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James Doohan: The Short Bio And Net Worth Of The "Star Trek" Star

Date April 22, 2020 10:43

James Doohan, a Star Trek star and real-life hero, was a true inspiration. Best known for playing "Scotty" in the extremely popular science-fiction TV series, Doohan influenced many show’s fans to become engineers or try themselves in other careers in technical fields. But what do we really know about the talented actor’s life?

James Doohan’s bio

Before he joined the Starship Enterprise’s team, James Doohan received the reputation of the “craziest pilot in the Canadian air force” during World War II. Born in Vancouver, the brave Canadian with Irish roots joined the Army to run away from the difficult life at home.

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His father had issues with drinking and terrorized Doohan and his three siblings. James joined the Royal Canadian Army when he was just a teenager right after finishing high school with excellent marks, especially in subjects like chemistry and physics.

During the war, Doohan led his men through the mined beaches of Normandy and managed to shoot 2 German snipers but the horrifying battles left a forever reminder on his soul and on his body.

He was shot by the German machine guns: one bullet took his middle finger and the other could have taken his life. He was shot in his chest but was saved by a silver cigarette case that James had in his pocket, which deflected the bullet.

When the war was over, Doohan returned to Canada but then moved to New York after winning a 2-year scholarship at the professional conservatory for actors called the Neighborhood Playhouse. This is when his acting career began.

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James Doohan’s most-known movies and TV shows, except Star Trek franchise, include:

  • One of Our Spies Is Missing;
  • Double-Trouble;
  • The Duke;
  • General Motors Theatre;
  • Peyton Place;
  • Bewitched;
  • Jason of Star Command;
  • Knight Rider 2000;
  • The Twilight Zone;
  • The Bold and The Beautiful.

Unlike many actors before and after him, Doohan loved interacting with fans. Once, he even saved one fan’s life. He received a letter from a woman, who revealed she was in a very bad place. He called her and invited her to a conference where the two met and had a chat.

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He continued meeting her at the conferences for over 2 years until one day she disappeared. Eight years later, Doohan received a letter from her saying that he inspired her to get a master’s degree in electronic engineering. He was truly a hero in so many ways!

James Doohan’s net worth

Even though many would think that Doohan’s iconic Star Trek role would help him to get more exciting work, James’ acting career suffered majorly after the series ended. He had troubles getting cast as everyone saw him as Scotty.

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But after realizing he couldn’t get away from the role, James decided to embrace his position and supported his family with personal appearances on conventions. Despite that, he managed to earn quite a big net worth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Doohan could boast a fortune worth $7 million.

His final appearance was in 2005's movie Skinwalker: Curse of the Shaman. It was also the year when the legendary actor passed away. He died because of pulmonary fibrosis’ complications and was cremated after.

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James Doohan inspired entire generations and changed the lives of so many people. Even astronaut Neil Armstrong personally thanked him for his contribution to the humankind. Even though Doohan is no longer with us, his legacy lives on and will continue to do so for years to come.