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Actor DeForest Kelley Dead at 79

June 11, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor DeForest Kelley, who as crusty Dr. Leonard ``Bones″ McCoy on ``Star Trek″ brought a country flavor to outer space, died Friday. He was 79.

Kelley died after an extended illness, said Carol Pfannkuche, spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Country Home and Hospital, a retirement facility, in suburban Woodland Hills.

``He represented humanity and it fitted him well,″ said Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the science fiction series. ``He was a decent, loving, caring partner and will be deeply missed.″

The conflict between McCoy’s all-too-human character and Spock’s cold logic provided grist for many of the series’ lighthearted moments.

Kelley reprised his Dr. McCoy role in six ``Star Trek″ films.

His earlier screen credits include ``Gunfight at the O.K. Corral″ and ``Raintree County.″

In addition to ``Star Trek,″ he made appearances on dozens of television shows, including ``Gunsmoke″ and ``Bonanza.″

Kelley is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Carolyn.

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