Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Beam Him Up

James Doohan, Star Trek's Scotty, died today of a combination of Pneumonia and Alzheimers at age 85. Prior to becoming an actor, Doohan was a WWII vet who was wounded on D-Day on Juno beach. One of the bullets he was hit with was theatrically stopped by his cigarette case. Proof that smoking won't always kill you I suppose.

He described the character of Scotty as himself with Scottish accent. He initially chaffed at being typecast, but accepted it on the advice of his dentist (of all people) and made the best of it ever since.

Doohan married 3 times and divorced twice. He has a total of nine children, the youngest of which is only five.

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