Former Star Trek actor James Doohan attended the first of a series of events honouring him on Saturday night (28AUG04), in what are expected to be his final public appearances.

The 84-year-old actor who played SCOTTY in the cult series attended a Hollywood tribute featuring fellow cast members and approximately 600 guests.

Doohan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several months ago and the event at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel served as a fundraiser for an Alzheimer's research foundation.

Last night (29AUG04), he appeared on a stage with the entire surviving cast of the original sci-fi series, including William Shatner and LEONARD NIMOY.

Tomorrow (31AUG04), he will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The events are expected to be the final public appearances for Doohan, who also suffers from Parkinson's disease and diabetes.

30/08/2004 21:07