James Doohan

Actor
Known most famously for playing beloved chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the classic science fiction series, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor James Doohan became a pop-culture icon to generations of adoring fans. His ... Read more »
Born: 03/02/1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (30)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Duke 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Fusion: Fire From Water 1999 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bug Buster 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homeboys in Outer Space 1973 - 1974, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1973 - 1975, 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1973 - 1975, 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

River of Stone 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek: A Captain's Log 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Storybook 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amore! 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Double Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Chief O'Brien (Actor)

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Actor)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

53rd Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Actor)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Jason of Star Command 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 (Movie)

Follo (Actor)

Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

Building Superintendent (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

Scalplock (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Known most famously for playing beloved chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the classic science fiction series, "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), actor James Doohan became a pop-culture icon to generations of adoring fans. His professional acting career began with prolific work in radio and television, on series such as "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) and "The Virginian" (NBC, 1962-1971) prior to landing his career-making role on Gene Roddenberry's "Western set in space." As monumental as the part was, Doohan was unfortunately typecast as the tough-under-pressure Scotsman who managed to repeatedly save the U.S.S. Enterprise from danger at the very last second, while declaring in great, often flustered detail how he was going about saving it. As luck would have it, by the time he had accepted his professional lot in life, the franchise was brought back to life, bigger than ever, with the release of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), spawning five successful sequels, in all of which Doohan made appearances. Although he found sporadic work outside the "Trek" universe, Doohan good-naturedly gave back to the loyal community of fans who for years flocked to see him and the other members of the Enterprise crew at various conventions, before passing away in 2005, the second lead to do so after the 1999 death of DeForest Kelley. A mixed blessing throughout his life to be sure, Doohan's portrayal of the beloved and beleaguered "Scotty" granted him an enduring legacy very few actors would ever have the good fortune to attain.

Relationships

Wende Braunberger

Wife
born c. 1956 married in 1975 mother of Doohan's three youngest children

William Doohan

Father

Sarah Doohan

Mother

Deidre Doohan

Daughter
born c. 1957 mother, Judy Doohan

Sarah Doohan

Daughter
born on April 11, 2000 mother, Wende Doohan

Christopher Doohan

Son
born c. 1959 twin of Montgomery mother, Judy Doohan

Eric Doohan

Son
mother, Wende Doohan

Larkin Doohan

Son
born c. 1954 mother, Judy Doohan

Montgomery Doohan

Son
born c. 1959 twin of Christopher mother, Judy Doohan

Thomas Doohan

Son
mother, Wende Doohan

Anita Yagel

Wife
married on November 22, 1967 divorced has two children with Doohan

Janet Young

Wife
married in 1949 divorced in 1964 mother of Doohan's four older children

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

S.C.I.T.S. High School

Sarnia , Ontario

Milestones

2004

Received a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)

1999

Named spokesman for Philips Electronics HDTV

1998

Reprised daytime role on "The Bold and the Beautiful"

1996

Guest starred on the UPN sitcom "Homeboys in Outer Space"

1996

Again played Scotty on an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (Syndicated)

1993

Played Damon Warwick on the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful"

1987

Reprised role of Scotty on the "Relics" episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Syndicated)

1979

Appeared as Scotty in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," the first of seven "Star Trek" movies

1978

Voiced character of Commander Carnarvin on the adventure series "Jason of Star Command" (CBS)

1973

Voiced several characters on the animated "Star Trek" (NBC) series

1966

Played signature role of Lt. Commander Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott on "Star Trek" (NBC)

1963

Feature film debut, "The Wheeler Dealers/Separate Beds"

1953

TV series debut as regular on "Space Command"

1949

Made TV acting debut on an episode of "Martin Kane, Private Detective" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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Doohan was a Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Pilot during WWII. He lost the middle finger of his right hand in the war.

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In July 2004, Doohan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He also suffered from Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and developed fibrosis from chemical exposure in WWII.

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Doohan's remains were supposed to be blasted into space in October 2006. His ashes were finally sent into orbit on May 22, 2012 aboard SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket as part of an in-space for-profit burial business.

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