Mr. Scott Beamed Up.


20 July 2005Actor James Doohan Dies at 85
James Doohan, the actor who became known the world over as the redoubtable chief engineer Scotty on the original Star Trek TV series, died earlier today. He was 85. Doohan passed away at his Redmond, WA, home at 5:30 AM, with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side; the cause was pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. Born and raised in Canada, Doohan fought with the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II, losing the middle finger of his right hand during the D-Day invasion. After the war, Doohan embarked on a career as a character actor in a number of films and television shows throughout the 50s and early 60s (including an appearance in an episode of The Twilight Zone), initially traveling between his Canadian homeland and New York. Soon he also began work in Hollywood, and in 1966 he was cast in NBC’s new space adventure series Star Trek as chief engineer Montgomery Scott, aka “Scotty,” opposite William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Reportedly, Doohan tried a number of different accents for the character, and felt the Scottish brogue for which he would become famous (“Captain, the engines canna take anymore!”) was the most authoritative and commanding. Among his many contributions to the show was the then-nascent language of Klingon, which was said to be partly devised by Doohan, and was later expanded on in upcoming TV series and films.

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