Born James Montgomery Doohan on the 3rd March 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, of Northern Irish ancestry – his parents were both immigrants from Bangor – he was an actor, best known to the world as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the TV and film franchise “Star Trek”; he became known also for devising Klingon and Vulcan languages. His career started in 1952 and ended in 2005, when he passed away.
Have you ever wondered how rich James Doohan was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Doohan’s net worth was as high as $7 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.
James Doohan Net Worth $7 Million
James was the youngest child of Sarah Frances and William Patrick Doohan. He and his family left Vancouver and settled in Sarnia, Ontario, where he went to Sarnia Collegiate Institute and then Technical School, where he excelled in mathematics and science. After finishing high school, James enlisted in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938, and throughout the Second World War James served in the Royal Canadian Artillery – he was shot six times by a nervous Canadian sentry – four bullets in his leg, one in his chest and one through his right middle finger, which was then amputated. He also obtained a military pilot’s license, as he graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40.
Once the war was over, James settled in London, Ontario where he wanted to learn more about technology and engineering. Instead, he heard about a drama school in Toronto, and wanted to try himself as an actor after hearing a radio drama, but wasn’t much impressed by actors, thinking that he could do much better. He won a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, sharing classrooms with future stars Leslie Nielsen, Richard Boone and Tony Randall, among others.
As early as 1946 he found a job at CBC radio, and contributed to more 4,000 radio programs and 450 television programs in the next several years. His career on screen began in the mid- ‘50s, but without any major success until appearing in the TV series “Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans” in 1957. In the mid- ’60 he auditioned for the role in “Star Trek” of chief engineer of the USS Enterprise, bragging about his skill to speak in several accents – producer Gene Roddenberry wanted to know which was his favorite, and James answered that the best engineers were Scotsmen. James got the role, and to choose the name of the character – Montgomery Scott, after his grandfather. However, the show wasn’t very popular in its original airing, but instead when reruns began, the show started to build on popularity. James couldn’t land other significant role, but then voiced Scotty in the animated TV series “Star Trek: The Animated Series” (1973-1974), and then in 1978 played Commander Canarvin in the TV series “Jason of Star Command”.
However, thanks for the increased popularity of the series, “Star Trek” returned in the way of films, and James was again in the role of Scotty, in seven installments of the “Star Trek” film franchise, which only increased his net worth. Also, James appeared in numerous Star Trek conventions, mostly due to an inability to land any other notable role, as he lived off Star Trek gatherings and other events. Some of his later roles included as Damon Warwick in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1996-1997).
Thanks to his portrayal of Scotty and influence on masses, numerous students cited him as their idol and inspiration to study engineering. For this, James received an honorary degree in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Also, James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Regarding his personal life, James was married three times. At the time of his death he had been married to Wende Braunberger since 1974, with who he has three children. Previously, he was married to Janet Young (1949-64), with whom he has four children, and Anita Yagel(1967-72).
Throughout his later life, James had severe health problems, which included diabetes, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, and as early as 2004 he announced that he was suffering from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which forced him to leave the public life for good. He passed away on the 20th July 2005 in Redmond, Washington. Part of his ashes were scattered into space on the Falcon 9 rocket in 2012, originally scheduled for 2007, but the rocket failed to launch. The rest of his ashes were dispersed over Puget Sound in Washington State.
Pictured as the character Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott on one of a set of five Canadian commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television series Star Trek (1966), issued May 5, 2016. Price on day of issue was 85¢. Other stamps in the set honored William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and John Colicos.
As a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery, he participated in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. He was shot seven times and had to have the middle finger of his right hand amputated. Twenty years later, he had a small role in the film 36 Hours (1964), which concerned the Nazis attempting to discover the date and location of D-Day.
Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for his role as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
One of the proudest moments in his career was when he communicated with a fan whom he deduced was struggling with suicidal feelings. Doohan invited her to a convention and invited her to more conventions. Eventually, the woman disappeared and he could not find her. He then received a letter eight years later from the woman who said she had just received her degree in Engineering and thanking him for his help.
Like his co-star DeForest Kelley, he was proud to learn that his performance had inspired many people to follow his characters profession (Engineering).
He made amends with his former co-star William Shatner before passing away in 2005.
A gifted dialectician, he read aloud several Star Trek "Books On Tape" for Simon and Schuster, performing all of the varied accents with alarming skill.
Another episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series that you can see his missing middle finger is "Friday's Child". When he is making the Captain's log entry, a crew member hands him a report to sign and you see his right hand.
In real life, he had some engineering expertise. He often went boating with Gene Roddenberry after Star Trek (1966)'s cancellation, and recalled in an interview that his experience was needed to save Roddenberry from serious danger.
Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), which was over 18 months after his actual death.
In Gene DeWeese's 2005 Star Trek novel "The Engines of Destiny", a last farewell to Doohan is made. Scotty finally retires at age 200 from being a "Miracle Worker", at Starfleet's Corps of Engineers.
In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the character Dr. Nichols wore an "I Quit Smoking" badge. This represents an engineer's surrender of a habit. James Doohan had personal experiences with his father's alcoholism, while living in British Columbia, Canada.
A cocktail known as the "Beam me up, Scotty" (Jim Beam, 7-Up and Glenlivit single malt scotch) is named in honor of James Doohan's character.
Was scouted for acting roles in Hollywood by fellow Canadian actor William Shatner. When asked by Gene Roddenberry what accent to give the engineer, he chose Scottish, for Scotland's numerous engineering accomplishments and his own ancestry.
Gained weight in the early 1980s as a consequence of quitting smoking.
The date of his death (July 20, 2005) is the anniversary of what is arguably the greatest engineering achievement in human history, the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon.
On D-Day, his Royal Canadian Artillery unit was assigned to land on Juno Beach (the Canadian beach - Gold and Sword were British, Omaha and Utah were American). When returning to his Command Post, after liaising with the unit's Regimental Survey Officer, Lieutenant Doohan was machine-gunned and took eight bullets: three in his hand, smashing his middle finger; four in his leg and one in his chest. The one shot in his chest would have proved fatal if not for a silver cigarette case he had in the breast pocket of his uniform.
He was the only then-living Star Trek (1966) cast member not to lend his voice to the Futurama (1999) episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", leading to his character Scotty being replaced by the farcical Welshie. According to the series' creators, his only response to their request that he appear on the series was a simple "No way".
His parents, Sarah Frances (née Montgomery) and William Patrick Doohan emigrated to Canada from Bangor, Northern Ireland some time before his birth. His father owned a chemist shop (pharmacy) in Bangor Town centre, on Main Street, beside the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
At 8:58 a.m. Mountain Time on April 28, 2007 (and after several delays), some of his ashes were sent about 70 miles above the earth on a private SpaceLoft XL rocket by Houston's Space Services, Inc., a company specializing in such memorials. The rocket was lost for three weeks after the flight but now has been found and all remains are still intact. Also among the participants of this flight were the ashes of U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper and Star Trek (1966) writer/director/producer John Meredyth Lucas, as well as 199 others. Space Services, Inc. had previously sent up the ashes of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and LSD guru Timothy Leary in 1997.
He was the youngest of four children of William Doohan (a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist) and Sarah Doohan. His early life was miserable because of his father being a drunk and abusive to the entire family.
His grandson, Kyle, was born in 1987. He is the son of Doohan's second daughter, Deirdre.
Suffered a massive heart attack in 1979.
Did many of the voice-over roles on the original Star Trek (1966) series, including the M-5 from "The Ultimate Computer" and Sargon from "Return to Tomorrow".
During his early stage work, he demonstrated a remarkable gift for foreign accents. He tried several during his audition for Star Trek (1966) and Gene Roddenberry was immediately taken by his Scottish brogue. Roddenberry cast him as the (previously-unnamed) ship's engineer character and they improvised the name Montgomery Scott ("Scott" for the accent and "Montgomery" for Doohan's middle name).
Suffered from Alzheimer's disease and was ravaged by Parkinson's disease, diabetes, lung fibrosis and pneumonia.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 31, 2004.
According to the Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), the Klingon language first introduced in that movie and later featured in many later movies and television episodes was initially devised by James Doohan. His original sounds were later expanded upon and refined by others, ultimately resulting in William Shakespeare plays and The Bible being translated into Klingon years later. Ironically, his character Scotty complains of difficulty reading Klingon at the beginning of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
Episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series in which one can see that his middle finger is missing: "The Enemy Within", "Space Seed","The Trouble with Tribbles", "Catspaw", "Day of the Dove" (when Doohan grabs a claymore) and "The Lights of Zetar" (towards the ending, when Scotty grabs Lt. Mira Romaine). Also in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), when Scotty is handing McCoy the parts from the Transwarp Drive, as well as in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) when Scotty is holding a plastic bag dinner given to him by Uhura.
Attended S.C.I.T.S. High School in Sarnia, Ontario.
Had four children with Janet Young: Larkin Doohan (born 1954), Deirdre Doohan (born 1957), and twin boys, Montgomery Doohan (born 1959) and Christopher Doohan (born 1959). Larkin is a nurse, and Deirdre is an aspiring singer/actress.
He used to live across the street from Ralph Thorson and his family, the main subjects and the writer of the movies The Hunter (1980) as well as the television series The Huntress (2000).
He received an honorary degree in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering where apparently half of the students polled said they were inspired to study engineering by his role on Star Trek (1966).
Landed on Juno Beach on D-Day as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery. Soon after, while walking across a mine field, he and his unit were attacked by enemy fire, as the Germans shot at them with machine guns. He was hit by four bullets to the leg, his middle finger of his right hand was shot off, and a bullet struck his chest. His life was saved when that hit a silver cigarette case which had been given to him by his brother.
Toured as celebrity spokesperson for Philips Electronics HDTV in 1999.
He and his wife Wende have two adult sons: Eric Doohan and Thomas Doohan.
He and his wife Wende became parents to daughter Sarah Doohan on April 11, 2000.
Catchphrase: "I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!" (When asked by Captain Kirk to push the Enterprise engines beyond their limit)
Scottish brogue which he often used while portraying Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek (1966) and seven of the Star Trek films
 I wish I could say that Bill (William Shatner) is a nice man, but he isn't.
That's the responsibility of all actors: to keep your character as vibrant as possible. I just live my life and I like my characters to live that life, too. At least Scotty, anyway, because Scotty is the closest to Jimmy Doohan that I've ever done.
I really didn't have to work, shall we say, with Star Trek. It was a natural. When I opened my mouth, there was Scotty. It's like I tell people what you see in Scotty is 99% James Doohan and 1% accent.
I like Captain Kirk, but I can't say that I'm very fond of Bill Shatner (William Shatner).