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Also Known As: Died: November 7, 1992
Born: September 16, 1927 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Astoria, New York, USA Profession: actor, game show host, newspaper owner, mayor, councilman

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Veteran TV and film actor who began his career as a child performer. Kelly was best known as the co-star of the popular Western series "Maverick", which ran on ABC-TV from 1957-62. As Bart Maverick he played the brother of James Garner's Bret Maverick; both were dapper gamblers and card-sharks who wandered throughout the West and got involved in all kinds of tongue-in-cheek mischief. Kelly's official film debut was "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" (1939) starring Don Ameche, though he also appeared in the previous year's "Swing Your Lady", a minor Humphrey Bogart entry. Kelly's feature credits include Douglas Sirk's "No Room for the Groom" (1952), Bud Boetticher's "Red Ball Express" (1952) and the MGM science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" (1956). Kelly's other TV roles include Andrew Duggan, Andy's pal on "The Saga of Andy Burnett" segments of "Walt Disney Presents" (1957-58); a four-year stint as a gameshow host on "Sale of the Century" (1969-73); and Captain Arthur P. Ryan, Teresa Graves' hard-nosed superior officer on "Get Christie Love!" (1975). Kelly was also a regular on the Hardy Boys segments of "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (1974-75), appeared in the pilot for "Vega$!"...

Veteran TV and film actor who began his career as a child performer. Kelly was best known as the co-star of the popular Western series "Maverick", which ran on ABC-TV from 1957-62. As Bart Maverick he played the brother of James Garner's Bret Maverick; both were dapper gamblers and card-sharks who wandered throughout the West and got involved in all kinds of tongue-in-cheek mischief. Kelly's official film debut was "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" (1939) starring Don Ameche, though he also appeared in the previous year's "Swing Your Lady", a minor Humphrey Bogart entry. Kelly's feature credits include Douglas Sirk's "No Room for the Groom" (1952), Bud Boetticher's "Red Ball Express" (1952) and the MGM science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" (1956).

Kelly's other TV roles include Andrew Duggan, Andy's pal on "The Saga of Andy Burnett" segments of "Walt Disney Presents" (1957-58); a four-year stint as a gameshow host on "Sale of the Century" (1969-73); and Captain Arthur P. Ryan, Teresa Graves' hard-nosed superior officer on "Get Christie Love!" (1975). Kelly was also a regular on the Hardy Boys segments of "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (1974-75), appeared in the pilot for "Vega$!" (1978), and played Lloyd Bridges in the ABC-TV biopic "Grace Kelly" (1983).

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Vega$ (1978) Merle Ochs
3.
 New Maverick, The (1978) Bart Maverick
4.
 Young Billy Young (1969) John Behan
5.
 Love and Kisses (1965) Jeff Pringle
6.
 FBI Code 98 (1964) Robert P. Cannon
7.
 A Fever in the Blood (1961) Dan Callahan
8.
 Hong Kong Affair (1958) Steve Whalen
9.
 Taming Sutton's Gal (1957) Jugger Phelps
10.
 She Devil (1957) Dr. Dan Scott
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Discovered as a child by producer Lee Schubert
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Began Hollywood career as a child actor
1939:
Feature film debut in "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell"
1955:
Starred in the TV version of "Kings Row", broadcast as continuing rotating segments of the "Warner Brothers Presents" series
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Joined the cast of "Maverick" as Bart Maverick, the brother of James Garner's Bret Maverick, in November of the show's first season
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Invested in real estate and purchased the Huntington Beach News
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Hosted the TV game show, "Sale of the Century"
1978:
Recreated the role of Bart Maverick for an ABC TV-movie pilot "The New Maverick"
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Served as a City Councilman in Huntington, California (date approximate)
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Served as mayor of Huntington Beach, California
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Provided voiceovers for commercials
1991:
Recreated the role of Bart Maverick for NBC-TV's revival "Bret Maverick"
1991:
Final TV appearance; played Bart Maverick in a NBC-TV movie sequel "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns" starring Kenny Rogers
1992:
Lost the "Huntington Beach News" when it folded
1992:
Underwent by-pass surgery after a heart attack
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mother:
Nan Kelly Yorke. Actor. Born 1895, died 1978.
sister:
Nancy Kelly. Actor. Born 1921; best known for the 1955 stage and 1956 screen versions of "The Bad Seed".

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