Place of Death
Los Angeles, CA
Cause of Death
Cancer - Stomach
Claim to Fame
Dr. McCoy on original Star Trek
Profile Bio Text
Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor known for his starring role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy of the USS Enterprise on film and television. After Star Trek, Kelley found himself a victim of the very typecasting he had so feared. He did a few television appearances and a couple of movies, but essentially went into de facto retirement. In a TLC interview done in the late 1990s, he said one of his biggest fears was that the words etched on his gravestone would be "He`s dead, Jim," a catch phrase that Dr. McCoy spoke in many Star Trek episodes. On the other hand, he stated that he was very proud to hear from so many Star Trek fans that became doctors because of his portrayal as Dr. McCoy. Kelley took up poetry as a hobby, and he published the first two books in a series, The Big Bird`s Dream and The Dream Goes On, a series he would never finish.
Kelley died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1999, in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife, Carolyn, who died in October 2004. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Couple Profile Source
Decatur Boys` High School, Decatur, GA (1937)
Full Name at Birth
Jackson DeForest Kelley
Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer known for his roles in Westerns and as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series Star Trek.
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Ernest D. Kelley
Clara Casey Kelley
www.nndb.com/people/628/000022562/, en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/DeForest_Kelley, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5788
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