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Walter Koenig

Koenig at FedCon IV in Bonn, Germany 1996
Born September 14, 1936 (1936-09-14) (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Walter Marvin Koenig (born September 14, 1936) is an American actor, writer, teacher and director, known for his roles as Chekov in Star Trek, and as Bester on the series Babylon 5. Image File history File links Walter_Koenig. ... Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany, located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Cyrillic: Павел Андрейевич Чеков), played by Walter Koenig, is a Russian Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Alfred Bester is the name of a fictional character in the television series Babylon 5, played by Walter Koenig. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ...

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Biography

Early life

Koenig (pronounced /keɪnɪg/) was born in Chicago, Illinois to Sarah Strauss and Isadore Koenig, a businessman.[1][2] Koenig's parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia; his family lived in Lithuania when they emigrated and changed their surname from "Koenigsberg" to "Koenig".[3] He attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa with a pre-med major. He transferred to UCLA and received a BA in psychology. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Former German name of the city of Kaliningrad at the Baltic Sea. ... Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa, United States with a strong social justice tradition. ... Grinnell is a city located in Poweshiek County, Iowa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ...


Career

Koenig played the navigator Pavel Chekov on the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek (TOS) television series and in the several movies that featured the original cast. He was cast as Chekov because of his resemblance to British actor David Thomas "Davy" Jones to attract a younger audience, especially girls. (The studio's publicity department, however, ascribed the inclusion of Chekov to an article in Pravda complaining about the lack of Russians in Star Trek.) Koenig wore a hair piece while playing the character of Chekov on the original Star Trek series. Gene Roddenberry asked him to "ham up" his Russian accent to add a note of comedy relief to the series. He is also credited for writing the Star Trek: The Animated Series installment "The Infinite Vulcan," making him the first "original cast" member to write a Star Trek story for television. Ironically, the character of Pavel Andreievich Chekov never appeared in the animated version of Star Trek. Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Cyrillic: Павел Андрейевич Чеков), played by Walter Koenig, is a Russian Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), a Constitution class starship In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 was a Constitution class ship that is theorized to have been commissioned in 2245, though this has yet to be acknowledged in canon. ... Davy Jones, 1967 Davy Jones redirects here, for other uses see David Jones. ... Pravda (Russian: , The Truth) was a leading newspaper of the Soviet Union and an official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1912 and 1991. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ...


He received Saturn Award Nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Film for both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Walter reprised his role of Pavel Chekov for the fan webseries Star Trek: New Voyages, To Serve All My Days and the independent Sky Conway/Tim Russ film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, both in 2006. The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Supporting Actor (in a film): ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986; see also 1986 in film) is the fourth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After Chekov, his best-known role is the Psi Cop Alfred Bester on the television series Babylon 5. Koenig was 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 was slated to play Bester on the spin-off series Crusade, but the series was cancelled before his episode was filmed. He also played "Oro" in two episodes of the Canadian science fiction television series The Starlost, which aired in 1973 on Canada's CTV television network. Spoiler warning: In the fictional universe of Babylon 5, the Psi Corps was an agency of the Earth Alliance responsible for telepathic individuals. ... Alfred Bester is the name of a fictional character in the television series Babylon 5, played by Walter Koenig. ... An Emmy Award. ... Crusade is a spin-off TV show from J. Michael Straczynskis Babylon 5. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Starlost was a Canadian-produced science fiction television series devised by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and on NBC in the United States. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... CTV is a TLA that may stand for: CTV Television Network - a Canadian English language television network Channel Television - the main television broadcaster in the Channel Islands Chukyo TV. Broadcasting - a Japanese TV station in Nagoya This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ...


Walter's film, stage and TV roles span a fifty year time span. He has played everything from a teenage gang leader (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) to a middle-aged Tom Sawyer (The Boys In Autumn). He returned to space with a starring role in Moontrap and played a computer hard drive in Maximum Surge. In addition to acting, he has written several films (Actor, I Wish I May, You're Never Alone When You're a Schizophrenic), one-act plays, and a handful of episodes for TV shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series, Land of the Lost, Family and The Powers of Matthew Star. Walter has also written several books, including Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe (autobiography), Chekov's Enterprise (a journal kept during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot (a science fiction novel), which was rereleased in 2006. He also created his own comic book series called Raver, which was published by Malibu Comics in the early 1990s. Screenshot of opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a half-hour anthology television series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Tom Sawyer (born 1833?) is the title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). ... Moontrap was a 1989 science fiction film from Magic Films. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... Maximum Surge is a game produced and released by Digital Pictures in 1996 for the 3DO, MAC, PC, and Sega Saturn, which featured full-motion video in the same way that many of Digital Pictures releases of the time did. ... Actor (Honarpisheh), is a 1993 film by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. ... Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Land of the Lost (1974–1976) is one in a variety of popular, uniquely produced childrens television series created and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. ... The cast of Family. ... The Powers of Matthew Star was a prime-time television program from the 1982-1983 season, on NBC. Lou Gossett, Jr. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... Malibu Comics was a comic book publisher in the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known for its Ultraverse line of superhero titles. ...


Walter Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing at UCLA, the Sherwood Oaks Experiment Film College, the Actor's Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles, and the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. In 2002, Koenig directed stage versions of two of the original Twilight Zone episodes for Letter Entertainment.[4] Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), now a school of Alliant International University, was founded in 1969 as an endeavor of the California Psychological Association. ... Alliant International University is an independent, not-for-profit, upper-division university formed in July 2001 as a result of a merger between California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and United States International University (USIU). ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ...


In 2004, Koenig co-starred in Mad Cowgirl, an independent movie about a meat-packing health inspector dying from a brain disorder, Walter plays televangelist 'Pastor Dylan': a character described as "a sleezy, slimy, sex-addict." The movie played the SF Indiefest and the Silverlake Film Festival, followed by a limited release in major cities such as New York and Seattle. Mad Cowgirl" was released on DVD on December 5, 2006. Mad Cowgirl is an underground cult film by Gregory Hatanaka. ...


Personal life

Koenig has been married since 1965 to Judy Levitt and has a son, Josh Andrew Koenig, and a daughter, Danielle Koenig (the wife of comedian Jimmy Pardo). Koenig had heart bypass surgery in 1993. His role in Babylon 5 came out of that incident since his hospitalization forced him to bow out of a guest spot. The series producer promised to make it up to him for the lost opportunity and got the role later on. Josh Andrew Koenig is an American character actor best known as Boner on ABCs sitcom Growing Pains. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Jimmy at the mic Jimmy Pardo is a Chicago-born comedian of Italian descent, married to Danielle Koenig[1] (the daughter of Walter Koenig of Star Trek fame), and is best known for his quick and witty style. ... A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or heart bypass is a surgical procedure performed in patients with coronary artery disease (see atherosclerosis) for the relief of angina and possible improved heart muscle function. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ...


Giving back

In 2007, Koenig was asked by the human rights group U.S. Campaign for Burma to help in their grassroots campaign to get the message out about the humanitarian crisis in Burma. As detailed on his official website, he visited refugee camps along the Burma-Thailand border from July 16 to July 25, 2007. The United States Campaign for Burma (USCB) is a U.S.-based membership organization dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


References

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Walter Koenig - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (382 words)
Walter Marvin Koenig (born September 14, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an actor.
Walter Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing at UCLA, The Sherwood Oaks Experiment Film College and the California School of Professional Psychology.
Danielle Koenig, one of the writers for Invader Zim, is his daughter.
Encyclopedia: Walter Koenig (1266 words)
Walter Koenig — actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, acting professor, and comic book creator — was born in Manhattan in 1936 to Lithuanian Russian Jewish parents.
Walter spent his first two years of college at Grinnell College in Iowa as a pre-med major, while at the same time his father and brother, he moved to the West Coast and completed his education at UCLA.
Walter has been married two years, and his wife, Judy Levitt, is an accomplished actress in her own right.
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