David E. Kelley
Television producer, writer, attorney
David E. Kelley
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.
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David E. Kelley on Balancing Comedy and Drama in HBO's Big Little Lies - Vulture
Google News - 7 days
Vulture David E. Kelley on Balancing Comedy and Drama in HBO's Big Little Lies Vulture Ten-time Emmy-winning TV producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, L.A. Law) ventured into new creative territory when he agreed to adapt Liane Moriarty's best-selling novel, Big Little Lies, into an HBO limited series, at the invitation of executive ... Big Little Lies: Like The Housewives Of Monterey, We Are Living For This DramaMTV.com Big Little Lies Is a Fascinating, Thrilling Ride Full of Solid Performances and House PornE! Online HBO's 'Big Little Lies': When Pretty Little Liars Grow Up To Become Pretty Big LiarsHuffington Post TIME -OregonLive.com -Boston Herald -cleveland.com (blog) all 135 news articles »
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After swearing them off, David E. Kelley returns to law shows with 'Goliath' - but not for a network
LATimes - 4 months
David E. Kelley swore he was done. He even made the promise on paper to his grown children. No more law shows. The former Boston lawyer-turned-prolific writer and producer has built a reputation as TV's legal drama maestro thanks to such popular series as "L.A. Law," "The Practice," "Ally McBeal"...
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Fyvush Finkel, 'Boston Public' And 'Picket Fences' Actor, Dead At 93
Huffington Post - 6 months
Fyvush Finkel, the Emmy Award–winning actor known for his work in theater and on TV, has died, his son confirmed. He was 93.  Finkel died early Sunday morning in Manhattan, his son Ian told The Associated Press. The actor had reportedly been suffering with heart problems for months.  “He did everything,” Ian Finkel told the AP. “That seems to be a trait of the old-time performers. They could all sing and dance and act and everything. It’s so wonderful.” Stars like Rosie O’Donnell and Jeri Ryan, who appeared with Finkel on “Boston Public,” took to Twitter to share their condolences.  what a love he was ... Fyvush Finkel, Pillar of Yiddish Theater, Dies at 93 https://t.co/DjP7laiRQH — Rosie (@Rosie) August 15, 2016 So sad to hear about the passing of the funny and sweet Fyvush Finkel. RIP you dear, dear man. #bostonpublic — Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) August 15, 2016 The actor, born Philip Finkel, got his start in 1930 when he sang in a smal ...
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How to Help Students Develop the Growth Mindset With #20time
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Imagine your students taking the stage at TED, standing confident and delivering their next big idea that wows the crowd and become a viral share on the web. It's every teacher's dream, right? To see students grow into the remarkable adults we know they can become. As teachers, we look for the right unit, the right lesson plan, the perfect project that will help students develop grit, see the benefit of entrepreneurial hustle and grow a growth mindset. These are the thoughts that keep us up all night the day before a new school year. Students who possess a growth mindset know that grit, perseverance and reflection will get them to grow into whoever they want to be, says Carol S. Dweck. Dweck's research also shows us that students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those of minority background, typically possess a fixed mindset. They believe their intelligence quotient stays the same throughout their life. They could learn new things, they believe, but they can ...
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Creative Confidence
The Times of India - about 3 years
Did you ever wish that someone would actually teach you how to be more creative? We are all born creative. What some of us lack is “creative confidence”.  The book I would recommend for you is Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley. The Kelley brothers have the bragging rights to tell us a thing or two about ideas, creativity, design and more.  IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the..
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Can You Have Meetings and Still Innovate?
Inc. Magazine - over 3 years
You may need to get together with your staff. But if you want to be an innovation leader, you can't process things to death. There is no consensus when it comes to meetings and their impact on organizational, entrepreneurial, and personal innovation. Advocates of meetings stress the benefits of brainstorming and repeat the adage, “many hands make light work.” Those who look down on meetings point out how much time they waste and the risk of ideas being shaped by groupthink. Members of the anti-meeting camp most likely take pleasure in the words of John Kenneth Galbraith: “Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.” So as an entrepreneur, what do you do? Do you limit meetings and miss out on exciting brainstorming sessions? Or do you schedule as many meetings as you can at the risk of being seen as a pedantic time waster? Let’s study both extremes in detail: David Kelley, co-founder of IDEO, is a proponent of meetings. He believes in collaborating with people ...
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Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was in a Cult Pre-Fame, Forced on Dangerous Diet (Justin Ravitz/Us Weekly)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Justin Ravitz / Us Weekly: Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was in a Cult Pre-Fame, Forced on Dangerous Diet  —  Whoa.  One of the biggest, most glamorous movie stars of the 80s and 90s, Michelle Pfeiffer is a 55-year-old Hollywood veteran who's had a quieter life and career with director husband David E. Kelley over the past decade or so.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan to pen script
LATimes - over 3 years
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Katie Couric Explores 5 Rules for Happiness
Huffington Post - over 3 years
How to find happiness? Katie Couric explored the pursuit of happiness today at Stanford University, California with a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design. Fresh Dialogues was super happy to get a front row seat at the event. Here's what we learned: 1. Adopt Happy People Habits Look on the bright side, be grateful, exercise, eat well, invest in deep friendships and be authetic. 2. Embrace Good Stress Sometimes short-term stress, for example appearing on a panel at Stanford, can be a good thing. Embrace it and don't let the fear overcome you. Remember Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side. 3. Find Meaning in Your Life Be a generous giver and do what makes you feel good (i.e. philanthropy, volunteering, giving back). Give the gift of an experience not things. (E.g. treat your wee nephews to a night at the Lion King Musical -- trust me, it's the best birthday present ever!) 4. Be Creative Don't opt out of creativity in 4th grade! Nurture you ...
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Why Hasn't 'Wonder Woman' Returned To The Screen?
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hollywood can't seem to get "Wonder Woman" right on both the big and small screens. Joss Whedon knows that firsthand. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator was attached to a big screen adaptation of the Amazon Princess, but the project never came to fruition. "It is hard. She’s a tough nut to crack," Whedon told EW. "I know she's famous as a television show, but I don’t think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage." Amazing Grace by geekgirlworld Read More...
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Robin Williams is Back on TV! And It's Bad.
The New Republic - over 3 years
It has been three decades since Robin Williams starred in a sitcom: “Mork and Mindy,” in which Williams played a wacky alien, went off the air in 1982. And now he is back in “The Crazy Ones,” a new CBS comedy from David E. Kelley (also behin
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Why Creativity Is Like Karaoke
Inc. Magazine - over 3 years
IDEO founders David and Tom Kelley on building a creative culture. Everyone is born creative, but schools and jobs and the hegemony of the conventionally minded steamroller it out of us. So argue David and Tom Kelley, who as leaders of iconic innovation firm IDEO have unparalleled cred on this subject. In their new book, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, the brothers urge a universal uncorseting of our creative selves. Editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan spoke with the Kelley brothers about how companies can tap this undeveloped human resource. Define “creative confidence.” Tom: Creative confidence is the natural human ability to come up with breakthrough ideas combined with the courage to act on them. The courage turns out to be a really important part. Because lots of people have these ideas in passing but are too timid to put them into action. David: Or afraid of the reactions they will get from the people when they do. Why hasn’t companies’ obse ...
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Divorce, Money Problems Fueled Robin Williams's Return to TV
Moviefone Blog - over 3 years
Former wild man Robin Williams is returning to the small screen on September 26 in "The Crazy Ones," with Sarah Michelle Gellar. He recently sat down with Parade to talk frankly about why he wanted to return to TV, his stint rehab, and more. Williams hasn't regularly appeared on a television show since he won us over as Mork from Ork in "Mork & Mindy." In addition to the appeal of a program created by TV vet David E. Kelley, he told Parade that part of the show's appeal was "having a steady job," adding, "I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay]. The movies are good, but a lot of times they don't even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I'm selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can't afford it anymore." Another thing he can't afford? One more divorce. When asked if he'd lost all his money to his exes, Williams admitted that his fail ...
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New and notable TV shows premiering this fall
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Capsule descriptions of many of the new shows, documentaries and movies heading your way this fall: Joss and Jed Whedon team with Marvel on a fantasy action series about a team of super-agents battling aliens and other weird cases. Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), former softball all-star, is a newly single mom who takes on coaching a team of "Bad News Bears" Little Leaguers. Sitcom vehicle for Aussie comic wunderkind Rebel Wilson, who gets a new job and attracts the attention of a handsome attorney who likes large women. Somewhat darker spin-off of "Once Upon a Time," focusing on Alice's descent through the rabbit hole and into a CGI Wonderland. Malin Akerman plays the sexy, younger new wife of Bradley Whitford's character and finds herself having to deal with the baggage of his two ex-wives. Feature TV film about the first Doctor Who, William Hartnell, played by David Bradley, created as part of BBC America's celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who," to be marked with a spec ...
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Critic's Notebook: CBS at TCA
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The No. 1 broadcast network delivered a welcome jolt of energy to its day in the TCA press-tour spotlight when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, one of network TV's most boisterous showmen and champions, took the stage Monday morning for the first time since 2005 (filling in at the last minute for entertainment president Nina Tassler, called away for a friend's funeral). Moonves became most animated when discussing projects that break from the CBS procedural formula, like the summer hit Under the Dome (renewed to absolutely no one's surprise) and another serialized shorter-run "limited series" Hostages, a 15-episode thriller that will air on Mondays at 10/9c for the first half of the season. The Hostages pilot is one of the season's more exciting and twisty, starring Toni Collette as the president's doctor who's put in extreme peril (as is the commander-in-chief) when terrorists threaten her family, and I felt even more confident in its ability to sustain a high-wire act when it was reveale ...
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When Bob Benson & Buffy Met Mork
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anticipation is already high for Robin Williams' return to TV in CBS' "The Crazy Ones," a single-camera CBS comedy from "Ally McBeal" and "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley. The series has tapped Sarah Michelle Gellar to star as Williams' on-screen daughter, with whom he runs a high-profile ad agency that, in the pilot episode, attempts to lure in Kelly Clarkson to help on a McDonald's ad campaign that could make or break the company. "Mad Men's" favorite mystery man James Wolk is also staying in the ad game for "The Crazy Ones," and admitted at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour that he was thrilled by all the speculation over his "Mad Men" character, Bob Benson, last season. "My favorite [theory] was immortally time traveling mad man," he laughed. "I only do ad agencies now, strictly marketing and ad agency [roles]." Wolk admitted that he "was thirsting for" a comedy role, especially after "Mad Men" and short-lived stints on "Lone Star" and ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David E. Kelley
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, David E. Kelley was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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  • 2013
    Age 56
    A new comedy series created by Kelley, The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, premiered on CBS on September 26, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The show was cancelled after a season due to lukewarm reception. Kelley is working on the Amazon Studios series Trial. Kelley writes his first drafts longhand using a heavy metal Bic ballpoint and yellow legal pad. He easily churns out scripts in two to four days, initially working without collaboration, finding it faster and easier than trying to explain what he wants to others. Kelley has been criticised for not delegating. A Picket Fences writer described his time on the show as "the most boring period of my life—you'd write a scene... Kelley would rewrite it completely. Or he just cut you out completely—you learned nothing. Having a writing staff was a needless expense for the network." Kelley gradually became more comfortable bringing in writers for ideas and taking over writing responsibilities. Kelley described this as a natural evolution: There's a period at the beginning of a series when you're doing most of the writing and then you go through another period where you have the ideas and you're assigning those stories and ideas to other people and hopefully they execute them. Then if you're lucky you get a staff where they come into the room with their own ideas and specific takes on how to execute them and they do.
  • 2011
    Age 54
    In 2011, Kelley wrote a script for the pilot episode of a new Wonder Woman TV series for Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Television, but the pilot was rejected by NBC for its fall 2011 lineup. A new medical series, Monday Mornings, co-created with Sanjay Gupta, premiered February 2013 on TNT, the cable television channel owned by Time Warner. Set in Portland, Oregon, the show stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber. In May 2013, the show was canceled by TNT.
    Kelley was the creator and executive producer of Harry's Law, which premiered on NBC on January 17, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The series starred Kathy Bates in the titular role. The show was cancelled in 2012 even though it was the network's second most-watched drama, because its audience skewed too old; the more important 18-49 demographic viewership was very low.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later the writing staff would grow to 10, most with law degrees. By the fifth season, he would usually only edit the final script and was generally not on the set during filming. In 2003, due to sagging ratings, ABC cut Kelley's budget in half for the eighth and final season. He responded by firing most of the cast and hiring James Spader for the role of Alan Shore, whom The New York Times described as "a lecherous, twisted antitrust lawyer with a breezy disregard for ethics." The final episodes of The Practice were focused on introducing the new characters from his next show, Boston Legal.
  • 2008
    Age 51
    In May 2008, Kelley signed a deal with Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Television and later penned a spec script for another legal drama entitled Legally Mad in a comic vein. NBC ultimately rejected the series. NBC will pay a two million dollar penalty to Warner Bros. for Kelley's scripts.
  • 2007
    Age 50
    Additionally, Kelley worked on an Americanized version of the BBC show Life on Mars for the 2007–2008 season on ABC and also worked on an adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station.
    More Details Hide Details He later handed off production to another creative crew.
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 47
    Boston Legal on ABC, premiering in 2004, gave continuity and success to the Kelley franchise.
    More Details Hide Details It was a spin-off of his long-running legal drama The Practice, and followed attorney Alan Shore (a character who became the star of The Practice in its final season, played by James Spader) to his new law firm, Crane, Poole & Schmidt. It also starred veteran television actors Candice Bergen and William Shatner. Critically popular with less than spectacular ratings (ranked 27th for the first season, 46th for the second), the show was an "Emmy darling" during its run, winning seven times and being nominated over 25 times. The show won the Peabody Award in 2005 for its signature political commentaries. In 2007, Boston Legal began to see a rise of viewership as a result of its following ABC's popular Dancing with the Stars series, mostly ranking either first or second most-watched program of the evening in its ten o'clock time period, beating out CBS and NBC's shows.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details All the while, he continued overseeing Boston Public and The Practice.
  • 2000
    Age 43
    In 2000, 20th Century Fox Television extended its arrangement with Kelley.
    More Details Hide Details The deal, which ran for six years, reportedly made Kelley the highest-paid producer in TV history—up to $40 million a year—in return for a first-look at his projects. Premiering on FOX in 2000, Boston Public, which follows the lives of teachers and administrators at a Boston high school, joined The Practice and Ally McBeal for the season, meaning Kelley was responsible for writing or overseeing 67 episodes. The program was initially considered a modest hit but received less than glowing reviews. The previous season, Kelley stumbled with both the short-lived Snoops, his first attempt at delegating most of the responsibilities to others, and with Ally, the experiment with 30-minute shortened episodes of Ally McBeal. The TV critic from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram opined that these failures and the weaknesses he saw in Boston Public were a sign that Kelley had lost the Midas touch. The show lasted four seasons, garnering one minor Emmy.
  • 1997
    Age 40
    When Ally McBeal premiered in 1997 on FOX, Kelley was also shepherding his other two shows, Chicago Hope and The Practice, although he was not actively participating in Chicago Hope at the time.
    More Details Hide Details The title character Ally is a young, attractive, impulsive, Harvard-educated lawyer described by a New York Times journalist as "stylish, sexy, smart, opinionated, and an emotional wreck." In contrast to The Practice and its idealistic lawyers, the law firm in Ally McBeal was founded only to make money. The New York Times felt that the show uniquely emphasised "character and caricature". The show lasted five seasons, seven Emmys (one for Outstanding Comedy Series for its second season), mostly positive reviews and a barrage of criticism for its portrayal of women, with many journalists saying that the character Ally was a giant step backwards. Parallel to The Practice, Kelley penned all the scripts for the first season, then brought in other writers in subsequent years although he continued to write many episodes himself. When the program Ally McBeal first ran, many women lauded its portrayal of the lead character. Sharon Waxman, writing for The Washington Post, commented that Kelley had a keen insight into the human nature of both men and women. She quoted Dyan Cannon: "This man understands the way a woman thinks,... the complex ways we've found to hide our fears." A New York Times writer used the character as an example of a strong television woman's role, another saw herself, at times, in the character's portrayal of self-absorption and reflection, her crafted neuroses, her vulnerabilities.
  • 1996
    Age 39
    Besides his first film, From the Hip, which received poor reviews, Kelley wrote and produced three other films. 1996's To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, a romance, co-starring his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, received tepid critical and box office reception.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Practice would be the first of four successful series by Kelley that were set in Boston, proximal to his hometown of Belmont, Massachusetts. Receiving critical applause (along with two Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series) but low ratings in its starting seasons, it eventually became a popular top 10 program. The New York Times described the show as "the profoundly realistic, unending battle between soul-searching and ambition".
  • 1995
    Age 38
    In 1995, Kelley entered into a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce shows for both the ABC and FOX television networks, each agreeing to take two series.
    More Details Hide Details If one network passed on a project, the other got first refusal. Kelley retained full creative control. Ally McBeal on FOX and The Practice on ABC were the first two projects to come from this deal.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Towards the end of the fifth season in 1999, facing cancellation, Kelley fired most of the cast members added since he had left the show, brought back Mandy Patinkin and began writing episodes again.
  • 1994
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Airing at the same time as the season's other new medical drama, NBC's ER, the ultimate ratings leader, Chicago Hope plotted "upscale medicine in a high-tech world run by high-priced doctors". During its six-year run, it won seven Emmys and generally high critical praise, but only middling ratings. Originally intending to write only the first several episodes in order to return full-time to Picket Fences, Kelley eventually wrote most of the material for both shows, a total of roughly 40 scripts.
  • 1993
    Age 36
    They married on November 13, 1993, and christened Claudia the same day. In August 1994, Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry.
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  • 1992
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Its first creation, Picket Fences, airing in 1992 and influenced by Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure, focused on the police department in the fictional quirky town of Rome, Wisconsin. Kelley wrote most of the episodes for the first three years. The show was critically acclaimed but never found a sizable audience. Picket Fences went on for four years, receiving a total of 14 Emmy awards including consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series for its first and second seasons. In 1995, the fourth and final season, Kelley wrote only two episodes. "We had almost 10 writers try to come in and take over for this one man", said Picket Fences actress Holly Marie Combs. "The quality was not nearly what it was."
  • 1991
    Age 34
    Kelley left after the fifth season in 1991 and ratings began to fall.
    More Details Hide Details As Newsday's TV critic wrote, "The difference between good and bad L.A. Law... was David Kelley." Midway through the sixth season, both Bochco and Kelley were brought in as creative consultants after the show received bad press about its decline in quality.
  • 1989
    Age 32
    Finally, in 1989, Bochco stepped away from the series making Kelley the executive producer.
    More Details Hide Details While executive producer, Kelley received two Emmys for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series and the show received the award for Outstanding Drama Series for both years. For the first five seasons that he was involved with the show, he wrote or co-wrote two out of three episodes.
  • 1986
    Age 29
    In 1986, Steven Bochco was searching for writers with a law background for his new NBC legal series, L.A. Law.
    More Details Hide Details His agent sent him Kelley's movie script for From the Hip. Enthusiastic, Bochco made him a writer and story editor for the show. During this first year, Kelley kept his law office in Boston as a hedge. However, his involvement in the show only expanded. In the second year, he became executive story editor and co-producer.
  • 1983
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Demonstrating early on a creative and quirky bent, in his junior year at Princeton, Kelley submitted a paper for a political science class about John F. Kennedy's plot to kill Fidel Castro, written as a poem. For his senior thesis, he turned the Bill of Rights into a play. "I made each amendment into a character", he said. "The First Amendment is a loudmouth guy who won't shut up. The Second Amendment guy, all he wanted to talk about was his gun collection. Then the 10th Amendment, the one where they say leave the rest for the states to decide, he was a guy with no self-esteem." Also while at Princeton, he was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Boston University School of Law, where he wrote for the Legal Follies, a sketch comedy group composed of Boston University law students which still holds annual performances. He began working for a Boston law firm, mostly dealing with real estate and minor criminal cases.
  • 1956
    Born on April 4, 1956.
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