Did you know that James Doohan was born today in 1920? He was a Canadian actor who appeared on television and movies. He also performed as a voice actor on the radio and in animated shows. James Doohan had a reputation as a versatile actor with a talent for accents. He appeared in westerns, science fiction, space, drama and action shows. However, he is best known for his portrayal of Montgomery Scott, or “Scotty” the dauntless and resourceful engineer in Star Trek. He also helped to develop the Vulcan and Klingon alien languages.
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James Doohan also served in the Canadian military during World War II. He was an infantry man and trained as a pilot. On D-Day he was saw combat landing at Juno Beach. He led his men to higher ground and a defensive position. While walking between command posts later that night, he was shot by a nervous sentry. He was shot by six rounds: 4 in his leg; 1 in his chest, that was stopped a silver cigarette case; and 1 that went through his right middle finger, necessitating amputation.
James Doohan chose the name “Montgomery Scot” after his grandfather.
In Star Trek: The Animated Series, James Doohan not only provided the voice for Scotty, but also for most of the guest male roles such as Lieutenant Arex.
Many fans of Star Trek, such as Astronaut Neil Armstrong, mentioned that the plucky and intrepid Montgomery Scott was an inspiration for them to study and choose engineering as their profession.