DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

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.
Known For: Acting
Birthday: 1920-01-20
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Movies List of DeForest Kelley

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Fear in the Night

1947 Movie
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Variety Girl

1947 Movie
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Beyond Our Own

1947 Movie
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Night of the Lepus

1972 Movie
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Apache Uprising

1965 Movie
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Trekkies

1997 Movie
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Canon City

1948 Movie
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The Law and Jake Wade

1958 Movie
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Where Love Has Gone

1964 Movie
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Ride the Wind

1970 Movie
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The Edge of Innocence

1957 Movie
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Time to Kill

1945 Movie
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Tension at Table Rock

1956 Movie
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Warlock

1959 Movie
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The Bull Of The West

1972 Movie
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House of Bamboo

1955 Movie
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Black Spurs

1965 Movie
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Malaya

1949 Movie
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Duke of Chicago

1949 Movie
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Waco

1966 Movie
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Raintree County

1957 Movie
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Town Tamer

1965 Movie
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The Men

1950 Movie
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Illegal

1955 Movie
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40 Years of Star Trek

2006 Movie
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Duffy of San Quentin

1954 Movie