The role of Dr McCoy, as played by DeForest Kelley, was a vital part of the success of Star Trek: Original.
McCoy served as chief medical officer on board the original Enterprise,
and was given the nickname 'Bones' by Kirk, a long-time friend. A
staunchly humane and passionate man, Bones had an acerbic attitude and
stood up for principles in the face of scepticism from his colleagues.
He frequently clashed with Spock, whom he regarded as infuriatingly cold
McCoy was already a celebrated physician before he joined the
Enterprise, having been awarded the Legion of Honour and decorated by
His famous quote "I'm a doctor Jim, not a. . . ." is
still the subject of fond pastiche, most recently by the holographic
Doctor in Voyager. Moreover, variations of Bone's catch-line were
actually said during many episodes, unlike the more famous "Beam me up,
DeForest Kelley was the original choice for the
role of Spock before the producers realised that he would be better
suited to playing a gruff country doctor from Georgia. Kelly voiced
Bones in the animated series, reprised the role in the first six
Star Trek films and made a fleeting cameo appearance in the pilot
episode of The Next Generation, playing a 137-year-old
Key McCoy episodes: 'The
Corbomite Manoeuvre', 'City on the Edge of Forever', 'For the World
is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky'.
DeForset Kelley will be sadly missed by his
many fans and admirers around the world.
Read our tribute to DeForest