video Born on this date: James Doohan

James DoohanJames Doohan, who played Scotty on the original Star Trek series, was born March 3, 1920. Doohan died in 2005.

According to Wikipedia, “Doohan developed a talent for accents as a child. Auditioning for the role of Montgomery Scott, Chief Engineer of the USS Enterprise, before Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek), Doohan did several different accents. Roddenberry asked which he preferred, and Doohan replied, ‘Well, if you want an engineer, he better be a Scotsman because, in my experience, all the world’s best engineers have been Scottish.’”

I found this tribute video on YouTube. It’s set to “Beaming,” a song by the Christian rock bank Relient K—which is ironic, because religion is pointedly absent from Star Trek’s vision of the future.

James Doohan tribute by TheKingTheory

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