Sci-Fi fans worldwide celebrate the 101st birth anniversary of the late actor James Doohan (born March 3, 1920), famous for the giant TV series Star Trek.
Even though the actor is known for performing the role of “Scotty” on Star Trek, very few people know that he has voiced over 50 characters in Star Trek and is even credited for voicing seven different roles in a single episode.
Doohan wasn’t just your regular TV actor; he was an epitome of versatility combined with an unmatched talent of acting and voice artistry.
Just like Doohan displayed an incomparable style on-screen playing Scotty, his voice acting wonders were also unparalleled thanks to his professional experience of voicing over 4,000 radio programs.
The legendary artist himself acknowledged his vocal versatility, as he could easily switch into different accents and was quite experimental with his voice.
James Doohan voiced 53 different characters in Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973 TV Show) that are named in the following list in alphabetical order:
- Ancient Insectoid
- Aquan Tribune
- Ari bn Bem
- Chuft Captain
- Commander Thelin
- Commodore Robert Wesley
- Dawson Walking Bear
- Dramian Supreme Perfect
- Enterprise Science Officer
- Enterprise Search Party 7 Lieutenant
- Enterprise Transporter Chief
- Guardian of Forever
- Human Miner
- Karl Four
- Kzin Flyer
- Kzinti Telepath
- Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott
- Lt. Kyle
- Magnetic Organism
- Master Computer
- Mendant of the Terratins
- Orion Captain
- Orion Ensign
- Robert April
- Romulan Commander
- Stavos Keniclius 5
- Tom Markel
- Ursinoid Miner
- Vulcan Healer
- White Rabbit
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Fans all over the world remember the legend on his birthday.
— Captain Edward Jellico (@STDeltaShift) March 3, 2021
The Star Trek official account also remembered the legend in their tweet.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) March 3, 2021
Since Doohan has voiced multiple characters in Star Trek, fans always speculated his favorite character. During an interview, Doohan was asked which accent he liked the most in his entire career, and he went with the Scottish accent that he had used for “Scotty” in Star Trek.
Doohan believed that his vocal cords were quite flexible and could deliver hundreds of different tones, polished by his ability to do different accents.
The Canadian actor admitted that he had only attempted on a Scottish accent once before he was offered Star Trek. It was his experimental nature that led him to use a faux-Scottish tone that gave birth to an unforgettable character.
Doohan served in the Canadian Air Force in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division before he began his acting career. He also took part in WWII. He bravely shot two German snipers on D-Day while leading his men through the field of anti-tank mines. He even got 6 hits on his body, and one hit blew off his middle finger, while his cigarette case safeguarded his heart from one hit.
Even though Star Trek’s success made James Doohan a star, but after the show ended, he struggled with finding decent roles as he was being typecasted. His fans always saw him as Scotty, and it went against his career. He gave a few cameo appearances in various movies and played Damon Warwick’s role in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
James Doohan was presented with a star in the Hollywood Hall of Fame on 31st August 2004. On 20th July, in 2005, Doohan took his last breaths in the morning at his home in Washington; he passed away due to his deteriorating health conditions due to pulmonary fibrosis. Fans remember him for his outstanding display of artistry in his roles, and he is still loved by millions worldwide.