Friday, October 22

Star Trek's James Doohan, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott.

Star Trek's James Doohan, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott.

He was Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan’s characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise, and inspired many fans to pursue careers in engineering and other technical fields. He also made contributions behind the scenes; such as initial development of the Klingon and Vulcan languages. James returned to play the character in the animated and film continuations of the series, and made frequent appearances at Star Trek conventions. Auditioning for the role of chief engineer of the USS Enterprise, before Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek), Doohan did several different accents. Roddenberry asked which he preferred, and Doohan replied, “If you want an engineer, in my experience the best engineers are Scotsmen.” He chose the name “Montgomery Scott” after his grandfather.along with fellow cast members Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Doohan’s character was elevated in importance to leads alongside William Shatner’s Captain James T. Kirk. Decades later in the The Next Generation episode “Relics,” Doohan played an elderly Scotty sitting in a simulation of the TOS Enterprise’s bridge and reflecting on his life: “I served aboard eleven ships – freighters, cruisers, starships – but this is the only one I think of. The only one I miss.”
James died in July of 2005 at age 85.