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James Doohan Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 3, 1920
  • Died: Jul 20, 2005

Canadian-born actor James Doohan trained for his career at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and built much of his reputation upon his uncanny skill at foreign dialects. It was director [[Performer~P91970~James Goldstone~jamesgoldstone]] who in 1965 suggested that Doohan audition for the supporting role of chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise on [[Feature~V133191~Star Trek~startrek[tvseries]]]. After trying out a variety of accents during the audition, Doohan latched onto a Scottish brogue which tickled the fancy of [[Feature~V133191~Trek~startrek[tvseries]]] producer [[Performer~P108615~Gene Roddenberry~generoddenberry]]. Thus, the chief engineer was dubbed Scotty -- or, more formally, Lt. Montgomery Scott (Montgomery happened to be Doohan's middle name). The actor remained in the role until [[Feature~V133191~Star Trek~startrek[tvseries]]]'s cancellation in 1969, subsequently reviving the character for the 1974 cartoon series and the many theatrical films. Though he most assuredly had a career outside of Scotty (among many other projects, he was one of the stars of the 1979 Saturday-morning TV series Jason of Star Command), Doohan has frequently been called upon to play variations of the character in film and TV projects ranging from [[Feature~V34584~National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1~nationallampoonsloadedweapon1]] to [[Feature~V126810~Knight Rider 2000~knightrider2000]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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