James Doohan

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Quotes (9)

  • James Doohan: What shocked me, my manager called me up one day and told me that I was going to do a video on "Cold Fusion: Fire from Water" and I couldn't believe it. I couldn't wait to get there and start working on it.

  • James Doohan: I really didn't have to work, shall we say, with Star Trek. It was a natural. When I opened my mouth, there was Scotty. It's like I tell people what you see in Scotty is 99% James Doohan and 1% accent.

  • James Doohan: That's the responsibility of all actors: to keep your character as vibrant as possible. I just live my life and I like my characters to live that life, too. At least Scotty, anyway, because Scotty is the closest to Jimmy Doohan that I've ever done.

  • James Doohan: I like Captain Kirk, but I can't say that I'm very fond of Bill Shatner.

  • James Doohan: (when asked about the strangest request he had gotten during a Star Trek convention) I don't think anything weird has ever happened. Oh, once a guy asked for my blood. He had a kit and everything.

  • James Doohan: (discussing the differnces between Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation) "The Next Generation" had a LOT more money than we had.... They made it very comfortable. They treated me like a king. If they had been Japanese, they would have bowed. I'd do it again.

  • James Doohan: (discussing how Scotty was nearly cut from Star Trek) After the pilot was sold, Gene Roddenbery sent me a letter. He thanked me for my time. He said, "I don't think we'll need an engineer." So I called my agent. He seemed to know all the ghosts in the closet, because at 3pm, I was back on the show.

  • James Doohan: I don't own a plane. But I fly every time I get a chance. I last flew a 9 passenger seaplane in Alaska.

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Trivia (29)

  • Jimmy's weight gain was an effect of his quitting smoking in the 1980's.

  • Attended S.C.I.T.S. high school in Sarnia.

  • Jimmy was married 3 times. First to Janet Young from 1949 to 1964 then to Anita Yagel in 1967 until 1972 and then to Wende Doohan in 1974 until is death in 2005.

  • Jimmy was 5'8" tall.

  • In his will, Jimmy requested that some of his ashes be sent into space. That happened on April 28, 2007. The rest of his ashes were scattered over Puget Sound in Washington.

  • Jimmy and his wife Wendy have three children: Eric, Thomas and Sarah. Sarah is the youngest of the three and was born in 2000 to an 80 year old Jimmy.

  • A cocktail known as the "Beam me up, Scotty" (Jim Beam, 7-Up and Glenlivit single malt scotch) is named in honor of James Doohan's character.

  • Jimmy death occurred on the 36th anniversary (July 20th) of one of the greatest engineering achievements in history, the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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