DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 20, 1920. He graduated from high school at 16 and went on to sing at the Baptist church where his father was a minister. At age 17 he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle in Long Beach, California. He intended to stay for 2 weeks but ended up staying a year. Upon returning home he told his parents he was moving to California to become an actor. His mother encouraged him but the idea didn't go over well with his father. In California Kelley was spotted by a Paramount talent scout while working on a US Navy training film. He became a reliable character actor (often in westerns in which he often played the villain), but hit the big time when he was offered the role of the somewhat irascible Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the sci-fi classic series "Star Trek" (1966).