79 (passed away Jun. 11th, 1999)
Jan. 20th, 1920
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DeForest Kelley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta Georgia January 20, 1920. He graduated from highschool at 16 and went on to sing at the church where his father was a baptist minister.At seventeen he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach California, he intended to stay for 2 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 didn't go over well with his father. In California Kelley was spotted by a Paramount scout while doing a Navy Training film. He went on acting in many westerns and eventually played the role of Dr. Leonard McCoy which changed his life forever.
- Reportedly disliked doing the animated _"Star Trek" (1973)_ (qv) series because he was never recording his lines at the same time as 'William Shatner' (qv) and 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv). 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.
- Was the first primary cast member from _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) to pass away.
- Shortly before his death he won the "Golden Cowboy Boot" award, honoring his earlier work in westerns.
- Was the only original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) cast member never to write an autobiography.
- Of the four main _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) cast members (the others being 'William Shatner' (qv), 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv) and 'James Doohan' (qv)), he is the only one who never appeared in _"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964)_ (qv) or _"The Outer Limits" (1963)_ (qv).
- The tagline "I'm a doctor, not a..." has been quoted in almost every incarnation of Star Trek on film and television.
- The _"Enterprise" (2001)_ (qv) character, Admiral Maxwell Forrest played by 'Vaughn Armstrong (I)' (qv), is named after him.
- Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek up to and including _Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)_ (qv) and then in one of the spin offs.