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9 Unique Facts You Did Not Know About Walter Koenig

1. He wrote the script for the 2008 science fiction legal thriller InAlienable.

2. Koenig was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of businessman Isadore Koenig and his wife Sarah . They moved to Manhattan when Walter was a child, where he went to school.

3. He transferred to UCLA and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

4. After a professor encouraged Koenig to become an actor, he attended the Neighborhood Playhouse with fellow students Dabney Coleman, Christopher Lloyd, and James Caan.

5. I was only one of two people who auditioned for the part, which is quite extraordinary.

6. Considering that this has so materially affected the last 35 years of my lifea couple of hours after I auditioned I heard that I had gotten the role.

7. Koenig played Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator on the USS Enterprise, in the original Star Trek television series .

8. One of only two actors to audition, he was cast as Chekov almost immediately primarily because of his resemblance to British actor/musician Davy Jones of the Monkees.

9. In later episodes, his own hair grew out enough to accomplish the look with a comb-over. Roddenberry asked him toham uphis Russian accent to add a note of comic relief to the series.

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