History Creator / DeForestKelley

10th Feb '18 2:48:20 PM Exxolon
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->''"Star Trek has brought so much of what I want within my grasp."''
4th Jan '18 9:30:38 PM costanton11
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Kelley occasionally mentioned that he was first considered for the role of ''Spock'', not Bones, and this is borne out by [[http://startrekfactcheck.blogspot.ca/2013/09/casting-ideas-for-star-treks-first-pilot.html a casting memo during pre-production for the first pilot (dated October 14, 1964)]]. Once Nimoy (the first choice) was selected, Gene Roddenberry instead attempted to cast Kelley as Dr. Boyce. However, the director for the pilot episode (Robert Butler) preferred John Hoyt, who got the part. Once everyone except Nimoy was replaced for the second pilot, Roddenberry again pushed for Kelley as the new Doctor, Mark Piper, and again yielded to the wishes of the director (James Goldstone), who cast Paul Fix. When ''Star Trek'' was finally picked up for series, Roddenberry cast Kelley as Dr. Leonard [=McCoy=], in one of television's earliest and most successful examples of what we now call the SecondEpisodeIntroduction, or at least it would have been had the episodes aired in production order.
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."
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