Walter Marvin Koenig (ˈkeɪnɪɡ; born September 14, 1936) is an American actor, writer, teacher and director, known for his roles as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek and Alfred Bester in Babylon 5. He wrote the script for the 2008 science fiction legal thriller InAlienable.
Walter Koenig's parents were both Russian, but he grew up in Manhattan. His family's name was originally Koenigsberg. In his childhood, the family was very poor, constantly late with the rent and evicted more than once. Later, when Joseph McCarthy was loudly railing against all things Russian, Koenig's father burned all of the family's Russian music albums, and instructed the children to say they were Lithuanian, not Russian.
In college, Koenig earned a degree in psychology, but one class in drama had more of a lasting impact. An advisor suggested he should study further, so Koenig enrolled at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included James Caan and Dabney Coleman. Koenig had a long résumé of off-Broadway and TV parts before Star Trek, including guest bits on Ben Casey, Combat, and I Spy.
Full Name at Birth--Walter Marvin Koenig
Birthday--14th September, 1936, Chicago, Illinois
Height--5' 6" (168 cm)
Hair Color--Salt and Pepper
High School: Fieldston High School, Riverdale, NY (1954)
University--Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa
University of California Los Angeles
Occupation Text--Actor, Writer and Producer
Wife: Anjanette Comer (actress, div.)
Wife: Judy Levitt (actress, b. 1-Sep-1940, m. 1965, one son, one daughter)
Son: Josh Andrew Koenig (actor, b. 17-Aug-1968, d. 14-Feb-2010 suicide)
Daughter: Danielle Koenig (comic, b. 5-Feb-1973)
Claim to Fame--Star Trek
Brand Endorsement--TV commercial for DirecTV (10/2006)
Late 1990s: TV commercial for GNP Crescendo Records
Fan Mail Address:
The David Moss Company
733 North Seward Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038