On September 10, 2012, Walter Koenig was honored with the 2,479th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cast as Ensign Pavel Chekov almost immediately following an audition for the original Star Trek TV series in 1967, he gained fame for the intergalactic officer’s distinct Russian accent and a striking resemblance to Davy Jones of The Monkees. In addition to numerous other television acting credits, Koenig appeared in seven Star Trek movies before starring on Babylon 5 as Psi Cop Alfred Bester.
With his star located on the same city block as those of George Takei and creator Gene Roddenberry’s and joined by his Starship Enterprise crewmates Mr. Spock, Lt. Uhura and Mr. Sulu (Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei) for the ceremony, Koenig was overjoyed by the recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and appreciative for the legions of Star Trek fans worldwide. This week it was revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness will be the title of the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 franchise reboot; that news, combined with the Walk of Fame accolade, ensures that Star Trek outfits will again be a popular costume idea for Halloween. Join us in celebrating the rich history of this outer space saga by choosing a Star Trek costume for your next disguise event: