Our readers who are avid fans of science-fiction are no doubt saddened by the passing of James Doohan, who portrayed Star Trek ship’s engineer Scotty for television, feature films and video games. The 85-year-old Canadian actor had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and also struggled with diabetes, lung fibrosis and pneumonia.
In addition to lending his voice to various interactive Enterprise voyages, Doohan was known to do the occasional cartoon guest spot. Duckman devotees may recall him playing himself in the episode "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before.” However, he was the only living crew member from the original 1966 series to refuse to participate in the Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.”
Throughout his life, Doohan has proven himself to be every bit as tough as his Scottish on-screen persona. In addition to surviving D-Day as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery during WWII, he managed to recover from a massive heart attack in 1989.
As Scotty, Doohan inspired countless students to go into engineering, prompting the Milwaukee School of Engineering to give him an honorary degree in the subject. Among other honors is a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame, which he received in 2004.
Doohan is survived by his wife of 30 years, Wende, and their three children. He also had four children from a previous marriage.