James M. Doohan
1920 - 2005
"God be with you. Love Wende"
Tribute to Jimmy
friend has passed. James Doohan was admired by so many. Star Trek
fans throughout the world loved Engineer Montgomery Scott and
came to know Jimmy, the actor who portrayed him, from the countless
conventions all over the world that became a part of his life.
He loved meeting fans. He was an exuberant people person. Jimmy
reveled in laughing, talking, and, especially, drinking with people.
He embraced the joy of living with the gusto of a Falstaff.
Jimmy was big and generous with everything - he shared his pleasures,
his dislikes, his passions, and, most generously, his luminous
gift as an actor. He was fascinating to watch on screen, on the
boards in a theater, or on a convention stage. He brought his
life in all his robustness to his work. Jimmy was Scotty. He famously
said, "Scotty is 99 percent me and 1 percent accent."
To me, Scotty was 100 percent Jimmy's talent for conferring his
entire being to his work. Jimmy's life radiated from every role
he played. Whether as a Scottish Starfleet engineer on screen,
as an English barrister on stage, or making an appearance at a
convention, Jimmy's life was fully and beamingly there. He was
Jimmy was one of a kind. He was a joy to work with. I loved doing
scenes with him. Jimmy gave so much. His generosity as an actor
was remarkable. He could also be a considerate adviser. When I
was having trouble with a particular phrase in my dialogue, he'd
give me suggestions from his bountiful bag of experience. During
some of the inevitable boring waits between set-ups, he was fun
to be with on the set. When he got grumpy, it was best to leave
For a time, before he moved to Redmond, Washington, Jimmy was
my special drinking buddy. We shared some blissful times together.
He loved his Scotch. He was of Irish ancestry but he said he had
imbibed enough of the libation of Scotland to qualify him as a
Scotsman. When his doctor told him he had to quit drinking Scotch,
he dutifully complied. He switched to vodka. He introduced me
to the pleasures of a lovely wine - Chateau Neuf du Pape. I introduced
him to the delights of sushi. Jimmy, with his characteristic passion,
took to the delectable flavors of raw fish from his first bite.
His spirit of adventure was in his palate as well as his soul.
Jimmy Doohan was a hearty, down-to-earth guy. Now, he will be
more than that. He has asked that his remains be shot out to space.
That is so you, Jimmy.
When all of us who loved you look up at the vastness of the twinkling
night sky, we'll know that you are truly there among the stars,
beaming down at us from the heavens with that wonderful, sparkling
smile of yours.
James Doohan received a star on Hollywood
Walk of Fame, on August 31, 2004. Here with George Takei, Nichelle
Nichols, and Grace Lee Whitney (back), after the ceremony.