After a hitch in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he pursued an acting career. Kelley landed a contract with Paramount Studios and appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. He played so many villains that he worried about being typecast; he finally was, but not as a villain.
His big break came in 1966 when he was cast in a science fiction TV pilot written by Gene Roddenberry called Star Trek. Kelley was Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy during the show’s three-year run, and reprised the role in six feature films, an animated series, and numberless sci-fi conventions. He inspired countless Trekkers to say what he always did: “I’m a doctor!”
The man who’ll be forever known to legions of fans as bones was born in Atlanta on January 20, 1920, Today in Georgia History.
DeForest Kelley published two books of poetry, The Big Bird's Dream and The Dream Goes On.