Actor James Doohan, most famous for his role as Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott from TV’s Star Trek passed away this morning at his Redmond, WA home from a combination of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s. He was 85.
Doohan, a Canadian born actor served in the Canadian armed forces and was a veteran of the D-Day invasion. After the war he enrolled in an acting class in Toronto and went on to win a scholarship at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he was a classmate of Leslie Nielson and Tony Randall.
Unlike fellow Trek actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, who both struggled with the legacy of their roles for many years before coming to accept them later in life, Doohan early on came to accept and enjoy the after effects of his Scotty role.
Doohan is survived by his nine children (six from his previous two marriages) and his wife Wende of 28 years.