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Country, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Jug Band, Regional Blues, Pre-War Country Blues
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John Augustus Kelly Jr.
Astoria, New York, USA
Brown - Dark
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Huntington Beach, California, USA
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John Augustus "Jack" Kelly Jr. (September 16, 1927 – November 7, 1992) simply known as Jack Kelly, was an American film and television actor most noted for the role of "Bart Maverick" in the television series Maverick, which ran on ABC from 1957 to 1962. Kelly shared the series, rotating as the lead from week to week, first with James Garner as Bret Maverick (1957–1960) then with Roger Moore as Beau Maverick (1960–1961) and Robert Colbert as Brent Maverick (1961; for two episodes), before becoming the only Maverick (alternating with repeats from the Garner era) in the fifth season.
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Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. Jack continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to California in 1938. He attended St. John's Military Academy and spent two years as a law student at the University of California in Los Angeles. For three years Jack dropped acting to concentrate on school and making money. He worked as a shoe salesman, gas station attendant, lifeguard, grocery delivery boy, and mens clothing salesman. In 1945, Jack was inducted into the army taking basic train at Camp Roberts in California. He was sent to Alaska as a weather observer and was on the first B-29 to fly over the Arctic circle. After his discharge in 1946, Jack returned to UCLA and worked nights on various radio programs including, "Lux Radio theater", "Suspense", "Tell It Again", and "Romance of the Ranchos". Upon leaving school he joined the circle Theater in Los Angeles appearing in "Time of Your Life", "The Adding Machine", and "Love On The Dole". In 1949 he acted in "Anna Lucasta" at the coronet Theater. This performance brought Jack to the attention of several Hollywood directors. He then made his film debut in "Fighting Man Of The Plains" starring Randolph Scott. In 1955, Jack was signed by Warner Bros. to star as Dr. Parris Mitchell in the "King's Row" series of "Warner Bros. Presents." The show debuted in September, 1955. He had served an acting apprenticeship that included movies, television, radio, and stage. His hobbies include ship models, reading historical literature, sculpturing, and listening to show tunes records. He also enjoyed such sports as sailing, badminton, skin diving, golf, horseback riding and flying.
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St. John's Military Academy
University of California in Los Angeles
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