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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 4 April 1956Waterville, Maine, USA

Mini Bio (1)

David Kelley might be described as living the American Dream, 1990s' style: write a screenplay, move to Hollywood, make millions and marry a movie star. A former Boston lawyer, in the last decade, he switched careers to become a successful television producer whose shows are recognized for their quality as well as receiving top ratings. David Kelley was born in 1956 and is originally from Maine. He attended Princeton University and Boston University Law School. He married actress Michelle Pfeiffer in November 1993. They have two children: Claudia Rose Kelley, born in March 1993, who was adopted by Ms. Pfeiffer eight months before their marriage, and John Henry, born in August 1994. Claudia Rose Kelley was christened and given Mr. Kelley's name at the couple's wedding ceremony. Mr. Kelley was an associate at Fine & Ambrogne in 1983 when he wrote a film script based on some of his legal experiences. Through a family friend, he got the script optioned and acquired an agent in 1986. It was produced in 1987, as a film titled From the Hip (1987), starring Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, and John Hurt. At the same time, producers Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher (creators of the successful police drama Hill Street Blues (1981)) were planning a new series set in a law firm, and looking for writers with legal backgrounds. They saw Mr. Kelley's script and invited him to Los Angeles to discuss writing a single script for L.A. Law (1986). The meeting was so successful that Mr. Kelley joined the show's staff as a story editor. The next year, he became executive story editor, and after Terry Fisher left the show, he became the supervising producer. Steven Bochco left L.A. Law (1986) after the third season, and Mr. Kelley took over as executive producer, while continuing to write many of the scripts himself. Mr. Kelley has since produced more critically acclaimed and successful shows. He served as creative consultant on Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), which was produced by Steven Bochco, and as executive producer and writer for Picket Fences (1992). He is the executive producer of Chicago Hope (1994). He is part of the television production division of Twentieth Century Fox, which has been owned by Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate, The News Corporation Ltd., since 1985.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Michelle Pfeiffer (13 November 1993 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

His father, Jack Kelley, was at one time director of operations for the Glens Falls [New York] Civic Center.
Kelley became the first producer to win Emmy and Golden Globe Awards in both the Outstanding/Best Drama Series (The Practice (1997)) and Outstanding/Best Comedy Series (Ally McBeal (1997)) categories in the same year. [1999].
The most Kelley-created shows to be on at any given time was five during the 1999-2000 television season, with Chicago Hope (1994) on CBS, The Practice (1997), and Snoops (1999) on ABC, and Ally McBeal (1997) and Ally (1999) on Fox.
David Kelley's father Jack Kelley was the former head coach for the Boston University Terriers hockey team and the first head coach for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association formed in 1972.
Has a son, John Henry, with his wife Michelle Pfeiffer. The son, born in 1994, is named after David's father.
Has an adopted daughter named Claudia Rose (born in 1993) with Michelle Pfeiffer.
Brother-in-law of Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer.
Brother in-law of Kevin Ryan.
Michelle Pfeiffer was already in the process of adopting a child by the time she met David. They had only been together for two months when their daughter Claudia Rose was added to their family.
Started writing as a hobby at the age of 27.

Personal Quotes (2)

I tend to be a little grand in terms of storytelling, I've never been limited by anybody's sense of reality.
[on scripting The Crazy Ones for Robin Williams] He says my words perfectly - then he uses his. I feel like I've been handed the keys to a car that I'm ill-equipped to drive.

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