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James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, in
Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent his early years in there and in Sarnia,
Ontario. Surviving the anguish of living with an alcoholic father, he left home
at age 19 to join the Canadian Forces, fighting with the Allies in World War II.
After outscoring his fellow soldiers on an officer's exam, he became Captain in
the Royal Canadian Artillery. While leading his men into battle on D-Day, Doohan
was wounded in the leg and hand, and eventually lost a finger. For the remainder
of the war, he became a pilot observer, and received the dubious distinction of
being called the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces."
After returning home to Canada, Doohan performed a few scenes for the local
radio station, and was awarded a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood
Playhouse in New York City. Beginning in 1946, he trained at the Playhouse with
Sanford Meisner, alongside such future stars as Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and
In the ensuing eight years, Doohan shuttled between New York and Canada where he
worked on 4000 radio programs, 400 live and taped variety and dramatic
television shows, several films and plays. Though he became known as Canada's
busiest actor, he eventually found himself following other fellow actors in the
pilgrimage to Hollywood. There, his versatility and talent as a dialectician
helped him earn parts in more than 100 motion pictures and television series,
including The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Fantasy Island, "Loaded Weapon
1" and "Double Trouble." He has also appeared in the first seven
Star Trek motion pictures.
In the years since the final episode of Star Trek, Doohan has pursued a speaking
career which has taken him to more than 250 colleges throughout the U.S. and
Canada. In addition, he makes appearances at numerous Star Trek conventions.
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