Veteran Star Trek actor James Doohan has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The 84-year-old - who is most famous for playing SCOTTY in the sci-fi programme and was often on the receiving end of CAPTAIN KIRK's phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" - has been discovered to be suffering from the most common form of dementia.

His wife, WENDE DOOHAN, 47, says, "With Jimmy it's the loss of words. He is not so sick yet that he doesn't know people. And there are times when he is sharp as a tack.

"But it's the older memories that stick. What he had for breakfast might be an iffy thing, but by golly he could tell you all about how he got the part on Star Trek."

A Hollywood tribute will be paid to the father-of-three next month (AUG04).

01/07/2004 14:04