July 2, 2004

Scotty Battling Alzheimer's

I saw this rumoured two days ago, and sadly, it has been confirmed.

James Doohan is battling his latest opponent with typical Scotty tenacity.

The 84-year-old Star Trek veteran, who held together the Enterprise against repeated Klingon attack through his tenure on the original TV series and in several big-screen movies, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his son, Chris Doohan, confirmed Friday.


"If you ask him about D-Day, he'll go on about an hour about D-Day," Chris Doohan said.

A native of Canada, James Doohan fought, and was wounded, in that historic World War II battle as a captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery.

To the world, Doohan is best known as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the fiery chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise.


In August, he'll bid farewell to the still thriving Trek convention circuit, with "Beam Me Up Scotty...One Last Time," a three-day fest that's billed as his last-ever con appearance.

"He wants to say thank you to [the fans]," Chris Doohan said.

I met him once about twelve years ago. He was quite charming and very gentlemanly.

Posted by Ithildin at July 2, 2004 4:33 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Now that's a darn shame. I met Jimmy many times and have many souvenir pictures of the occasions. He was indeed very charming. Very sorry to hear the news.

Posted by: CrankyBeach at July 2, 2004 6:39 PM

It must be thirty years since I last saw "Scotty". As always a Gentleman and he showed a great blooper real along with the Questor pilot. I can't remember whether Gene was there, but Mr Doohan was the only actor.

It was a writer's SF con sponsered by a university english department. It might have been as late as the Fall of '75 as Frank Herbert was talking about character development for "Children of Dune."

"Scottie" was always the professional and the students treated him with respect. I got my chance to thank him and I may have shook his hand. That was a simpler time. Even SCA wasn't as ornate. How distant those times now seem.

Posted by: The Thomas at July 2, 2004 9:13 PM

That's sad to hear.

Posted by: jen at July 3, 2004 3:29 AM

Bleep! I have had the pleasure to meet him many times over the years, and it was literally a pleasure. It didn't matter if we were both speaking at a con, or covering NASA, he was always a professional and fun.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at July 3, 2004 6:51 AM