James Montgomery Doohan (/ ˈ d uː ə n /; March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Canadian actor, voice actor, author and soldier, best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the television and film series Star Trek.
James Doohan, Actor: Star Trek. James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as James Montgomery Doohan. He is known for his work on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to Wende Doohan, Anita Yagel and Janet Young. He died on July 20, 2005 in...
James Doohan, Actor: Star Trek. James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as James Montgomery Doohan. He was an actor, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to Wende Doohan, Anita Yagel and Janet Young. He died on July 20, 2005 in ...
- March 3, 1920
- July 20, 2005
James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as James Montgomery Doohan. He was an actor, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to Wende Doohan, Anita Yagel and Janet Young.
- James Doohan’s Early Life
- Heroics During World War II
- James Doohan on Star Trek and His Acting Career
- Later Life and Legacy
Television’s most famous Scotsman was actually a Canadian of Irish descent. Born on March 3, 1920, in Vancouver to a pair of Irish immigrants, James Doohan was the youngest of four children. His father worked as a pharmacist, dentist, and veterinarian, but was also a severe alcoholic who made life very difficult for his family. After attending high school at the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, where he particularly excelled in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, Doohan fled his tumultuous home life and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army. The young cadet was just 19-years-old and the world was just a year away from its most devastating point in the war.
By 1940, James Doohan had worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant and was sent over to England with the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Four years later, his division would take part in the greatest maritime invasion in history: D-Day. The invasion of France at Normandy beach was a joint operation between Canada, Britain, and the United States, with each allied country assigned to take a portion of the beaches. The Canadian Army, and Doohan’s division along with it, was tasked with taking the area known as Juno Beach. Although air support had been sent out prior to the landing to try and chip away at the formidable German defenses, the soldiers sailed towards the Normandy beaches the morning of June 6th, 1944 still faced a seemingly insurmountable task. James Doohan and his men had to somehow get close enough to the shore that they could then disembark without drowning under the full weight of their equipment, all the while enduring a constan...
James Doohan returned to Canada after the war and planned on using the free education and training allotted to him by the country’s veteran administration for his military service to study science. At some point between Christmas 1945 and New Year’s 1946, though, Doohan turned on the radio and listened to “the worst drama I had ever heard,” which promptedhim to head down to the local radio station on a whim and do a recording on his own. The radio operator was impressed enough to recommend Doohan enroll at a Toronto drama school, where he eventually won a two-year scholarship to the esteemed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He returned to Toronto in 1953 and performed in dozens of roles on radio, stage, and television, including some bit parts in famous American series such as Bonanza, Twilight Zone, and Bewitched. Then in 1966, he auditioned for a new NBC science fiction series that would change his life — and the life of sci-fi fans — forever. The part Doohan auditioned for was...
Doohan initially felt pigeonholed by his most famous role. He would sometimes be turned down for other gigs straight away with the dismissal “There’s no part for a Scotsman in there.” After realizing that he would forever be linked to his on-screen persona, he decided to enthusiastically embrace it, and attended dozens of Star Trekconventions and later even declared that he never tired of hearing fans tell him “Beam me up, Scotty.” Doohan’s influence went well beyond that of a typical television actor. He was actually awarded an honorary degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering after nearly half of the student body reported that they had chosen to study engineering because of Scotty. But Doohan’s biggest fan was the man who perhaps comes closest to being a real-life Captain Kirk. When the actor received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, astronaut Neil Armstrong made a rare public appearance to declare, “from one old engineer to another, thanks, Scotty.” James Do...
- Early Life and World War II
- Radio and Early Television
- Star Trek
- After Star Trek
- Star Trek Films
- Later Life
- Star Trek Interviews
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Doohan was bornin March of 1920 in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. He was the youngest of four children while his parents, Sarah Frances (née Montgomery) and William Patrick Doohan, were both Irish immigrants from Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. As a teenager, James Doohan lived in Sarnia, Ontario, where he attended high school at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School. Platinum Collection Build Your Own Bundle. Choose up to 7 games Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, nineteen-year-old Doohan enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery. After rising through the ranks to Sergeant, he won a place at Officer Training School, becoming a lieutenant in the 13th Field Artillery Regiment. On 6 June 1944, Doohan, by then promoted to Command Post Officer (captain), was among the Canadian forces sent to take Juno Beach in Normandy as p...
After the war, Doohan started work in radio, but quickly branched out into TV, movies, and plays. By the 1950s, he had moved to America and had begun appearing as a guest star in minor television shows and movies. By the 1960s, he had credited guest star roles on such historic shows as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Have Gun Will Travel, The Virginian, and Gunsmoke. His roles in these series also had Doohan coming into contact with several future Star Trek actors, including Skip Homeier and Keith Andes, who appeared with Doohan in an episode of The Outer Limits.
Doohan's special ability to do multiple accents originated from his time as voice actor on Canadian radio and this specialty landed him in the role of Montgomery Scott in 1965. Director James Goldstone and producer Gene Roddenberry asked him to read some lines from the script of TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", proposing for the role of the not-named chief engineer, doing different accents. Doohan did several different ones, including German and Italian, from which he finally choose Scottish, citing Scotsmen's great engineering skills. (The World of Star Trek) At around this same time, Doohan did a Scottish accent in the pilot of the Western Iron Horse which was directed by Goldstone, who co-created that series with Stephen Kandel, the writer and producer of that show's pilot. Steve Ihnat also appeared in that episode. The only other time Doohan did a Scottish accent prior to the debut of Star Trek was in a 1963 episode of the sitcom Hazelentitled "Hazel's Highland Fling". Rodde...
After the end of the Star Trek TV series in 1969, Doohan spent the 1970s performing various roles in television and film, in an attempt to continue his acting career. During this time, Doohan appeared in the 1971 films Man in the Wilderness and Pretty Maids All in a Row, the latter of which also featured William Campbell and Dawn Roddenberry and which was written by Gene Roddenberry. Doohan also guest-starred on the TV series Marcus Welby, M.D., Tarzan and the Super 7, Daniel Boone (1969 – "The Cache", 1970 – "Perilous Passage"), and Return to Peyton Place. Between 1973 and 1974, Doohan returned to the role of Scott in Star Trek: The Animated Series. He was later cast as Commander Canarvin in the 1978 science fiction series Jason of Star Command. This series used several musical scores from The Animated Series and co-starred Sid Haigas the main protagonist.
Doohan was propelled back into the role of Scott in 1979, with the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In the 1980s, he appeared as guest star on the hit shows Magnum, P.I., MacGyver, and Fantasy Island (starring Ricardo Montalban), but by 1982, with the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Doohan was effectively typecast as Montgomery Scott, and spent the rest of his career appearing in the remaining major Star Trek films along with a few minor roles in various television shows. Doohan being typecast was exemplified by his cameo appearance as a "Scotty" in the 1993 spoof movie Loaded Weapon 1 (also featuring fellow Original Series actor William Shatner) where he reprised his famous role as a parody, trying to fix a coffee-making machine. In 1991, Doohan appeared in a cameo role on the TV film Knight Rider 2000, with William Daniels, Francis Guinan, Megan Butler, and Christine Healy. The next year, he reprised his role of Scott for the episode "Relics". Alexander Singer...
Doohan's last on-screen role as Montgomery Scott was in 1994 when he appeared in Star Trek Generations. In 1996-97, he appeared as a regular supporting character on the sitcom Homeboys In Outer Space. He played a character named Pippin. By the 2000s, Doohan's age had limited his activities but he kept busy speaking at colleges and Star Trek conventions. In July 2004, Doohan announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in addition to his existing Parkinson's disease and diabetes, and would be withdrawing from public life. His final public appearance took place on 31 August 2004, at the ceremony for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Doohan's last credited film role was as a judge in a 2005 direct-to-TV sci-fi/horror film entitled Skinwalker: Curse of the Shaman. Doohan lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease, complicated by pneumonia, at 5:30 am on 20 July 2005. He was 85 years old. He died at his Redmond, Washington, home with his third wife Wende by his side....
TNG Season 6 DVD special feature "Mission Overview Year Six" ("A Visit from Scotty"), interviewed on 12 August 1992James Doohan at WikipediaJames Doohan at the Internet Movie DatabaseDoohan received Walk of Fame Star at MSNBC.MSN.comObituary at News.BBC.co.uk
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- How Did He Die?
- Before ‘Star Trek’ Doohan Was A War Hero
- Doohan Ended Up Going to Space, But only After His Death
According to a close friend and colleague of Doohan’s, he died from complications of pneumonia and Alzheimers, The Seattle Timesreported. Doohan publicly announced his Alzheimers diagnosis in July of 2004, just over a year before his death, according to BBC News. At that time, he was also suffering from several chronic, progressive illnesses including diabetes, fibrosis, and Parkinson’s. Doohan was also a smoker, though he quit in the 1980s, long before he began his battles with chronic illnesses. CBS News reported that Doohan’s myriad chronic illnesses were the result of chemical exposures he suffered during his service in World War II with the Canadian military forces.
Doohan grew up in a chaotic household with an alcoholic father, according to The Seattle Times. When he was 19, he left home for good and joined the Canadian Army. He ended up shipping overseas during World War II. Doohan was part of the contingent that landed on Juno Beach on the infamous D-Day. With his fellow troops, Doohan navigated a minefield into battle. He was shot several times during the ensuing firefight. He was shot four times in the leg, once in the hand and once in the chest. The shot to the hand took his middle finger clean off. The bullet to the chest would have killed him if it weren’t for a silver cigarette case in his pocket. When Doohan came home from the front, he enrolled in some acting classes, not thinking much would come of the decision.
After portraying a space explorer for decades, Doohan dreamed of going to space himself. It didn’t happen for him while he was alive, but his dedicated family and friends made sure that it did happen after his death. Doohan’s son, Chris Doohan, recently revealed on social media that his father’s ashes had been smuggled onto the International Space Station. His remains have been there for the past twelve years. His family made a few other attempts to get his ashes to space, but none were as successful as the secret mission that got him all the way to a real-life space station. Doohan’s legacy lives on in all the Star Trek series. The chief engineer is always a member of the bridge crew and always a central character. Without Doohan’s iconic portrayal of the original chief engineer, the role may have been relegated to the background in the subsequent shows. Geordi LaForge, Miles O’Brien, B’Elanna Torres, Charles Tucker, Paul Stamets and Jett Reno all owe Scotty a debt of gratitude. RE...
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