DeForest Kelley

Known to generations for his portrayal of the compassionate yet slightly cranky ship's doctor, Leonard "Bones" McCoy, on the classic television series "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor DeForest Kelley created one of ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1920 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Actor (37)

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)


William Shatner's Star Trek Memories! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Star Trek: A Captain's Log 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

Dr McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Dr McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

Dr McCoy (Actor)

Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)


Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)


ABC's Matinee Today 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Night of the Lepus 1972 (Movie)

Elgin Clark (Actor)

Apache Uprising 1965 (Movie)

Toby Jack Saunders (Actor)

Waco 1965 (Movie)

Bill Rile (Actor)

Black Spurs 1964 (Movie)

First Sheriff (Actor)

Marriage on the Rocks 1964 (Movie)

Mr Turner (Actor)

Town Tamer 1964 (Movie)


Gunfight at Comanche Creek 1963 (Movie)

Troop (Actor)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

Sam Corwin (Actor)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

Wexler (Actor)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Curley Burne (Actor)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 (Movie)

Morgan Earp (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Southern Officer (Actor)

Tension at Table Rock 1956 (Movie)

Breck (Actor)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Medic (Actor)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

Clary (Actor)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

Hotel Clerk (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)


Canon City (Movie)

Smalley (Actor)

Duke of Chicago (Movie)

Ace Martin (Actor)

Hollywood Commandos (TV Show)


Malaya (Movie)

Lt. Glenson (Actor)

The Men (Movie)


You Are There (TV Show)



Known to generations for his portrayal of the compassionate yet slightly cranky ship's doctor, Leonard "Bones" McCoy, on the classic television series "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor DeForest Kelley created one of science fiction's most beloved and indelible characters. Following an auspicious start in film with the leading role in the noir "Fear in the Night" (1947), a disappointed Kelley quickly found himself settling for guest turns on various television series and smaller roles in films such as "House of Bamboo" (1955) and "Tension at Table Rock" (1956). Westerns quickly became Kelley's stock-in-trade, with appearances in "Gunfight at O.K. Corral" (1957) and "Warlock" (1959) being among his more notable. Although his work in the Gene Roddenberry-created pilot "333 Montgomery" (NBC, 1960) failed to materialize into a series, it impressed the writer-producer enough to win Kelley a supporting role in "Star Trek" just a few years later. His work as the unapologetically humanistic McCoy soon elevated Kelley's role to co-starring status on the iconic series. However, despite his proven talents, parts were hard to come by for the veteran actor in the aftermath of the show's cancellation. A full decade later, Kelley and the rest of the USS <i>Enterprise</i> crew were called back to action for the epic re-launch, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979). The franchise jumped to warp-speed with the hugely popular "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), and continued for four more installments before the original crew finally stepped off the bridge of the U.S.S.<i>Enterprise</i> for good. A key member of a cast known for inflated egos and, at times, bitter in-fighting, Kelley emerged as the one member of the original cast who was universally admired by his "Star Trek" co-stars.


Carolyn Dowling

married on September 7, 1945 met when they were both performing with the Long Beach Theater Group


Decatur Boys' High School



Final film appearance in the documentary "William Shatner's Star Trek Memories!"


Final acting role, reprising McCoy in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"


First reprised the role of Dr. McCoy on the big screen for the feature film, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"


Another feature film absence, of six years, followed after "Waco"


Played the leading role of lawyer Jake Brittin in the NBC crime pilot, "333 Montgomery", broadcast as an installment of the "Alcoa Theater"; Gene Roddenberry wrote and produced the pilot; later became a series entitled "Sam Benedict", but with Edmond O'Br


Acted in first Western feature, "Tension at Table Rock"


Returned to Hollywood to resume feature film work and to work in TV shot on the West coast; first film, "House of Bamboo", directed by Sam Fuller; got help finding TV work from friend Barney Girard, who was writing for "You Are There"


Last Hollywood film for six years, "Duke of Chicago"


Made feature film debut in a leading role in the Paramount-produced film noir, "Fear in the Night"


First journeyed outside his native Georgia after graduating high school at age 17; visited an uncle in Long Beach, California, planning to stay for two weeks, but lived in California for a year (date approximate)

Provided the voice of Dr. McCoy for the NBC animated children's version of "Star Trek"

Performed on the radio station WSB, which won him a singing engagement at the Atlanta Paramount Theater with Lew Forbest and His Orchestra

Played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on the cult NBC science-fiction series, "Star Trek"

Discovered by a Paramount talent when he appeared in a Navy training film; was offered a screen test and later a contract; stayed with Paramount for approximately 2 1/2 years (date approximate)

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sang in his local church's choir

Moved to California; joined the Long Beach Theater Group

Moved to New York City and worked primarily onstage in stock theater as well as in early TV, such as the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" (date approximate)