a cameo appearance as "Bones" McCoy on the premiere episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1987.

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DeForest Kelley in various STAR TREK TOS episodes (circa 1966).

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DeForest and his co-stars in STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

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DeForest Kelley in STAR TREK 6.

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DeForest Kelley in SPACE SEED.

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DeForest Kelley in
MIRROR-MIRROR
(Classic Star Trek).


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DeForest Kelley in THE MENAGERIE (Classic Star Trek).

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DeForest Kelley in
THE DEADLY YEARS (Classic Star Trek).


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DeForest Kelley in COURT-MARTIAL.

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DeForest Kelley in
A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON (Classic Star Trek).


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DeForest Kelley in THE CITY ON THE
EDGE OF FOREVER
(Classic Star Trek).


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DeForest Kelley in STAR TREK IV:
THE VOYAGE HOME
(1986).


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DeForest Kelley in M-Squad (1958 television series).