Star Trek fans everywhere are saddened by the loss of another original series actor.
James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and movies who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died Wednesday. He was 85.I had the pleasure of seeing Doohan twice in person. He was a great storyteller and his talent with voices was phenomenal. He really knew how to work a crowd. He made no bones about his dislike for William Shatner. I wonder if they ever reconciled. He loved his job and he accepted "Scotty" as an important part of his life. He will be greatly missed. He had an interesting take on the line "Beam me up, Scotty"
Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.
He had said farewell to public life in August 2004, a few months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me up, Scotty."
"I'm not tired of it at all," he replied. "Good gracious, it's been said to me for just about 31 years. It's been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It's been fun."
Warp speed Mr. Scott!