It was a long time coming, but actor Walter Koenig finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Koenig is the last actor of the original “Star Trek” television series to get this honor, and a ceremony was held on September 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Boardwalk Restaurant located on Hollywood Boulevard. Joining Koenig at the ceremony were his wife Judy Levitt and daughter Danielle as well as his “Star Trek” co-stars Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols.
This honor came only two days after the 46th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” television series premiere, and it marked the last stop of what has been a busy weekend for Koenig. This past weekend had a gala tribute and convention held for him at the Beverly Garland Hotel at Universal Studios, and he also dropped by the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, September 8 to introduce a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” That same screening also included showings of a parody he co-starred in called “Roddenberry on Patrol” and “Spectre of the Gun;” an episode from the third season of “Star Trek.”
“When I was a college student and I walked down Hollywood Boulevard like lots of tourist did and lots of aspiring actors have in the past, you kind of look at it (the Walk of Fame) and you see it as something detached from you,” said Koenig during his acceptance speech. “It really doesn’t have any consequence in your life other than to view all of these names, most of which you’ve heard and you’ve appreciated.
“So that this has happened, regardless of the circumstances and regardless of the $150,000 dollars we spent with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to get this,” Koenig joked, “I’m just really tickled.”
“Each and every one of the actors made an important contribution (to ‘Star Trek’),” said Nimoy as he saluted Koenig. “Walter, as much as anybody, was there every time he was called on to deliver whatever the role was or whatever it called for. He knew how to do it; he was well trained, totally professional and delivered the goods every time. We’re very grateful for him.”
Koenig is of course best known for playing Ensign Pavel Chekov on “Star Trek” and the first seven feature films of its movie franchise. He actually joined the original show during its second season and was cast largely due to his resemblance to Davy Jones of The Monkees, and NBC had hoped that he would end up attracting a younger audience as a result. Koenig has also received a lot of praise for his portrayal of the villainous Psi Cop Alfred Bester on the television series “Babylon 5,” and its creator J. Michael Straczynski was in attendance at the Walk of Fame ceremony as well.
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Zoomin_Canada, “Walter Koenig of ‘Star Trek’ gets star in Hollywood,” Daily Motion website, September 11, 2012.
Mike Larkin, “Mr. Chekov is a starman! Star Trek reunion as Walter Koenig is honoured with spot on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Daily Mail website, September 10, 2012.