James Doohan Net Worth

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James Montgomery Doohan net worth is
$7 Million

James Montgomery Doohan Wiki Biography

Born James Montgomery Doohan on the 3rd March 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, of Northern Irish ancestry – his parents were both immigrants from Bangor – he was an actor, best known to the world as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the TV and film franchise “Star Trek”; he became known also for devising Klingon and Vulcan languages. His career started in 1952 and ended in 2005, when he passed away.

Have you ever wondered how rich James Doohan was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Doohan’s net worth was as high as $7 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

James Doohan Net Worth $7 Million

James was the youngest child of Sarah Frances and William Patrick Doohan. He and his family left Vancouver and settled in Sarnia, Ontario, where he went to Sarnia Collegiate Institute and then Technical School, where he excelled in mathematics and science. After finishing high school, James enlisted in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938, and throughout the Second World War James served in the Royal Canadian Artillery – he was shot six times by a nervous Canadian sentry – four bullets in his leg, one in his chest and one through his right middle finger, which was then amputated. He also obtained a military pilot’s license, as he graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40.

Once the war was over, James settled in London, Ontario where he wanted to learn more about technology and engineering. Instead, he heard about a drama school in Toronto, and wanted to try himself as an actor after hearing a radio drama, but wasn’t much impressed by actors, thinking that he could do much better. He won a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, sharing classrooms with future stars Leslie Nielsen, Richard Boone and Tony Randall, among others.

As early as 1946 he found a job at CBC radio, and contributed to more 4,000 radio programs and 450 television programs in the next several years. His career on screen began in the mid- ‘50s, but without any major success until appearing in the TV series “Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans” in 1957. In the mid- ’60 he auditioned for the role in “Star Trek” of chief engineer of the USS Enterprise, bragging about his skill to speak in several accents – producer Gene Roddenberry wanted to know which was his favorite, and James answered that the best engineers were Scotsmen. James got the role, and to choose the name of the character – Montgomery Scott, after his grandfather. However, the show wasn’t very popular in its original airing, but instead when reruns began, the show started to build on popularity. James couldn’t land other significant role, but then voiced Scotty in the animated TV series “Star Trek: The Animated Series” (1973-1974), and then in 1978 played Commander Canarvin in the TV series “Jason of Star Command”.

However, thanks for the increased popularity of the series, “Star Trek” returned in the way of films, and James was again in the role of Scotty, in seven installments of the “Star Trek” film franchise, which only increased his net worth. Also, James appeared in numerous Star Trek conventions, mostly due to an inability to land any other notable role, as he lived off Star Trek gatherings and other events. Some of his later roles included as Damon Warwick in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1996-1997).

Thanks to his portrayal of Scotty and influence on masses, numerous students cited him as their idol and inspiration to study engineering. For this, James received an honorary degree in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Also, James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.

Regarding his personal life, James was married three times. At the time of his death he had been married to Wende Braunberger since 1974, with who he has three children. Previously, he was married to Janet Young (1949-64), with whom he has four children, and Anita Yagel(1967-72).

Throughout his later life, James had severe health problems, which included diabetes, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, and as early as 2004 he announced that he was suffering from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which forced him to leave the public life for good. He passed away on the 20th July 2005 in Redmond, Washington. Part of his ashes were scattered into space on the Falcon 9 rocket in 2012, originally scheduled for 2007, but the rocket failed to launch. The rest of his ashes were dispersed over Puget Sound in Washington State.

Full NameJames Doohan
Net Worth$7 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 3, 1920
DiedJuly 20, 2005, Redmond, Washington, United States
Place Of BirthVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Miscellaneous Crew
EducationNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
NationalityCanadian, American
SpouseWende Braunberger (m. 1974–2005), Anita Yagel (m. 1967–1972), Janet Young (m. 1949–1964)
ChildrenChris Doohan, Montgomery Doohan, Sarah Doohan, Thomas Doohan, Deirdre Doohan, Eric Doohan, Larkin Doohan
ParentsWilliam Doohan, Sarah Doohan
MoviesStar Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek Generations, Loaded Weapon 1, Man in the Wilderness, Bug Buster, The Duke, Double Tro...
TV ShowsJason of Star Command, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series, Space Command
1Catchphrase: "I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!" (When asked by Captain Kirk to push the Enterprise engines beyond their limit)
2Scottish brogue which he often used while portraying Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
3Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek (1966) and seven of the Star Trek films
1[1998] I wish I could say that Bill (William Shatner) is a nice man, but he isn't.
2That's the responsibility of all actors: to keep your character as vibrant as possible. I just live my life and I like my characters to live that life, too. At least Scotty, anyway, because Scotty is the closest to Jimmy Doohan that I've ever done.
3I really didn't have to work, shall we say, with Star Trek. It was a natural. When I opened my mouth, there was Scotty. It's like I tell people what you see in Scotty is 99% James Doohan and 1% accent.
4I like Captain Kirk, but I can't say that I'm very fond of Bill Shatner (William Shatner).
1Pictured as the character Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott on one of a set of five Canadian commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television series Star Trek (1966), issued May 5, 2016. Price on day of issue was 85¢. Other stamps in the set honored William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and John Colicos.
2As a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery, he participated in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. He was shot seven times and had to have the middle finger of his right hand amputated. Twenty years later, he had a small role in the film 36 Hours (1964), which concerned the Nazis attempting to discover the date and location of D-Day.
3Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for his role as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
4Had played the same character (Montgomery "Scotty" Scott) on three different series: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
5One of the proudest moments in his career was when he communicated with a fan whom he deduced was struggling with suicidal feelings. Doohan invited her to a convention and invited her to more conventions. Eventually, the woman disappeared and he could not find her. He then received a letter eight years later from the woman who said she had just received her degree in Engineering and thanking him for his help.
6Like his co-star DeForest Kelley, he was proud to learn that his performance had inspired many people to follow his characters profession (Engineering).
7He made amends with his former co-star William Shatner before passing away in 2005.
8He provided the voices of 53 different characters across the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973).
9A gifted dialectician, he read aloud several Star Trek "Books On Tape" for Simon and Schuster, performing all of the varied accents with alarming skill.
10Another episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series that you can see his missing middle finger is "Friday's Child". When he is making the Captain's log entry, a crew member hands him a report to sign and you see his right hand.
11In real life, he had some engineering expertise. He often went boating with Gene Roddenberry after Star Trek (1966)'s cancellation, and recalled in an interview that his experience was needed to save Roddenberry from serious danger.
12Before he gained his fame as "Scotty" on Star Trek (1966), he started in television being sent into outer space on Tales of Tomorrow (1951) and Space Command (1953).
13Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), which was over 18 months after his actual death.
14In Gene DeWeese's 2005 Star Trek novel "The Engines of Destiny", a last farewell to Doohan is made. Scotty finally retires at age 200 from being a "Miracle Worker", at Starfleet's Corps of Engineers.
15In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the character Dr. Nichols wore an "I Quit Smoking" badge. This represents an engineer's surrender of a habit. James Doohan had personal experiences with his father's alcoholism, while living in British Columbia, Canada.
16A cocktail known as the "Beam me up, Scotty" (Jim Beam, 7-Up and Glenlivit single malt scotch) is named in honor of James Doohan's character.
17Was scouted for acting roles in Hollywood by fellow Canadian actor William Shatner. When asked by Gene Roddenberry what accent to give the engineer, he chose Scottish, for Scotland's numerous engineering accomplishments and his own ancestry.
18Gained weight in the early 1980s as a consequence of quitting smoking.
19The date of his death (July 20, 2005) is the anniversary of what is arguably the greatest engineering achievement in human history, the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon.
20Had appeared in episodes of three different series with Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994).
21Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. [July 2004]
22On D-Day, his Royal Canadian Artillery unit was assigned to land on Juno Beach (the Canadian beach - Gold and Sword were British, Omaha and Utah were American). When returning to his Command Post, after liaising with the unit's Regimental Survey Officer, Lieutenant Doohan was machine-gunned and took eight bullets: three in his hand, smashing his middle finger; four in his leg and one in his chest. The one shot in his chest would have proved fatal if not for a silver cigarette case he had in the breast pocket of his uniform.
23He was the only then-living Star Trek (1966) cast member not to lend his voice to the Futurama (1999) episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", leading to his character Scotty being replaced by the farcical Welshie. According to the series' creators, his only response to their request that he appear on the series was a simple "No way".
24Won a two-year scholarship to New York's famed Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included fellow Canadian Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone.
25His parents, Sarah Frances (née Montgomery) and William Patrick Doohan emigrated to Canada from Bangor, Northern Ireland some time before his birth. His father owned a chemist shop (pharmacy) in Bangor Town centre, on Main Street, beside the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
26At 8:58 a.m. Mountain Time on April 28, 2007 (and after several delays), some of his ashes were sent about 70 miles above the earth on a private SpaceLoft XL rocket by Houston's Space Services, Inc., a company specializing in such memorials. The rocket was lost for three weeks after the flight but now has been found and all remains are still intact. Also among the participants of this flight were the ashes of U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper and Star Trek (1966) writer/director/producer John Meredyth Lucas, as well as 199 others. Space Services, Inc. had previously sent up the ashes of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and LSD guru Timothy Leary in 1997.
27He was the youngest of four children of William Doohan (a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist) and Sarah Doohan. His early life was miserable because of his father being a drunk and abusive to the entire family.
28His grandson, Kyle, was born in 1987. He is the son of Doohan's second daughter, Deirdre.
29Suffered a massive heart attack in 1979.
30Did many of the voice-over roles on the original Star Trek (1966) series, including the M-5 from "The Ultimate Computer" and Sargon from "Return to Tomorrow".
31Made his first (Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966)) and last (Star Trek: Generations (1994)) "Star Trek" appearances with William Shatner.
32During his early stage work, he demonstrated a remarkable gift for foreign accents. He tried several during his audition for Star Trek (1966) and Gene Roddenberry was immediately taken by his Scottish brogue. Roddenberry cast him as the (previously-unnamed) ship's engineer character and they improvised the name Montgomery Scott ("Scott" for the accent and "Montgomery" for Doohan's middle name).
33Suffered from Alzheimer's disease and was ravaged by Parkinson's disease, diabetes, lung fibrosis and pneumonia.
34Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 31, 2004.
35Although Marc Okrand is credited with creating the Klingon language of Star Trek, James Doohan came up with an unrefined version for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
36According to the Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), the Klingon language first introduced in that movie and later featured in many later movies and television episodes was initially devised by James Doohan. His original sounds were later expanded upon and refined by others, ultimately resulting in William Shakespeare plays and The Bible being translated into Klingon years later. Ironically, his character Scotty complains of difficulty reading Klingon at the beginning of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
37Episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series in which one can see that his middle finger is missing: "The Enemy Within", "Space Seed","The Trouble with Tribbles", "Catspaw", "Day of the Dove" (when Doohan grabs a claymore) and "The Lights of Zetar" (towards the ending, when Scotty grabs Lt. Mira Romaine). Also in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), when Scotty is handing McCoy the parts from the Transwarp Drive, as well as in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) when Scotty is holding a plastic bag dinner given to him by Uhura.
38Attended S.C.I.T.S. High School in Sarnia, Ontario.
39Grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
40Was among many World War II veterans to publicly thank Steven Spielberg for not holding back on the intensity of the Normandy Invasion scene in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
41Had four children with Janet Young: Larkin Doohan (born 1954), Deirdre Doohan (born 1957), and twin boys, Montgomery Doohan (born 1959) and Christopher Doohan (born 1959). Larkin is a nurse, and Deirdre is an aspiring singer/actress.
42He used to live across the street from Ralph Thorson and his family, the main subjects and the writer of the movies The Hunter (1980) as well as the television series The Huntress (2000).
43He received an honorary degree in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering where apparently half of the students polled said they were inspired to study engineering by his role on Star Trek (1966).
44Landed on Juno Beach on D-Day as a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery. Soon after, while walking across a mine field, he and his unit were attacked by enemy fire, as the Germans shot at them with machine guns. He was hit by four bullets to the leg, his middle finger of his right hand was shot off, and a bullet struck his chest. His life was saved when that hit a silver cigarette case which had been given to him by his brother.
45Toured as celebrity spokesperson for Philips Electronics HDTV in 1999.
46He and his wife Wende have two adult sons: Eric Doohan and Thomas Doohan.
47He and his wife Wende became parents to daughter Sarah Doohan on April 11, 2000.


Birth of a Timeless Legacy2004Video shortScotty
The Duke1999Clive Chives
Through Dead Eyes1999Barney Fredericks
Bug Buster1998Sheriff Carlson
Star Trek: Generations1997Video GameCapt. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott (voice)
The Bold and the Beautiful1996-1997TV SeriesDamon Warwick
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesKardassian
Homeboys in Outer Space1996TV SeriesPippen
Storybook1996Uncle Monty
New York Skyride1994
River of Stone1994
Star Trek: Generations1994Scotty
Amore!1993Dr. Landon
Loaded Weapon 11993Scotty
Star Trek: Judgment Rites1993Video GameLt. Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott (voice)
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced1992Video GameMontgomery Scott (voice)
Star Trek: The Next Generation1992TV SeriesScotty
Double Trouble1992/IChief O'Brien
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country1991Scotty
Knight Rider 20001991TV MovieJames 'Scotty' Doohan
Star Trek Adventure1991ShortScott
MacGyver1990TV SeriesSpeedy
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier1989Scotty
Danger Bay1988TV SeriesPete
Série noire1987TV Series
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home1986Scotty
Hotel1985TV SeriesRoger
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock1984Scotty
Magnum, P.I.1983TV SeriesArchie MacPherson
Fantasy Island1983TV SeriesGovernor Gaspar d'Annard
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan1982Scotty
Star Trek: The Motion Picture1979Scotty
Jason of Star Command1978TV SeriesCommander Canarvin
Tarzan and the Super 71978TV SeriesCommander Canarvin
Insight1977TV SeriesRudy Fresno
Star Trek: The Animated Series1973-1974TV SeriesScott Arex Gabler ...
Return to Peyton Place1972TV SeriesMr. Blake (1974)
Marcus Welby, M.D.1969-1972TV SeriesFred Baxter / Detective Sgt. Brenner
Man in the Wilderness1971Benoit
Pretty Maids All in a Row1971Follo
Daniel Boone1969-1970TV SeriesFletcher / MacFarland
Then Came Bronson1969TV SeriesDr. John Wilson, M.D.
Star Trek1966-1969TV SeriesScott
Jigsaw1968Building Superintendent
Peyton Place1965-1967TV SeriesThomas
Jericho1966TV SeriesPastor Lutjens
Iron Horse1966TV SeriesScrimp
One of Our Spies Is Missing1966Phillip Bainbridge
Blue Light1966TV SeriesConners
A Man Called Shenandoah1966TV SeriesCousin Howard
The F.B.I.1966TV SeriesFrank Delbey / Claude Bell
Scalplock1966TV MovieScrimp
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964-1966TV SeriesPhillip Bainbridge / Mr. MacInernay
The Virginian1963-1965TV SeriesJames Francis O'Bannion / George Mitchell
Bewitched1965TV SeriesWalter Brocken
Convoy1965TV SeriesLt. Wells
Laredo1965TV SeriesMike Pripton
The Fugitive1965TV SeriesDoctor / Deputy #1
The Satan Bug1965SDI Agent at Gas Station (uncredited)
Bus Riley's Back in Town1965Les
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesLawrence Tobin / Presidential Assistant
Signpost to Murder19641st Guard (uncredited)
36 Hours1964Bishop (uncredited)
Ben Casey1964TV SeriesDr. Watson
The Rogues1964TV SeriesGordon Cutler
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesPolice Lt. Branch
The Richard Boone Show1964TV SeriesJohn Grisham
Bonanza1962-1963TV SeriesColonel's Man / Bill Collins
The Wheeler Dealers1963Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Festival1961-1963TV SeriesPaul / Henri / Jules / ...
The Labyrinth1963TV Movie
Empire1963TV SeriesDoctor
The Gallant Men1963TV SeriesCaptain Blagdon
G.E. True1963TV SeriesJennings
Hazel1963TV SeriesGordon MacHeath
The Twilight Zone1963TV SeriesFather
Gunsmoke1962TV SeriesDavit
The New Breed1962TV SeriesDr. Lennon
The Business of Farming1961Short
Encounter1953-1961TV SeriesBarney Hannah / Arthur Phipps / Brad Gordon / ...
Heritage1961TV Series
First Person1960TV SeriesRod Murphy
R.C.M.P.1960TV SeriesTom Rolands / Ken McCready
Startime1960TV Series
The Unforeseen1958-1959TV Series
First Performance1956-1958TV SeriesJoynt
On Camera1954-1958TV SeriesHarry Sidekick / Lieut. Hagen / Dabney MacConkel / ...
Test Pilot1957Short
Folio1956-1957TV SeriesTed / William Annand
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans1957TV SeriesTonkawa / Harris
Strike in Town: Revised1956Short
The Cage1956Short
The Hill1956TV Movie
Strike in Town1955Short
Playbill1953-1955TV SeriesSuitor / Navigator
Space Command1953TV SeriesPhil Mitchell
Tales of Tomorrow1952TV Series
Suspense1951TV SeriesPeters
Actor's Studio1950TV Series
Skinwalker: Curse of the Shaman2005VideoJudge Peterson


Star Trek: The Motion Picture1979Klingon and Vulcan languages - uncredited


Actors in War2005Documentary
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV2003TV Special documentaryHimself
TV Land Presents Blast from the Past2001Video Game documentaryHimself
Cold Fusion: Fire from Water1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
UFOs Above and Beyond1997Video documentaryHost
The Daily Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Grace1996TV SeriesHimself
Schreinemakers live1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories1995Video documentaryHimself
Star Trek: A Captain's Log1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ben Stiller Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Today1992TV SeriesHimself
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Picture Special Edition1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHimself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHimself
The Star Trek Dream1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Happening1968TV SeriesHimself
Explorations1957TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Road Trek 20112012ShortScotty
Underground Entertainment: The Movie2011DocumentaryJames
Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories2011Video shortScotty
Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into the 21st Century2011Video shortMontgomery Scott
Fernsehkritik TV2007TV SeriesHimself
Timeshift2006TV Series documentaryScott
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryLt. Commander Montgomery Scott
HypaSpace2005TV Series documentaryLt. Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott
Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century2004Video shortScotty
Sci Fi Visionaries2004Video shortMontgomery Scott
Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments1999TV ShortMontgomery Scott
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1996TV SeriesScott
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesScotty
Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories1983TV Movie documentaryLt. Commander Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott
Explorations1959TV Series documentary

Won Awards

2004Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 31 August 2004 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
2003SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKSFX Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominated Awards

1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorStar Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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