David E. Kelley

Television Producer + Writer + Attorney
Born Apr 4, 1956

David Edward Kelley is an American television writer and producer, known as the creator of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and Harry's Law as well as several films. Kelley is one of very few screenwriters to have had a show created by him run on all four of the top commercial U.S. television networks.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on April 4, 1956.


1979 23 Years Old Kelley was a stick boy for the Whalers during his father's time as coach and the captain of the hockey team at Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in political science. … Read More
1983 27 Years Old In 1983, while considering it only a hobby, Kelley began writing a screenplay, a legal thriller, which was optioned in 1986 and later became the Judd Nelson feature film From the Hip in 1987.


1986 30 Years Old In 1986, Steven Bochco was searching for writers with a law background for his new NBC legal series, L.A. Law. … Read More
1989 33 Years Old Finally, in 1989, Bochco stepped away from the series making Kelley the executive producer. … Read More
1991 35 Years Old Kelley left after the fifth season in 1991 and ratings began to fall. … Read More
1992 36 Years Old In 1992, after co-creating Doogie Howser, M.D. with his mentor Steven Bochco, Kelley formed his own production company, David E Kelley Productions, making a three-series deal with CBS. … Read More
1993 37 Years Old …  They married on November 13, 1993, and christened Claudia the same day. In August 1994, Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old Under pressure from CBS to develop a second series even though he didn't feel ready to produce two shows simultaneously, Kelley launched the medical drama Chicago Hope, starring Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin, which premiered in 1994. … Read More
1995 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Expressing a desire to focus more on his production company and upcoming projects, Kelley ceased day-to-day involvement with both series in 1995, allowing others to write and produce. … Read More


1996 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Premiering as a midseason replacement for the 1996-1997 season, The Practice was Kelley's chance to write another courtroom drama but one focusing on the less glamorous realities of a small law firm. … Read More
1997 - 2000 2 More Events
2002 46 Years Old In addition to Snoops, Kelley continued to have a string of unsuccessful series: girls club in 2002, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire in 2003 and the reality show The Law Firm in 2005. … Read More
2004 48 Years Old Boston Legal on ABC, premiering in 2004, gave continuity and success to the Kelley franchise. … Read More


2007 51 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2007, Kelley received the Justice in the Arts Award from Death Penalty Focus, an organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. He previously received an award from this organization in 2000 for his work on the show The Practice. The Wedding Bells premiered in fall 2007 and was canceled after seven episodes.
2008 52 Years Old In May 2008, Kelley signed a deal with Warner Bros. … Read More
Full-time writers on the first season of The Practice included David Shore, later the creator of House, Stephen Gaghan, a future Oscar winner for Traffic, Michael R. Perry, the creator of the 2011-12 series The River, and Ed Redlich, co-creator of the 2011-12 series Unforgettable. … Read More
2013 57 Years Old A new comedy series created by Kelley, The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, premiered on CBS on September 26, 2013. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old In 2014, David E. Kelley was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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