20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About Star Trek

14. …And He Was Missing A Middle Finger

Before you go off on James Doohan for being a huge dork who invented a fictional alien language, though, you should probably bear in mind the guy was an American hero. An American hero who lost his middle finger during battle in the Second World War, meaning all episode of The Original Series and the spin-off movies filmed Scotty in such a way as to conceal it.

The story of how he lost that finger, meanwhile, might be even more entertaining and unbelievable than anything Doohan got up to on the Enterprise. A lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery, the young actor was part of the Western Front’s D-Day assault.

Doohan was shot four times as his regiment headed up Juno Beach, navigating a minefield and German sniper nests. During his time in France he got shot in he leg four times, one in the chest that was deflected by a cigarette case, and the one that took his finger – the last of which was friendly fire.

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