DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Highest Rated: 88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Lowest Rated: 8% Night of the Lepus (1972)

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.

Highest Rated Movies



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
82% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country Dr. Leonard `Bones' McCoy 1991
21% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier McCoy 1989
81% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home Dr. McCoy 1986
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Dr. McCoy 1984
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Dr. McCoy 1982
41% 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
83% House of Bamboo Charlie 1955
77% 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


90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Appearing 1998
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
Leonard "Bones" McCoy 1989
94% Star Trek: The Animated Series
Leonard "Bones" McCoy Voice 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
Fowler 1970
80% Star Trek
Dr. Leonard McCoy McCoy Dr. McCoy 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
Jones Johnson Tully 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Charlie 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Thorpe 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
Prell 1959
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Bailey 1956


Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Well... nobody's perfect.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: How do you explain slowing pulse, low respiratory rate, and coma?

Young Doctor says: Fundoscopic examination.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Fundoscopic examination is unrevealing in these cases.

Young Doctor says: A simple evacuation of the expanding epidural hemotoma will relieve the pressure.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: My God, man - drilling holes in his head's not the answer. The artery must be repaired. Now put away your butcher knives and let me save this patient before it's too late!

Nichols says: Transparent Aluminum?

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott says: That's the ticket, laddie.

Nichols says: Oh we.l.l.. It'd take years just to figure out the dynamics of this matrix.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Yes but you would be rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott says: So - is it worth something to ya? Or should I just punch up clear?

Nichols says: No! -no.

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott says: May my assistant join us?

Nichols says: Of course!

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Don't bury yourself in the part.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: I just wish we could cloak the stench.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: God I liked him better before he died!

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Spock, this "child" is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do? Spank it?

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Spock, this 'child' is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do? Spank it?

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Go? Where are we going?

James T. Kirk says: Where they went.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Suppose they went nowhere.

James T. Kirk says: Then this'll be your big chance to get away from it all.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Jim, you don't ask the Almighty for his I.D.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.

James T. Kirk says: My God Bones, what have I done?

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: I thought you said that humpbacks only exist on Earth of the past?

Mr. Spock says: Yes doctor, that is exactly what I said.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: We got a heartbeat! Lock and load, she's ready Jim!

James T. Kirk says: Fire!

General Chang says: To be... or not... to be...

Hikaru Sulu says: Target that explosion and fire.

General Chang says: I am constant as the northern star!

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: I'd give real money if he'd shut up...

General Chang says: I am constant as the northern star!

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: I'd give real money if he'd shut up...

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: What's wrong with you?

Elderly Patient says: Kidney dialysis...

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: My god, what is this, the Dark Ages?!

James T. Kirk says: All I ask for is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by...

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Melville.

Mr. Spock says: John Masefield.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Are you sure about that?

Mr. Spock says: I am well versed in the classics, doctor.

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Then how come you don't know "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"?

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Then how come you don't know 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'?

James T. Kirk says: There may be wounded, can you spare anyone?

Leonard "Bones" McCoy says: Yeah. I can spare me.