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Overview (4)

Born in Astoria, New York, USA
Died in Huntington Beach, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameJohn A. Kelly Jr.
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. Jack continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to California in 1938. He attended St. John's Military Academy and spent two years as a law student at the University of California in Los Angeles. For three years Jack dropped acting to concentrate on school and making money. He worked as a shoe salesman, gas station attendant, lifeguard, grocery delivery boy, and mens clothing salesman. In 1945, Jack was inducted into the army taking basic train at Camp Roberts in California. He was sent to Alaska as a weather observer and was on the first B-29 to fly over the Arctic circle. After his discharge in 1946, Jack returned to UCLA and worked nights on various radio programs including, "Lux Radio theater", "Suspense", "Tell It Again", and "Romance of the Ranchos". Upon leaving school he joined the circle Theater in Los Angeles appearing in "Time of Your Life", "The Adding Machine", and "Love On The Dole". In 1949 he acted in "Anna Lucasta" at the coronet Theater. This performance brought Jack to the attention of several Hollywood directors. He then made his film debut in "Fighting Man Of The Plains" starring Randolph Scott. In 1955, Jack was signed by Warner Bros. to star as Dr. Parris Mitchell in the "King's Row" series of "Warner Bros. Presents." The show debuted in September, 1955. He had served an acting apprenticeship that included movies, television, radio, and stage. His hobbies include ship models, reading historical literature, sculpturing, and listening to show tunes records. He also enjoyed such sports as sailing, badminton, skin diving, golf, horseback riding and flying.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker thehuntzie@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Jo Ann Smith (16 August 1969 - 7 November 1992) ( his death) ( 1 child)
May Wynn (14 October 1956 - 19 October 1964) ( divorced)

Trivia (5)

Son of actress Nan Kelly. Younger brother of actress Nancy Kelly.
He ran for city council and won the first of two four-year term in 1980.
Durably handsome actor of rugged films and TV, a child performer on radio and stage. Best remembered trading quips with James Garner's "Bret Maverick", as less laid-back brother, "Bart Maverick", in the late 1950s TV series, Maverick (1957).
Former brother-in-law of Fred Jackman Jr. and Edmond O'Brien.
Was a staunch conservative Republican, but was good friends for 35 years with staunch liberal Democrat James Garner.

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