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Creator / Walter Koenig

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He just found a nuclear wessel.

Fry: Now say nuclear wessels!
Koenig: No.

Walter Marvin Koenig (born September 14, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor (though his parents were Russian immigrants) who originated the role of Pavel Chekov on Star Trek, and Alfred Bester on Babylon 5.

He's also done some screenwriting, including one episode each of Star Trek: The Animated Series and Land of the Lost (1974).

His late wife Judy Levitt was an actress in her own right, as was his children, Danielle Koenig and the late Andrew Koenig.

This actor's roles provides examples of:

  • Deadpan Snarker: This was put to maximum effect on Futurama and Babylon 5.
  • Older Than He Looks: He was 30 when he joined the cast of Star Trek, playing 22 year old Chekov. Throughout the movies he still maintained much of his youthful looks, even as Chekov himself approached middle age.
  • Playing Against Type: One will frequently need to remind himself that this is the same actor who played Chekov when watching him as Bester. Koenig eventually invoked this and stated that, partly for this reason, Bester is the role that he's most fond of.