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John Byrne
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Posted: 20 January 2020 at 4:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

DeForest Kelley, 1920-1999
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Mike Benson
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The most human character on any Star Trek.  Couldn’t have been played by anyone else.  Still makes me laugh.  
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I was surprised, back in the day, to learn Kelley was a few months older than my father (whose own centennial is approaching).

I was used to actors being older than me, but older than my Dad?? (Of course, Kelley was now 24 years YOUNGER than me when he started on TREK. Oy.)

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Kelley was indispensable to the show.

My favorite McCoy episode is probably "Shore Leave."
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My favorite McCoy episode is probably "Shore Leave."

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I was moderately depressed to learn Kelley's own favorite was "The Empath".

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Oooh... that's right up there with my least favorite of all
TOS episodes!
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But even in the worst episode, there are still great moments. Like when the brutally wounded McCoy looks up from his bed, and says "You have a good bedside manner Spock".

BTW - The big test tubes they put the dead scientists in during the Empath were the same tubes the Robinsons got into for space travel on Lost in Space.   
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