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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:45 PM
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Star Trek's Scotty, James Doohan, Dead At 85
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 05:04 PM by cryingshame
James Doohan, 'Star Trek's' Scotty, dead at 85



LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

The Canadian-born Doohan 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.' "

The series, which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as the enigmatic Mr. Spock, attracted an enthusiastic following of science fiction fans, especially among teenagers and children, but not enough ratings power. NBC canceled it after three seasons.

When the series ended in 1969, Doohan found himself typecast as Montgomery Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in his voice. In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow."

"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and since then everything's been just lovely."

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:48 PM
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1. Beam me up, Scotty
:cry:
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Trailrider1951 Donating Member (933 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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2. Scotty has died...
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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3. Beam him up!
RIP, Mr. Scott...
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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4. The airhead on CNN just tripped over her tongue and called him
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 04:28 PM by cornermouse
Spotty before correcting herself. Other than a pretty face, what are the job qualifications for that position?
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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5. Yeah, but it was the wrong Scotty
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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6. hey
Now now, keep that up and the thought police will be on to us :yoiks:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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7. Bummer
:-(
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DebJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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8. oh no...whose going to beam us up when the Neocons take over?
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Norbert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:17 PM
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18. They won't take over
Scotty told me where he hid all the dilithuim crystals.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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9. ahhh Fly on Angels wings Mr. Doohan and thanks for all the
memories of you!
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non sociopath skin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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10. Another boyhood icon gone (sigh)
The Skin
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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11. the toilet tissue guy?
oh no!
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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For a sec I thought you meant Scottie McClellan
I see a heart attack in that overweight pasty faced young man's future.

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wysi Donating Member (475 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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13. Bummer...
James Doohan is the only Star Trek cast member I've ever met.

RIP and thanks for the memories.
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ochazuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:52 PM
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12. Scotty must have been a Democrat
because "he hannot got th' power!"
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:53 PM
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14. He's dead, Jim......
RIP, Scotty. This bonny lass will miss ya'.
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:56 PM
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15. Oh no!!!
:( :( :cry:

I saw him at a convention once.

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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:11 PM
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16. beam me up to Heaven
Rest in peace Mr Scott

I had a premonition about this a week ago.....weird
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BlueStateModerate Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:11 PM
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17. Very sad
I just hope that all of Trek doesn't die with him. The series isn't looking so hot right now.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:23 PM
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19. Locking
I'd move this to the lounge, as I did several earlier threads, but there are already eleven there now.

Here is a link to the longest, most active thread
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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