James Doohan

James Doohan


3/3/1920, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



Birth Name

James Montgomery Doohan



Also Known As

James Montgomery, Jimmy Doohan
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James Montgomery Doohan was the youngest of four children born to William Patrick and Sarah Doohan in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His father was a medical professional, working as a pharmacist, a dentist and a veterinarian. His mother tended the home and raised the children. Although James' parents…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Jimmy and S. M. Stirling authored, The Flight Engineer, a three part science fiction novel series. The novels in the series are The Rising(1996), The Privateer(1999) and The Independent Command(2000).

    • His grandson, Kyle, was born in 1987. He is the son of Doohan's second daughter, Deirdre.

    • His nickname with his friends was "Jimmy"

    • He had appeared in more than 100 motion pictures and television series.

    • In 1987, Jimmy was nominated for the Saturn Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

    • He narrated a number of audio adaptions of Star Trek novels, including Yesterday's Son.

    • He appeared in a number of television commercials in the 1990s, including Ames Department Stores, Radio Shack and Cheerios breakfast cereal.

    • His autobiography, Beam Me Up, Scotty was released in 1996.

    • He appeared in episodes of three different series with Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Duckman(1994).

    • He was the only member of the original Star Trek cast not to lend his voice to the Futurama episode Where No Fan Has Gone Before. This led to the character of "Scotty" being replaced by the farcical "Welshie". According to Futurama's producers, Doohan's only response to their request that he appear on the show was a simple "no way."

    • He made his first (Where No Man Has Gone Before) and last (Star Trek: Generations) Trek appearances with William Shatner.

    • During Jimmy's early stage work, he demonstrated a remarkable gift for foreign accents. He tried several during his audition for Star Trek (1966), and Gene Roddenberry was immediately taken by his Scottish brogue. After being cast as the as-yet unnamed ship's engineer, the two men improvised the name "Montgomery Scott" ('Scott' for the accent, and 'Montgomery' for Doohan's middle name).

    • According to the Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), the Klingon language first introduced in that movie and later featured in many later Trek movies and TV episodes was initially devised by Doohan. His original sounds were later expanded upon and refined by others, ultimately resulting in Shakespeare plays and The Bible being translated into Klingon years later. Ironically, his character, Scotty, complains of difficulty reading Klingon at the start of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

    • Due to his missing middle finger, James' right hand was rarely in shot on Star Trek without it being clenched in a fist. The only two episodes in which the audience can see that his middle finger is missing are "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "Catspaw". In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), his hand can be seen when Scotty is handing McCoy the parts from the Trans-Warp Drive, as well as in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) when Scotty is holding the dinner given to him by Uhura while he was working on the repairing the systems on the bridge.

    • Jimmy was among many WWII veterans to publically thank Steven Spielberg for not holding back on the intensity of the Normandy Invasion scene in Saving Private Ryan (1998).

    • Jimmy used to live across the street from Ralph Thorson and his family, the main subjects of the movie The Hunter (1980) and the television series The Huntress (2000).

    • Jimmy was given an honorary Degree in Engineering by the Milwaukee School of Engineering where apparently half of the students polled said they were inspired to study engineering by his role in Star Trek (1966).

    • Jimmy toured the United States as the Spokesman for Philips Electronics HDTV in 1999.

    • James was able to affect several different accents. Gene Roddenberry asked which he preferred, and Doohan reportedly replied "If you're going to have an engineer, you'd better make him Scottish."

    • Early in his acting career, James starred in the Canadian version of the Howdy Doody Show.

    • Whenever the character of "Scotty" was seen operating the transporter controls and the camera zoomed in on his hands, hand models were used for the shots since James was missing his right middle finger.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • James Doohan: I used to get 100% in physics and chemistry and mathematics (well, maybe a couple of points off in mathematics), and that was in high school. Of course, the war came along and I was in the Army for six years and two months and I landed on D-Day, number one off on my beach.

  • Jimmy Doohan was the BEST!

    I have been a Star Trek fan for over 20 years and I have to say that Scotty is my all time favorite character. I have been to several conventions and I had the honor of attending 2 that Jimmy was the main guest. He had a way with the fans. He was personable and could tell great stories. As the years passed Jimmy never seemed to stop doing conventions and talking and giving autographs to fans. He was an outstanding actor and a great person. Jimmy will be missed.moreless
  • james doohan was the best there every where

    james was smart and sweet and funny and he did his best at everything he tried and he was so sweet to everyone he every meet when he walked into a room everyone smiles because he made everyone happy and when he died everyone who watches star trek cried i know i did and he mad everyone laugh when the work with him or talk with him and his the way he talk was hot and cool we all miss him and we all love him he is so sweet and loveable and eveyone loved that about him and want to talk to him forevey

    we all love you james and we all miss you scotty we will forevermoreless