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How did James Doohan lose his finger? Star Trek star's WW2 injury

Eve Edwards March 17, 2021
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How did James Doohan lose his middle finger? We explore the Star Trek star’s accident.

James Doohan was a Canadian actor, famous for his role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in both the TV and film series Star Trek. He was the original Scotty, a role that was later taken on by British actor Simon Pegg.

Over the years, Star Trek viewers came to note James Doohan was missing a finger. Find out how here.

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Who was James Doohan?

James Doohan was born 3 March 1920 in Vancouver, Canada.

Prior to his Hollywood acting career, Doohan served in the Army. In 1938, Doohan enrolled in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. At the star of World War II, he was a member of the 14th (Midland) Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. He later was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Divison.

After a few roles in the likes of The Twilight Zone and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., James Doohan landed the role of Montgomery Scott.

In 1966, Doohan joined the TV cast of Star Trek as Scotty. Doohan starred in seven Star Trek films and appeared in the television series until 1996.

James Doohan died of Alzheimers, complicated by pneumonia, in 2005.

How did James Doohan lose his middle finger?

James Doohan’s middle finger was shot off.

In 1940, in the midst of war, James Doohan was sent to Britain to train. He became involved with the storming of Juno Beach on D-Day.

During this occasion, James Doohan was shot six times: four times in his leg, once in the chest, and once through his right middle finger. This is how he lost his finger. He was shot in friendly fire, not by an enemy.

James Doohan’s heroism and legendary status in the Star Trek fandom is often reflected upon.

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