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WALTER KOENIG - TV/MOVIE STAR - STAR TREK, BABYLON 5

PHOTO SESSION TIMES
Saturday 21st October - 1.45pm
Sunday 22nd October - 1.45pm
Monday 23rd October - 2.15pm
PHOTO COSTS – $40

AUTOGRAPH SESSION TIMES
All three days - 2.30pm to 5pm
AUTOGRAPH COSTS – $30

PANEL TIMES (Subject to change)
Saturday 21st October - 2pm - Main Stage
Monday 23rd October - 4pm - Upstairs Celebrity Stage (VIP)

Walter Koenig's acting career spans nearly five decades, with his most notable role being that of Ensign Pavel Chekov, in the television program, Star Trek.

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Koenig largely grew up in New York City. There he attended public schools. Koenig began acting in high school, but he didn't become serious about performing until later. After starting out at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, he then transferred to University of California Los Angeles. Koenig earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.

While he had initially expressed some interest in attending medical school, Koenig changed direction after college. He was encouraged to pursue acting by one of his professors. Returning to New York City, Koenig enrolled at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to study his craft.

Koenig moved from stage acting to television in the early 1960s, beginning with his role on the cast of A Day in Court, a short-lived series that reenacted actual court cases. In 1965, he nearly landed a role on the program Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It was a disappointing loss, but one that was more than made up for a year later when Koenig landed the role of Pavel Chekov on the second season of the sci-fi show Star Trek.

'Star Trek'

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry added Koenig's character after the Soviet media criticized him for not including a Russian character in the program. Chekov fit seamlessly into the series' storyline, but the larger ratings that Roddenberry had envisioned for the program never materialized. Star Trek was canceled after just three seasons.

Helped by Star Trek's unprecedented popularity following its cancellation, Chekov easily moved on to a host of different projects, including work as a writer on the animated show Land of the Lost. He also embraced his Star Trek identity, appearing with much of the rest of his former cast members in the film adaptations of the program. This big screen revival of Star Trek enjoyed a much longer run than the original television series, spanning from 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Star Trek: Generations (1994).

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.

Walter attends work and health commitments pending
Fees apply for autographs and photos

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