In the forty-year history of Star Trek®, none of the television show's actors are more beloved than DeForest Kelley. His portrayal of Leonard "Bones" McCoy, the southern physician aboard the Starship Enterprise, brought an unaffected humanity to the groundbreaking space frontier series. Jackson DeForest Kelley came of age in Depression-era Georgia. He was raised on the sawdust trail, a preacher's kid steeped in his father's literal faith and judgment. But De's natural artistic gifts called him to a different way, and a visit to California at seventeen showed a bright new world. 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. After years of struggle, his lean, weathered look became well known in notable westerns and television programs such as You Are There and Bonanza. But his work on several pilots for writer-producer Gene Roddenberry changed his destiny and the course of cultural history. This thoroughly researched actor's life is about hard work and luck, loyalty and love. It is a journey that takes us all...from sawdust to stardust.
After earning a baccalaureate degree in anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh, Terry Lee Rioux joined the United States Coast Guard. Later she earned a Master of Arts degree in history at Lamar University. Terry’s professional focus has been the preservation and interpretation of individual life stories in the nineteenth and twentiethth centuries. She lives and works in New Orleans and travels frequently to Los Angeles. She has continued to participate in academic work in Texas through the East Texas Historical Association. Terry is an active volunteer in the collections division of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. She is the author of From Sawdust to Stardust.
"For those interested in the life and work of actor DeForest Kelley, they cannot do better than consult From Sawdust to Stardust, Terry Lee Rioux's thorough and engaging life story of the beloved actor." -- Nicholas Meyer, screenwriter and film director
"A baseball coach of some note once opined, 'Nice guys finish last.' Terry Lee Rioux's well-researched and readable From Sawdust to Stardust is warm, charming and inspirational -- especially for those who work just out of the limelight, and never curse their luck. For Star Trek fans, it's a chance to re-enter the final frontier with a really nice guy." -- Ronald J. Drez, author of Voices of Valor and Remember D-Day