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James Doohan
BornJames Montgomery Doohan
3 Mairch 1920(1920-03-03)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dee'd20 Julie 2005(2005-07-20) (aged 85)
Redmond, Washington, U.S.
Restin place
Puget Sound, Washington
Ither namesJimmy Doohan
Alma materNeighborhood Playhouse
  • Actor
  • vyce artist
  • writer
Years active1952–2005
Kent forMontgomery "Scotty" Scott
TeleveesionStar Trek
  • Janet Young (m. 1949; div. 1964)
  • Anita Yagel (m. 1967; div. 1972)
  • Wende Braunberger (m. 1974)
Bairns7, includin Chris Doohan

James Montgomery Doohan (Mairch 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) wis a Canadian actor, vyce actor, author an sodger best kent fur playin the chairacter Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the televeision an fillum series Star Trek. Doohan's characterisation o the Scottish Chief Engineer o the Starship Enterprise wis ane o the maist kenspeckle elements in the Star Trek franchise, an inspired mony fans tae gang intae the engineerin an ither technical fields.[1] He forby makkit contributions ahint the scenes, like the initial development o the Klingon and Vulcan languages.

Inspiration[eedit | eedit soorce]

Mony fans telt Doohan ower the years that it wis him that inspired thaim tae chuise engineerin as a profession. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, an engineer afore he participated in NASA's Apollo program, personally telt Doohan on stage at Doohan's last public appearance in 2004, "From one old engineer to another, thanks, mate."[2]

In a interview fur the first Trekkies film, Doohan telt the story o a young fan wha wis contemplatin suicide. Doohan says that he convinced her tae attend his neist convention appearance, an efter learnt that his encouragement an kind wirds haednae jist saved her life, but inspired her tae gang back tae scuil an become an electronics engineer.[3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Obituary: James Doohan". BBC News. 20 Julie 2005. Retrieved 29 Apryle 2007.
  2. "R.I.P. James Doohan 1920-2005". Soul of Star Trek. 20 Julie 2005.
  3. Doohan tells the anecdote in the 1997 documentar Trekkies, directed by Roger Nygard