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Chris Doohan Shares Family Photos From Star Trek IV & Star Trek VI April 23, 2011

by Chris Doohan , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS , trackback

Today TrekMovie has a special guest blog from Chris Doohan, son of Star Trek’s original Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, James Doohan. Chris has found some family photos taken by himself and his sister at the premiere of Star Trek VI and on location for Star Trek IV.


Doohan Family Photos From Star Trek IV & Star Trek VI

This week my daughter had a school project involving family history so she and I started to dig around boxes of family photos and we found all sorts of great stuff, including a few that I thought would be of special interest to Star Trek fans and so Anthony suggested I share them here.

The first set are photos I took at the Hollywood premiere of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on December 5th, 1991. I had attended premieres before, but this was the first time I brought a camera because my dad (and his Star Trek co-stars) were going to be writing their names into the cement at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

My dad James Doohan with Walter Koenig, signing names in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater – December 5th, 1991

James Doohan signs his name at Grauman’s

Walter finishes up his signature at Grauman’s

My dad James Doohan speaks to the crowd in Hollywood (with William Shatner and Walter Koenig behind him and George Takei in foreground left)

This second set of photos was actually taken by my sister Deirdre. She took these while visiting the set of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in San Francisco in 1986.

My dad James Doohan with Deirdre, George Takei and DeForest Kelley in San Francisco on location during shooting of "Star Trek IV" in 1986

Leonard Nimoy directing "Star Trek IV"

Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Nichelle Nichols taking a break during shooting of "Star Trek IV"

Star Trek crew during famous shooting famous "double dumb ass" scene on San Francisco street in "Star Trek IV"

Leonard Nimoy with tissues protecting his robe from makeup

Hope you enjoy these family photos and if I find any more, I will be sure to share them with you all. 

To keep up with Chris, follow @chrisdoohan on Twitter or visit his website at


1. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - April 23, 2011

Hey Thank you Chris. These are some great Photos. We all miss your Dad. He was a Great Actor and a better Human. Thank you.

2. The Bear - April 23, 2011

Great photos! Thank you Chris for sharing those with us!

3. Vultan - April 23, 2011

Thanks, Chris! These are great!

4. Vultan - April 23, 2011

Kinda surreal seeing Nimoy with the Spock haircut but without the pointed ears. Makes him look like the world’s oldest Monkees fan. ;)

5. Katie G. - April 23, 2011

Wow… thank you, Chris! Makes me feel like I was there. Miss these guys… especially your dad.


6. ProtoVulan - April 23, 2011


7. Chris Doohan - April 23, 2011

Glad you like them. I have a bunch of photo albums that I haven’t seen in a while, so if I find more trek pics, I will send them to Anthony.

8. Canadianknight - April 23, 2011

Thanks for sharing Chris. Very very cool of you….

9. rm10019 - April 23, 2011

Thanks Chris, great to see these and we sure look forward to more, and to seeing you in the next Trek film :)

10. ttly - April 23, 2011

great pics!

11. stargazer - April 23, 2011

Love the pictures Chris. Miss your dad. Thank you for sharing.

12. Dee - lvs moon' surface - April 23, 2011

Yes it’s great … thanks Chris Doohan …loved it!

:-) :-)

13. Captain Jack Bauer - April 23, 2011

Pretty cool stuff.

The thing that I can’t help but notice is how large DeForest Kelley’s signature is. Or really, how much larger it is than the rest. It looks like it was divided into six and he took two segments accidentally.

14. DJT - April 23, 2011


15. MJ - April 23, 2011


16. Techtrekker - April 23, 2011

Cool picts! Thanks for sharing!

17. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - April 23, 2011

Loved your father’s work. Thank you for sharing those moments with us and look forward to seeing more. See you in the next flick.

18. Chris Doohan - April 23, 2011

My sister, Deirdre will be around if you have any questions about the San Fran shoot.

19. Charla - April 23, 2011

Thanks Chris!

It must have brought back very special memories to come across these. I know you must be so proud! It was so thoughtful of you to think of us and how we here at Trekmovie would enjoy seeing them too.

20. Deirdre Doohan-Cruz - April 23, 2011

Chris … thanks for posting the pictures I took during the filming of Star Trek IV. My favorite is the last one of Nimoy (notice his Makeup tissue around his neck?). This was a fun experience to be there for the San Francisco section of the film. Do you remember when they walked across the street? That taxi cab had to go around the block so many times to get the scene perfect. I loved how the actors had their chairs on the sidewalk and interacted with people… well, most of them ..if you get my drift.
Enjoy – it was my favorite movie!
Live long and Prosper! Deirdre Doohan

21. freezejeans - April 23, 2011

THANK YOU, Chris! I love seeing and hearing about Trek history like this. I had the fortune of meeting your dad in Burbank after STIV came out, he came off a plane from a convention and it was my dad who spotted him and he was wearing a STIV jacket. “Isn’t that…James Doohan?!” I ran to meet him and didn’t ask for an autograph or anything, just wanted to say hello. He was great! Smiled big and shook my hand and said thank you. Such a gentleman.

Thanks again for sharing, hope to see and read more from you!

22. Cyndi - April 23, 2011

thank you so much for sharing these, Chris. they are wonderful!

23. ensign joe - April 23, 2011

Wow.. So cool.. Thanks for sharing!

24. Phil - April 23, 2011

Thanks for sharing. With all the back and forth that goes on on sites like this it’s a nice reminder that there are real, live people who work real hard on this so all of us can enjoy.

25. Chris Doohan - April 23, 2011

In the photo with my sister, you can see my dads hand with the missing finger (shot off in WW2). you don’t see many pictures with his right hand showing. I guess he tried to hide it most of the time.

26. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - April 23, 2011

That is a great Pic. I have never seen any pics of your Dad’s Hand with the missing finger. He was a very Brave man for serving during ww2. Oh and Chris. Any more pics you would like to share please do. Always great seeing them. Thank you.

27. Deirdre Doohan-Cruz - April 23, 2011

Yes, I’d be happy to answer any questions!

28. Daoud - April 23, 2011

Chris and Deirdre: Thank you!
Deirdre, so you’re bringing up the Conservation of Canadian Rule? For every Canadian who’s friendly, there’s often one who’s not. :)
Peace and long life to you!

29. freezejeans - April 23, 2011

Hi Deirdre, thank you for taking questions! I was 18 or so at the time STIV came out, and remembered reading about it in Starlog and wondering how they kept the plot under wraps during the San Fran shoot. I mean…time travel was obviously part of it as the locals saw the cast downtown…not to mention all of the naval extras on the Enterprise carrier. Did the public ask them what was going on for the film?

30. trekker 5 - April 23, 2011

Chris and Deirdre,thank you,it was very kind of u 2 share these with us! :)

31. CardassiaPrimera - April 23, 2011

Thank you for this part of history of Star Trek .

32. mattwileyart - April 23, 2011

I read somewhere that Deforest Kelly left the “S” out of his name accidentally in this signing and squeezed it in at the last moment. It might’ve been in Shatner’s Trek Memories book.

It does look a little squeezed in.

33. Chris Doohan - April 23, 2011

31. Interesting, I didn’t know that. It does look a bit squeezed.

34. Hugh Hoyland - April 23, 2011

Wow thanks for the cool pics Chris! Wow great memories for you there eh?

35. TrekkieJan - April 23, 2011

Thank you, Chris and Deirdre! Your family photo album is wonderful!

36. Tom1701 - April 23, 2011

Thanks Chris! I had the chance to see and meet your Dad once at a convention in RI. He was quite a guy!

37. RobertZ - April 23, 2011

Thank You much for posting these pictures! Enjoyable, and a tad sad, but Thank You for sharing.

38. Tiberius III - April 23, 2011

Awesome pics Chris, thanks for sharing. I remember reading somewhere that Shatner joked that he was pissed that Kelley signed his name so big.

39. Charla - April 23, 2011

Hi Deirdre and Welcome to our hang out!! Great hearing the story behind one of the photos. If you have anymore stories or photos and would like to share them, we would love to hear them!

Thanks again Chris and Deirdre! :D

40. CarlG - April 23, 2011

Love Nimoy’s expression in the last pic. :)

41. Andy Patterson - April 23, 2011

Thanks man for sharing that. Super, super cool. I’ve always said your dad was the most underrated of the show. As Rip Torn used to say on “The Larry Sanders show, ” he was a talent…..a talent!”. I miss him.

42. tony - April 23, 2011

Thanks they are great love this kinda stuff i drank scotch with mr doohan in chicago at a con many years ago great time he was a good man!!!!

43. I'm Dead Jim! - April 23, 2011

Thank you Chris! Such wonderful memories you must have. It means a lot to us that you are sharing them here and I look forward to seeing more as you have time.

44. Green Blooded Bastard - April 23, 2011

Wow, this is great stuff! Thanks guys!

45. jas_montreal - April 23, 2011

Oh Man ! Good Old Memories !!!!

Thanks for sharing them !

46. bmar - April 23, 2011

Chris & Deirdre –

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing your dad for about 2 hours back in 1997 for a special project for Sci-Fi Channel when I worked there. A great guy, and I remember the warmth he shared with me and the entire crew there. It was a great experience that I’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing these pics.

47. ensign joe - April 23, 2011


How much have you followed Trek through the years and what do you think of the current direction?


48. Chris Doohan - April 23, 2011

Glad I was able to share these with you, I will have more in the future

49. Phobos - April 23, 2011

Very interesting.

50. Cygnus-X1 - April 23, 2011

Great photos.

And great smiles in the group shot.

51. VZX - April 23, 2011

These are fantastic. I bet your daughter’s family history project will blow the others away! Scotty was such an icon and inspiration. He was one of the reasons I majored in physics!

I heard that Jim Doohan wrote up some blueprints or something of the Enterprise in the early 70s so he could explain how it worked to fans. I wonder if those still exist somewhere…

52. trekprincess - April 23, 2011

Brilliant pics Chris :)

53. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - April 23, 2011

And thank you as well Deirdre.

54. ncc50446 - April 23, 2011

Truly amazing! Thank you for sharing those with us! And for some background information! He was a great man…A legend!

55. Anthony Thompson - April 23, 2011

Good stuff! Thanks Chris!

56. natira - April 23, 2011

Thank you for sharing this wonderful photos Chris!

57. Buzz Cagney - April 23, 2011

Lovely memories of two wonderful movies.
Can’t help but feel more than a hint of sadness as well though, at the loss of beloved actors and the passing of time.

58. Keachick - April 24, 2011

What can I say that others haven’t said already? The pictures are wonderful, Chris. Thank you. Lovely Easter present!

59. Andy Patterson - April 24, 2011


Hey bmar,

I think I’ve spoken to you before. You said there was a ton of footage filmed for that SciFi viewing of Star Trek during those days. In fact, I believe you said there’s stuff no one saw. When are they going to release all those great interviews? Seems you got to talk to so many people of the TOS era near the end of their lives. What I saw of that…that stuff was gold! Real frank stuff I’ve never heard elsewhere. You bring that to mind again.

60. Chasco - April 24, 2011

Fantastic pictures, and thanks Chris and Diedre for sharing them with us.
How many days shooting did you visit for on Trek IV, Diedre?
And did you go to the original series sets much, back in the 60s? We know Chris and Monty got to play in the shuttlecraft :-)

61. - April 24, 2011

Very cool, thank you Chris.

62. AJ - April 24, 2011

Chris and Deirdre:

I had the chance to meet your dad twice, and I must say, he was one of the warmest and most welcoming souls I have ever met. I truly enjoyed your photos, and if you find more in your boxes, please post!

63. captain_neill - April 24, 2011

These are great photos

Thanks for sharing

64. Yanks - April 24, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Can’t help but notice Nichelle Nichols’ signature is missing.

65. P Technobabble - April 24, 2011

These are wonderful pics. Thank you Chris and Deirdre.

I had the great pleasure of seeing James Doohan at a convention here in RI during the early 90’s (I think it was ’93, but at my age…). He was charming, interesting and really embraced the audience. At one point, he was talking about the craft of acting and how it was an actor’s job to capture and connect with the audience. He was SO captivating that you could’ve heard a pin drop. He literally showed everyone what he was talking about with his “performance.” It was an amazing moment… one I’ll never forget.
I like Simon Pegg very much, but James Doohan will always be the embodiment of Montgomery Scott.

66. Rico - April 24, 2011

Great pics Chris! Thanks for sharing those.

67. Soran - April 24, 2011

These are great. These two Treks were very special movies so it’s wonderful to see these family photos. I remember the excitement of waiting for them to come out. My wife and I are visiting Hollywood next month so I’ll now look for these signatures outside the theatre.

We saw an exhibition about your father in Linlithgow, Scotland four years ago. We were in Glasgow for the weekend, saw an ad and immediately bought train tickets to go and see it.

Thanks for sharing.

68. The ste - April 24, 2011

Brilliant pictures…your dad was amazing…he is missed deeply…thank you for sharing

69. Nick Cook - April 24, 2011

Great photos! Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

70. Bringbacktrekagain! - April 24, 2011

And this is the stuff we need to see compiled into a cast autobiography of sorts.
Thanks Chirs and Deridre that was wonderful!

71. Sebastian - April 24, 2011

Thanks for sharing those priceless photos with us, Chris and Diedre Doohan!
For the rare, fascinating glimpses into your father’s (as well as your family’s) life, we are grateful. : )

72. dmduncan - April 24, 2011

Priceless! Thanks Chris!

73. CmdrR - April 24, 2011

Hope the sailing’s great where Gene and Jimmy and Majel are.

VI is tied (gasp!) in my book with II, as the best Treks at the movies.

74. Kev-1 - April 24, 2011

Very nice. Thanks.

75. Maggie Kelling (totalnerdgirl) - April 24, 2011


76. Keachick - April 24, 2011

#72 Don’t forget DeForest Kelley, the one person all the TOS cast members unreservedly speak of as being the nicest and most gentlemanly of people that anyone could ever have the good fortune of meeting.

R.I.P. – James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barrett Roddenberry!

77. Starbase Britain - April 24, 2011

These are really great Chris. Thank you for sharing these with us all.

Veryn unusual for fans to access to these so full marks to you for thinking of the fans.

BTW, there’s only one miracle worker,

just the ticket laddie

all the best


78. Starbelly Sneech - April 24, 2011

It would be cool to see snapshots from the TOS set…if any exist…

Thanks for sharing what you have already, Chris!!

79. Basement Blogger - April 24, 2011


Thanks for sharing the photographs. Great stuff. Star Trek IV is my favorite of all the Star Trek films.

80. davidfuchs - April 24, 2011

Hey Chris:

Is there any possibility you’d license these photos under a Creative Commons Sharealike license (CC-by-SA)? That way they could be used to better illustrate Trek’s coverage on Wikipedia. Drop me a line here:


81. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - April 24, 2011

That was awsine Chris. Thank you for the wonderfull behind the sceens pictures. Those are the shots fans love most. Your father was a wonderfull gentle man. He has allowed people to dream for the stars.

82. Deirdre Doohan-Cruz - April 24, 2011

Great Posts – enjoyed reading them. I will try to answer some of the questions. The filming of ST4 was so much fun and the fans in SF were so respectful and understood that the plot needed to stay private.
Sadly, I didn’t really follow much of the post Star Trek episodes, mainly because I was raising kids and it was before DVR’s! After one day of filming, we all went out to eat at The House of Prime Rib. Everyone except Shatner came… a night to remember! The restaurant was filled with the huge laughter from George.

One of my favorite earlier memories of the original show was when my brothers and sister would visit the set and play with the props. I wish I’d known then how “special” it was – I would have asked to take some things home! I did end up with a tribble… a fun keepsake. I also have some old scripts that we used to “color” on the back of them -crazy, huh!

If you want to read a bit more about me.. you can find it on my business website.
Keep posting! Deirdre

83. Deirdre Doohan-Cruz - April 24, 2011

Chaso – We were there for only one full day (ST IV). We had young children and couldn’t really go for much more than that. After the SF shoot, they went to Monterey Bay Aquarium … a bit too far for us.

AJ – thanks! I’m glad you met him! Deirdre

84. TheChief - April 24, 2011

James Doohan was a class act all the way. Wonderful pictures and memories. Thanks Chris and Deidre!

85. robie - April 25, 2011

These are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. I had the pleaseure of meeting your dad once and was incredubly impresssed by how friendly and warm he was. I’ve gotten to meet most of the original cast over the years but Jimmy was always my favorite. There was no one else like him. Thanks!

86. EJohnnyKBuf - April 25, 2011

I met James Doohan twice when I was a teenager. He was a class act. Great pics, thanks for sharing.

87. bmar - April 25, 2011


Andy – My guess is that the bulk of the material will never see the light of day. I know that some of it was used on the new DVDs of TOS – but I don’t have those so I’m not sure.

The material is 13 years old now and all shot in standard def, so while it’s important to you and me and Trek fans, it would be difficult to work with as it would have to be up-res’ed to HD.

Wish I still had a copies of all of the tapes. If I recall, it was something like 50 hours of material between the host stuff we shot with Nimoy and Shatner and all of the interviews.

88. MikeTen - April 25, 2011

I have a question for anybody to answer. did George Takei and Nichelle Nichols get to sign their names in the concrete?

It looks like DeForest Kelly took up two spots under Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy’s names.

89. wowseruk - April 25, 2011

You know, I really think Chris ‘gets it’ and I admire him greatly as a result. Good luck, my friend. My best to your wonderful Mother too.

90. Shannon Nutt - April 25, 2011

Shatner told the story about Dee Kelley leaving out the “s” in his first name and Nimoy confirmed it at a convention in California the weekend STAR TREK VI was released. Shatner also wondered why Dee got two squares to sign his name in!

I guess someone added the “s” before the cement dried!

91. Merrick - April 25, 2011

Thank you Chris for the awsome pictures …. I had the pleasure and honor to met James Doohan at a Star Trek / Sci Fri convention just after he finished filming *RELICS* for ST:TNG ….He was awsome he answered every question and I swear signed everything a fan asked him to sign….and took pictures with fans too…it was one aswome experiance to met a sci fi icon “The Great Scotty” James Doohan.

92. Aashlee - April 25, 2011

Chris & Deirdre: Thanks for the pics. Your father was a warm-hearted, wonderful person and a super ambassador for “Star Trek.” I had dinner with him on several occasions while he was in our city for Trek conventions. He always made the time to create memorable, one-on-one moments with fans, even the more challenging ones, and he was always respectful to all. I don’t know if this was his hobby or not, but he seemed to know a great deal about model trains, and it was one of main topics of conversation, LOL! I hope that his spirit now rests in peace. Blessings!

93. Patrice - April 25, 2011

Thank you Chris, for taking the time to share these beautiful pictures with all of us.

Your dad will always be remembered in our hearts.

94. Nachum - April 25, 2011

I wonder…did Nimoy wear pointed ears in the scenes when he had them covered?

95. Chris Doohan - April 25, 2011

Thanks you all for your kind words about my dad (and me). He had /has some awesome fans.

96. Lt. Bailey - April 25, 2011

Wonderful photos to share with us fans, we really appreciate such moments as these…since most of us fans cannot attend these functions.

Its a great pity that my wife and I could not have met your father at a convention or somewhere. There is missing page in ST book of memories due to that, but at least I have some Dilithium Crystals to remember your father.

97. Andy Patterson - April 25, 2011



Well it was some great stuff. I remember it wasn’t your standard sound bite stuff. James Doohan giving his opinion on the “the way to Eden” (he thought it was a “nothing” episode) – I still love it and I love Doohan still. DeForest Kelly citing “the Empath” as a favorite because of the creative, and limited staging. Sherry Jackson (mmm), Ron Sobel. The guy who played Cloud William.

Too, too bad it won’t be seen. Hi def schmi def. To quote a Klingon….”it would have been glorious,”

98. Captain Dunsel - April 25, 2011

Thank you Chris for sharing.

I had the great pleasure of meeting your father not long after the time of these photos, at the 20th Anniversary party, September 8th, 1986, on the Paramount lot. He was an incredibly gracious gentleman. (Though hearing him and Walter Koenig without their famous “accents” was… troubling. [grin] )

Fond memories of a marvelous entertainer.

99. Bob Tompkins - April 25, 2011

#94- Logically, no, it would have been a huge waste of time energy and $$$ for something that made no difference onscreen.

Chris- I had the honor of meeting your father at a Con and he was the epitome of graciousness. Thanks for sharing.

100. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - April 25, 2011

Until last Christmas, I had no idea what “Beam me up, Scotty,” meant. It was really great when I found out.

Love ya, Jimmy D.!

101. Romy - April 26, 2011

Thanks so much, Chris and Dierdre, for sharing these with us.
They’ll be interesting for your little sister to see too! :-)

102. THX-1138 - April 26, 2011

I want to join the chorus of “thank yous’ to Chris and Dierdre for sharing their family photos. It must be obvious the kind of love that all Star Trek fans have for James Doohan and that has to be very pleasing to you. His portrayl of the genius Scottish engineer overflowed with his tremendous humanity. That sort of thing isn’t taught in an acting class and can’t be faked.

His “genuineness” was quickly spotted and made him immediately endeared by millions.

103. Crusade2267 - April 26, 2011

Thanks for sharing! This is a great and unique perspective.

104. Robert Bernardo - April 26, 2011

Heh, I still have many of those Sci-Fi Channel Star Trek interviews recorded from Dish Network onto Beta tape!

105. Hat Rick - April 27, 2011

Chris, thank you for sharing your wonderful memories. I think I speak for the multitudes when I say that we remember Mr. James Doohan with respect and nostalgia.

To see so many Trek actors in these photographs take pleasure in one another’s company is also heartening.

Trek rocks.

106. Trek Nerd Central - April 27, 2011

This was so generous of you to share these, Chris. Many many thanks!

107. Vanesa Ferrero - April 30, 2011

Greetings from Italy!
This is awesome and very kind of you. Thanks for sharing.

108. Roger - May 11, 2011


109. Richard - May 11, 2011

Having taken photos of your Dad at the Chicago Star Trek Convention in the mid-1970’s, I’ve enjoyed his work and convention appearances many times, even to his LA Convention and Walk of Fame.

Thank you so very much for sharing these photos and I hope you can share more!

110. william h barbour jr - May 11, 2011

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