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Overview (5)

Born in Toccoa, Georgia, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (stomach cancer)
Birth NameJackson DeForest Kelley
Nicknames De
Bones
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia, to Clora (Casey) and Ernest David Kelley. 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. Upon returning home, he told his parents he was moving to California to become an actor. His mother encouraged him but the idea did not go over well with his father. In California, Kelley was spotted by a Paramount talent scout while working on a United States Navy training film. He became a reliable character actor (often in Westerns in which he often played the villain), but hit the big time when he was offered the role of the somewhat irascible Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on the television series Star Trek (1966). He later reprised his role for a string of successful Star Trek films: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). DeForest Kelley died at age 79 of stomach cancer in his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles on June 11, 1999.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sarah Kilroy <sarah@erinet.com>

Spouse (1)

Carolyn Dowling (7 September 1945 - 11 June 1999) (his death)

Trade Mark (4)

Catchphrase: "I'm a Doctor, not a..." said whenever McCoy was forced to do something he was unfamiliar with.
Catchphrase: "It's worse than that, he's dead, Jim!" (When Captain Kirk inquired as to the health status of a being or patient who was in bad shape)
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on Star Trek (1966) and six of the Star Trek films
Gruff voice with southern accent

Trivia (35)

Before landing the role of Dr. Leonard McCoy, he was offered the choice to play Mr. Spock. Years later, he played both for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).
One of 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966) up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and then in one of the spin-offs.
He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Made both his first (episode Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)) and last (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) "Star Trek" appearances with Nichelle Nichols.
Shortly before his death, he won the "Golden Cowboy Boot" award, honoring his earlier work in Westerns.
Was the only cast member from the original Star Trek (1966) series never to write an autobiography.
The Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) character, Admiral Maxwell Forrest played by Vaughn Armstrong, is named after him.
Of the four main Star Trek (1966) cast members (the others being William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan), he is the only one who never appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), The Twilight Zone (1959) or The Outer Limits (1963).
Reportedly disliked doing Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) because he was never recording his lines at the same time as William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Kelley did not like this because he never got to interact with them and develop any rapport, which made reading his lines all the more difficult.
He told close friends that he always felt more comfortable in Westerns than science fiction.
Was the first primary cast member from the original Star Trek (1966) series to pass away.
A veteran of television and film Westerns, he has portrayed two different participants in the legendary 1881 O.K. Corral gunfight between the Earps and the Clantons. In 1955, he played Ike Clanton in an episode of the television series You Are There (1953), and in 1957, he played Morgan Earp in the film Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). On Star Trek (1966), the USS Enterprise away team beam onto a planet and he again finds himself at the O.K. Corral, playing Tom McLaury. This was in the third season, in Episode 6 entitled "Spectre of the Gun.".
Shortly after Mr. Kelley's passing, "He's dead, Jim" was forever memorialized by being added in tribute to Dr. McCoy for two 1999 video games: StarCraft: Brood War (1998) and Shatner-oids, a spoof of the classic Atari game "Asteroids".
The tagline "I'm a doctor, not a..." has been quoted in almost every incarnation of Star Trek (1966) on film and television.
Had a great love of poetry, both reading and writing that. Later in life, he used to charm Star Trek convention audiences with three poems about Gene Roddenberry ("The Great Bird of the Galaxy") and the Star Trek franchise. They were called "The Big Bird's Dream", "The Dream Goes On" and "The Dream Forever".
Inspired many fans to take up medicine. He and his wife visited one of them after graduating from medical school, after receiving an invitation.
He played a medic in the drama film The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). Foreshadowing things to come, his character says, "This man is dead, Captain".
Often mistakenly billed as Kelly de Forrest.
His personal favorite Star Trek (1966) episode was Star Trek: The Empath (1968).
Attended and graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia (1936).
The oldest cast member of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
He had originally wanted to be a doctor.
He had English and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry.
He was the most well-liked of the Star Trek (1966) cast and the only one that no one had a feud with at any point.
He was very happy to learn in later years that his character Dr. McCoy had inspired many young people to become physicians.
He was very shy by nature and did not like appearing at conventions or doing television interviews.
When Star Trek (1966) first aired, he had - unlike most of his co-stars - already been a professional actor for more than 20 years (although he did not look that at the time, he was more than a decade older than most of the cast).
He was an extremely low-key and private individual who preferred not to seek leading roles and not to be involved in the Hollywood lifestyle.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 18, 1991.
Had played the same character (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy) on three different series: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for his role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Pictured as the character Dr. Leonard McCoy on one of a set of five Canadian commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television series Star Trek (1966), issued May 5, 2016. Price on day of issue was 85¢. Other stamps in the set honored William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan and John Colicos.
The American Ephemeris for the 20th Century shows that the sun did not enter the star sign Aquarius until 8:04 am Greenwich Mean Time, January 21, 1920. This would mean that a birth date of January 20, 1920 Eastern Standard Time (Toccoa, Georgia, USA) at any point in the day would make DeForest Kelley a Capricorn, and not an Aquarius.
He had a prominent starring role in the TV series "Bonanza" 1962 episode "The Decision". in the episode he played a doctor.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on why he chose to play Dr. McCoy instead of Mr. Spock on Star Trek (1966)] I wouldn't have been anywhere near Leonard Nimoy. He's marvelous.
[on his life] I'd wanted to become a doctor and couldn't - yet became the best known doctor in the galaxy.
[on the Star Trek (1966) fans] They're the most devoted group of people and contrary to what people think, they don't have antennae coming out of their heads.
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 magnificent plus.
I thoroughly enjoyed those years. I liked Westerns for two reasons: First, it took the actor outside. They were all very physical at that time and not limited to a stage. Second, they paid my rent an awful lot.
[to William Shatner, on his deathbed] Let's make just one more Star Trek movie! I sure miss making those movies!

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