Star Trek TOS Bones interview

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Star Trek TOS Bones interview - A LUCKY HAIRCUT A haircut not only changed...
A LUCKY HAIRCUT A haircut not only changed Deforest Kelley's looks but his life. "For the past 10 years I played Western 'heavies' mainly," said Kelley, who portrays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek on NBC, Thursdays. "About two years ago Gene Roddenberry, the creator and executive producer of this series, considered me for a part and asked if I had any objections to doing my hair differently. I had been wearing it long, for Westerns." Roddenberry wanted a brainy, Kennedy look and asked Kelley to go to Jay Sebring, famous Hollywood men's hair stylist. "It was expensive," said Kelley. "It cost me $35 but I had confidence in Roddenberry." The new look eventually led to the Star Trek role. "I've never been in a series before," he said. "I made a drastic change with this role. Roddenberry went out on a limb for me. The town had forgotten the actor I used to be. Roddenberry pulled me out of a big rut. I feel very lucky." Kelley, who plays the medical officer aboard the United Space Ship Enterprise, was never much of a science fiction buff but he did have medical ambitions once. "My uncle was a successful physician," said Kelley. "I admired him. He offered help me pursue a medical career. It appealed to me but I got sidetracked." Kelley is now immersed in medical matters. "I find myself particularly interested in medical columns and reports," he said. "I've always been interested in this area, really. However, I was never a science fiction buff. This puts me on the spot I'm approached by real buffs. I should better prepared, but I'm not. I'm at mercy. "I've always worked as an actor and managed a good comfortable life," he "But it has taken a long time for something like this to finally happen. My wife says, 'It never happens to some people.' That's another way of looking at it." He also gets fan mail now. "Some people ask for medical advice, which I cannot give," he said. "The fan comes from teen-agers and adults. I get let'ters from teachers and professors. People write simply to compliment you on your performance and to thank you." Kelley enjoys the new look and the life. "I've never experienced this before," he said happily. 21

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  1. Independent Star-News,
  2. 30 Jul 1967, Sun,
  3. Page 85

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