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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 74

Birthday 1920-01-20

Day of Death 1999-06-11

Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 Star Trek: Tik Tok as Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
2006 40 Years of Star Trek as Himself (archive)
1997 Trekkies as Himself
1995 William Shatner's Star Trek Memories as Himself
1994 Star Trek: A Captain's Log as Himself
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special as Himself
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1 episode) as Admiral Leonard McCoy
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture as Dr. Leonard McCoy
1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series (22 episodes) as Leonard McCoy (voice)
1972 Night of the Lepus as Elgin Clark
1972 The Bull Of The West as Ben Tully
1970 Ride the Wind as Tully
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Star Trek (79 episodes) as Leonard McCoy
1966 Waco as Bill Rile
1965 Apache Uprising as Toby Jack Saunders
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 Town Tamer as Guy Tavenner
1965 Black Spurs as Sheriff Dal Nemo
1964 Where Love Has Gone as Sam Corwin
1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek as Amos Troop
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 The Dakotas (1 episode)
1962 The Gallant Men (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 Cain's Hundred (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (2 episodes)
1960 COronado 9 (2 episodes)
1960 Johnny Midnight (1 episode)
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 Warlock as Curley Burne
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (2 episodes)
1958 The Law and Jake Wade as Wexler
1957 Raintree County as Southern Officer
1957 26 Men (1 episode)
1957 The Edge of Innocence as Lambert
1957 Trackdown (5 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 M Squad (3 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (2 episodes)
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as Morgan Earp
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (4 episodes)
1956 Tension at Table Rock as Jim Breck
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1955 The View from Pompey's Head as Jim - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1955 Matinee Theater (2 episodes)
1955 Illegal as Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly)
1955 Navy Log (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 House of Bamboo as Charlie (uncredited)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Studio 57 (1 episode)
1954 Duffy of San Quentin as Eddie Lee
1954 The Lone Wolf (2 episodes)
1953 You Are There (1 episode)
1953 City Detective (2 episodes)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1949 Malaya as Lt. Glenson (uncredited)
1949 Duke of Chicago as 'Ace' Martin
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Canon City as Smalley
1947 Variety Girl as Bob Kirby
1947 Fear in the Night as Vince Grayson

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