Jack Kelly was the original host of the quiz show Sale of The Century.
Kelly turned down friend and former co-star James Garner's offer to campaign for him when he ran for city council in Huntington Beach, California because he didn't want the voters to think he was running for office merely on the strength of his Hollywood name.
Kelly was once the brother-in-law of Academy Award winning actor Edmond O'Brien.
Kelly's first wife was actress May Wynn. They divorced in the early 60's.
His most famous film role was as an astronaut in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
Played Bart Maverick one final time in the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: the Luck of the Draw.
Jack had one child - a daughter named Nicole (with Jo Ann, his second wife).
Kelly was a child actor on both radio and stage.
Kelly came from a theatrical family. Both his parents were stage actors.
Jack Kelly's sister, Nancy, was also an actress.
Kelly claimed in an interview to have made a lot of money in the California real estate boom of the 1960's.
In an interview Kelly once stated that he enjoyed working with Robert Colbert who joined the cast of Maverick for a couple of episodes as Brent Maverick. He also said that he never saw Colbert again after the series ended.
Kelly had only one brief appearance in the last episode of the 1981 revival series Bret Maverick. James Garner said that his biggest mistake in the series was not bringing Jack into the fold to reprise his role as brother Bart. Kelly was set to become a series regular in Season Two when, surprisingly, the show was abruptly cancelled.
In the short-lived NBC series King's Row, Kelly played the same role that Bob Cummings had played in the movie version.
Kelly was the only actor to stay with Maverick throughout the show's five year run.
Jack Kelly (about James Garner): He was Maverick. I was his brother.