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James Doohan


B: March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia
D: July 20, 2005 in Redmond, Washington

James Doohan played the role of Scotty in all of the Star Trek television programs and movies. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in early 2004 and also suffered from Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. On August 31, 2004 he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although born in Vancouver James Doohan grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and went to the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School. He was 19-years old at the outbreak of the Second World War and he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery. He landed on Juno Beach during the famed D-Day Invasion and was wounded a few hours later. As a result of those injuries his right middle finger was amputated, which he was able to conceal during his long career as an actor, which began after the war. He privately studied Shakespeare and began acting with an appearance on CBC Radio in 1946. He enrolled in a drama class in Toronto, and later won a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. There he met and studied with Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone. For several years Doohan would shuttle between Toronto and New York as work demanded and it is estimated that he appeared on some 4,000 radio programs and 400 television programs, which earned him a reputation for his versatility.

Also see: Christopher Doohan
Also see: William Shatner

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Wheeler Dealers (uncredited, 1963)
36 Hours (uncredited, 1964)
Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965)
The Satan Bug (uncredited, 1965)
Scalplock (TV-1966)
Jigsaw (1968)

Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Man in the Wilderness (1971)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
1996 (TV-1986)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Knight Rider 2000 (TV-1991)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Double Trouble (1992)
Amore! (1993)
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
New York Skyride (1994)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Storybook (1995)
Through Dead Eyes (1996)
Bug Buster (1998)
The Duke (1999)

TV Series – Cast:
Space Command (1953)

Star Trek (1966-1969)

The Bold and the Beautiful (1987)

Star Trek, movie, poster