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VIDEO: Walter Koenig On TOS Movies, Contrasting Nimoy & Shatner, Star Trek 2009, Davey Jones + more July 20, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Conventions/Events/Attractions,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),TOS, , trackback

Over the weekend Walter Koenig was the guest for the screening of Star Trek V in 70MM at the Royal Theater in West LA. The actor and I had a fun discussion with many humorous moments, talking about the Star Trek movies, the TV series and more. See below for highlights from the event plus full video.


Koenig on Star Trek movies and more


Full video
(again thanks to my friend Jennifer aka bdbdb)

Star Trek VI in 70MM Trek this weekend – with George Takei

The summer series of 70 mm Trek films at the Laemmle Royal Theater (in conjunction with Ledjer Film & Theater services and wraps up the original series films this weekend with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. George Takei will be on hand to talk about becoming Captain Sulu in the original crew’s final film.

Arrangements are currently being worked out to continue this summer movie series with the Next Generation films and the new Star Trek movie. More details soon.


What: Simply 70 Star Trek movie series

When: Saturdays at midnight in June and July [Final TOS movie – Star Trek VI, July 24]

Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 478-3836 

Tickets: $10 for general admission. You can buy tickets at the box office or online at



1. Al - July 20, 2010

Brave to show the scalp. Chops to Walter.

2. LordChancellor - July 20, 2010

Pretty sure the event details were cut and pasted from I bet you’ll find the schedule on that site.

3. CmdrR - July 20, 2010

Again, great to see Walter out and enjoying things.

4. Christopher Doohan - July 20, 2010

Great guy. Now, if they would just give him his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ™.

He’s the only original cast star that doesn’t have one.

5. Andy Patterson - July 20, 2010

I appreciate so many things about this. Always loved Keonig and thought he was way underrated and underused. Really cool he was there. Really cool. I wish him well.

6. bill hiro - July 20, 2010

A lovely, thoughtful man. I wish the best to him and his family.

7. Marc B. Lee - July 20, 2010

Good to see Walter at his “always” best. Why he doesn’t have his star is beyond me and a bit pompous of the powers that be.

Good to see and hear you Walter.

8. kmart - July 20, 2010

has he ever mentioned the idea he and De had for salvaging TMP? He mentions coming up with an idea for act 3 during 1978′ shooting that had interest from some, but Shatner hated it so it died stillborn. I have been wondering about this since march 1980 when I read CHEKOV’S ENTERPRISE but never seen it addressed anywhere.

9. Art Vandelay - July 20, 2010

Where’s the article from STIV’s showing with Nichelle? I never saw it. Did I miss it?

10. Greg2600 - July 20, 2010

Part 4 of that video is hilarious! His stories about Nimoy and Shatner.

11. Lennier - July 20, 2010

@ #5

He deserves it for Babylon 5 alone. Long live Alfred Bester!

12. Dr. Image - July 20, 2010

Cool. He just gets better with age.
And “hats off” to his lack of rug (finally)!

13. CGren123 - July 20, 2010

It’s really good to see him back on his feet, especially after the year he’s had.
Walter Koenig was always my favourite of the TOS Actors (don’t tell Leonard Nimoy0, and I’m really loved this “Interview”

14. Patty W - July 20, 2010

“Hopes that Yelchin is talented and hopes he is given a chance to “expand the role”

Actually, Walter said “Yelchin is very talented and hopes”…

No star this year. They vote again next year…. watch his site for details on how to help…

15. Sybok - July 20, 2010

@ #11

You got that right!

16. Ran - July 20, 2010

“there were some dimensions of character that was a little light” and feels it didn’t have “quite the dramatic substance” of the best original Films”

Spot on. Nice to hear this from someone who does not have to suck up to Hollywood.

17. MC1 Doug - July 20, 2010

What a great video experience! Having seen Walter at a TREK convention in Chicago (later that same day he had a heart attack) back in the late 1990s, we (the audience) found him a wonderfully entertaining, incredibly bright, thoughtful and open to his loving fans.

Kudos to him and his family… and yeah, as someone pointed out, exposing us to the real him by removing his baseball cap (my hero!!!)


18. Buzz Cagney - July 20, 2010

I’m very happy to hear positive things about Bill from Walter.
I’m tired of the animosity and this makes a nice change.

19. Chain of Command - July 20, 2010

Great guy. Never pretentious. Just a genuine good guy.

20. Scruffy the Janitor/Vampire Slayer - July 20, 2010

I was under the impression that the “star” on the walk of fame is purchased with private money?

Wouldn’t it be better if he had a statue in Russia instead? Melt down a few Lenin & Stalin statues?

I’m just saying…

Still, good article!

21. The Original Spock's Brain - July 21, 2010

@20. You’re right about that; here’s the process (I assume Koenig has been nominated before):

22. Silicon Avatar - July 21, 2010

Walter Koenig is awesome.

23. captain_neill - July 21, 2010

Cool. I am looking forward to meeting Walter Koenig again at Vegas in a few weeks.

24. DJ Neelix - July 21, 2010

What a true gentleman he seems to be. The most likeable person of all the TOS cast, followed by Nimoy (who’s also the funniest of all Star Trek cast).
I wish this man and his family nothing but well.

25. DJ Neelix - July 21, 2010

On a side note, this clip along with the Wheaton/Burton/Frakes panel (where they all wore slobby t-shirts) confirmed the prejudice that Americans are the worst-dressed people in the world…

26. Bob Mack - July 21, 2010

Technical question – how did you get the 4 different YouTube videos to play in sequence without having the user click anything? Great work!

27. Sebastian - July 21, 2010

In truth, I never really cared for his faux Russian accent (and I wished Anton Yelchin had NOT chose to emulate it in the new movie), but the character is part of the Trek family (whoever plays him) and it’s very nice to see that Koenig didn’t choose this opportunity to further any 40-yr old grudge-matches between him and Shatner.

Hope he and his family are doing well. : )

28. Scott B. here. - July 21, 2010

I saw Walter speak at a convention in 1982, shortly after TWOK came out. He didn’t bad-mouth any of his co-stars there, and in fact, told us how he had said to Shatner after they filmed Spock’s funeral scene that if TWOK had not been science fiction, that his (Shatner’s) performance in that movie could have gotten him an Oscar nomination. I agree that Shatner gave one of his best performances in that movie.

Walter is always a great interview/speaker. He has a subversive sense of humor that apparently gets him in trouble sometimes. That ST IV Hepburn story he told above is hilarious.

Scott B. out.

29. Anthony Thompson - July 21, 2010


I haven’t met Koenig, but of those I’ve seen over the years (all except him and DeForest Kelly), George Takei was by far the nicest on a one to one level. He talked with each and every fan, not just a quick “hello” and autograph.

30. DJ Neelix - July 21, 2010

@29 Anthony Thompson
Yeah, they all seem(ed) like very nice people really! Bill Shatner is perhaps a bit more difficult person, perhaps he just doesn’t have chemistry with some people. He seems nice at times though.

31. Patty W - July 21, 2010

#20 – no, the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are not “purchased” with private money.

People are nominated and once a year, in June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce votes on who to award a star to. The Muppets and Buddy Holly were among this years awards.

Once awarded, the person (or animal, in the case of Mr. Ed) has 5 years to schedule a ceremony to install it. The person or their reps are responsible for coming up with the money to manufacture the star and for the ceremony itself (mostly police and permits to close off roads).

George Clooney was actually awarded a star several years ago and apparently decided he had better things to spent the $25000 on.

For the info from the horses own mouth:

(The money for Walter’s ceremony has been collected, BTW… just waiting for the vote….)

32. I'm Dead Jim! - July 21, 2010

I had the good fortune of meeting Walter at a local convention shortly after the filming of Generations. I was there working for TV news and we just chatted off-camera for several minutes while waiting for his appearance. He is indeed a sincerely nice guy. I cherish that moment. Just me and Mr.Chekov!

33. moauvian waoul - July 21, 2010

8. I saw De speak at a convention in ’93. He spoke of a different begining to TMP he wanted to do where he was covered in some type of shroud ( concealing his identity) on an alien horse when he got the call on the communicator (revealing himself) there was an emergency and the crew were being recalled. He didn’t mention anything about an ending though.

18. Yes. But he did expect issues and was prepared to walk off. Must have been a reason.

25. Sad but true.

34. Michael - July 21, 2010

Walter Koenig DOES have a star on the hollywood walk of fame, happened a few years ago. He was the last to be recognized.

35. Lt. Bailey - July 21, 2010

A wonderful insight with his comments about ST V. I cannot wait to see him at the Vegas ST CON.

36. CAPT KRUNCH - July 21, 2010

Walter is a one brave soul to be out so soon after his tragedy…he is truly awesome!….SHAT doesn’t have the stones to take off his rug!

37. Buzz Cagney - July 21, 2010

#36 didn’t he auction those stones off recently? ;-))

38. Harry Ballz - July 21, 2010


Yes, which I bought, thus my posting name!

39. David P - July 21, 2010

please give him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

40. cd - July 21, 2010

Very funny! I love his impersonations! And that Star Trek IV Hepburn story was great!
Good to know he had a good experience on ST5. Good to see him doing well.

41. Buzz Cagney - July 21, 2010

Harry, I hope you regularly put them on display for all to see!

42. Harry Ballz - July 21, 2010

In an irregular gonad testicular showcase, no less! :>)

43. Munster79 - July 22, 2010

Koenig seems like a thorough gentleman. Shame he didn’t get a bit more prominence in the movies. ‘Nuclear wessels’ will never cease to be funny!

44. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

Irregular you say? Are you sure they are Captain Kirk’s, Harry, because i’d always pictured them as being perfectly spherical with a core of pure steel!
Me thinks you have a couple of someone else’s nads there, mister!

45. Harry Ballz - July 22, 2010

Buzz, it takes balls to make a remark like that! :>)

46. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

Certainly does, Harry. I don’t generally admit to having spent any time imagining anybodies knackers. But for Captain Kirk i’ll make an exception!

47. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

Hauling this back onto the subject of this story………
Harry, I’m quite a fan of Babylon5 and really enjoyed Walter as Bester. He really had the chance to perform in that role, to impressive effect.
I’m very interested in your thoughts on that show, Harry, as we have similar taste in Trek’s………

48. Harry Ballz - July 22, 2010

Buzz, your reference to balls of pure steel is interesting, considering that many years ago Shatner gave an interview to Playboy, where they asked him some question and he basically answered (paraphrasing), “I can’t hear you over my balls of steel clanging together”

……..or something to that effect. Coincidence? I think not!

49. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

#48 that is spooky Harry. Seems my imagination and Shatners slightly overblown opinion of his equipment are as one! Thats worrying! lol

50. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

Is overblown perhaps the wrong phrase there? lol

51. Harry Ballz - July 22, 2010


Funny thing is…..I’ve never watched Babylon 5. Maybe 10 minutes once, but it didn’t grab me. I will, in reruns, have to give it a shot. Everyone here raves about it!

I watch Dexter, Californication, Nurse Jackie, Hung, Mad Men…….all good shows.

52. Buzz Cagney - July 22, 2010

Thats the thing with B5, tuning in for a few minutes seems to have the same affect on everyone. But once you get through the first few minutes you pretty much get hooked. You really must watch it from the first episode to get the full benefit. It develops very like a book. Turning to the middle pages will just leave you reaching for the remote.
And its well worth watching for Walter. Its hard to believe its the same guy that played cute little Chekov!

I haven’t seen any of the shows you mention there, Harry.
My all time fav. (after TOS) is Frasier. Just sublime.

53. Harry Ballz - July 22, 2010

Buzz, some of my friends point out that I remind them of Frasier.

54. Buzz Cagney - July 23, 2010

Personality wise or looks?
Either way, in my book, thats cool!

55. Harry Ballz - July 23, 2010


Actually both. One time, in the early ’90’s, I was walking through a bar, and some guy I didn’t even know yelled out, “Hey, Frasier!”.

How about you? Any resemblance to anyone?

56. Buzz Cagney - July 23, 2010

Frasier is a pretty terrific guy. Sure, he’s a bit pompous (loveably so as I believe Roz politely called him once! Love Roz!) but his capacity for compassion is marvellous. If you share that, Harry, then your friends and family are very lucky.
A great exchange between Frasier and Niles which always makes me laugh….. Niles, do you think i’m elistist? oh Frasier, of course I do. You don’t need to worry about that! :-))))))

I was once asked if I was some footballer (soccer) player or other (can’t remember his name). On looking into it I suppose there is a slight resemblence. But, no, don’t really look like anybody famous. Maybe Pierce Brosnan. lol. Or maybe not!

57. Harry Ballz - July 23, 2010

Buzz, you should join the gang in Live Chat! It’s a fun group! C’mon over!

58. Buzz Cagney - July 23, 2010

is that where the cool cats hang? :-D
i’ll take a look sometime.
Have a great weekend, Harry. ;-)

59. Harry Ballz - July 23, 2010

You, too! :>)

60. Patty W - July 27, 2010

# 34. Michael – July 21, 2010

Walter Koenig DOES have a star on the hollywood walk of fame, happened a few years ago. He was the last to be recognized.

Sorry, you’re wrong. Check the Chamber of Commerce website if you want verification. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.