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Walter Koenig

 

Birthdate: 14 September 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Spouse:

  • 'Judy Levitt' (July 1965 - ?)

    Biography

    'Walter Koenig' has had a recurring role of the quintessential bad guy "Bester" on the television series Babylon 5. He has been the "Special Guest Star" in twelve episodes and, at the end of the third season, the production company applied for an Emmy nomination on his behalf. He once again plays Bester in the spin-off show Crusade. He has also appeared on dozens of other television series and as the character, Chekov, in the Star Trek TV programs. Mr. Koenig recreated the character of the Russian navigator for the first seven Star Trek films and 1988 took the leading role in the video feature, Moontrap. In an interactive state-of-the-art video game from Digital Pictures called Maximum Surge, Walter Koenig stars as Drexel, another bad guy. Walter completed worked in the low budget feature film Drawing Down the Moon from Chaos Productions. And has star billing as a German psychologist in the martial arts picture, Fist of Justice. A one character piece that Mr. Koenig wrote and performed entitled You're Never Alone when You're a Schizophrenic was a finalist in the 1996 New York Film Festival awards. Koenig filmed a guest appearance as himself on the CBS situation comedy Almost Perfect, did sketch comedy on the Comedy Central series Viva Variety and performed on an ESPN sports commercial that aired in the Spring of '98. The Viacom CD-Rom, Starfleet Academy in which Walter reprised the character of Chekov continues to sell impressively. Walter also hosted a cult movie marathon for Comedy Central. It played once a week for the course of a month. Walter Koenig's autobiography, Warped Factors - A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe was released through Taylor Publishing on April 1, 1998. The audio tape reading of the book by the author has been releaed through Dove Video in January 1999. Mr. Koenig performed as the "Shadow Guy" in an episode of Diagnosis Murder and went to New York to perform in a new radio broadcast version of War of the Worlds in tribute to both H.G. Wells and Orson Welles. From the Girls of Summer to The Boys in Autumn, Walter Koenig's stage career spans thirty years and includes stops in New York with A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Oldest Son). In Chicago he guested in Make a Million (Johnny) opposite Jackie Coogan and on the road -- from Arizon to Philadelphia -- Mark Lenard (Sarek: Spock's father) and he performed in the short plays Box and Cox (Box) and Actors (Dave). They also toured in a two character play, The Boys in Autumn, the comedy-drama about the reunion of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn forty years later. By himself, Koenig also starred as "Larry the Liquidator" in Other People's Money in Reno, Nevada. His Los Angeles productions include Steambath (God), The White House Murder Case (Capt. Weems), Night Must Fall (Danny), La Ronde (Gentleman), The Typist and the Tiger (Paul), and The Deputy (Jacobson) among almost two dozen others (Blood Wedding, The Collection, et al.). Directorial credits include Hotel Paradiso for Company of Angles, Beckett for Theatre 40, America Hurrah! at the Oxford Theater, Twelve Angry Men at the Rita Hayworth Theatre, Matrix at the Gascon Theatre Institute and Three by Ten at Actor's Alley. Walter has performed in the television movies Anthony and Cleopatra (Pompey) opposite Timothy Dalton and Lynn Redgrave as well as the MOW's Goodbye Raggedy Anne and The Questor Tapes. Walter has written for the television series Family, Powers of Matthew Starr, Class of '65, Land of the Lost, and the Star Trek animated show. This actor-writer has seen publication with the non-fiction Checkov's Enterprise and the satiric fantasy novel Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot. He also created the three issues of the comic book story Raver published by Malibu Comics. Walter Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing privately and at UCLA, The Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film College and at the California School of Professional Psychology. Most recently he has been an instructor at the Actor's Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles.
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    Filmography

    Antony and Cleopatra (1983) (V) [Pompey]
    Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976) (TV) [Sergeant Johnson]
    Deadly Weapon (1989)Drawing Down the Moon (1997) [Joe Merchant] <1>
    Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors (1986) (V) [Himself]
    Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (1971) (TV) [Jerry] <7>
    Maximum Surge (1996) (VG) [Drexel] <2>
    Moontrap (1989) [Col. Jason Grant] <1>
    Nightmare Honeymoon (1973) [Deputy Sheriff]
    Norman Vincent Peale Story, The (1962)Questor Tapes, The (1974) (TV) [Administrative Assistant] <11>
    Saturn Awards (1981) (TV)Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (1991) (TV) [Himself] <7>
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) [Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov] <5>
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) [Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov] <6>
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) [Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov] <5>
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) [Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov] <5>
    Star Trek: Generations (1994) [Commander Pavel Chekov] <10>
    Star Trek: Generations (1997) (VG) (voice) [Pavel Chekov] <6>
    Star Trek: Judgment Rites (1994) (VG) (voice) [Pavel Chekov] <6>
    Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (1997) (VG) [Pavel Chekov] <2>
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) [Lt. Cmdr. Pavel Chekov] <6>
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) [Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov] <5>
    Strange Lovers (1963) [Bob Fuller (segment "End of the Path")]
    Sworn to Justice (1996) [Dr. Breitenheim] <18>
    Trekkies (1997) [Himself] <16>
    Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments (1999) (TV) (archive footage)William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) (V) [Himself]
    "Babylon 5" (1994) [Psi Cop Alfred 'Al' Bester]
    "Privateers, The" (2000) [Admiral Roka] <6>
    "Star Trek" (1966) [Ensign Pavel Chekov (1968-1969)] <7>

    Guest apperance(s)

  • '"Son of the Beach" (2000)' , as General Dimitri Sukitov (episode 2.2 'From Russia, With Johnson (3/20/2001)')
  • '"Diagnosis Murder" (1993)' , as Quinn Trask (episode 6.6 'Alienated (10/29/1998)')
  • '"Almost Perfect" (1995)' , as Himself (episode 2.6 'Where No Woman Has Gone Before (12/20/1997)')
  • '"Babylon 5" (1994)' , as Mr. Bester (episode 4.21 'Rising Star (10/20/1997)')
  • '"Space Cadets" (1997)' , as Himself (episode 1.2 (7/22/1997)')
  • '"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)' , as Ensign Pavel Chekov (episode 5.6 'Trials and Tribble-ations (11/2/1996)')
  • '"Real Ghostbusters, The" (1986)' , as Vladimir Maximov (voice) (episode 'Russian About (1990)')
  • '"Bring 'Em Back Alive" (1982)' , as Toder (episode 'Reel World of Frank Buck, The (1982)')
  • '"Starlost, The" (1973)' , as Oro (episode 'Alien Oro, The (1973)')
  • '"Starlost, The" (1973)' , as Oro (episode 'Return of Oro, The (1973)')
  • '"Ironside" (1967)' , as Leo (episode 4.22 'Summer Soldier, The (3/4/1971)')
  • '"Virginian, The" (1962)' , as Paul Erlich (episode 9.7 'Crooked Corner (10/28/1970)')
  • '"Medical Center" (1969)' , as Harry Seller (episode 1.26 'Between Dark and Daylight (4/15/1970)')
  • '"Mannix" (1967)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.22 'Delayed Action (3/2/1968)')
  • '"Jericho" (1966)' , as Paul (episode 'Both Ends Against the Riddle (12/15/1966)')
  • '"I Spy" (1965)' , as Bobby Seville (episode 2.7 'Sparrowhawk (10/26/1966)')
  • '"Gidget" (1965)' , as Gunnar (episode 1.14 'Gidget's Foreign Policy (12/15/1965)')
  • '"Mr. Novak" (1963)' , as Paul Ryder (episode 2.28 'Firebrand, The (4/13/1965)')
  • '"Ben Casey" (1961)' , as Tom Davis (episode 4.18 'Rambling Discourse on Egyptian Water Clocks, A (2/1/1965)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The" (1962)' , as Tiger (episode 3.10 'Memo from Purgatory (12/21/1964)')
  • '"Mr. Novak" (1963)' , as Jim Carsey (episode 2.2 'With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord! (9/24/1964)')
  • '"Lieutenant, The" (1963)' , as Sergeant John Delwyn (episode 'Mother Enemy (4/4/1964)')
  • '"Mr. Novak" (1963)' , as Alexsei Dubov (episode 1.12 'Boy Without a Country, The (12/10/1963)')
  • '"Combat!" (1962)' , as sentry (episode 1.12 'Prisoner, The (12/25/1962)')

    Trivia

  • Father of 'Andrew Koenig' .
  • Had bypass surgery in 1993.
  • Koenig and 'Judy Levitt' appear together in the Babylon 5 episode "A Race Through Dark Places" which aired in 1995.
  • Has written episodes for "The Class of '65", "Family", "Land of the Lost", and "Star Trek" (Animated).
  • Walter Koenig is of Lithuanian descent, in which he was a perfect candidate for Chekov on Star Trek.
  • Graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
  • Last name is pronounced "Kaynig"
  • Only original generation Star Trek actor not to provide voices for the animated version of the series, although he did write an episode for it.

    Quotes

  • "I didn't watch "Star Trek" the first year it was on, before I was on the show. I took one look at the styrofoam rocks and said: 'There's no way I'm going to watch this!'"

    Interview(s)

  • "Aspire!" (USA), May 1999, Vol. 1, Iss. 12, pg. 4, by: Barb Powell, "Walter Koenig speaks his mind"
  • "Babylon 5 Magazine" (UK), August 1998, Vol. 1, Iss. 6, pg. 14-20, by: Joe Nazzaro, "Tales of Bester and Babylon"
  • "Universe Today" (USA), June 1998, Vol. 6, Iss. 3, pg. 4-5, by: Michael Zmuda & Cecilia Andrew, "The Good, The Bad, and Mister Bester"
  • "Starlog" (USA), December 1996, Iss. 233, by: Walter Koenig, "Are You Who I Think I Am?"
  • "Starlog" (USA), February 1996, Iss. 223, by: Marc Shapiro, "Maximum Career Surge"
  • "Starlog" (USA), May 1993, Iss. 190, by: Lynne Stephens, "Raver"
  • "Starlog" (USA), November 1991, Iss. 172, by: Lynne Stephens, "Chekov's Future"
  • "Starlog" (USA), October 1989, Vol. 1, Iss. 147, pg. 44-47, by: Marc Shapiro, "Caught in a Moontrap"

    Cover photo(s)

  • "Babylon 5 Magazine" (UK), February 1998, Vol. 1, Iss. 6

    Other work(s)

  • "Actors" play
  • "Boys of Autumn, The" play
  • "Deputy, The" play
  • 'Chekov's'Enterprise' (1980, 1991 edition published by Intergalactic Press)
  • Author: "Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe, " (1998, Taylor)
  • 1980s: Wrote an issue of the Star Trek comic book for DC Comics.

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