Monday, October 17, 2016

Hitchin' Post | The Westerns of DeForest Kelley - A Conversation with Memoirist Kristine M Smith

Before he was Doctor McCoy, DeForest Kelley was a cowboy. On this Hitchin' Post episode, Michael visits with author Kristine M Smith whose freelance writing career was launched by Kelley in 1969. It was De and his wife Carolyn who encouraged Kris to pursue a career Hollywood, which she did from 1989 to 2003, primarily at Warner Bros.

Kris also served as Kelley’s personal assistant and caregiver during the final months of his life and presented heartfelt sentiments about her mentor at Paramount Studios' memorial service for him in 1999. She has written two books about him: DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best (2016) and The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend. Both books are available at

Yellow Balloon Publications' website also contains access to an extensive list of Kelley’s film and TV Westerns with links to information about each one and additional links to snippets of his performances.

Also be sure to visit your local newsstand for the November-December issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine - available now as this episode is being released - featuring an article by Kris focusing on Kelley's Westerns.

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  1. Thank you, Michael, for helping me keep DeForest Kelley's WESTERN CAREER in his legacy. Although a lot of fans remember De solely as Doctor McCoy, I think the ones who do are going to be mighty surprised to discover what a scoundrel of a "heavy" De was before he birthed Bones. Again, great thanks! I look forward to doing this again when Pax can saddle up and go along for the ride! Happy Trails!

  2. Manages to be drop-dead gorgeous, while he's droppin 'em dead.

    1. PS: Who needs the good guys, when CowboyMean is SoSexy.

  3. Great interview!
    I am a big Star Trek fan and a huge fan of Westerns. Warlock is one of my favorite Westerns as is The Gunfight at the OK Corral.
    I recently read the Kelley biography "From Sawdust to Stardust" by Terry Lee Rioux as I read all of the Trek cast's biographies. Now, I'm more interested in reading Kris' books also.