'Star Trek's' Scotty, James Doohan, Dies

The phrase “Beam me up, Scotty,” will be forever attached to memory of James Doohan who played Scotty. The quote, much like the series, is fiction that’s no part of popular lore.

Captain Kirk never actually used these words on in the Star Trek series or movies, the closest in fact being the occasional “Beam us up, Mr Scott,” or “Scotty, one to beam up.” In the Star Trek movies (specifically Star Trek IV), Captain Kirk did command, “Scotty, beam me up,” but that’s as close as they got.

You wouldn’t know it by the reports of Doohan’s death, such as this from AP:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original Star Trek TV series and movies who responded to the command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., 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.

…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.”Of course the AP is not alone – the BBC makes the same mistake as do a host of others caught by Google News.

More on the passing of Doohan at TrekWeb.

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