Douglas Emerson is a former actor, who is best known for his role as Scott Scanlon on the iconic TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” His character’s tragic exit from the show left fans wondering what happened to this talented actor?
Born on October 4, 1974, in Glendale, California, hEmerson quickly made a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
Douglas Emerson’s acting career began at a young age, with appearances in commercials and minor television roles.
Douglas Emerson’s early career before his breakthrough role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” was marked by a series of diverse and engaging roles in both television and film.
Starting in 1982, he appeared in the TV series “CHiPs” as a boy in a car, followed by a role in “Herbie, the Love Bug” as Robbie MacLane.
Throughout the 1980s, Emerson continued to build his portfolio with appearances in popular TV shows such as “Highway to Heaven,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Night Court,” and “Mr. Belvedere.”
He also played parts in TV movies like “Malice in Wonderland” and “Something in Common.”
In addition to his television work, Emerson ventured into film with roles in “The Blob” as Eddie Beckner in 1988 and “Million Dollar Mystery” as Howie Briggs in 1987.
His ability to adapt to various characters and genres showcased his talent and set the stage for his memorable role as Scott Scanlon in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which would come to define his acting career.
Beverly Hills 90210
In 1990, Emerson was cast as Scott Scanlon in “Beverly Hills 90210.” His character, a nerdy freshman and best friends with David Silver, played by Brian Austin Green, resonated with many viewers.
As David became increasingly close with the show’s core popular group, the Scott/David friendship suffered.
In the second season, Emerson was no longer a full-time character but only a special guest star. His character met a tragic end at his birthday party when he accidentally shot himself as David looked on in horror.
What Is Douglas Emerson Doing Now?
After leaving “Beverly Hills 90210,” Emerson retired from acting and enrolled in junior college and in 1993 transferred to Pepperdine University. There he met his future wife, Emily Barth. They married after he dropped out to join the U.S. Air Force in 1996.
Emerson’s military career was distinguished, and he earned a dozen awards for planning missions during the 1999 Kosovo War. He served as a staff sergeant and was stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico.
He left the Air Force in 2003 and settled in Denver with his wife and their two daughters, Hayley and Hannah. Emerson said he got to do meaningful work in the Air Force that he was thankful for.