“Beam me up, Scotty” is arguably one of the best known TV catchphrases of the past 50 years. And “Scotty,” Star Trek’s second officer Montgomery Scott, was among the long-running sci-fi show’s favorite characters, often helping to save the starship Enterprise and her crew from certain annihilation. But how many people know that the actor who played Scotty, Canadian James Doohan, was actually a real-life World War II hero?
James Montgomery Doohan – yes, his middle name was the same as his Star Trek character’s first name – was welcomed into the world on March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the time, his parents, Sarah and William, had both recently arrived in Canada from Bangor in Northern Ireland’s County Down. Indeed, Doohan was actually conceived in Ireland.