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DeForest Kelley (1920–1999)


Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia. He graduated from high school at age 16 and went on to sing at the Baptist church where his father was a minister. At age 17, he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach, California. He intended to stay for two weeks but ended up staying a year. ... See full bio »

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 1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (Video)
Viking 1 (voice)
 1981 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Prof. Hal Schaffer
- Runaway (1981) ... Prof. Hal Schaffer
 1973-1974 Star Trek: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Dr. McCoy
- The Counter-Clock Incident (1974) ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
- Albatross (1974) ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
- The Practical Joker (1974) ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
- Bem (1974) ... Dr. McCoy (credit only)
 1974 The Cowboys (TV Series)
Jack Potter
- David Done It (1974) ... Jack Potter
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Dr. Goldstone
- I Never Said Goodbye (1973) ... Dr. Goldstone
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
 1971 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Frank Slater
- Make No Mistake (1971) ... Frank Slater
 1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Parrish
- Giants Never Kneel (1970) ... Parrish
 1970 The Silent Force (TV Series)
Curston
- The Judge (1970) ... Curston
 1970 Ironside (TV Series)
Mr. Fowler
- Warrior's Return (1970) ... Mr. Fowler
 1967 Police Story (TV Movie)
Lab chief Greene
 1966 Waco
Bill Rile
 1962-1966 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Elliott Webster / Martin / Clint Rogers / ...
- Lady of the Plains (1966) ... Elliott Webster
- Devil's Gate (1965) ... Martin
- Coffin for a Coward (1963) ... Clint Rogers
- The Breaking Point (1962) ... Shad Cullen
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Dr. David Ingram
- Sound of Terror (1966) ... Dr. David Ingram
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Egan
- The Riley Brand (1966) ... Egan
 1961-1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Tully - Reporter / Dr. Michael Jons / Captain Moss Johnson
- Ride the Wind: Part 2 (1966) ... Tully - Reporter
- Ride the Wind: Part 1 (1966) ... Tully - Reporter
- The Decision (1962) ... Dr. Michael Jons
- The Honor of Cochise (1961) ... Captain Moss Johnson
 1965 Apache Uprising
Toby Jack Saunders
 1965 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Williams
- Uncle Jeff Needs You (1965) ... Williams
 1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Charlie
- Three Cheers for Little Boy Blue (1965) ... Charlie
 1965 Marriage on the Rocks
Mr. Turner
 1965 Town Tamer
Guy Tavenner
 1965 Black Spurs
Sheriff Nemo
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Gregg Wilson
- Question: Which One Has the Privilege? (1964) ... Gregg Wilson
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Sam Corwin
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
Lt. Beldon / Ben Tully
- Man of Violence (1963) ... Lt. Beldon
- Duel at Shiloh (1963) ... Ben Tully
 1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek
Amos Troop
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Phil Wingate
- 88 Bars (1963) ... Phil Wingate
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Martin Volet
- Reformation at Big Nose Butte (1963) ... Martin Volet
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Col. Davenport
- A Taste of Peace (1963) ... Col. Davenport
 1962-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Jack / Bart Collins
- The Unvanquished (1963) ... Jack
- Gun Duel (1962) ... Bart Collins
 1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Deakin
- The Treasure (1962) ... Deakin
 1961-1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Bob Harcourt Jr. / Willis
- 1800 Days to Justice (1962) ... Bob Harcourt Jr.
- The Clover Throne (1961) ... Willis
 1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Peter Thorpe
- The Case of the Unwelcome Bride (1961) ... Peter Thorpe (as De Forest Kelley)
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Tully
- The Fixer (1961) ... Tully
 1961 Shannon (TV Series)
Carlyle
- The Pickup (1961) ... Carlyle
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Lieutenant Clarke / Clay Henchard
- The Big Gun (1961) ... Lieutenant Clarke
- Image of a Man (1961) ... Clay Henchard
 1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Brock Martin
- No Amnesty for Death (1961) ... Brock Martin
 1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
Farley Styles
- The Means and the End (1961) ... Farley Styles
 1960-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Bent Carr / Sam White
- The Squatters (1961) ... Bent Carr
- The Thimblerigger (1960) ... Sam White (as DeForrest Kelley)
 1960-1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Shep Harlow / Frank Briggs
- Run, Shep, Run (1961) ... Shep Harlow (as De Forrest Kelley)
- Loser's Circle (1960) ... Frank Briggs
 1961 Assignment: Underwater (TV Series)
Barney
- Affair in Tokyo (1961) ... Barney
 1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Captain Cole Scoville
- Captain Scoville (1961) ... Captain Cole Scoville
 1961 Riverboat (TV Series)
Alex Jeffords
- Listen to the Nightingale (1961) ... Alex Jeffords
 1960 Two Faces West (TV Series)
Vern Cleary
- Fallen Gun (1960) ... Vern Cleary
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
Danny Standish
- Counterpoint (1960) ... Danny Standish
 1958-1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Jake Brittin / Marshal
- 333 Montgomery Street (1960) ... Jake Brittin
- Johnny Risk (1958) ... Marshal
 1956-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Swain / Logan Wheeler / Pickard / ...
- Calico Bait (1960) ... Swain
- Shadow of a Dead Man (1958) ... Logan Wheeler
- Village of Fear (1957) ... Pickard
 1959-1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Ken Porter / Sheriff
- The Adjuster (1959) ... Ken Porter
- The Limping Man (1959) ... Sheriff
 1960 Johnny Midnight (TV Series)
David Lawton
- The Inner Eye (1960) ... David Lawton
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Sam King
- Apache Trail (1959) ... Sam King
 1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Silas Morgan
- Elfego Baca: Mustang Man, Mustang Maid (1959) ... Silas Morgan (uncredited)
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Ollie Tate / Sheriff Steve Pax
- The Empty Cell (1959) ... Ollie Tate
- Secret Ballot (1959) ... Sheriff Steve Pax
 1957-1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Tom Dooley / Ed Crow / Brock Childers / ...
- Quiet Night in Porter (1959) ... Tom Dooley
- Blind Alley (1959) ... Tom Dooley
- Hard Lines (1959) ... Ed Crow
- The Jailbreak (1958) ... Brock Childers
- End of an Outlaw (1957) ... Deputy Perry Grimes
 1959 21 Beacon Street (TV Series)
George Manning
- The Hostage (1959) ... George Manning
 1959 The Lineup (TV Series)
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Graham Jones
- The Patient Skeleton (1959) ... Graham Jones
 1959 Warlock
Curley Burne (as De Forest Kelley)
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Slate Prell
- Incident at Barker Springs (1959) ... Slate Prell (as DeForrest Kelley)
 1959 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
David Cooper
- Death Rides the Wind (1959) ... David Cooper (as De Forest Kelley)
 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
Martin
- Border Masquerade (1959) ... Martin
 1959 26 Men (TV Series)
Ed Lacey
- Trail of Revenge (1959) ... Ed Lacey
 1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Charles Barron / El Halcon
- Son of the Hawk (1959) ... Charles Barron / El Halcon
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Eddie Robbins / Philip Conroy
- I Ain't Talkin' (1959) ... Eddie Robbins
- Bride and Doom (1959) ... Philip Conroy
 1958 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Lance
- The Nightbinders (1958) ... Lance
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Radar Major
- Operation Jettison (1958) ... Radar Major
 1958 The Law and Jake Wade
Wexler (as De Forest Kelley)
 1957-1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Miller / Detective
- Hideout (1958) ... Detective
- Diamond Hard (1957) ... Police Sgt. Miller
- Pete Loves Mary (1957) ... Police Sgt. Miller
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lambert
- The Edge of Innocence (1957) ... Lambert
 1957 Boots and Saddles (TV Series)
Merriweather
- The Marquis of Donnybrook (1957) ... Merriweather
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Lt. Cdr. James Dempsey
- The Gar Story (1957)
- The Spearfish Delivers (1957) ... Lt. Cdr. James Dempsey
 1957 Raintree County
Southern Officer
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
Detective Lt. Johnny Wright
- Kill and Run (1957) ... Detective Lt. Johnny Wright
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Jordan Haig
- Hands of the Enemy (1957) ... Jordan Haig
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Deputy Don Reason
- Oil Well Incident (1957) ... Deputy Don Reason
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Smithwick / Corporal
- Nightmare Off Brooklyn (1957) ... Smithwick (as De Forrest Kelley)
- Cigar-Box John (1957) ... Corporal
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Taber
- An Eye for an Eye (1957) ... Dr. Robert Taber
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
- Fog in Santone (1957)
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Milo Barton / Matt Brander / Captain Hall, M.D.
- Survival in Box Canyon (1956) ... Dr. Milo Barton
- The Long Day (1955) ... Matt Brander
- Y.O.R.D. (1955) ... Captain Hall, M.D.
 1956 Tension at Table Rock
Jim Breck
 1956 Strange Stories (TV Series)
Harvey Harris
- Such a Nice Little Girl (1956) ... Harvey Harris
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Medic (uncredited)
 1955-1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Alan Brecker
- From the Desk of Margaret Tydings (1956) ... Alan Brecker
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Will Bailey
- Indian Scout (1956) ... Will Bailey (as DeForrest Kelley)
 1955 The View from Pompey's Head
Jim Foster - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1954-1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Alfred / Ted Lance
- Vacation with Pay (1955) ... Alfred
- Storm Signal (1954) ... Ted Lance
 1955 Illegal
Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly)
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Dr. Michael Wells
- The Iris Miller Story (1955) ... Dr. Michael Wells
 1955 House of Bamboo
Charlie (uncredited)
 1954-1955 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
Nash / Tracey
- Long May It Wag (1955) ... Tracey
- The Poet (1954) ... Nash
- Minnie's Job (1954) ... Nash
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Mr. Sanders
- The Murder Photo (1954) ... Mr. Sanders
 1953-1954 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
John Ainslee
- Inside Out (1954)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Nick Kohler / Ted Hopkins
- The Las Vegas Story (1954) ... Nick Kohler
- The Murder Story (1954) ... Ted Hopkins (as De Forrest Kelley)
 1954 Duffy of San Quentin
Eddie Lee - Police Detective
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Bob Vogelin / Lloyd Allen
- Shipper, Beware ... Bob Vogelin
- The Race ... Lloyd Allen
 1953-1954 City Detective (TV Series)
Hartfield / Benjamin
- Crazy Like a Fox (1954) ... Hartfield
- An Old Man's Gold (1953) ... Benjamin
 1953 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
Jeff
- Frozen Escape (1953) ... Jeff (as Deforest Kelley)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
Bert Dexter
- Dreams Never Lie (1953) ... Bert Dexter
 1949-1953 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Dr. David Barnes / Sheriff Buck McCall / Bob Kittredge
- Death in the Forest (1953) ... Dr. David Barnes
- Gold Train (1950) ... Sheriff Buck McCall (as De Forest Kelly)
- The Legion of Old Timers (1949) ... Bob Kittredge (as De Forest Kelley)
 1953 Taxi
Fred (uncredited)
 1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Breakaway (1952)
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Bob Philo
- The Last Cruise (1950) ... Bob Philo
 1950 The Men
Dr. Sherman (uncredited)
 1949 Malaya
Lt. Glenson (uncredited)
 1949 Duke of Chicago
'Ace' Martin
 1948 Canon City
Smalley
 1948 Gypsy Holiday (Short)
Carl Romano (as DeForrest Kelley)
 1947 Beyond Our Own (Short)
 1947 Variety Girl
Bob Kirby
 1947 Fear in the Night
Vince Grayson
 1947 Public Prosecutor (TV Series)
Danny Watson
- The Case of the Man Who Wasn't There (1947) ... Danny Watson (as De Forest Kelley)
 1945 Time to Kill (Short)
Peter
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Other Works:

(mid-1970s) Album: Appears on Gene Roddenberry's LP "Inside Star Trek" on which he is interviewed by Roddenberry.

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 9 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

De Forest Kelley | De Forrest Kelley | DeForrest Kelley | Deforest Kelley | De Kelley | De Forest Kelly | DeForest Kelly

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm very grateful for the career that I've had. And I'm very grateful for the experiences that Star Trek has afforded me along with my past background. When I look back and think how fortunate I've been to work with some wonderful people and had some marvelous experiences, then I can look at Star Trek and think it's almost like the cream on the coffee. I don't approach it as anything but a ... See more »

Trivia:

Had Irish and Southern ancestry. See more »

Trademark:

Catchphrase: "I'm a Doctor, not a..." said whenever McCoy was forced to do something he was unfamiliar with. See more »

Nickname:

De

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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