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Actor James Doohan Dies at 85

20 July 2005 | IMDb News

James Doohan, the actor who became known the world over as the redoubtable chief engineer Scotty on the original Star Trek TV series, died earlier today. He was 85. Doohan passed away at his Redmond, WA, home at 5:30 AM, with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side; the cause was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease. Born and raised in Canada, Doohan fought with the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II, losing the middle finger of his right hand during the D-Day invasion. After the war, Doohan embarked on a career as a character actor in a number of films and television shows throughout the 50s and early 60s (including an appearance in an episode of The Twilight Zone), initially traveling between his Canadian homeland and New York. Soon he also began work in Hollywood, and in 1966 he was cast in NBC's new space adventure series Star Trek as chief engineer Montgomery Scott, aka "Scotty," opposite William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Reportedly, Doohan tried a number of different accents for the character, and felt the Scottish brogue for which he would become famous ("Captain, the engines canna take anymore!") was the most authoritative and commanding. Among his many contributions to the show was the then-nascent language of Klingon, which was said to be partly devised by Doohan, and was later expanded on in upcoming TV series and films. Though the original Star Trek ended in 1969, Doohan was forever associated with the character of Scotty, as the catchphrase "Beam me up, Scotty" entered the pop culture lexicon, and after initial balking, he fully embraced his Star Trek legacy. In 1979, he joined the original cast for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and also appeared in the six sequels that followed before the series was fully handed over to the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As the Star Trek films became more and more popular, Doohan attended numerous fan conventions and also lectured at various colleges; in 1996 he published his autobiography, appropriately titled Beam Me Up, Scotty. His health declined in later years, as he suffered from Parkinson's disease, diabetes and lung fibrosis, though the actor continued to make sporadic appearances, and received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 2004. Doohan is survived by his wife, Wende, and three children: sons Eric and Thomas and daughter Sarah, who was born in 2000, when Doohan was 80. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Writer/Actor Edward Bunker Dies at 71[/b]

Actor and writer Edward Bunker, a convicted criminal who became an acclaimed writer and co-starred in Reservoir Dogs, died yesterday in Burbank at St. Joseph's Hospital; he was 71. A young man with a genius IQ who embarked early on a life of crime, Bunker spent most of his teenage years in and out of prison and at the age of 17 earned the dubious honor of becoming the youngest person incarcerated at San Quentin prison. Though he briefly began writing after his parole, his inability to adjust to the outside world at only 22 led him onto further criminal activities, and the early 70s he was put on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, thanks to numerous drug and bank heists. While again in prison, Bunker wrote his first novel, No Beast So Fierce, which became the basis for the 1978 movie Straight Time starring Dustin Hoffman; he also had a small acting role in the film. Bunker also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film Runaway Train, and had small acting parts in movies such as Tango & Cash through the late 80s. However, he earned cult status for playing Mr. Blue in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and when he published his memoirs in 1999, he took the moniker for the title, calling the book Mr. Blue, Memoirs of a Renegade. Bunker's writing and life experience earned him accolades from Michael Mann (with whom he worked on Heat) and crime writer James Ellroy, and he most recently appeared in the remake of The Longest Yard. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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