DEAD: ON THIS DATE
James Doohan (aged 85)
Canadian character and voice actor
James Montgomery Doohan ( March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Canadian actor, voice actor, author and former soldier in the Canadian Army, best known for his role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan’s characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trekfranchise, and inspired many fans to pursue careers in engineering and other technical fields. He also made contributions behind the scenes, such as the initial development of the Klingon and Vulcan languages.
DEATH: On July 20, 2005, at 5:30 in the morning, Doohan died at his home in Redmond, Washington, due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis, which was believed to be from exposure to noxious substances during World War II. His body was subsequently cremated.