About David Kelley
Born on April 4, 1956, David Edward Kelley is a television producer, writer, and former attorney.
David Kelley was born in Waterville, Maine, in the United States, and was brought up in Belmont, Massachusetts. He attended the Belmont Hill School.
David Kelley's father, Jack Kelley, is a United States Ice Hockey Hall of Fame member. His mother, Virginia (Ginny) Kelley, pursued various jobs. In 1979, David Kelley started his bachelor's degree in political science at Princeton University, and in 1983, he completed his Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law.
David Kelley started his career immediately after graduating from law school, where he worked at a Boston law firm. During his practice, he dealt with minor criminal cases and real estate at the law firm. He began his writing job as a hobby in 1983. His first movie script was for 'From The Hip' by Steve Bochco, and in the next year, he was promoted to co-producer and executive story writer. He won two Emmy Awards as an executive director. He received the Emmy awards for his excellence in writing.
David Kelley founded his own production company, David E Kelley Productions. 'Picket Fences' aired in 1992. However, this dramatic series failed to achieve a large audience. It was aired for four years and bagged 14 Emmy awards. His famous shows are 'Chicago Hope', 'Boston Public', 'Boston Legal', and 'The Wedding Bells'. 'Boston Legal' aired on ABC in 2004, and it was well-received by the audience. 'Wonder Woman' debuted in 2011, but ABC chose not to buy the product. Warner Bros produced it.
This film producer has written scripts for several films other than being a producer. Though his first film, 'Hip', received poor reviews, he has written for several films, including romance, horror, comedy, and fictional movies. His shows were telecasted on the four major commercial TV networks, CBS, ABC, Fox, and NBC in the United States. He has also made miniseries for HBO like 'The Undoing' and 'Big Little Lies'.
David Kelley's shows gained him not only critical esteem but four George Foster Peabody Awards and 11 Emmys. He also received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy. He became the only film producer who received both awards in the same year. He is also the winner of Writers Guild of America, Golden Globes awards, and Publicists Guild of America and was introduced into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.
David Kelley's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits
What is David Kelley's net worth?
David Kelley has a net worth of $250 million earned throughout his career as an advocate, writer, and producer.
How much does David Kelley earn per year?
David Kelley's annual earnings are not revealed in the media.
Height, Age & Physical Attributes
How tall is David Kelley?
David Kelley is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall.
How old is David Kelley?
David Kelley was born on April 4, 1956, and is 66 years old as of 2022.
Childhood And Education
David Edward Kelley, the famous story writer, and producer, was born on April 4, 1956. His parents are Jack Kelley and Ginny Kelley. His father was a United States Ice Hockey Hall of Fame member.
David Kelley was born in Waterville, Maine, and was brought up in Belmont, Massachusetts. He has a brother, Mark Kelley, the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Chicago Blackhawks. David Kelley studied at the Belmont Hill School. In 1979, he went for his bachelor's degree in political science from Princeton University, and in 1983, he completed his Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law. He was the captain of the Princeton Tigers' men's ice hockey team at the university.
Family, Romance, And Relationships
Who is David Kelley's partner?
David Kelley has been married to Michelle Pfeiffer. David Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer tied the knot on November 13, 1993.
They have two kids, Claudia Rose and John Henry. Michelle Pfeiffer adopted their first daughter Claudia Rose, and after their marriage, welcomed their first son John Henry on August 5, 1994.
Career And Professional Highlights
Best Known For…
David Kelley is best known as the director of 'Chicago Hope', 'Ally McBeal', 'Picket Fences', 'The Practice', 'Boston Legal', 'Boston Public', 'Big Little Lies', 'Harry's Law', and 'Mr. Mercedes'. He is one of the few scriptwriters who has created shows aired on the top four commercial television networks, CBS, ABC, Fox, and NBC.
What awards has David Kelley won?
David Kelley has won a plethora of awards in various categories. He was nominated for the WGA awards from 1988-1996.
In 1996, David Kelley was the winner of the Paul Selvin Honorary Award. In 2003, David Kelley won Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement. David Kelley won WGA Award in 2018. David Kelley received the Television Critics Association Awards in 1999. David Kelley secured the Lifetime Achievement Award in Television in 2001.
David Kelley was nominated for PGA Award in 2006, 2009, 2018, 2020, and 2021. David Kelley was the winner of the International Monitor Award in 1998 and the Winner Showmanship Award in 1996. David Kelley won the Humanitas Prize in 1996, 2002, and 2003 and has been nominated for the same in 1994, 1995, 2008, and 2013.
David Kelley received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2004 and became the winner of the Career Achievement Award in 2002, Primetime Emmy Award in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, and 2017. David Kelley is also the winner of Writers Guild of America, Golden Globes awards, and Publicists Guild of America and was introduced into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.
David Kelley's Hobbies And Interests
David Kelley was an avid hockey player, and he captained his team at Princeton University. After graduation, David Kelley played professionally for a year before making his way into the entertainment industry.
Other Interesting David Kelley Facts And Trivia
- David Edward Kelley shares his birthday with eminent people like Heath Ledger, Robert Downey Jr., Joaquin Guzman Loera, Natasha Lyonne, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Craig T. Nelson.
- David Kelley took Michelle Pfeiffer to watch movies such as Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' the following week after their first date. Both then started dating seriously.
- Before meeting David Kelley, Michelle Pfeiffer adopted Claudia Rose and christened her on their wedding day.
- David Kelley was reared as a Protestant and is sometimes mistaken for a Catholic because his programs deal with Catholic subjects.
- David Kelley wrote his first film script in 1983 based on his legal experiences.
- The films he wrote set about the legal profession are 'The Practice', 'LA Law', 'Boston Legal', 'Ally McBeal', and 'Harry's Law'.
- 'Chicago Hope' was an American medical drama that aired on CBS from 1994-2000.
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