Star Trek’s James Doohan has Alzheimer’s
WaPo’s Reliable Source has this sad news:
Sadly, James M. Doohan, known as Scotty — as in “Beam me up, Scotty” in “Star Trek” — has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his agent confirmed yesterday. Doohan, 84, has a 4-year-old daughter and two sons with his wife, Wende, and four older children from a previous marriage.
(Hat tip: Jeff Quinton)
It’s hard to believe “Scotty” is 84, but then it’s been 38 years since the debut of Star Trek. He hasn’t been well and, judging by the looks of him, he hasn’t always taken the best care of himself. But Altzheimer’s is among the cruelest of diseases.
While this is the first I’ve heard of it, the news has been out a few days, apparently. TrekWeb had the story July 1st:
‘Scotty’ Actor James Doohan Suffering from Alzheimers DiseaseThe British press reports today that STAR TREK actor James Doohan is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. According to Sky News, the 84 year-old ‘Scotty’ star has also battled Parkinson’s, diabetes, and lung fibrosis.
“With Jimmy it’s the loss of words,” his wife Wende revealed. “He is not so sick yet that he doesn’t know people… What he had for breakfast might be an iffy thing, but golly he could tell you all about how he got the part in STAR TREK.”
Doohan will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony in Los Angeles next month (story), joining all but Walter Koenig (‘Chekov’) from the original STAR TREK series to have received the honor.
Fark, however, always looks on the bright side of life, as in this report from May:
Star Trek’s James Doohan not dead yet nor in coma. Still fat, drunk, and unhealthy though.
IMDb has a complete listing of Doohan’s television and movie appearances, which span from 1951 to 1999.
He is also apparently a WWII veteran–and a Canadian, no less–as noted in this prelude to a Sci-Fi Online interview.
ames Doohan served in the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II before starting his acting career with a radio show appearance on 12 January 1946. While numerous radio and screen roles followed, Doohan was destined to find interstellar fame and fortune 20 years later thanks to the role of Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in Star Trek. Today, Doohan has effectively retired from acting and, due to a number of illnesses which included a bout of pneumonia that left him hospitalised last year, has reluctantly cut back on public appearances.
Among the things I stumbled upon that I wish I hadn’t–ranked depressingly high on Google–is James Doohan Nude Pics – James Doohan Naked Video. I couldn’t bring myself to click the link.
In the Sci-Fi interview, Doohan states, “Scotty is 99 per cent James Doohan and one per cent accent.” I always enjoyed the Scotty character; I suspect I’d like Doohan a lot, too.