"That camaraderie among 'Star Trek' fans became more extensive when they started having conventions. It wasn't only what you'd traditionally call nerds. It was people who had a sense of humanity and a sense of justice. People who had imagination and people who loved monsters. It covered a much larger canvas than was initially thought."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Walter Koenig talks about his start in acting and his short-lived career as a dancer. He describes his early years in television, including guest spots on Day in Court, The Untouchables, and The Great Adventure - in which he worked with Lee Marvin. He chronicles acting in the pilot episode of General Hospital, as well as appearing in Ben Casey, Gidget (on which he worked with Sally Field) and I Spy. He recounts being cast in Star Trek as "Pavel Checkov", and recalls his over twenty-year journey with the franchise. Koenig then outlines the cultural phenomenon of the Star Trek series and explains how it has affected his career. He speaks of his stint on the sci-fi series Babylon 5 as "Alfred Bester", and describes his then-current projects. Melody Chen conducted the interview on January 14, 2013 in North Hollywood, California.