This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jackson DeForest Kelley. Known as DeForest Kelley, or 'De'. We love and miss you De.
Friday, January 23, 2009
DeForest Kelley as Ike Clanton 1955
Oh boy this is a find. A 35 year old DeForest Kelley as 'Ike Clanton' in "You are there: Gunfight at the OK Corral." De's having a great time in this one, being a bad ass--With a tough swagger, handlebar moustache, mouth full of tobacco, and sinister voice. I wouldn't want to cross this guy! According to the DeForest Kelley Filmography this was his first 'real mean heavy' role. I wonder if he'd have been even more sinister had the ep been in color. The b/w's just didn't do justice to those ice-blue eyes. A big thank you to Meggy1977 for posting this clip on YouTube.
Oh God, here in my dressing room with the door shut, I am alone with Thee...Can not an actor be God's man? Convention classes me and my fellows among the loose and thoughtless. So Thou art my secret. I triumph inwardly to find Thy presence and taste the mystic joy of Thy friendship. While the world suspects not, Thou teaches me subtle ways to resist despair, to master my passions, to heal unworthy weakness; the rare medicine of Thy presene is for me, to, as well as for the cloistered monk or meditating scholar. Teach me to be great among the many who are content to be called great. Let me be an unusual person because of that simplicity of heart and lovableness of nature that I learn from Thee. Dr. Frank Crane (printed in "From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley" by Terry Lee Rioux) DeForest Kelley carried a clipping of this prayer in his wallet all his life.