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James (Scotty) Doohan

Posted by danlanders

James Doohan
1920 - 2005

It could be argued that Montgomery Scott, Scotty, is probably the secondmost well-known character from the original Star Trek series. Even those who did not watch the series knew who the dramatic, strong-willed chief engineer of the original USS Enterprise, NCC 1701, was. Many would mimic the Scottish accent when referring to any sort of mechanical repairs they were doing. Probably the most famous words spoken by fans and non-fans were "Beam me up, Scotty."

James Doohan was a master of voices. He originally started his career doing differenct accents on radio. When offered the part of the first starship's master mechanic, he was given a coice of several different accents with which to play. Doohan chose the Scottish accent because he felt it was a commanding one. I'd be willing to bet, he had no idea just how popular he would become.

James Doohan, a Sarnia, Ontario, Canada native, found it difficlt to find work after the original Star Trek series had ended. AS often happens with beloved characters, he had become type-cast. This did not deter Doohan. He made a good living going to Trek conventions around the country. He did tv commercials, and even brought Scoty back to life in the Next Generation Star Trek series. At age 85, Doohan passed away, having Alzheimer's Disease and pneumonia.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. You will live always in the Star Trek ubniverse..


      
 
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