Today would have been the 91st birthday of TV and film actor DeForest Kelley who attained everlasting fame as the down-to-earth, sardonic Doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in the classic “Star Trek” television series.
Although he found it difficult to get many new acting jobs after the show was cancelled (until the Star Trek movie franchise cranked up) due to type-casting, Kelley was reportedly grateful for his fame from the TV show and was very kind to its rabid fans.
Like his fictional counterpart, Kelley hailed from Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. He appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, primarily playing villains and in westerns, before finding an eternal home on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Kelley died in 1999.
The video below shows Kelley, along with his castmates Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner at a 1995 convention.