Wednesday, July 20, 2005

beam him up

'Star Trek's' Scotty, James Doohan, dead at 85 - Yahoo! News: "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."