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Actor Walter Koenig rose to fame in the 1960s as Mr. Chekov on the television series Star Trek. He has reprised his role in several film adaptations of the show, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
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Outside of his Star Trek work, Koenig had a regular role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5 from 1994 to 1998. He got a chance to play against type in the show, portraying a villain this time around. In all, the actor has appeared in some 40 different television programs and TV movies.
In addition to acting, Koenig has shown a knack for writing. He penned the memoir Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe (1988) and shared his behind-the-scenes experiences in Chekov's Enterprise: A Personal Journal of the Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In 1996 he was a finalist at the New York Film Festival Awards for his play, You're Never Alone When You're a Schizophrenic.
In 2010, Koenig signed a deal with Bluewater Productions. He agreed to write a futuristic comic book series called Things To Come. As he told MTV.com, the new series will explore a world where vampires rule the earth. "The one intelligent species that can survive in this post-apocalyptic world are vampires, and they are a bridge from what has gone before, which is this self-destruction of the human race, and what will come after." Through his agreement with Bluewater, Koenig also brought back into print his comic book series Raver from the early 1990s. Raver was released as a graphic novel in 2012.
In early 2010 Walter Koenig's life was rocked with tragedy when his son, Andrew Koenig, also an actor who had a semi-regular role on the ABC sitcom, Growing Pains, committed suicide. Andrew, whose life had been beset with depression, was just 41 at the time of his death.
"He was obviously in a lot of pain," Walter Koenig told reporters.
Walter has been married to his wife, Judy, since 1965. In addition to their late son, the couple has a daughter, actress Danielle Koenig. The Koenigs reside in Los Angeles, California.
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