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James Doohan, Scotty from 'Star Trek', Dies at Age 85

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James Doohan, Scotty from 'Star Trek', Dies at Age 85

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James Doohan, Scotty from 'Star Trek', Dies at Age 85

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We remember James Doohan, the actor who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, chief engineer of the Enterprise on the original Star Trek TV series. He died early Wednesday morning at his home in Washington state. He was 85.

Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk's famous command — "Beam me up Scotty" — stuck with Doohan throughout his career as an actor.

Canadian by birth, Doohan grew up with his alcoholic father and joined the Canadian forces when he was 19. He fought with the Allies in World War II and fought at Normandy on D-Day. After the war, he pursued an acting career that spanned Canada, New York and Hollywood. He starred in more than 400 television shows as well as the first seven Star Trek movies.

Undoubtedly, Doohan will best be remembered by his legions of fans round the world as the resourceful starship U.S.S. Enterprise engineer with a wild Scottish brogue.

Guests:

Robert Justman, associate and supervising producer of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Next Generation

Wil Wheaton, Ensign Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation; author and blogger

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