James Doohan, the actor who played, “Scotty” on the original Star Trek, has passed away at the age of 85. He was battling Parkinsons and Alzheimers.
Doohan lived in Redmond, WA where Microsoft is based. From time to time you’d hear about sightings up until a few years ago.
From CNN: The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the StarTrek.com Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.
“The producers asked me which one I preferred,” Doohan recalled 30 years later. “I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding. So I told them, ‘If this character is going to be an engineer, you’d better make him a Scotsman.’ “
My favorite note- Doohan’s last child was sired at the age of 80. More power to ya Scotty 🙂