posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 12:09 PM
The cast of the science fiction show that so many of us grew up with are getting along in years and are starting to show the effects of age despite
their realative immortality in popular culture. The latest adversity is being faced by James Doohan, who played “Montgomery Scott,” better known as
“Scotty,” the Chief Engineer on the original starship Enterprise
The 84-year-old Star Trek veteran, who held together the Enterprise against repeated Klingon attack through his tenure on the original TV series and
in several big-screen movies, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his son, Chris Doohan, confirmed Friday.
"It's really in the early stages at this point," Chris Doohan said. "He's doing fine."
Doohan said his father is relaxing in retirement in Washington state with his wife, Wende, and the daughter he beamed up when he was 80. Chris Doohan
said his father, at this time, has been more slowed by Parkinson's disease and diabetes than Alzheimer's, the incurable, progressive neurological
disorder that affected Ronald Reagan. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
In addition to this new condition, Mr. Doohan also suffers from Parkinson's disease and diabetes, but nothing that will keep him from receiving in
person a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month.
Best wishes to a true television icon and his family.
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