James Doohan Biography

james doohanClaim to Fame: Actor (Scotty from Star Trek)
DOB: March 3, 1920
Date of Death: July 20, 2005
Diabetes Type: Unknown

James Montgomery Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He went to high school at the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School. At the age of 19, Doohan became a part of the Royal Canadian Artillery and soon after became a lieutenant during World War II. On his first combat assignment Doohan was shot six times, once in the chest, once in his right middle finger, and four times in the leg. Luckily the bullet fired to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case. However, he was forced to have his finger amputated.

Doohan would begin his career on a CBC radio station in 1946. During this time, he was taking drama class in Toronto and earned a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Beginning in 1946, he trained at the Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, alongside such future stars as Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall, and Jackie Gleason.

In 1950, Doohan made his first television appearance as a forest ranger on Howdy Doody. He also participated in the television series Space Command. During the 1960's he appeared in many shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Bonanza. However, he is most known for his role as the character Scotty ("Montgomery Scott")" on Star Trek.

Doohan was married three times. He had four children, Larkin, Deirdre, and twins Christopher and Montgomery, with first wife Janet Young before their 1964 divorce. His marriage to Anita Yagel from 1967 to 1972 produced no children. In early 1974, he was introduced to 17-year-old fan Wende Braunberger at a theatre performance, later marrying her that same year. He and Wende were married for 28 years and had three children: Eric, Thomas, and Sarah. Sarah was born in 2000 when Doohan was 80 years old.

On August 31, 2004 Doohan was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the happy times were soon interrupted when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Already suffering from Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and pulmonary fibrosis, this diagnosis was quite a blow. James Doohan passed away in his home on July 20, 2005 from a combination of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Reviewed by dLife staff 12/13.

Last Modified Date: January 16, 2014

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