EDIT: And somehow, despite the fact that I'm bummed about it, I neglected to mention that James Doohan died this morning =/ Best known (to his unending frustration) as Star Trek's "Scotty". One hell of a tough bird though. He was 85 with Alzheimer's setting in, diabetes, and pneumonia (probably related to his pulmonary fibrosis). He had something near 7 kids. Those're some good genes there. At least half of 'em.
Among other things: He took part in D-Day and was wounded (taking 6 shots from a machine gun and having his life saved by a silver cigarette case (No. Really!)). He went on to retrain as a pilot for the Canadian Air Force.
When auditioning for the part, Roddenberry had him try it in a number of accents. He was apparently quite a linguist and had a part in developing the structure of Vulcan and Klingon. When Roddenberry asked which accent he thought best suited the part, he answered that the world's best engineers have been Scots.
His wife is apparently attempting to have his ashes delivered to space in a fashion similar to Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry. Best of luck to her.