There have been rumors circulating by means of the Trekkie group for years that Walter Keonig was employed to seem on the second season of “Star Trek” as a result of the then-30-year-old actor regarded an terrible lot like Davy Jones from “The Monkees.” This wasn’t the case, however Keonig supplied a youthful, heartthrob high quality together with his character, Pavel Chekov. His character was Russian, a notable character resolution to make within the mid-Nineteen Sixties because the U.S. was nonetheless embroiled deeply within the Chilly Battle. Chekov was a logo that peace would ultimately come. Koenig was by no means something lower than 100% dedicated, and reacted to excessive sci-fi eventualities with fireplace and aplomb.
Within the early ’60s, the actor labored his method by means of smaller roles in a number of well-known TV collection like “Mr. Novak,” “Gidget,” and “I Spy” earlier than becoming a member of “Star Trek” in its second season. After, he continued apace, engaged on TV repeatedly, ultimately touchdown a recurring position on a second beloved sci-fi collection “Babylon 5.” He has additionally stayed part of “Star Trek” up till the current, having supplied a voice cameo in the latest season of “Star Trek: Picard,” in addition to reprising his position as Chekov within the semi-professional and well-respected fan collection “Star Trek: New Voyages.” He is additionally dabbled in lots of amusing B-movies like “Mad Cowgirl” and “Scream of the Bikini,” in addition to animated reveals like “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.”
Moreover, Koenig has served as an advocate for civil rights in Burma, having visited refugee camps there. Koenig nonetheless seems at conventions, pleased to speak about his numerous tasks and performing endeavors. Simply please, no matter you do, do not ask him to say “nuclear wessels.” The person simply turned 87. He deserves a break from that.