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Star Trek: The Original Series Stars: Then And Now [PHOTOS]

Star Trek: The Original Series Stars: Then And Now [PHOTOS]

Star Trek: The Original Series hit television airwaves back in September of 1966 and changed television forever. Now, nearly fifty years later, the show, the stars, and the future universe its creators depicted, are arguably more popular than ever.

Many of the TOS stars, now in their 70s and 80s, are prominent fixtures in pop culture and the Star Trek convention circuit. While DeForest Kelley and James Doohan have sadly passed on, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Grace Lee Whitney are all regular fixtures at the annual Las Vegas Star Trek convention and several others across the country and around the world each year. Leonard Nimoy, who reprised the role of Spock (Prime) in Star Trek Into Darkness, retired from convention appearances in 2011.

Take a look at the crew of the USS Enterprise, then and now, in the gallery below.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

George Takei

George Takei


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Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney

photos: CBS and TrekNews.net

STLV ’13: Day 2 Report With Alice Eve, Walter Koenig, John de Lancie & A Special Salute To ‘Voyager’

STLV '13: Day 2 Report With Alice Eve, Walter Koenig, John de Lancie & A Special Salute To 'Voyager'

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention continued on Friday with celebrity guests Walter Koenig, Alice Eve, John de Lancie, Linda Park, Dominic Keating, Catherine Hicks, Grace Lee Whitney, Suzie Plakson, and a special “Salute to Voyager,” with Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Jennifer Lien, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang.

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

John de Lancie, who played Q on The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine kicked off the second day of the convention in the Roddenberry Theater. John recently returned from an extended boating trip. He went on to talk about a recent project he’s been working on, saying “I have created a documentary about Bronies”. He discussed his acting style and said if you want to see acting, “just turn down the sound.”

Former Voyager castmates, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang, were reunited on stage. Due to travel issues, Jennifer Lien wasn’t able to take part in the panel, as planned.

Salute to Star Trek: Voyager

Salute to Star Trek: Voyager

Prior to the Voyager cast coming on stage, a great fan-made tribute video, entitled “To the Journey” was shown.

Discussing the audition process, Robert Picardo said “I loved Neelix. I thought the role of The Doctor was a snooze.” Going on to say “At the end of the audition I said I’m a doctor not a night light. Thanks to that cheesy line, I got 7 years of work”.

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating of Star Trek: Enterprise was up next. Keating took the stage with his alternate version of the Enterprise theme song and discussed the show, its cancellation and current projects with the fans.

Linda Park

Linda Park

Keating’s Enterprise castmate, Linda Park was welcomed on stage to a great ovation. Park, who doesn’t do many convention appearances was a little unsure of how the questions from the audience worked. After a few minutes, she was doing just fine. When asked what her favorite episodes were, Park told the fans “Mirror Darkly” and “Dear Doctor” were at the top of her list. Park said she would’ve liked to have seen more interpersonal relationships for Hoshi during her time aboard the NX-01.

Alice Eve

Alice Eve

Making her first convention appearance, Star Trek Into Darkness star, Alice Eve, took the stage. The first question for Eve was about her scantily clad underwear scene in the new film. She said she really didn’t expect “all the ruckus” in reaction to the scene. She likened it to Chris Pine’s shirtless appearance in the movie — which received much less attention.

On the topic of doing another Star Trek film to coincide with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016, Eve said “we’re all looking to make another Star Trek” and noted that she’d like to see Kirk and Marcus’ romance progress. She told fans that she finds the idea of Her character being pregnant and having a baby during the five-year mission very interesting. Discussing J.J. Abrams’ decision not to direct the next Star Trek film, Eve said he had a real affection for Star Trek, but his childhood love was Star Wars.

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Classic Star Trek’s Walter Koenig was up next. Koenig talked about his recent addition to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Koenig told fans “The older I get, the more I appreciate Star Trek, in all its forms”. On the topic of getting beat up so often while on away missions, he said “I wrote that into my contract. I relished those moments.”

A lecture conducted by Dr. Ronald Held of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discussing the Star Trek multiverse and how the science-fiction of Star Trek compares to known science in our world today.

Catherine Hicks

Catherine Hicks

San Diego State University associate professor, John Putman discussed some of DS9′s most memorable and thought provoking episodes where controversial issues were confronted, in a special “Deep Space Nine and American History” panel.

Connor Trinneer, Roger Lay, Jr., Doug Drexler and Mike and Denise Okuda

Connor Trinneer, Roger Lay, Jr., Doug Drexler and Mike and Denise Okuda

Members of the production team behind The Next Generation and Enterprise’s leap into high-definition talked about the forthcoming releases of each show on Blu-ray. Panelists included consultants Mike and Denise Okuda, producer and director of special features Roger Lay, Jr., and Enterprise visual effects artist Doug Drexler. Mike Okuda told fans that the future releases of DS9 & VOY in HD will be dependent on the sales of TNG and ENT. Roger Lay, Jr. said as they near the final releases if TNG and ENT on Blu-ray “we’ll have to figure out what’s next.”

Towards the end of the discussion, Enterprise star Connor Trinneer joined the panel. Trinneer told fans that he’s been showing his son episodes of Enterprise, but won’t be showing episodes where “daddy isn’t kissing mommy.”

Guests scheduled for Saturday, include William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jeri Ryan, Brannon Braga, and Ira Steven Behr. Additionally, fans in attendance will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 1,063 for the most people dressed in Star Trek costumes in the same place.

Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie & Denise Crosby Coming To Houston This Weekend For Space City Con

Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie & Denise Crosby Coming To Houston This Weekend For Space City Con

This Friday (August 2nd), Space City Con kicks off in Houston, Texas at the Houston Marriott Westchase. The guest list, for the special three-day event, includes several Star Trek celebrities — including Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, Manu Intiraymi, J.G. Hertzler, Denise Crosby, and Robert O’Reilly.

The restored TNG Enterprise-D bridge we reported on last year, will be on display and will be available for fans to sit down and take photos.


Non-Star Trek guests include Firefly‘s Jewel Staite, The Hobbit‘s Sylvester McCoy, and Mighty Morphin Ranger‘s Jason David Frank.

Tickets are on sale now at Space City Con’s website — with both single-day and three-day passes available.

For more information and a full guest list, visit SpaceCityCon.com.

WATCH: Tim Russ & Walter Koenig Discuss the Star Trek: Renegades Web Series

WATCH: Tim Russ & Walter Koenig Discuss the Star Trek: Renegades Web Series

The producers of Star Trek: Renegades have posted a synopsis of the the recently proposed Star Trek web series on their Kickstarter page.

The series, which is set to feature former Star Trek actors Walter Koenig, Gary Graham, Garrett Wang, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Manu Intiraymi, Richard Herd, and Tim Russ, who also handle directorial duties.

Produced by the team behind 2007′s Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Renegades is currently asking for pledges through the social fundraising site, Kickstarter. With a goal of $200,000, current pledges (as of this writing) are just under $108,000. To receive funding, the project must reach it’s goal before November 26th at 7:21am EST.

Read the synopsis below.

It is nearly ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The planet Reuel VII, the Federation’s main supply of dilithium crystals, has essentially vanished. Space and time has folded around Reuel VII, effectively isolating it from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something has caused this to happen.

This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what caused the folding of time and space around Reuel, and stopping it – at all costs – from happening to their final source of energy. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

Walter Koenig and Tim Russ discusses the project in the videos below.

For more information, visit the Star Trek: Renegades Kickstarter page.

WATCH: Walter Koenig Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

WATCH: Walter Koenig Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Joined by fans, friends and former co-stars, Walter Koenig cemented his place in entertainment history last week, as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Koenig, who turned 76 on Thursday, is the final primary TOS cast member to receive the honor.

“It’s a very touching experience and a very memorable one,” he said, addressing the crowd that gathered for him on Hollywood Boulevard.

“This is something very much to be proud of,” he added as his friends Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Tim Russ and Rod Roddenberry looked on.

Watch the video below.

RELATED: Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame + Exclusive Photos

Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame + Exclusive Photos

Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

On Monday, September 10th, Walter Koenig became the 2,479th television star and final primary member of the original Star Trek cast to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Koenig, who played Star Trek’s original Pavel Chekov, was joined by his friends and former co-stars Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols.

The ceremony concluded a three-day celebration of the 75-year old actor, his career and his accomplishments. The surrounding weekend events included a screening of Star Trek: II: The Wrath of Khan, the TOS episode “Spectre of the Gun,” a Q&A session and a musical performance by Alien Nation and Star Trek: Enterprise star Gary Graham.

Check out some of the exclusive photos from the celebration below.

Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walter Koenig Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Nichelle Nichols and Rod Roddenberry with Koenig

Koenig with Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei

Koenig with Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei

Photos: Anna Yeutter

WATCH: New Trailer for Star Trek: Renegades with Walter Koenig & Tim Russ

WATCH: New Trailer for Star Trek: Renegades with Walter Koenig & Tim Russ

Star Trek: Renegades, the independent Star Trek project being produced by the team behind Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, released a new trailer over the weekend for the upcoming web series.

The series will star former Star Trek actors, including Walter Koenig, Gary Graham, Garrett Wang, Richard Herd, Manu Intiraymi and Tim Russ, who will also handle the direction of the project.

According to the series’ website, “Renegades will be a departure from previous Treks – delving into the dark side of the human psyche, pushing our heroes to their limits, forcing them to carry out actions that they never would have as Starfleet officers. The rules have changed, and they realize they might be the last hope to save the Federation.

Star Trek: Renegades will be action oriented, filled with suspense and espionage; all while exploring new worlds, encountering both familiar and new alien species, and boldly going where no Trek has gone before.”

Check out the trailer below.

For more information, visit startrekrenegades.com.

Walter Koenig’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Celebration to Be Streamed Live

How You Can Watch Walter Koenig Receive His Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Live

On Monday, September 10th, Walter Koenig will finally receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Koenig, the 2,479th television star and final primary member of Star Trek’s cast to be awarded the honor, will cement his legacy into Hollywood Boulevard at 11:30 a.m. PST. The celebration will be streamed live on the official Walk of Fame website.

Esther Shapiro and “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski will speak at the event, which will also see Koenig joined by his former Star Trek cast mates, including Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei.

Walter Koenig Celebration

For fans in the Los Angeles area, a weekend-long celebration is also set to take place in Koenig’s honor. Beginning this Saturday, September 8th, Planet Xpo presents the “Walter Koenig Star Celebration – A Gala Tribute and Convention” at the Beverly Garland Hotel and Egyptian Theatre. A partial guest list includes Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Marina Sirtis, Tim Russ, Armin Shimerman, Gary Graham, J.G. Hertzler, Richard Hatch and Chase Masterson. Tickets for the convention can be purchased at Planet Xpo.

RELATED: Walter Koenig Gets His Star on the Walk of Fame & A Gala Event in September

Watch some of Koenig’s friends and co-stars congratulate him on this honor, in the video below.

Walter Koenig Gets His Star on the Walk of Fame & A Gala Event in September

Walter Koenig

As we reported back in June, Star Trek‘s original Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig, will finally receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, September 10th.

Koenig is the final main cast member from Star Trek: The Original Series to receive one of the entertainment industries highest recognitions — a five point terrazzo and brass star embedded into the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard.

The stars, administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust, have been given to more than 2,400 actors, musicians, directors, producers and fictional characters.

As you’d imagine, when this news broke, several of Koenig’s friends and fans wanted to congratulate him on this award. A video has been compiled, featuring well wishes from Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Michael and Denise Okuda, Larry Nemecek and several more.

Watch the video below.

In celebration of Koenig’s induction, a special gala celebration has been organized by the promoters of the Planet Expo events. Leonard Nimoy and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski have already been announced to speak at the ceremony.

Information on the weekend-long celebration to honor Walter Koenig:

On Saturday September 8, join us for the day for movies, panels, autograph sessions and party at the Egyptian Theatre
as we celebrate Walter’s induction onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary!

Starting at (time TBD), Walter will be on stage discussing his career and introducing the screening of his personal favorit

Star Trek movie. After the screening, Walter will give his insights and personal anecdotes behind the movie and have a Q&A with the audience. Following his session, the Egyptian will screen Walter’s favorite original series Star Trek episode never before seen on the big screen! Following the screenings, a Star Trek panel will be held on stage featuring some of your favorite actors from all 4 series!

Then join us that evening for fun and entertainment in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard and mingle with your favorite stars!

Music will be provided by the Star Trek All-Star Celebrity Band.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Walter Koenig

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Planet Expo.

Anton Yelchin on Star Trek 2 “I’m Ready”

Anton Yelchin talks Star Trek 2

Anton Yelchin, who took over the role of Pavel Chekov for JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film, discussed his portrayal of the character, receiving Walter Koenig’s blessing, his reaction to the film along with his anticipation of the sequel, in a recent interview with StarTrek.com.

“I think it’s a great film. I think it’s a really good film. I think it’s a very enjoyable summer experience,” Yelchin said regarding the 2009 reboot. “It’s light and exciting, and everything works about it. I’m a big fan of everyone’s performances. And I’m pleased that people liked it, too.” he added.

Walter Koenig, as we know played Pavel Chekov in the second and third seasons of Star Trek along with the original films. On the topic of receiving Koenig’s blessing, Yelchin said “Oh, that was huge. When you’re taking on something that’s been made iconic by an individual, and for so many years, there’s always that sort of desire, I guess in some selfish way, to gain their approval.”

“It would suck if he came up to me and was like, “I f–king hate you. That was terrible, and I don’t like you.” That’d be awful. But I’m so glad that he liked the work that I did, and to meet him was really great. It was really a very important thing for me.” he added.

The highly-anticipated sequel and his character were the next topics of discussion.

“I trust the people that are writing it.” Yelchin said. “They wrote a good film and a good character the first time around, and I enjoyed doing that. So I trust that they’ll find some mission for me to do in the next one” he added.

“I’m ready. It’s been a while, but whenever they let me know, I’ll be there.” an excited Yelchin remarked.

The entire two-part interview is available at StarTrek.com.

Walter Koenig to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Today the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Star Trek‘s original Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

Koenig, the last of the seven original Star Trek actors to receive a star, will join cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei.

Also receiving stars in 2012 will be Adam West, Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, and Star Trek: Generations star Malcolm McDowell.

[Source: Hollywood Walk of Fame]

Six Original Series Star Trek Films To Be Shown In L.A. with Special Guest Q&A In March

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I have to admit, living in Southern California has its benefits. Great beaches, some amazing weather, tons of entertainment, and of course with Hollywood in the area, a good amount of Star Trek related happenings.

Next month, The Egyptian Theater will be showing the six original Star Trek films over four days. Three of the films will be presented in 70 mm. Following Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country, writer-director, Nicholas Meyer will be taking questions and talking about his time working on the film.

Here’s the information from American Cinematheque.

 

Thursday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1979, Paramount, 132 min. Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (“Dick Tracy”) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra and Ramon Sanchez, delivers the first ”Star Trek” film as a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta. A special presentation on the art direction and visual effects of the film will follow including visuals not seen in more than 30 years and a discussion with Robert Abel & Co, art director Richard Taylor, Director’s Edition VFX Supervisor Darren Dochterman and Gene Kozicki of the Visual Effects Society.

 

Friday, March 25 – 7:30 PM (Double Feature)

Double Feature: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, 1982, Paramount, 116 min. Dir. Nicholas Meyer. Part one of the three-part story arc. The genetically engineered Khan, played with ferocious energy by Ricardo Montalban, escapes from a 15-year exile to exact revenge on James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and the rest of the Enterprise crew must stop him from obtaining Project Genesis and using its power as a doomsday device.

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, 1984, Paramount, 105 min. At the end of “The Wrath of Khan,” Spock’s dead … or is he? Leonard Nimoy portrays the lovable, logical Vulcan and makes his directorial debut with the film that answers that question. Guests to be announced

 

Saturday, March 26 – 7:30 PM (Double Feature)

70mm Print! STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, 1986, Paramount, 119 min. Dir. Leonard Nimoy. The most accessible “Star Trek” film ever made sets its previously galaxy-spanning adventures on a contemporary Earth with a healthy dollop of humor.

70mm Print! STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER, 1989, Paramount, 107 min. Dir. William Shatner. When Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise in an obsessive attempt to find God, Captain Kirk and his crew must find a way to outwit him and save the ship from total destruction. Discussion between films with actor Walter Koenig.

 

Sunday, March 27 – 7:30 PM

70mm Print! STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, 1991, Paramount, 110 min. Dir. Nicholas Meyer. With the Klingon world threatened by irreversible ecological disaster, the Federation and the Klingon chancellor (David Warner) offer an olive branch to each other to save the race, and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is chosen as the Federation’s representative. Things go quickly downhill when a very high-ranking Klingon is assassinated, and Kirk and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), framed for the murder, end up in a wintry, gulag-style labor camp. With Christopher Plummer. Discussion following with writer-director Nicholas Meyer moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times and HeroComplex.com