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Also Known As: Walter Marvin Koenig Died:
Born: September 14, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, TV and fiction writer, college lecturer

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An iconic figure in television science fiction thanks to his role as Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek" series (NBC, 1966-69), Walter Koenig was an actor and occasional writer who parlayed his supporting role on the program into a four decade-long career in films, television and other media. A guest shot on an early TV series by "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry translated into his turn as the enthusiastic - and accident-prone - Chekov in the show's second and third seasons. Koenig reprised the character in six of the theatrical "Trek" films, earning a bit more screen time with each subsequent film; in later years, he parlayed his "Trek" fame into a string of guest shots and indie features that often traded on the character's enduring popularity. Koenig also enjoyed a second career as a TV scribe for a variety of series, while accepting his "Trek" immortality with particular good humor and cheer.

An iconic figure in television science fiction thanks to his role as Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek" series (NBC, 1966-69), Walter Koenig was an actor and occasional writer who parlayed his supporting role on the program into a four decade-long career in films, television and other media. A guest shot on an early TV series by "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry translated into his turn as the enthusiastic - and accident-prone - Chekov in the show's second and third seasons. Koenig reprised the character in six of the theatrical "Trek" films, earning a bit more screen time with each subsequent film; in later years, he parlayed his "Trek" fame into a string of guest shots and indie features that often traded on the character's enduring popularity. Koenig also enjoyed a second career as a TV scribe for a variety of series, while accepting his "Trek" immortality with particular good humor and cheer.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bone Eater (2008)
2.
 Mad Cowgirl (2006)
3.
 Trekkies (1997)
4.
 Sworn to Justice (1997)
6.
 Star Trek: Generations (1994) Chekov
7.
8.
9.
 Moontrap (1988) Colonel Jason Grant
10.
 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Pavel Chekov
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Milestones close milestones

1962:
Made his TV debut as Irving da Dope in ABC's "Day in Court"
1963:
Played one of the leading roles in "Strange Lovers"
1964:
Met producer Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on an episode of "The Lieutenant" (NBC)
1967:
Played featured role of Ensign Pavel Chekov on NBC's sci-fi series, "Star Trek"
1973:
Taught as an instructor at the California School of Professional Psychology
1973:
Played the alien Oro in the Canadian-produced series, "Starlost"
1979:
Returned to the big screen to reprise his role of Ensign Chekov for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1982:
Reprised role of Pavel Chekov for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"
1986:
Reprised role of Pavel Chekov for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
1989:
Played the leading role of Col. Jason Grant in the sci-fi thriller, "Moontrap"
1989:
Reprised role as Cmdr. Pavel Chekov in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
1991:
Returned as Commander Pavel Chekov in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
1994:
Again reprised role of Chekov for "Star Trek: Generations"
1994:
Played Alfred Bester on "Babylon 5" (TNT/Syndicated)
1998:
Published his autobiography, <i>Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe</i>
2005:
Reprised role of Pavel Chekov for the webseries, "Star Trek: New Voyages"
2006:
Played a television preacher in the independent film, "Mad Cowgirl"
2006:
Wrote the science fiction novel, <i>Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot</i>
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Education

Grinnell College: Grinnell , Iowa - 1954 - 1956
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1958
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York City , New York - 1958 - 1960

Notes

Koenig has also written for such TV series as "Family", "The Incredible Hulk", and "The Powers of Matthew Star".

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wife:
Judith Levitt. Designer, actor. Married July 11, 1965.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Isadore Koenig. Businessman.
mother:
Sarah Koenig.
son:
Joshua Andres Koenig. Actor. Has appeared on the ABC sitcom, "Growing Pains".
daughter:
Danielle Beth Koenig. Actor. Appeared on the CBS drama series, "Simon and Simon".
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Chekov's Enterprise"
"Buck Alice and the Actor Robot"
"Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe"

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