DeForest Kelley

Birthday: Jan 20, 1920
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The son of a Baptist minister, actor DeForest Kelley was one of the lucky few chosen to be groomed for stardom by Paramount Pictures' "young talent" program in 1946. He served an apprenticeship in 2-reel musicals like Gypsy Holiday before starring as a tormented musician in Fear in the Night (47). Unfortunately, a sweeping cancellation of Paramount young talent contracts ended Kelley's stardom virtually before it began. By the mid-1950s, he was scrounging up work on episodic TV and playing bits in such films as The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (56) (this film, by the way, is the first in which Kelley uttered his now-famous line, "He's dead, captain"). Producer/writer Gene Roddenberry took a liking to Kelley and cast the actor in the leading role of a flamboyant criminal attorney in the 1959 TV pilot film 333 Montgomery. The series didn't sell, but Roddenberry was still determined to help Kelley on the road back to stardom. One of their next collaborations was Star Trek (66-69), in which (as everybody in the galaxy knows) Kelley appeared as truculent ship's doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy. Virtually all of Kelley's subsequent film appearances have been as McCoy in the seemingly endless series of elaborate Star Trek feature films. And on the pilot for the 1987 syndie Star Trek: The Next Generation, DeForrest Kelley was once more seen as "Bones" -- albeit appropriately stooped and greyed.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% Trekkies Actor 1999
40% The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Viking I 1998
No Score Yet William Shatner's Star Trek Memories Actor 1994
81% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country Dr. Leonard `Bones' McCoy 1991
22% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier McCoy 1989
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home Dr. McCoy 1986
80% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Dr. McCoy 1984
89% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Dr. McCoy 1982
42% Star Trek: The Motion Picture Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy 1979
8% Night of the Lepus Dr. Elgin Clark 1972
No Score Yet Apache Uprising Toby Jack Saunders 1966
No Score Yet Ride the Wind Actor 1966
No Score Yet Star Trek - The Mudd Pack Actor 1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno Actor 1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks Mr. Turner 1965
No Score Yet Where Love Has Gone Sam Corwin 1964
No Score Yet Gunfight at Comanche Creek Amos Troop 1963
No Score Yet The Bull of the West Actor 1962
No Score Yet Warlock Curley Burne 1959
No Score Yet The Law and Jake Wade Wexler 1958
11% Raintree County Southern Officer 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Morgan Earp 1957
No Score Yet Tension at Table Rock Breck 1956
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Medic 1956
No Score Yet Illegal Edward Clary 1955
82% House of Bamboo Charlie 1955
73% The Men Actor 1950
No Score Yet Malaya Lt. Glenson 1949
No Score Yet Canon City Smalley 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Bob Kirby 1947
No Score Yet Fear in the Night Vince Grayson 1947

TV

CREDIT
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Appearing
  • 1996
  • 1995
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Leonard "Bones" McCoy
  • 1989
  • 1987
92% Star Trek: The Animated Series
1973-1974
Voice Leonard "Bones" McCoy
  • 1974
  • 1973
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Dr. Leonard McCoy McCoy Dr. McCoy
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Jones Johnson Tully
  • 1966
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Charlie
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Prell
  • 1959
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Bailey
  • 1956

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