DAVID E. KELLEY Biography - Writers


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Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer at the 47th Emmy Awards in 1994                         
Born April 4, 1956 (age 51)                                                         
Waterville, Maine                                                                   
Occupation writer, executive producer, lawyer                                       
Spouse(s) Michelle Pfeiffer (1993-)                                                 
Children Claudia Rose Kelley (b.1993) (adopted)                                     
John Henry Kelley (b.1994)                                                           
David Edward Kelley (born April 4, 1956) is a prolific multi-Emmy award winning     
American writer, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television       
series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public,       
and Boston Legal. He has also written several film scripts. Kelley's shows are       
renowned for their whimsical, occasionally surreal comedic touches, as well as       
moments of seriousness.                                                             
Born in Waterville, Maine, raised in Belmont, Massachusetts and attended the         
Belmont Hill School. Kelley was the son of a hockey coach and played the game       
himself. He was captain of the team at Princeton University, from which he           
graduated in 1979 with a degree in politics.                                         
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 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 graduated with a law degree from Boston University where he wrote comedy         
sketches for the annual follies. He began working for a Boston law firm, mostly     
dealing with real estate and minor criminal cases. 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