Star Trek's James Doohan dies at age 85

By Colin Mahan

Jul 20, 2005

James Doohan, who played the crusty engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original Star Trek series, died Wednesday at his Redmond, Washington, home. He was 85.

Doohan, a Canadian, affected a Scottish brogue for his character, the stalwart ship's engineer who often pulled the U.S.S. Enterprise out of danger at the last possible second after complaining, "I've given her all she's got!" Doohan became a fixture on the touring "Star Trek" circuit, where he appeared at countless conventions and speaking engagements. Eventually, he contracted Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and had to give up touring in 2004.

Star Trek premiered in 1966 and ran for two and a half seasons. After the show was canceled, its fan base grew, and the series eventually spawned two movie series and four TV spin-offs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Memorable episodes of the original series were "The Changeling," in which Scotty is "killed" while trying to defend Uhura from the rogue space probe Nomad; "Who Mourns For Adonis," in which Scotty gets zapped by lightining while trying to defend a female crew member from a phoney Greek god; "The Galileo Seven," wherein Scotty attempts to repair a damaged shuttlecraft while strange monsters attack the landing party; and "The Trouble With Tribbles," in which Scotty keeps his cool while a bunch of drunken Klingons call Captain Kirk a Denebian slime devil, but then throws the first punch when they dare insult the Enterprise.

The memory of James Doohan will live long and prosper.

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  • Giant_Chicken Aug 11, 2005

    R.I.P.

  • BurntHostage Aug 01, 2005

    RIP, Scotty, you miracle-worker!

  • waltmor Jul 22, 2005

    It is indeed sad. One of the most beloved of tv actors and characters has passed. I'm glad he got such a fond farewell at that star trek convention last year.

  • debbiwj Jul 22, 2005

    That's so sad. I don't watch the news so this was a shocker. Colin Mahan did a good write up on him.

  • perfectSAW Jul 22, 2005

    A sad day. He was an original cast member and it is always depressing when major icons from a time long ago are no longer with us. I think that finally Kirk got his wish, though Scotty was the one that it applied to. "Beam me up, Mr. Scott." (He never actually said beam me up scotty!)

  • rsloane Jul 21, 2005

    i never watched much star trek but he seems like a good actor and cool guy.

  • pagman_rox Jul 21, 2005

    He was the best star trek actor around. I'm sure he will be missed by all.

  • elf2577 Jul 21, 2005

    Beam me up scotty. He lived life to to it's best. He was a Miracle Worker on tv. He will be missed. of to the next world and then on.

  • lhcjr Jul 21, 2005

    James Doohan will be missed in this world and Scotty will be missed in the Star Trek universe. Scotty's presence in Engineering and on the bridge allowed the Enterprise crew to survive any number of adventures. My favorite memories of Scotty include the space station brawl on the "The Trouble with Tribbles", his attempt to communicate with a 20th century computer in Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home, "Hello, computer",and his scene with Captain Picard on the holodeck recreation of the Enterprise ("no bloody A, B, C or D") in the TNG episode "Relics". May he rest in peace....

  • ZeeDeevel Jul 21, 2005

    One of the oldest imitated characters I've heard...it's a shame he's gone, and will be sorely missed.

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