July 20, 2005

‘Star Trek’s’ Scotty, James Doohan, dead at 85

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor James Doohan, best known as
Scotty, the feisty, Scottish-accented chief engineer on
television's original "Star Trek" series, died on Wednesday at
his home in Redmond, Washington, his manager said. He was 85.

Doohan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last
summer, died of complications from that degenerative illness
and pneumonia, Steve Stevens told Reuters.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Doohan was a
prolific voice actor on Canadian radio before making his move
into television in the 1950s.

But he will be remembered for playing Lt. Commander
Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the can-do chief engineer aboard the
starship USS Enterprise on the original "Star Trek" series,
which ran from 1966-69 on NBC. He reprised the role for several
big-screen "Star Trek" features.

One of his character's chief functions on the show was to
operate the transporter used to "beam" crew members to and from
the Enterprise -- often in response to an order that entered
the pop culture as the catch phrase "Beam me up Scotty."

Doohan's last public appearance was in October, when he was
honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.