Jack Kelly

Actor + Politician
Born Sep 16, 1927

Jack Kelly was an American film and television actor most noted for the role of "Bart Maverick" in the TV series Maverick, which ran on ABC from 1957 to 1962.

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1927 Birth Born on September 16, 1927.


1939 11 Years Old Kelly made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1939 biopic The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, opposite Don Ameche and Loretta Young. … Read More


1956 28 Years Old Kelly married actress May Wynn (Donna Lee Hickey) on October 14, 1956. They separated in February 1964 and were divorced on October 19, 1964. … Read More


1960 32 Years Old …  Kelly actually appeared in more episodes of Maverick than James Garner, who left the show following a contract dispute in 1960. … Read More
1962 34 Years Old 1 More Event
When Maverick ended in 1962, Kelly continued acting with roles in a number of films and television shows.


1969 41 Years Old He married Jo Ann Smith in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 16, 1969. … Read More


1978 50 Years Old …  In 1978, he briefly appeared as Bart Maverick and was again paired with Garner in the TV-movie The New Maverick and in Garner's TV series Bret Maverick (1981; Kelly appeared momentarily at the end of the final episode of the show and would have become a regular had it been renewed).
1983 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Kelly later became a politician, having served from 1983 to 1986 as the mayor of Huntington Beach, California. … Read More


1991 63 Years Old In 1991, he reprised the role of Bart Maverick one last time in the TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, a Kenny Rogers vehicle briefly featuring more than a dozen 1950s television series cowboys. … Read More
1992 65 Years Old On April 28, 1992 he suffered a heart attack. Jack Kelly died of a stroke at Humana Hospital in Huntington Beach, California, November 7, 1992. … Read More
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