On Monday Star Trek’s original Chekov became the final member of the TOS crew to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Walter’s Trek co-stars and other celebs came out to Hollywood to celebrate the event. See below for a full report and lots of photos of Walter’s big day.
Koenig gets his star
Actor, writer, television icon Walter Koenig was honored Monday with the 2,479th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actor or was first to play Pavel Chekov was the last remaining cast member from the original Star Trek series to be honored with a star.
On hand at the ceremony ware Koenig’s Star Trek co-stars George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock). Nimoy was one of the speakers at the event, praising Walter’s great talent and memorable role on television and the delight he had making Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home particularly directing him in uttering the words "Nuclear Wessels." Specifically on the role of Chekov Nimoy paid Walter the following compliment:
I remember when Walter came on board the Enterprise there were people that had reasons for bringing this character on board. At the time our major adversaries were the Russians and it was decided for the sake of showing a positive aspect of the future it would be a good thing to have a Russian on board. Also at the same time the Beatles were a big deal and they had these interesting hair cuts and someone said "maybe we will pick up a bit of the Beatles audience we should put a Beatle wig on him." So Walter came in with his excellent Russian accent and a Beatle wig and something interesting happened. It turned out that Walter was a good actor and he took these slim dimensions of a character that had been handed to him and he created a three dimensional flesh and blood person who made an enormous contribution to Star Trek over the years.
J. Michael Straczynski also spoke about his and Walter’s days on Babylon 5 and how he created the role of baddie Bester the PsiCop. An unintended funny highlight from the event was when Walk of Fame CEO Leron Gubler presented Walter with a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles (for "Walter Koenig Day") only to have his name misspelled.
After Walter’s Star was unveiled he called for silence to mention that Rod Roddenberry had gave a substantial amount of money to help raise the funds needed to procure the Star with Rod at his side.
Other luminaries present were M.A.S.H.’s Jamie Farr, Star Trek Voyager’s Tim Russ and Garrett Wang, DS9’s favorite Dabo Girl Chase Masterson and original BSG Boomer Herb Jefferson. His wife Judy Levitt and daughter Danielle were also on hand at the ceremony.
You can watch the entire ceremony at WalkOfFame.com.
And you can visit Walter’s star at 6679 Hollywood Boulevard which is in front of Board Walk Restaurant and near the George Takei’s star.
More photos from Walter’s Hollywood Star ceremony.
All photos by Albert L. Ortega