History Creator / DeForestKelley

8th Dec '16 10:08:13 PM Xtifr
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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''' (January 20, 1920 -- June 11, 1999), better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice; he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].

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'''Jackson Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''' Kelley (January 20, 1920 -- June 11, 1999), better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice; he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].
16th May '15 2:40:27 PM kchishol
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Shy by nature, De appeared at conventions only infrequently and did even fewer television interviews, confessing on Merv Griffin that "I'm so scared -- I never do talk shows, you know, I'm absolutely a wreck." When he did appear, however, Kelley was universally remembered by fans as warm, witty, down-to-earth, incredibly welcoming, and a gentle spirit with the same compassion and general goodwill that made his character so famous.

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Shy by nature, De appeared at conventions only infrequently and did even fewer television interviews, confessing on Merv Griffin that "I'm so scared -- I never do talk shows, you know, I'm absolutely a wreck." When he did appear, however, Kelley was universally remembered by fans as warm, witty, down-to-earth, incredibly welcoming, and a gentle spirit with the same compassion and general goodwill that made his character so famous.
famous. The fact that he inspired more than a few fans to go into medicine was always deeply flattering to him.
30th May '14 12:39:55 PM RoseAndHeather
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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''' (January 20, 1920 -- June 11, 1999), better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].

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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''' (January 20, 1920 -- June 11, 1999), better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... choice; he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].
16th Feb '14 2:39:13 AM erforce
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Like Leonard Nimoy, De turned down the offer to reprise his role a final time in ''StarTrekGenerations''. He stated his reason being that he felt that it would ruin the sense of closure already nicely depicted in ''StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.

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Like Leonard Nimoy, De turned down the offer to reprise his role a final time in ''StarTrekGenerations''. ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. He stated his reason being that he felt that it would ruin the sense of closure already nicely depicted in ''StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
26th Jan '14 3:15:32 PM avon
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Like Leonard Nimoy, De turned down the offer to reprise his role a final time in ''StarTrekGenerations''. He stated his reason being that he felt that it would ruin the sense of closure already nicely depicted in ''StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
14th Aug '13 11:27:00 PM Tuckerscreator
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Eleven years older than the young cast (most of whom, besides Creator/JamesDoohan, were in their mid-thirties), Kelley grew up on "the sawdust trail" in rural Georgia as the son of a preacher. In his late teens he moved to Long Beach, California, to pursue his dream of becoming a performer. There he met the love of his life -- Carolyn Meagher Dowling, with whom he was co-starring at The Long Beach Playhouse. They continued their courtship throughout Kelley's service in WorldWarTwo and married in 1945. He never looked twice at anyone else.

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Eleven years older than the young cast (most of whom, besides Creator/JamesDoohan, were in their mid-thirties), Kelley grew up on "the sawdust trail" in rural Georgia as the son of a preacher. In his late teens he moved to Long Beach, California, to pursue his dream of becoming a performer. There he met the love of his life -- Carolyn Meagher Dowling, with whom he was co-starring at The Long Beach Playhouse. They continued their courtship throughout Kelley's service in WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and married in 1945. He never looked twice at anyone else.
1st Aug '13 9:39:24 PM Premonition45
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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].

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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', Kelley''' (January 20, 1920 -- June 11, 1999), better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].
25th Jul '13 1:57:21 PM RoseAndHeather
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Movingly, it was De who was chosen to "pass the torch" to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', appearing one last time as a feisty, 137-year-old Admiral [=McCoy=] in "Encounter at Farpoint", written by TOS veteran D.C. Fontana. His [[TearJerker last line]], delivered to Data, was, "Treat her like a lady, and she'll always bring you home."

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Movingly, it was De who was chosen to "pass the torch" to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', appearing one last time as a feisty, 137-year-old Admiral [=McCoy=] in "Encounter at Farpoint", written by TOS veteran D.C. Fontana. His [[TearJerker last line]], delivered to Data, was, "Treat her like a lady, and she'll always bring you home."
25th Jul '13 12:23:05 PM 84788484
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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns be Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].

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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns be by Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].
25th Jul '13 12:22:45 PM 84788484
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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast.

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'''Jackson [=DeForest=] Kelley''', better known as [=DeForest=] or just plain De, played villains in a long string of Westerns before being cast as Dr. Leonard "Bones" [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Alongside Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy, he made up a third of the PowerTrio that headed the show's cast.
cast. At the time, he was considered an odd choice... he was best known for villain-of-the-week roles in westerns be Creator/{{Paramount}}, often portraying the sort of black-hatted CardCarryingVillain that would [[ForTheEvulz randomly shoot a dog]] just to establish his villain cred. Some of his fellow cast were quite surprised that he was being tasked with playing a good-natured hero in their new series... and that he was [[MeanCharacterNiceActor such an amazingly sweet man in person]].



Kelley got his first cinematic starring role in ''Fear In The Night'', and soon he was playing bit parts in Westerns for Creator/{{Paramount}}. He ended up typecast as your typical Western villain, never knowing that an even bigger role was about to come his way.
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