Chekov is coming back! A FedCon anniversary without a star guest from the Classic series is almost incredible, so Walter Koenig is coming to FedCon 25.
Well, an actor is an actor is actor, to paraphrase someone or other and the opportunity to work, to have a steady engagement, certainly seemed like an appealing concept to me.
Playing a recurring role in a prestigious TV-Show certainly has its benefits! Walter Marvin Koenig, born on September 14, 1936, knows what he is talking about, as his most popular role is the one of Pavel Chekov in Star Trek: The Original Series.
Becoming an actor was, however, not the first choice of the son of Russian Jewish immigrants: He has a pre-med major as well as a BA in psychology. Only after one of his professors encouraged him, he made the choice to attend Neighbourhood Playhouse and be trained as an actor. Playing Chekov, however, sometimes proved to be rather difficult, as the producers called for an Russian accent more prominent than Koenig's – he had to „ham it up“, so it was rather comical and over-the-top. The audience, however, loved him and soon, Chekov was a recurring role, starting in season two. Life after Star Trek proves to be difficult for a lot of actors. Walter Koenig didn't have those difficulties – he for example played for 12 episodes in the very popular series Babylon 5, where he was the so called Special Guest Star: Alfred Bester! Numerous other roles followed, among others in Moontrap and Mad Cowgirl. In Star Trek: Renegades Walter Koenig came back as Chekov once again.
Walter Koenig was the first star guest to ever attend a FedCon – he was the only actor present at FedCon I in Augsburg, Germany! It is quite certain that he enjoyed his time, as another five FedCons have followed! FedCon 25 therefore will be Walter's sixth visit – he is as much looking forward to it, as the visitors are!
FedCon-History Walter Koenig FedCon I - 1992 FedCon IV - 1996 FedCon X - 2002 FedCon XV - 2006 FedCon XI - 2012