Walter Koenig Net Worth

Walter Koenig Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Walter Koenig net worth is
$8 Million

Walter Koenig Wiki Biography

Walter Marvin Koenig is an actor, writer, director and teacher born on 14th September 1936 in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is possibly best known for his roles as Alfred Bester in the “Babylon5” series (1993) and Pavel Chekov in “Star Trek”(1966-1969). He is also the script writer for the sci-fi legal thriller “InAlienable” (2008).

Have you ever wondered how rich Walter Koenig is? According to sources it has been estimated that Walter Koenig’s overall net worth is $8 million, as of May 2017, acquired mainly thanks to his recurring role in the hit TV series “Star Trek”, which brought him popularity and significantly increased his net worth. His later work and roles in various productions have also added to his net worth.

Walter Koenig Net Worth $8 Million

Although born in Chicago, Walter grew up in Manhattan, where his parents moved to when he was a child. Koenig’s parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union, who first lived in Lithuania and changed their surname from “Konigsberg” to “Koenig”. Walter went to Grinnel College in Iowa, but soon transferred to UCLA where he graduated with a BA in psychology. However, as one of his professors encouraged him to pursue an acting career, Koenig decided to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse along with actors Christopher Lloyd, James Caan and Dabney Coleman.

Although initially interested in stage acting, Walter moved to television in the early ‘60s with a role in the TV series “A Day in Court”. He was supposed to star in the “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”sries, but didn’t get the role, instead landing the role of Pavel Chekov in the sci-fi series “Star Trek” as the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry, was criticized for not including a Russian character. Although the show was canceled after its third season, its enormous popularity didn’t decrease, and secured Koenig some of the future roles, s well as adding to his net worth.

His next project was working on the animated show “Land of the Lost” as a writer, however, along with most of his colleagues from “Star Trek” he appeared in the show’s film adaptations which enjoyed a longer run than the original show, starting from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” ( 1979) all the way to “Star Trek: Generations”(1994). Walter had a regular role in the sci-fi series “Babylon 5” (1994-1998) too, this time portraying a villain.

Apart from his accomplished acting career during which he has appeared in more than 40 different TV movies and shows, Koenig is also a writer. He published his memoir – “Warped Factors: A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe” – in 1988, and thetheatre play “You’re Never Alone When You’re a Schizophrenic” in 1996, which entered the finals at the New York Film Festival Awards.

Privately, Koenig has suffered a great tragedy when his son, Andrew Koenig, committed suicide in 2010, after fighting with severe depression. Walter has been married to Judy Levitt since 1965, and the couple has a daughter, actress Danielle Koenig, in addition to their late son.

Full NameWalter Koenig
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 14, 1936
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height1.68 m
EducationGrinnell College, University of California, Los Angeles, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
SpouseJudy Levitt
ChildrenAndrew Koenig, Danielle Koenig
ParentsIsadore Koenig, Sarah Strauss Koenig
NominationsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
MoviesStar Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek: Renegades, Moontrap, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Star Trek Generations, Mad Cowgirl,...
TV ShowsBabylon 5, Star Trek: The Original Series
1Ensign Pavel Chekov on Star Trek (1966) and seven of the Star Trek films
2Unique Chekov accent in which he pronounces V as W, e.g. "nuclear vessels" becomes "nuclear wessels"
1[on being cast as Pavel Chekov] I was only one of two people who auditioned for the part, which is quite extraordinary. Considering that this has so materially effected the last 35 years of my life... a couple of hours after I auditioned, I heard that I had gotten the role.
2Star Trek (1966) has given me a considerable amount of satisfaction and a certain amount of respect in the industry community and among people who watch television and movies. I enjoy that. I enjoy feeling good about myself. God knows it's easy enough for me to feel bad about myself -- I need all the support I can get. Star Trek deserves the respect it has received. If I'm going to be aligned with something, it might as well be something that makes a worthwhile statement most of the time. No, I don't have any regrets about my involvement with Star Trek.
3I didn't watch Star Trek (1966) the first year it was on, before I was on the show. I took one look at the Styrofoam rocks and said: "There's no way I'm going to watch this!".
1His Star Trek character's full name was Pavel Andreievich Chekov, which leads to some interesting coincidences regarding the character's namesake and both actors who have played him. Pavel Chekov was the name of playwright Anton Chekov's father, and the Star Trek character was later played by Anton Yelchin. His middle name, Andreievich, means "Son of Andrew". Andrew was the name of Walter's son.
2Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for his role as Ensign Pavel Chekov on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
3His father, Isadore Koenig, was a communist who was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the McCarthy era.
4On July 16-25, 2007, he was actively involved in the issue facing the humanitarian crisis in Burma. He visited refugee camps along the Burma-Thailand border.
5His son, Andrew Koenig, committed suicide on February 14, 2010.
6Was the only Enterprise crew member to interact face-to-face with Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Ironically, Khan recognizes him even though he did not appear on the original series episode "Space Seed".
7Before becoming Chekov on the original Star Trek (1966) series, Walter Koenig auditioned for the role of hip surfer Stu Casey (later Riley) a character introduced for the 1965 (year two) season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). Koenig lost the role to actor Allan Hunt, who only played the role for one year since he was drafted into service in Vietnam. But the two actors stayed in touch over the years and are the best of friends. Allan Hunt even directed a play that starred Walter Koenig and Hunt's fellow former Voyage co-star Del Monroe (Kowalski).
8His Russian accent is faked on the series, albeit his parents really were from Russia.
9Is an avid collector: His collections include Star Trek Memorabilia (with a shelf completely devoted to the character Chekov) Buttons, Comic Cards, Pins and "Little Big Books". He gives us a brief tour of his collections in the segment "Life Beyond Star Trek" in the Season Two release of "Star Trek: The Original Series".
10Father-in-law of stand-up comedian Jimmy Pardo.
11Is the author of "Raver" comics in 1994.
12Often complained about the character, Pavel Andreievich Chekov, he portrayed over the years as having no levity on Star Trek (1966). As well as getting hurt through the motion pictures and television series.
13Has appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei: Star Trek (1966), Diagnosis Murder (1993) and Futurama (1999).
14Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6679 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 10, 2012 (four days before his 76th birthday).
15Was cast as Pavel Andreievich Chekov on Star Trek (1966) because of his resemblance to Davy Jones. The producers were hoping to attract a younger audience, including girls.
16Because his hair was too short, had to wear a wig in his first appearance on Star Trek (1966).
17Was scheduled to reprise his role as the nefarious Bester in an episode of the Babylon 5 (1994) spin-off series Crusade (1999) entitled "Value Judgements". Unfortunately, the series was canceled weeks before the episode was to be filmed. Walter Koenig was terribly disappointed by this, as he has stated publicly that he considers it his favorite "Bester" script.
18Is the only original Star Trek (1966) series actor not to provide voices for the animated version of the series, although he did write an episode for it.
19Last name is pronounced "Kaynig"
20Attended and graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa with a major in pre-med. Transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor's degree in psychology.
21Walter Koenig is of Russian Jewish ancestry, which made him a good candidate for Chekov on Star Trek (1966). His family had emigrated from Lithuania, USSR and changed their original surname (Koenigsberg).
22Has written episodes for What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (1977), Family (1976), Land of the Lost (1974), The Powers of Matthew Star (1982) and Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) (Animated).
23Walter Koenig and his wife Judy Levitt appear together in the Babylon 5 (1994) episode "A Race Through Dark Places" which aired in 1995.
24Underwent heart bypass surgery in 1993.
25Father of Andrew Koenig (1968-2010) and Danielle Koenig (1973-).


Diminuendo2017post-productionMilton Green
Nobility2017completedFrank Mooney
Unbelievable!!!!!2017completedFireman Frank
Cowboys & Engines: Complete Pitch Reel2015Short completedProfessor Nicholas Timon
The Dragons of MelgorannouncedWalter / Click Fadu
Renegades2017TV SeriesThe Admiral
Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time2017Ray Nabroski (future)
Star Trek: Captain Pike2016Admiral Harlan Sobol
Cowboys & Engines2015ShortProfessor Timéon
Star Trek: Renegades2015TV SeriesAdmiral Chekov
Flashback2013/IShortJoseph Griffin
Blue Dream2013Lassie
War of Heaven2010ShortLee
Scream of the Bikini2009
InAlienable2008Dr. Shilling
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men2007VideoCaptain Pavel Chekov
Bone Eater2007TV MovieCoogan
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II2006TV SeriesLt. Pavel Chekov
Mad Cowgirl2006Pastor Dylan
Birth of a Timeless Legacy2004Video shortChekov
Roddenberry on Patrol2003Video shortMr. Lofcheck
Star Trek: Shattered Universe2003Video GameCommander Pavel Chekov (voice)
Futurama2002TV SeriesWalter Koenig
Son of the Beach2001TV SeriesGeneral Dimitri Sukitov
The Privateers2000TV MovieAdm. Roka
Starfleet Academy: Chekov's Lost Missions1998Video GamePavel Chekov
Diagnosis Murder1998TV SeriesQuinn Trask
Babylon 51994-1998TV SeriesAlfred Bester
Drawing Down the Moon1997Joe Merchant
Star Trek: Generations1997Video GameCmdr. Pavel Chekov (voice)
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy1997Video GameCommander Pavel Chekov (voice)
Almost Perfect1997TV SeriesWalter Koenig
Viva Variety1997TV SeriesGuest
Maximum Surge1996Video GameDrexel
Sworn to Justice1996Dr. Breitenheim
Star Trek: Generations1994Chekov
Star Trek: Judgment Rites1993Video GameEns. Pavel Chekov (voice)
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced1992Video GameEns. Pavel Chekov (voice)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country1991Chekov
Star Trek Adventure1991ShortChekov
The Real Ghostbusters1990TV SeriesVladimir Pavel Maximov
Deadly Weapon1989
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier1989Chekov
Moontrap1989Col. Jason Grant
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home1986Chekov
Antony and Cleopatra1984TV MoviePompey
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock1984Chekov
Bring 'Em Back Alive1982TV SeriesToder
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan1982Chekov
Star Trek: The Motion Picture1979Chekov
Columbo1976TV SeriesSgt. Johnson
Nightmare Honeymoon1974Deputy Sheriff
The Questor Tapes1974TV MovieAdministrative Assistant
The Starlost1973TV SeriesOro
Goodbye, Raggedy Ann1971TV MovieJerry
Ironside1971TV SeriesLeo
The Virginian1970TV SeriesPaul Erlich
Medical Center1970TV SeriesHarry Seller
Star Trek1967-1969TV SeriesChekov Pavel Chekov
Mannix1968TV SeriesHarry
Jericho1966TV SeriesPaul
I Spy1966TV SeriesBobby Seville
Gidget1965TV SeriesGunnar
Mr. Novak1963-1965TV SeriesPaul Ryder / Jim Carsey / Alexsei Dubov
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesTom Davis
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesTiger
The Lieutenant1964TV SeriesSgt. John Delwyn
The Great Adventure1963TV SeriesCy Bedrozian
Strange Lovers1963Bob Fuller (segment "End of the Path")
General Hospital1963TV SeriesCharlie Turner
The Untouchables1963TV SeriesStudent
The Norman Vincent Peale Story1962
Combat!1962TV SeriesSentry


Handball2012Short writer
The Powers of Matthew Star1982TV Series writer - 1 episode
Family1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
What Really Happened to the Class of '65?1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
Land of the Lost1974TV Series written by - 1 episode
Star Trek: The Animated Series1973TV Series written by - 1 episode


Star Trek: Captain Pike2016co-producer
Star Trek: RenegadesTV Series consulting producer - 1 episode, 2015 executive consulting producer - 1 episode, 2015
Handball2012Short producer
InAlienable2008executive producer


The Heartbreak Cafe1998TV Series 1 episode


The Captains2011Documentary the producers wish to thank
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II2007TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors1986Video documentary special thanks


The Con of WrathDocumentary post-productionHimself
Woman in MotionDocumentary filmingHimself
Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault2016DocumentaryHimself
From the Mouths of Babes2015-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel2016Himself
50 Years of Star Trek2016TV MovieHimself
NASA: On the Edge of Forever2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
For the Love of Spock2016DocumentaryHimself
Creative Continuity2014TV SeriesHimself
To Be Takei2014DocumentaryHimself
The Captains Close Up2013TV SeriesHimself
Chicly Geek2012TV SeriesHimself
Backyard Blockbusters2012DocumentaryHimself
FedCon XXI2012DocumentaryHimself
The Captains2011DocumentaryHimself
Shatner's Raw Nerve2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside Edition2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The 19th Annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame2010TV SpecialHimself
Bob Burns' Hollywood Halloween2009Video documentaryHimself
Pavel Chekov's Screen Moments2009Video documentary shortHimself - 'Pavel Chekov'
Star Trek: Three Picture Saga2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture2009Video documentary shortHimself
Bring Back... Star Trek2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
The Soup2008TV SeriesHimself
Scream Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century2004Video shortHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself
After They Were Famous2003TV Series documentaryHimself
OB-12002TV MovieHimself
The Unexplained1998TV SeriesHimself
Space Cadets1997TV SeriesHimself
Surprise Surprise!1996TV SeriesHimself
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories1995Video documentaryHimself
Star Trek: A Captain's Log1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Picture Special Edition1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors1986Video documentaryHimself
Saturn Awards1981TV Special
The Star Trek Dream1975TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Heroes Manufactured2016DocumentaryHimself
Road Trek 20112012ShortChekov
Movie Nights2011TV Series
Timeshift2006TV Series documentaryChekov
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Maximum Surge2003TV MovieDrexel
Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments1999TV ShortEnsign Pavel Chekov
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1996TV SeriesChekov
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesChekov
Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories1983TV Movie documentaryEnsign Pavel Chekov
The Starlost: The Alien Oro1980TV MovieOro

Won Awards

2012Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn September 10, 2012. At 6679 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorStar Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorStar Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Known for movies

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