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Daniel Hugh Kelly (born August 10, 1952), also known as Daniel Hugh-Kelly, is an American stage, film and television actor. He may be best known for his role on the 1980s ABC TV series Hardcastle and McCormick from 1983-1986 (as ex-con Mark "Skid" McCormick) for which he also wrote and directed. Brian Keith was his costar.

Life and career

The middle of five children, he was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jerseymarker, where his grandfather and father were career police officers/detectives and his mother a social worker. His parents were Irish immigrants. A graduate of St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA), Kelly pursued an MFA at Catholic University (DC).

A versatile actor, Kelly starred on Broadway as Brick opposite Kathleen Turner's Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and opposite Madeline Kahn's Billie in Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin. He has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, primarily at The Public Theatre and The Second Stage. A product of regional repertory theater, Kelly has been a company member of The Williamstown Theater Festival (MA), The Folger Theater (DC), Arena Stage (DC), and The Actors Theatre of Louisville among others. He toured with The National Players, the nation's oldest classical touring company. In 2003 he appeared at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum (LA), originating the role of Richard in Living Out by Lisa Loomer.

Kelly's film roles include the 1983 film Cujo, The Good Son, In Crowd, Chill Factor, Nowhere to Hide, Bad Company, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Guardian, and Star Trek: Insurrection as Sojef, leader of an alien race called the Ba'ku.

In addition to Hardcastle and McCormick, Kelly has been a series regular in such varied television productions as the 1987-1988 ABC sitcom I Married Dora playing architect Peter Farrell, the 1982-1983 NBC series Chicago Story as Det. Frank Wajorski, the 1990s ABC series Second Noah as Noah Beckett, the 2001-02 PAX series Ponderosa as Ben Cartwright, and in NBC's Walt Disney Presents The 100 Lives of Blackjack Savage which he also co-produced.

Kelly has made many notable appearances in mini-series and television movies including TNT's Passing Glory, HBO's Tuskeegee Airmen, Citizen Cohn and From the Earth to the Moon as Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon; as JFK in NBC's Jackie, Joan and Ethel; Women of Camelot and The Nutcracker among others. He has also guest starred on many episodic TV shows including several appearances on Law & Order, its spin-off SVU, as well as The West Wing, Supernatural, Walker;Texas Ranger, Boston Legal and Las Vegas.

Kelly starred on daytime TV in Ryan's Hope as Senator Frank Ryan from 1978-1981, All My Children as Travis Montgomery from 1993-1994, and As The World Turns in a recurring role as Col. Winston Mayer for which he was nominated for a Spirit Award by TV Guide Canada.

An intensely private actor, Kelly has rarely given interviews during his career, preferring his farm in upstate NY to a celebrity lifestyle.



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