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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Feature film debut in "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell"
Starred in the TV version of "Kings Row", broadcast as continuing rotating segments of the "Warner Brothers Presents" series
Recreated the role of Bart Maverick for an ABC TV-movie pilot "The New Maverick"
Final TV appearance; played Bart Maverick in a NBC-TV movie sequel "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns" starring Kenny Rogers
Recreated the role of Bart Maverick for NBC-TV's revival "Bret Maverick"
Lost the "Huntington Beach News" when it folded
Underwent by-pass surgery after a heart attack