Gets His Star
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- "Star Trek"
actor James Doohan -- famed for his portrayal
of "Beam Me Up" Scotty, the intrepid
engineer who kept the starship Enterprise warping
across galaxies -- grinned and waved to fans Tuesday
as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
It was expected to be the last public appearance
of the 84-year-old performer, who was recently
diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and also suffers
from Parkinson's disease, diabetes and lung fibrosis.
The ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard was the culmination
of several days of farewell activities that brought
Doohan back into contact with many of this longtime
George Takei, who played Sulu on "Star Trek,"
told the crowd: "This is a galactic day in
this town full of stars.
"We've gathered from throughout this planet
to say congratulations to you, Jimmy," Takei
said. "We love you and we thank you for your
luminous talent. We thank you for the gift you
have given us of that unforgettable character,
that ingenious and beloved engineer that was able
to fix anything."
Other "Star Trek" cast members to attend
were Nichelle Nichols, who was Uhura on the series,
and Walter Koenig, who played Chekov.
"He's a wonderful friend, a beautiful person,"
Nichols said of Doohan. "There is no one
better than he, and no one more deserving. We
all love this man."
Koenig said he felt great companionship with
Doohan after decades of working together, from
the original TV series in 1966 to their last film
in 1994, "Star Trek: Generations."
"This star is a recognition of a man's talent,
his endurance and the effect that he's had on
people all over the world," Koenig said.
Doohan did not speak to the crowd, but he waved
and posed for photos before leaving with his family.
Sci-fi fans have been seeing stars most of their
lives. Whether it is reaching for them in our
dreams or actually catching sight of one at a
convention or simply up on the big screen. The
stars are what makes this genre work, doesn't
matter if it is actually in the heavens or one
of the heavenly actors that portray one of our
Finally, it is up to the fans to make reaching
those stars a reality! At least in a symbolic
few years back the fans united to help Patrick
Stewart reach his goal and receive a star on the
Hollywood walk of fame. Now it is time for another
STAR TREK star to shine. James Doohan, our beloved
Scotty from the Original Series is one of the
last members from the original crew not to have
a star placed on the famous walk of fame. And
it is time he has one.
Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit
Hollywood and see The Hollywood Walk of Fame,
Grauman's Chinese Theatre and even tour Universal
Studios. You know all the fan things to do. Unless
you have been there you will never know the feeling
you get walking along those sidewalks. It truly
is an amazing feeling which must be multiplied
a million times when you are the person receiving
that star for all your fans to see.
I would like for fandom, who always seem to ask
for something from theirs stars, to pull together
and give something back. And what better thing
for this genre than a star?
The campaign to get a star for Mr. Doohan is
spearheaded by his son Chris Doohan, who is also
a major contributor to The Sci-Fi Cafe, a chain
of science fiction based restaurants. [ www.sci-ficafe.net
]All proceeds from sales on his website will be
donated to the project. Chris states that James
is proud man [who wouldn't be with a resume like
that] and would "never pay for a pat on the
back". James Doohan started beaming into
our living rooms in 1952 in an episode of Tales
of Tomorrow in the episode Plague From Space.
And since then has appeared in nearly a hundred
films and TV series and even did the voices of
many cartoon characters.
Getting a star is not as easy as simply paying
for it. However, there is a $15,000 sponsorship
fee [which is what we are asking you to help raise].
Once the money is raised the sponsor must submit
the individuals qualifications as well as contributions
to community as a whole, a biography and samples
of their work. The Walk of Fame Committee meets
annually to decide who among the hundreds of applicants
get to receive their star. If the star is not
awarded that first year their nomination rolls
over to the next year for one more shot at a star
before the sponsor needs to resubmit. Now that
you know a little more about what is involved
in getting a star you might be asking what can
I do to help?
Simple donate some money [no matter how much....no
amount is too small]! You have several options
at your disposal. You can make a purchase from
the Sci-Fi Cafe online store, make a donation
here via paypal, mail a check or money order to:
Scotty's Star, c/o Chris Doohan, 2060 E. Ave.
Los Arboles, suite D-163, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-1376
or donate via his website [ www.scottysstar.com
] All donations will remain in the 'official'
Scotty's Star PayPal account until the goal is
Won't you help James [Scotty] Doohan get his
rightful place among these stars?
Roddenberry, Gene TV Location: 6683 Hollywood
Shatner, William TV Location: 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
Nimoy, Leonard MP Location: 6651 Hollywood Blvd.
Kelley, DeForest MP Location: 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Nichols, Nichelle TV Location: 6633 Hollywood
Takei, George TV Location: 6681 Hollywood Blvd.
More information on The Hollywood Walk of Fame
For James Doohans Filmography visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001150/
To donate or get more information visit http://www.scottysstar.com/