He built up an extensive list of credits, alternating between television and motion pictures. I’m owned by four goats, ten chickens, two cats and two dogs. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Oh, the things we put off, out of fear that other folks’ worries about our fates are bound to come true! Settle for Best: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be is a self-help book of encouragement and strategies that I wrote to encourage people to follow their hearts and satisfy their dreams when it comes to choosing a career, as I finally did after a long stretch of fulfilling other peoples’ prophecies for my life. Help us build our profile of DeForest Kelley! I have no idea how they got them, but Leonard’s didn’t live, from what I hear. , In a TLC interview done in the late 1990s, Kelley joked that one of his biggest fears was that the words etched on his gravestone would be "He's dead, Jim". Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999), known to colleagues as "Dee", 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 (1966–1991). In the past ten years I’ve written six more books: The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend is a compilation of the many kindnesses that De showered on other fans; I edited their reminiscences and wrote intros for each section. DeForest Kelley Up Close And Personal: A Harvest of Memories will be available shortly. (Carolyn was already in another hospital with a broken leg and not at home, either. I wrote it for the millions of fans who never got the chance to meet De up close and personal, as a gateway into the soul and spirit of a man who trod gently here while leaving soul-deep, giant-sized virtual footprints.”Since 2007, I’ve been a full-time copywriter, writing web content, articles, brochures, e-books, and other collateral materials for businesses and individuals across the globe. The effort so far has been strictly a money-neutral labor of love intended as a keepsake tome from fans who met De to fans who are too young to have met him while he was alive. As far as the rest of his estate, I presume most of it was consumed by Carolyn’s seven-year hospitalization.  His third appearance was in a third-season Star Trek episode (broadcast originally on October 25, 1968), titled "Spectre of the Gun", this time portraying Tom McLaury. Kelley thereafter did a few television appearances and a few movies, but essentially went into de facto retirement other than playing McCoy. He reprised the character in a voice-over role in Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–74), and the first six Star Trek motion pictures (1979 to 1991). When Terry Lee Rioux wrote De’s bio FROM SAWDUST TO STARDUST I accompanied her on a few interviews with the Kelleys’ longtime friends and received confirmation again that they had considered me a friend for years; at one point Carolyn told me she had forgotten that I’d come to them as a fan. McCoy.  Kelley appeared as Lieutenant Commander James Dempsey in two episodes of the syndicated military drama The Silent Service, based on actual stories of the submarine service of the United States Navy. They stopped writing notes, stopped sending birthday and holiday cards, got quieter, and isolated themselves more. I tell ya, my parents had to peel me off the ceiling for weeks! , Before the end of his first year at Conyers, Kelley was regularly putting to use his musical talents and often sang solo in morning church services. (He always responded to fans’ letters and requests for signed photos, until he just plain couldn’t any more.). DeForest Kelley is a member of the following lists: American film actors, American television actors and Cancer deaths in California.  Later in life, Kelley developed an interest in poetry, eventually publishing the first of two books in an unfinished series, The Big Bird's Dream and The Dream Goes On. His fans were blindsided by his decline and demise—although fans in the know that stayed closely in touch with them, like me, were aware that things weren’t proceeding as normal in the Kelley household, but we certainly weren’t given the whole picture.