James Doohan

Mostly Credited As: James Doohan
Birth Name: James Montgomery Doohan
Date Of Birth: March 03, 1920 (Age 85)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Date Of Death: July 20, 2005
Cause Of Death: Pneumonia/Alzheimer's Disease (Redmond, WA)
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

James Doohan

James Doohan is best known to Star Trek fans as Scotty ("Montgomery Scott"), the chief engineer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original Star Trek series.

Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent his early years in there and in Sarnia, Ontario. Surviving the anguish of living with an alcoholic father, he left home at age 19 to join the Canadian Forces, fighting with the Allies in World War II. After outscoring his fellow soldiers on an officer's exam, he became Captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery. While leading his men into battle on D-Day, Doohan was wounded in the leg and hand, and eventually lost a finger. For the remainder of the war, he became a pilot observer, and received the dubious distinction of being called the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces."

After returning home to Canada, Doohan performed a few scenes for the local radio station, and was awarded a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Beginning in 1946, he trained at the Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, alongside such future stars as Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Jackie Gleason.

In the ensuing eight years, Doohan shuttled between New York and Canada where he worked on 4000 radio programs, 400 live and taped variety and dramatic television shows, several films and plays. Though he became known as Canada's busiest actor, he eventually found himself following other fellow actors in the pilgrimage to Hollywood. There, his versatility and talent as a dialectician helped him earn parts in more than 100 motion pictures and television series, including The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Fantasy Island, Loaded Weapon 1 and Double Trouble. He has also appeared in the first seven Star Trek motion pictures.

In the years since the final episode of Star Trek, Doohan has pursued a speaking career which has taken him to more than 250 colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he makes appearances at numerous Star Trek conventions.

Doohan lived in Washington up until his death earlier in 2005, with his wife Wende and his sons, Eric and Thomas. In April 2000, James and Wende gave birth to another child, Sarah.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)As: Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Lt. Arex -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

Duckman (1994) 
  Where No Duckman Has Gone Before 04x27: (Aug/23/1997) Voiced  Kardassian 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  James Doohan 01x52: (Nov/20/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Homeboys in Outer Space (1996) 
  There's No Space Like Home, or Return of the Jed Eye 01x01: (Aug/27/1996) As Pippen 

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 
  Relics 06x04: (Oct/12/1992) As Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, [Special Guest Stars]

MacGyver (1985) (1985) 
  Harry's Will 06x07: (Nov/05/1990) As Speedy 

Hotel (1983) 
  Resolutions 02x23: (Jun/12/1985) As Roger 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  The Big Blow 03x22: (Apr/07/1983) As Archie MacPherson 

Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) 
  The Counter-Clock Incident 02x06: (Oct/12/1974) Voiced  Commodore Robert April, Karl Four 
  How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth? 02x05: (Oct/05/1974) Voiced  Ensign Dawson Walking Bear, Kukulkan 
  Albatross 02x04: (Sep/28/1974) Voiced  Supreme Prefect, Kol-Tai 
  The Practical Joker 02x03: (Sep/21/1974) Voiced  Search Party Crewman 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  Perilous Passage 06x14: (Jan/15/1970) As Fletcher 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  Let Ernest Come Over 01x11: (Dec/09/1969) As Detective Sgt. Brenner 

Then Came Bronson (1969) 
  Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt 01x06: (Oct/22/1969) As Dr. John Wilson 

Star Trek (1966) 
  The Cloud Minders 03x21: (Feb/28/1969) As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, [Starring Roles]
  That Which Survives 03x17: (Jan/24/1969) As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, [Starring Roles]
  The Mark of Gideon 03x16: (Jan/17/1969) As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, [Starring Roles]
  Whom Gods Destroy 03x14: (Jan/03/1969) As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, [Starring Roles]

Jericho (1966) (1966) 
  Eric the Redhead 01x08: (Nov/03/1966) As Pastor 

A Man Called Shenandoah (1965) 
  Care of General Delivery 01x33: (May/09/1966) As Howard 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Animal 01x29: (Apr/17/1966) As Claude Bell 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Bridge of Lions Affair (1) 02x20: (Feb/04/1966) As Philip Bainbridge, [Featuring]
  The Shark Affair 01x04: (Oct/13/1964) As Mr. MacInernay, [Featuring]

Bewitched (1964) 
  A Strange Little Visitor 02x12: (Dec/02/1965) As Walter Brocken 

Laredo (1965) 
  I See by Your Outfit 01x02: (Sep/23/1965) As Mike Pripton 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Middle of a Heat Wave 03x02: (Sep/21/1965) As Doctor 
  Masquerade 02x26: (Mar/23/1965) As Deputy #1 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  Hail to the Chief 01x16: (Dec/28/1964) As Tobin, [Uncredited]
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Presidential Assistant, [Co-Guest Stars]

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Legacy 05x11: (Dec/15/1963) As Colonel's Man 
  Gift of Water 03x21: (Feb/11/1962) As Bill Collins 

Empire (1962) (1962) 
  A House in Order 01x23: (Mar/05/1963) As Doctor 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  The Warriors 01x20: (Feb/23/1963) As Blogden 

General Electric True (1962) 
  Escape (2) 01x20: (Feb/17/1963) As Jennings 
  Escape (1) 01x19: (Feb/10/1963) As Jennings 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Man Who Wouldn't Die 01x19: (Jan/30/1963) As George Mitchell 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As James Francis O'Bannion 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Valley of the Shadow 04x03: (Jan/17/1963) As Father 

The New Breed (1961) 
  The Deadlier Sex 01x25: (Mar/20/1962) As Dr. Lennon 

Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957) 
  The Way Station 01x16: (Jul/17/1957) As Tonkawa 
  The Scapegoat 01x15: (Jul/10/1957) As Harris 

Tales of Tomorrow (1951) 
  Plague from Space 01x30: (Apr/25/1952) As guest star 

The Outer Limits (1963) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Detective Lt. Branch 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Watson 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Governor Gaspar d'Annard 

Jimmy was approximately 5'11" tall.

Before his death, Jimmy suffered greatly from Alzheimer's disease and had been ravaged by Parkinson's disease, diabetes, lung fibrosis, and pneumonia.

Hand models were used for his right hand during Star Trek scenes were he operated the transporter because he only has a thumb and 3 fingers on his right hand.

Jimmy starred in the Canadian version of the Howdy Doody Show.

Jimmy was once labeled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces".

Jimmy did several different accents. Roddenberry asked which he preferred, and Doohan reportedly replied "If you're going to have an engineer, you'd better make him Scottish."

Jimmy toured as the Spokesman for Philips Electronics HDTV in 1999.

Jimmy was given an honorary Degree in Engineering by the Milwaukee School of Engineering where apparently half of the students polled said they were inspired to study engineering by his role in Star Trek (1966).

Jimmy used to live across the street from Ralph Thorson and his family, the main subjects of the movies The Hunter (1980) and The Huntress (2000) (TV), as well as the tv series The Huntress (2000).

Jimmy was married to Janet Young from 1949 until their divorce in1964), she was the mother of his first four children.

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