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Remembering DeForest Kelley June 11, 2009

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It was 10 years ago today, on June 11th 1999, that the world lost DeForest Kelley. Beloved to fans of Star Trek, westerns and more, DeForest Kelley left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Today TrekMovie remembers the man that played the irascible Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy with a collection of videos of his work.


De Kelley as McCoy psychoanalyzing Spock in "Bread and Circuses"

De Kelley as McCoy counsels Kirk in "The Corbomite Maneuver"

De Kelley in classic ‘troika’ scene in "Tholian Web"

De Kelley as McCoy in TNG pilot

De Kelley as McCoy doing 23rd century medicine n Star Trek IV

De Kelley in "Wanted Dead or Alive"
(more Kelley in Westerns here and here on YouTube)



De Kelley host tour of TNG set in 1990 for Primetime Live

De Kelley (w/ Doohan & Koenig) on Tom Snyder Show 1976
(more parts at YouTube)

De Kelley (w/ Shatner & Nimoy) at 1995 convention
(more at YouTube)

De Kelley on Shatner’s "Rocket Man"

More to Remember
Last year TrekMovie ran a memorial article on Kelley with thoughts from some of those who knew him, inlcuding Brent Spiner and Robert Justman. 

Again, from the staff of…we miss you DeForest




1. Bill - June 11, 2009

What a wonderful man. I met him once in Michigan with his wife. He was a charming in person as on the screen.

2. Benjamin Adams - June 11, 2009

Rest in peace, De. You’re missed.

3. Jeyl - June 11, 2009

I loved your work DeForest. Your soul WILL live long and prosper.

4. Andy Patterson - June 11, 2009

I was just telling a friend after seeing the movie…if Urban wanted to get the essence of Kelly he needed to watch some of his western work.

Love that “Bread and Circuses”. One of my favorites.

5. thebiggfrogg - June 11, 2009

Doctor McCoy is my favorite Trek character thanks to the efforts of DeForest Kelley. I can’t believe it has been so long. Three cheers in remembrance of his contribution to Star Trek’s soul.

6. girl6 - June 11, 2009

Love you, JD. Rest in peace.

7. The First Son of Krypton - June 11, 2009


Likewise with me, Even when as a child I was more of a fan of the Movies, Bones was still my favourite character.

Even now, I always compare a new Trek character to him (right or wrong, I do it anyway). He is, and always shall be, deeply missed.

R.I.P De

8. Saavik001 - June 11, 2009

De Kelly was so good. A real class act. Anyone read his biography Sawdust to Stardust? I plan to get it soon.

9. bgiles73 - June 11, 2009

It was about the same time I lost my grandfather too. The world will never be the same without these people in it, but somewhere beyond became a better place with these souls in it. R.I.P Dee and Pa Pa.

10. Ensign Ricky - June 11, 2009

“You treat her like a lady and she’ll always bring you home”. Well said Dr. McCoy.

11. Richard Daystrom - June 11, 2009

Really loved his line in VI when Chang is going on and on and on as he fires on the “E”, ” I’d give real money if he would just shut up!” I do think Urban will continue the Bones legacy in Kelly’s manner. Out of all the performances in Star Trek ’09 I think he nailed it the best!!

12. Spencer T. Kent - June 11, 2009

WE miss you Dee!

13. Thasc - June 11, 2009

A good man. RIP.

14. Alex Prewitt - June 11, 2009

I will always “Remember”.

15. Spocko - June 11, 2009

“He’s really not dead, just as long as we remember him.”
Great man. Great Actor.

16. Pyork (JE) - June 11, 2009

Your legacy lives on DeForest. Karl Urban made sure of that

17. ClassicTrek - June 11, 2009

‘he will always be alive – so long as we remember him’. McCoys words to jim kirk to TWOK. quite apt i think.
Urban does indeed fly the flag for Dee’s wonderful creation….Leonard Bones McCoy.

Greg UK

18. Tony Whitehead - June 11, 2009

What a classy, gentle man. He was the soul of the show and we were lucky to have had him.


19. RD - June 11, 2009

A few weeks ago, I read a post by someone who indicated DeForest Kelley was the worst actor in TOS. It really upset me, though I didn’t respond then but will now.

Every time I watch TOS I find something new in De’s performances. None of them had it easy, but perhaps even more than Kirk & Spock, McCoy had some of the most difficult lines for an actor to deliver believably. Much of what I took for granted as a child, I can now see with fresh eyes. The subtly of a reaction, the smoothness of a transition from humor to anger, the skillfulness of juggling technical details in the face of complex emotional scenes. I do marvel today at how well he walked that tightrope between realism and parody of himself.

If you didn’t like McCoy, then you didn’t like the writing. But Kelley’s acting was sublime. Far from the worst actor on the show, he may well have been the best. On the whole he stood his own equally with Nimoy and Shatner. Like a large Shakespearian cast, every production has its weak actors, but Kelley was a jewel in Trek’s crown. Of all the fine actors that have passed through the decks of the Enterprise, his was the most human. I never get tired of watching him on screen and I always see something fresh about his performances.

Perhaps that is ultimately what endears us to Trek, the layers of detail so thoughtfully, or instinctively woven through the fabric of the series, that each viewing reveals some new stitch, or perspective never seen before, beneath the mere sheen of the spectacle that is the show. Whether it’s the acting, or the writing, or the cinematography, or the directing, like a Russian doll, the episodes can always be opened up to reveal more each time.

So here’s to one of the finest actors to ever grace the film business. I can only thank you posthumously for providing so many hours of excellent entertainment and introspection of the human condition, beyond the mere words written for your character. McCoy is memorable because of you and that is why you will never be forgotten.

20. Lt. Bailey - June 11, 2009

It was right after his death that I went to Star Trek: The Experience for the first time. Needless to say I was hooked on that place and still am, I can’t wait for Quarks 2.0 next year. When I got to the bar at STTE in the original menu there was a section called McCoys Martini’s. I thought what was a nice touch, I ordered a Red Shirt martini after I started with a Tranya. It was in the shops at STTE that I bought one of the tranporter figures of McCoy and a commemoritive plate which I still have. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, he will missed but he will always be remembered.

21. JKP - June 11, 2009

10 years. Wow. Seems like yesterday I heard the sad news and slipped into a serious funk for a couple days at the loss of one of my childhood heroes.

De was awesome as McCoy. A warm smile, sly wit and he conveyed great passion.

I still miss him, but I’m thankful for the 70+ eps and 6 movies where he will still lives on.

22. Millennium Vulcan - June 11, 2009


23. T2 - June 11, 2009

10 years, my God. I remember it like it was yesterday. 10 minutes later, 10 years later, still missed as much. McCoy will always be one of my favorites and I would have loved to see/hear what he thought of Karl Urban’s performance.

24. Sybok's Secret Brother - June 11, 2009

Ten years ago tonight I watched “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky” and drank a 5th of burbon.

Here’s to you De!

25. nick11a - June 11, 2009

I can only hope that people continue to be inspired by his message of good for many years to come. Great man.

26. Montreal Paul - June 11, 2009

Hard to believe it has been 10 years already. I true legend and a class act. I’m sure he would have been very proud of Karl Urban’s portayal in the new movie. You’ll always be remembered, DeForest.

27. Capt. of the USS Anduril - June 11, 2009

I love that tour of the Enterprise-D video with De. A great actor and a wonderful human being. He is indeed missed, but Karl Urban will continue his legacy.

28. Amy - June 11, 2009

“His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, ‘This was a man!'”

The best actor of the original series hands down, and one of the most generous, kind, warm-hearted gentlemen this world could boast. Here’s looking at you, De.

29. Tom - June 11, 2009

If anyone has ST VI on two-disc DVD or Blu-Ray, check the tribute to De Kelley on that

30. Chuck Watters - June 11, 2009

Seen him in person three times. He was warm and wonderful to listen to. Thank god we have video where we can enjoy De whenever we want.

31. Jeffrey V - June 11, 2009

You are missed. Thank you for being a better part of my childhood and life.

32. Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland) - June 11, 2009

Always one of my all time favorite Trek personalities. Mr. Kelley was always an extreme pleasure to watch. When the new movie came out, Karl Urban’s performance was my most anticipated. I had heard that he did a wonderful job “channeling Kelley”…and he did.

R.I.P. Mr. Kelley. You are truly a memorable man. Thank you for the memories. :-)

33. Hallbjorn - June 11, 2009

Rest in peace Mr. Kelley ! Thank you for so many great moment on TV as Dr. McCoy ! Here’s to you DeForest Kelley !

34. Pat Payne - June 11, 2009

Dr. McCoy was, of the crew, my own personal favorite, and a lot of that was because of the sincerity and warmth of his portrayer.

It’s funny to think that, before that role, he was typecast as the villain — now, who could think of the kind if irascible ol’ country doctor being the heavy?

He is still sorely missed. And I second Montreal Paul’s sentiment that he’d have enjoyed Karl Urban’s take ont he character.

35. Troubled Tribble - June 11, 2009

I was lucky enough to see him at a convention in 91, while on holiday in the states.
At the end we were told not to follow him, but being 14 I couldnt help myself. He looked over at me and said ‘hi’ I was so nervous I couldnt move, I think I managed to smile back.

36. John from Cincinnati - June 11, 2009

It was an honor to exist on this Earth with DeForest Kelley for 28 years.

37. DiDi - June 11, 2009

I read both this year’s piece on De Kelley and last year’s with all of the comments and tributes from those who worked with him throughout his career. Needless to say, they brought large quantities of tears to my eyes. Really great work Trek Movie- these tributes are beautiful.

I guess I’ll share some memories of De’s work: I haven’t been watching Trek for a long time, in fact I just started watching it this year and I’m almost through the entire series. I was a McCoy fangirl from the moment I watched “The Man-Trap” up to Karl Urban’s great performance as Bones in ST09. He is the most identifiable character on Star Trek. Not as pompous or with as much bluster as Shatner’s Kirk, and not as placid as Spock, McCoy is the missing link- sage and thoughtful when he needs to be, a little low-brow in his humor, he has his own irrational biases, a man with regrets of missed opportunities that he allowed to emerge every so often if one cannot see it in his slightly more-aged face and eyes. Of course, it could be somebody’s opinion that DeForest was the weakest link of the cast, but that’s too bad one cannot see how much he puts into making the character the most recognizably human on TOS.

Anyways, I wish I could have met De.

38. 8of12 - June 11, 2009

Cheers to you sir.

39. Trek Fan - June 11, 2009

I remember his passing as if were yesterday. 10 years ago AOL had a chat room just for Star Trek and it was filled with people who were touched by the passing of this soft spoken gentleman.

40. Montreal - Jacques - June 11, 2009

Nice trip down memory lane. Thanks to Kelly for many years of TV fun while growing up.

41. GO - June 11, 2009

A gentle soul indeed.

Deforest is greatly missed.

42. Ashley - June 11, 2009

Rest in peace, Mr Kelley.

43. AJ - June 11, 2009

Class act all the way. Thank You, Mr. Kelley!

44. Alex Aslanidis - June 11, 2009

I miss you a lot Mr Kelly, thanks so much for enriching our lives.

45. Wes - June 11, 2009

Has it been that long? Seems like yesterday. I watch the original episodes and films that I own on DVD and see how a great actor he was. I never got to meet him in person, but it seems shorter than ten years ago that we lost our beloved Dr. McCoy. Karl Urban really captured Kelley well in the new film. Urban’s performance did bring back Deforest for a little while. God Bless, Deforest Kelley. Continue to Live Long and Prosper.

46. adam c - June 11, 2009

Deforest Kelley is one of my favourite actors and with his sad passing 10years ago a few things makes me happy to know his been immortalized on the screen forever more.

47. Mike Ten - June 11, 2009

Rest in Peace Mr. Kelly. Thanks for the memories, Trek wouldn’t be the same without you.

48. dcm - June 11, 2009

I’m sure De looked down at Urban and said “Great Job Kid”! De, you are truly missed!!!

49. Anthony Lewis - June 11, 2009

@29 I most certainly will watch that tonight. When I was a kid McCoy always stood out to me. As I grew up he became my favorite character in all of Trek and I consider him to be one of the top actors in ALL of Trek up there with Patrick Stewart.

I absolutely loved the way Mr. Urban played the character in the new film, and I am glad a little bit of Mr. Kelley will live on forever through these shows and films and the people they touch and inspire.

50. Brett Campbell - June 11, 2009

Can’t believe it’s been ten years. What a wonderful man and such a talented actor. There was a chemistry in the TOS cast that will never be duplicated. Thanks for all the great clips with this article, TrekMovie folks!

51. Kirk1701 - June 11, 2009

Dr. McCoy, I believe you’re enjoying all this!

52. Sam Belil - June 11, 2009

When I was 13 years olds, my dad took me to my first ever Star Trek convention at the old Commodore Hotel on 42nd Street in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting both DeForest Kelly and George Takei. What incredible gentlemen they both were. DeForest Kelly’s portrayal of McCoy — made McCoy — in my opinion the most human of all of the legendary Star Trek characters. Karl Urban did BOTH DeForest Kelly and Dr. McCoy total justice in his outstanding portrayal of Leonard David McCoy!

53. Chris Dawson - June 11, 2009

Pretty tough in that Secret Ballot ep

54. Sarah - June 11, 2009

Wow, I wish he could have been here long enough to see the new movie. He was a blessing, and his influence continues–even 10 years after his death.

God bless you, sir. You are missed and will not be forgotten.

55. mntrekfan - June 11, 2009

In the album, Inside Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry interviewed De. It was a great interview. I still have the CD. Hopefully someone out there has it and will agree with me. Give it a listen. it was done in the 70’s but he makes some points that are very valid today. A man before his time…

56. JimJ - June 11, 2009

I think if there was one actor besides Nimoy who would have rooted for this movie and especially for Urban, it would have been De. I bet he’s smiling down on us all for what this new trek is, what it honors, and especially how Urban’s performance honored him. he would be smiling a humble smile, as he was always a humble man. Here’s a mint julip to you, De!

57. Jeffery Wright - June 11, 2009

De was great, made sawbones McCoy, a legend. I bet he would have enjoyed Urban’s portrayal.

58. Ultimate Trekker - June 11, 2009

i miss him and will never forget him

59. CarlG - June 11, 2009

All I can say is that his scene with his dying father was one of the very few bright spots of Star Trek V.

I remember being floored the first time I watched it — this incredibly powerful, tear jerking scene in the middle of this decidedly “meh” movie. And DeForest Kelley acted the hell out of it.

God, I still miss him.

60. tony - June 11, 2009

bones is the only one i never got to meet he ended up canceling the con i was going to seemed liked a great man

61. Taya_McCoy - June 11, 2009

DeForest was a saint of a man, and he is missed greatly everyday.

62. Spockish - June 11, 2009

Deforest is able to educate Doctors today how to be a true open minded Doctor with honor. Most Doctors today tend to fit in the mold as a Puppet controlled by the popular rumored belief. Everyone can learn from his performances and become a strong minded free thinking individual. May his spirit give us all hope for a better future.

63. S. John Ross - June 11, 2009

His performance will always be the fundamental essence of Star Trek for me; it was in his acting, his warmth, his humanity that everything I love about the show gathered, crystallized, and shone.

64. Son of Sarek - June 11, 2009

Same here Tony, back in 1996 in Valley Forge, PA if memory serves. Ethan Phillips substituted. Nevertheless, with all these clips and fan’s recollections I feel as if I know him well. A genuine soul, a man without artifice and one appreciative of his fans from all accounts. RIP De.

65. Travis Fox - June 11, 2009

De , you are truly missed!! Thanks for the memories!

66. EFFeX - June 11, 2009

Thanks for all the memories DeForest, you can only be honored and never replaced. You’ve earned your mark in history!

67. Randy Hall - June 11, 2009

Ten years? Has it really been that long? I was at a convention in eastern Pennsylvania when I heard about the loss. When I got back to my hotel room, I thought I’d check and see what the town’s TV station would do with the news.

Just before they went to a break, a picture of De Kelley came up on the screen, and the female co-anchor said: “This is a sad day for all fans of Star Wars since DeForest Kelley, who played the lovable but grouchy Dr. Leonard McCoy.”

They went to a commercial and when they came back, the camera was pointed directly at the anchorwoman who apologized profusely for saying it was “Wars” instead of “Trek.”

The camera spread out to include both anchors, and the male anchor said, “So please STOP CALLING US.”

We can only wonder what they did when Jimmy Doohan passed away.

68. Julio - June 11, 2009

My favorite actor ever to appear on a Star Trek show… RIP De.

69. Anthony - June 11, 2009

We will miss you, DeForest!!!!

70. Shatner_Fan_Prime - June 11, 2009

So many great moments with De, where do you begin?

“It seems that I’ve … missed you. And I don’t know if I could stand to lose you again.”

What a wonderful actor!

71. SPOCKBOY - June 11, 2009

Great man.
Here’s a rare 12 minute interview talking on the set of Star Trek 4.

72. THX-1138 - June 11, 2009

Wonderful, fantastic actor. Certainly he is missed. Urban is in some rare company when he get’s mentioned in the same sentence as Kelley. And rightly so.

73. Marianne & Rebecca - June 11, 2009

We smile with a comforting warmth and joy
in remembering the presence of “De” Dr. McCoy.
With fondness he portrayed the feelings we all
share, and stepped up to be there for the many,
or “the one.” There’s hope for us now, and those in
God’s memory. We all miss him!

74. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - June 11, 2009

I can’t believe it’s been a decade since we lost De. He is one of my favorite performers of all time and whatever show he guest stars in I might catch becomes must watch television. But it was as Dr. ‘Bones’ McCoy that he truly endeared himself to me and so many others. I think it is a testament to his talent and his warmth as a human being that he is as missed today as he was the day after we lost him.

Live Long and Prosper De, wherever you are.

75. Iowagirl - June 11, 2009

Bones has become immortal through De’s portrayal, and vice versa. He brought all the warmth, the passion, and the wit in the character that he conveyed as a person . He made TOS whole, the perfect completion. Although De’s no longer with us, he’ll live on as our Doctor.

76. Hawaiowa - June 11, 2009

I can’t believe it has been 10 years already. Besides being a consummate actor in so many ways as observed by prior posters, DeForest took the ultimate risk with his cameo for the kick-off of STTNG. Like Nimoy’s presence in ST09, his willingness to kick off the boots and wear the uniform one more time shows humility and faith in Trek. While most of the TOS actors were bad-mouthing TNG (a forgivable reaction, after all, they took pride in their TOS work like any of us would do), DeForest actually came on board to ‘legitimize’ TNG by reprising McCoy. That took a lot of guys…and optimism.

Loved the comment of DeForest looking upon Urban and saying “Great Job Kid!”, catches his character perfectly. That comment warmed my heart when I saw it.

I can imagine DeForest sitting in the screening room while ST09 was being finaled and saying “thanks for giving back Star Trek to the fans and for yet another generation.” Too bad he isn’t around to see ST09’s ‘modernization’ of Trek. His opinions would have been quite intriguing, whether he liked it or not.

Namaste, Deforest!

77. Anthony Thompson - June 11, 2009

He was always my favorite. A very special man and actor.

78. Al - June 12, 2009

He ALWAYS had good hair. RIP

79. Cygnus-X1 - June 12, 2009

I always loved DeForest Kelley’s comedic bits, as well as when he’d play mad.

Lovely tribute.

80. MC1 Doug - June 12, 2009

It is no small feat of logic to recognize the true heart of TOS laid within the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy.

Of course, it was De’s talents that brought his character to life. His interaction with Kirk and Spock drew out their humanity. I have no doubt “Star Trek” would be the success it was without his being a “crewmember” on that “wagon train to the stars.”

My son and I met Mr. Kelley at a Chicago ST con year or so before his death. His graciousness was appreciated by us and the fans. For those who ever saw him will remember his delightful poems that he wrote and enjoyed sharing with the fans.

It would be an understatement to say how much he is missed; that his talent was unparalleled and that they just do not make a star, no–a man–of his stature, kindness and grace any more.

RIP Mr. Kelley

81. Janet Wicks - June 12, 2009

Never forgotten, a truly wonderful man and gentleman, I am glad I have had the pleasure of meeting him a few times.

Will love him always.

82. cagmar - June 12, 2009

It was hard to lose DeForest Kelly. As Leonard McCoy he always gave me this sense of hope that we could each live past 100 and that whatever ails you, in time, someone like him would make it better. The world is less without him. May he rest in peace.

83. Dom - June 12, 2009

Sadly missed. I think he is probably the best actor any Star Trek ever had. Certainly he quietly walked away having given the best, most-nuanced performance on the TV show. His scene in Farpoint was also nicely acted, only spoiled by the godawful schmaltzy incidental music.

Karl Urban’s performance truly did Deforest Kelley justice. I hope we see more of McCoy in the next film!

Rest in Peace.

84. captain_neill - June 12, 2009

“he’s really not dead as long as we remember him.” I will always remembr De Kelly

De Kelly is a legend and I wished I had the honour of meeting him.

I always loved the humanity he brought to McCoy. Kelly is Dr McCoy and I am glad Urban respected that in the new film.

85. captain_neill - June 12, 2009

repected by chanelling the qualities which Kelly brought to the character

86. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - June 12, 2009

Hes realy not dead as long as we remember him. Truer words were never spoken. We will miss you Dee. You will never be forgotten.

87. Nathan - June 12, 2009

“Here in the valley,
With the very same wife.”

God bless, Mister Kelley.

Domine, misere ei; misere omnibus nobis.
Sancti, ora pro eo; ora pro omnibus nobis.

88. 16309A - June 12, 2009

Wow, 10 yrs already. I still miss him. RIP

89. Lyle - June 12, 2009

RIP Mr. Kelley. It’s still hard to believe, even after 10 years. I still remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.

90. Kirksgirth - June 12, 2009

I received my Diamond Select Medical Tricorder on the tenth anniversary of his death… Kind of weird. Great to hear his voice on the sound chip. Has it really been 10 years?!

91. Seany-Wan - June 12, 2009

I still tear up very time he I see De in “Encounter at Farpoint.” What he tells Data is priceless.

92. Seany-Wan - June 12, 2009

I meant to say : I still tear up every time I see De in “Encounter at Farpoint.” What he tells Data is priceless.


93. Go Spock! - June 12, 2009

Thanks for all you’ve done —
We will always remember you.

94. VOODOO - June 12, 2009

De Kelly was the man!!!

95. Kirk - June 12, 2009

Bones is the best with the beard in the TMP. :D :D

96. DeepSpace93 - June 12, 2009

Forever Remembered:

DeForest Kelley

97. Matt Hosafros - June 12, 2009

One great honor I have is that I share the same birthday as De Kelley

98. bmar - June 12, 2009

I had the pleasure of meeting De and interviewing him about a year before he died and he was an incredibly gracious. He had just been through some fairly serious surgery about a month or so before and at the time of the interview, he was thin, frail and even more soft spoken than his usual demeanor. In fact, he wasn’t going to do the interview at all, but Leonard Nimoy convinced him that it was important to the project and important to the legacy of Star Trek. I’m not sure, but I think it was De’s last interview – it was definitely his last extended interview. There were about 20 of us gathered around behind the camera for this interview and I remember that at the end of it, De said to all of us “You are all so lucky to be so young and working in this business, I wish you all good luck.”

He stood up and I walked him to the door and that was the end of one of the best days in my career.

During that time I got to meet all of the TOS cast and get to know them a bit and there was always grumbling between them about their various relationships with each other, but De was the one guy they all loved.

My brief time with De was a time that I will never forget.

What a guy.

99. Closettrekker - June 12, 2009

De Kelley delivered one of the three greatest characters (K/S/M) in the history of Star Trek.

McCoy wasn’t just the Chief Medical Officer. He was the conscience. He was the soul.

I didn’t know Mr. Kelley, but I knew Leonard McCoy. I thank him for that, and may he rest in peace.

100. Spock - June 12, 2009

he’s dead???

101. RM10019 - June 12, 2009

I had the chance to thank De for doing Encounter at Farpoint at a convention in New York, and the audience applauded him and he in turn thanked the audience for their kindness. It was a sweet moment, that i will always cherish. I told him that his presence really helped make it ‘Star Trek’ for all of us.

102. Jim McDermott - June 12, 2009

I never got to know either one of my Grandfathers, so when DeForest Kelley died – I cried my eyes out. It truly was like losing the only grandfather I had ever known – someone that, if I could choose someone to be my grandfather I would have.

His character, and the magic he brought to Leonard McCoy, was unique and special. He showed that, even with the most powerful technology, that the human heart was still the most important thing to embrace. While Kirk and Spock’s passion led us to the stars, it was always McCoy who reminded us that it was important to keep things in perspective. And that, yes, sometimes the future was damned scary and more than a little irritating at times. We could see a lot of ourselves in McCoy, and that made us feel like the Enterprise was our home. And in doing so, we all could envision a better world.

Thanks, De.

I miss you Grandpa. :)

103. Jim Ertel - June 12, 2009

He will never die as long he lives in our memories.

104. Sean - June 12, 2009

“Hes realy not dead as long as we remember him.”

@ #86:

Nicely said! RIP DeForest Kelley. I remember hearing about his passing on the nightly news, it was a sad day…

105. Edwin - June 12, 2009

I felt like I had lost a member of my own family when De died. I will never forget that day. At least we have some of his finest performances to remember him by.

De may be gone, but he will never be forgotten….

106. Gummy - June 12, 2009

I miss him dearly. A very classy man.

107. David - June 12, 2009

Wow, ten years… I love how, upon receiving letters from doctors who had gone into the medical profession because of McCoy, he would send them a photo signed; “To the REAL McCoy, from the REEL McCoy.” In interviews, he always came across as a lovely man, and I like to think he would have been proud of Karl Urban’s performance as Bones.

29 & 55. Good recommendations! I’ll watch/listen to both of those.

RIP Mr. Kelley

108. Green-Blooded-Bastard - June 12, 2009

The host tour of TNG set was wonderful! I never saw that. I really miss what he brought to that character. after having watched that, I have a little more appreciation for him as an actor, and for what Urban did as well. I think Kelly would have love his performance. Honestly.

RIP good sir.

109. Jim Nightshade - June 13, 2009

55 mntrekfan-i agree with you-that inside star trek album Roddenberry made back then was a wonderous magical thing-there was gentle humor, genes speculations on many aspects of trek, the interviews with shatner,de kelly and even Spocks father were all done with real wit and you can almost hear roddenberrys eyes sparkle as he delves deeper into the universe he created,sharing it all with the listeners including some excerpts from his speaking tours–great stuff and it was great that Paramount re-released that with the tmp soundtrack-anyone who has not heard that album you dont know what you are missing…

110. Carol - June 13, 2009


I never met De but wish I had. I’ve been wondering over the last month how he would have liked Karl Urban’s portrayal of McCoy. I also loved De in Gunfight at the OK Corral.

111. Paul B. - June 14, 2009

I second every kind word on this board…and I add this.

In the TNG pilot, Kelley’s performance was the saving grace. His delivery of that final line made it an instant favorite, and to this day it is perhaps my favorite line in all of Star Trek: “You treat her like a lady, and she’ll always bring you home.”

I’d try to type more, but sad-and-happy tears seem to be blurring my vision…I mean, my allergies…yeah…that’s it….sniffle…

112. Brett Campbell - June 14, 2009

It’s very moving to me how this wonderful man was truly loved by a lot of people.

113. Jamie - June 16, 2009

You guys make me crying like a little child. It still hurts and I miss him so much. I hope I have the chance to meet him in my next life.

114. Kimberley - June 30, 2009

A Great Man love his work
I would love to meet him in the next life
loved by all

115. Science Blue - September 13, 2009

The loss of this gentle, charming, funny, wonderful man has left a hole in the world that can never be filled.

You are deeply missed, De, far more than you’ll ever know. I only wish I had gotten the chance to meet you.

But as long as Trek lives, so will you. You once told us, “Treat her like a lady, and she’ll always bring you home.” She brought you home, De, and now she carries your memories – a decade after you left us, I discovered Trek, Dr. McCoy, and your gentle spirit. And as long as that can happen to me – to anyone – you can never leave us.

God bless, De. You are truly stardust now.

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