DeForest Kelley - Rotten Tomatoes

DeForest Kelley

Lowest Rated:   10% Night of the Lepus (1972)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
84% 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
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
  • Dr. McCoy
1984
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Dr. McCoy
1982
44% Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
1979
10% 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
87% House of Bamboo
  • Charlie
1955
70% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Appearing
  • 1996
  • 1995
90% 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
78% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Dr. Leonard McCoy McCoy Dr. McCoy
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966

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