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 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.
Trivia 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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