From Sawdust to Stardust by Terry Lee Rioux – In the forty-year history of Star Trek®, none of the television show’s actors are more beloved than DeForest. He was raised on the sawdust trail, a preacher’s kid steeped in his father’s literal faith and judgment. It is a journey that takes us all from sawdust to stardust. From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy by Terry Lee Rioux is an absolutely amazing book about.

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They left the apartment in a hurry, scared witless. Convention classes me and my fellows among the loose and thoughtless. I thought the book was interesting and tried to give an excellent balanced look dawdust a favorite actor’s life. This thoroughly stzrdust actor’s life is about hard work and luck, loyalty and love. Reverend Kelley set down an account of the Caseys’ visit for the church bulletin: Hats fdom to Terry Lee Rioux for your hard work!

But De’s natural artistic gifts called him to a different way, and a visit to California at seventeen showed a bright new world. For example, I had no idea that Deforest Kelley was such close friends with another childhood hero of mine – George Reeves aka Superman from the ‘s.

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The book is really more about Kelley well, the Kelleys really than it is about events that happen in Kelley’s life. McCoy ztardust Terry Lee Rioux is an absolutely amazing book about one of the most decent men of the 20th Century–and definitely one of the most decen Wow.

For Star Trek fans, it’s a chance to re-enter the final frontier with a really nice guy. The federal government taught him to be a janitor, cleaning bathrooms and lockers and scrubbing floors at a local school after his own day of classes. You can stop frrom us. Tippett and Gypsy Smith, but his world was small indeed.


DeForest received “a great hand, the solo work of this year-old boy being especially good,” according to the local paper. He was on his way to California and unnamed possibilities.

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He and DeForest were compelled to work for the Roosevelt agencies designed to lift the country out of economic crisis. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Away from the oilfields and the seedy interior of Long Beach, DeForest discovered the tonic of beach-bumming in But this was usually excusable. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

What Are you Reading? Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I really appreciated Terry Lee Rioux’s tact and sensitivity with regard to the Kelley’s love story – beautifully done! Not even about Star Trek, let starsust the western movies or the tv-work.

Be the first to ask a question about From Sawdust to Stardust. They loved having DeForest as frrom guest. From his kindness and appreciation for his fans and friends, his devotion to his beloved wife, his love of animals, and to his very real love of Star Trek, DeForest Kelley was a gentleman who loved the simple things.

And up until the end of his life, he had all his fan mail delivered directly to his home and he and his wife Carolyn opened, read, and answered every piece they possibly could.

I really like how the author was able to elicit plenty of memories and opinions from De’s neighbors and friends. I had to return, or I’d be miserable the rest of my life. DeForest just had to come in with him and do real work, and he would find a real occupation with a real future.

Star Trek Alan Dean Foster. It was a whole new world for me. Best known for his portrayal of the irascible Dr Leonard McCoy in the original Star Trek, he first made his name playing cowboys – most of them bad guys – in the heyday of the Hollywood western. Lessons learned, DeForest moved back into Casey’s house and began looking for wage work. What else was there to say?


The sheriff finally woke up and put an end to it, and they got an earful from prisoners and sheriff alike. Considering that Mr Kelley is the only one who could tell us that first hand, I’m not inclined to take your second hand opinion or anyone else’s for that matter. I did feel like certain events and attitudes were glossed over instead of explored in the depth they were due lots of references to a party lifestyle, or thin examination of relationships between the actor and his colleagues but that was probably done more out of respect for Mr.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. McCoy, you’ll love this book. I’m also delighted to say that this man, whose screen presence I have really enjoyed, seemed to be a wonderful fellow in real life too.

Theater and radio defined his early career — but it was a World War II training film he made while serving in the Army Air Corps that led to his first Paramount Studios contract. Hell’s Heart John Jackson Miller. Ernest David, born inwas called to ministry in DeForest’s elementary-school teacher, Mary J.

In addition to baseball, DeForest played football and some other sports, and he dabbled in all the activities of a large boys’ high school, including dating: Apr 28, Bev rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So Thou art my secret.

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Her boy DeForest wanted to give her something, too; he wanted to give her the world. Did I come away knowing more about Kelley as a person and as an actor than when I started?