Star Trek

STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 (Missing Finger)

James Doohan played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, chief engineer on the Federation starship USS Enterprise.


At age 19, James Doohan joined the Canadian army just as World War II was breaking out. While wading ashore on D-Day, artillery officer Lt. Doohan lost the middle finger of his right hand to machine-gun fire.

At the invasion of Normandy, he also killed two snipers and successfully led his men through a mine field. He was shot 4 times in the leg, and once in the chest, but was saved by a cigarette case he had in his pocket.

Five weeks later he volunteered as pilot for reconnaissance duty where he earned the moniker “The Craziest Pilot in the Canadian Air Force.”

James Doohan died July 20, 2005 (age 85) in Redmond, Washington.

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