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Also Known As: James Montgomery Doohan Died: July 20, 2005
Born: March 3, 1920 Cause of Death: pneumonia and alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor

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Known most famously for playing beloved chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the classic science fiction series, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor James Doohan became a pop-culture icon to generations of adoring fans. His professional acting career began with prolific work in radio and television, on series such as "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) and "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-1971) prior to landing his career-making role on Gene Roddenberry's "Western set in space." As monumental as the part was, Doohan was unfortunately typecast as the tough-under-pressure Scotsman who managed to repeatedly save the U.S.S. Enterprise from danger at the very last second, while declaring in great, often flustered detail how he was going about saving it. As luck would have it, by the time he had accepted his professional lot in life, the franchise was brought back to life, bigger than ever, with the release of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), spawning five successful sequels, in all of which Doohan made appearances. Although he found sporadic work outside the "Trek" universe, Doohan good-naturedly gave back to the loyal community of fans who for years flocked to see him and the other members of the...

Known most famously for playing beloved chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the classic science fiction series, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor James Doohan became a pop-culture icon to generations of adoring fans. His professional acting career began with prolific work in radio and television, on series such as "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) and "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-1971) prior to landing his career-making role on Gene Roddenberry's "Western set in space." As monumental as the part was, Doohan was unfortunately typecast as the tough-under-pressure Scotsman who managed to repeatedly save the U.S.S. Enterprise from danger at the very last second, while declaring in great, often flustered detail how he was going about saving it. As luck would have it, by the time he had accepted his professional lot in life, the franchise was brought back to life, bigger than ever, with the release of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), spawning five successful sequels, in all of which Doohan made appearances. Although he found sporadic work outside the "Trek" universe, Doohan good-naturedly gave back to the loyal community of fans who for years flocked to see him and the other members of the Enterprise crew at various conventions, before passing away in 2005, the second lead to do so after the 1999 death of DeForest Kelley. A mixed blessing throughout his life to be sure, Doohan's portrayal of the beloved and beleaguered "Scotty" granted him an enduring legacy very few actors would ever have the good fortune to attain.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cold Fusion: Fire From Water (1999) Narrator
2.
 Bug Buster (1998)
3.
 Trekkies (1997)
4.
 River of Stone (1996)
6.
 Star Trek: Generations (1994) Scotty
7.
 Storybook (1994)
9.
 Amore! (1993)
10.
 Double Trouble (1991) Chief O'Brien
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Milestones close milestones

1949:
Made TV acting debut on an episode of "Martin Kane, Private Detective" (NBC)
1953:
TV series debut as regular on "Space Command"
1963:
Feature film debut, "The Wheeler Dealers/Separate Beds"
1966:
Played signature role of Lt. Commander Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott on "Star Trek" (NBC)
1973:
Voiced several characters on the animated "Star Trek" (NBC) series
1978:
Voiced character of Commander Carnarvin on the adventure series "Jason of Star Command" (CBS)
1979:
Appeared as Scotty in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," the first of seven "Star Trek" movies
1987:
Reprised role of Scotty on the "Relics" episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Syndicated)
1993:
Played Damon Warwick on the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful"
1996:
Again played Scotty on an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (Syndicated)
1996:
Guest starred on the UPN sitcom "Homeboys in Outer Space"
1998:
Reprised daytime role on "The Bold and the Beautiful"
1999:
Named spokesman for Philips Electronics HDTV
2004:
Received a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)
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Education

S.C.I.T.S. High School: Sarnia , Ontario -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Notes

Doohan was a Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Pilot during WWII; he lost the middle finger of his right hand in the war

In July 2004, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; also suffers from Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and has developed fibrosis from chemical exposure in WWII

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Janet Young. Married in 1949; divorced in 1964; mother of Doohan's four older children.
wife:
Anita Yagel. Secretary. Married on November 22, 1967; divorced; has two children with Doohan.
wife:
Wende Braunberger. Born c. 1956; married in 1975; mother of Doohan's three youngest children.

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father:
William Doohan. Pharmacist, veterinarian, dentist.
mother:
Sarah Doohan.
son:
Larkin Doohan. Born c. 1954; mother, Judy Doohan.
daughter:
Deidre Doohan. Born c. 1957; mother, Judy Doohan.
son:
Montgomery Doohan. Born c. 1959; twin of Christopher; mother, Judy Doohan.
son:
Christopher Doohan. Born c. 1959; twin of Montgomery; mother, Judy Doohan.
son:
Eric Doohan. Mother, Wende Doohan.
son:
Thomas Doohan. Mother, Wende Doohan.
daughter:
Sarah Doohan. Born on April 11, 2000; mother, Wende Doohan.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Beam Me Up, Scotty" Pocket Books
"Rising: Volume One of The Flight Engineer" Baen

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