Skip to comments.Andew Koenig, Boner from Growing Pains, son of Walter Koenig, Chekov from Star Trek, found dead
Posted on 02/25/2010 7:03:04 PM PST by RGirard
Andrew Koenig, 41, who played "Boner" on the hit TV show Growing Pains was found dead today in Vancouver. He was also the son of Walter Koenig best known as Chekov from Star Trek.
... "My son took his own life," his father Walter told reporters. "Don't ignore it; don't rationalize it, extend a hand."
... Kirk Cameron had recently released a statement pleading for Andrew to contact him. "I am praying for his family during this time of distress and for his safe return. Andrew, if you're reading this, please call me."
Andrew was not known to take medication for his depression ... perhaps it was similar to the depression many child actors face once they become adults ...
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That’s horrible. I hope the family comes through.
I didn’t watch the show or know this actor, but I’ve been following the recent headlines...how tragic..what a terrible shame. Empathy extended.
Depression is a serious medical illness.
Take your medicine if your doctor prescribes it.
Prayers to the Koenig family for their loss.
So sad to hear that.
this has already been posted numerous times
how sad... a few days ago i heard he was missing... too bad it ended this way... i liked him on Growing Pains... and i liked Chekov on ST:TOS...
Here video of Koenig (Chekov) talking to reporters
He breaks down....
Our hearts are broken for Chekov and his wife. This is so terribly sad.
Condolences to Walter Koenig and the remainder of Andrew Koenig’s family and friends.
meds are no panacea......
Anyway, I thought that was a funny episode, and Koenig played it well.
I’ve only found 1 other post here concerning his death
I caught part of one "Growing Pains" show involving Boner. Kirk Cameron's character was trying to talk him out of joinint the Marines. Their conversation climaxed with Boner explaining that he wasn't as smart as Cameron and wouldn't make it through college. Even if he could, his family was poor. The commie writers made it clear, military service was for stupid people.
Clearly, Walter should blame his son's death on his son's association with demented communists. They're really a piss poor influence on the unstable.
Seriously, prayers up for all involved.
I have no idea who this guy is other than what I’ve now read. I guess I quit watching Growing Pains before he showed up.
I offer my condolences to his family.
Not meaning to make a comment, but I’d like to tell a Star Trek story.
After Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the comedy movie with the whales), George Takei (sp) and Walter were doing one of those horrible promoting tours to sell the movie and books, t-shirts and stuff. My wife and I went to one in Raleigh, NC and in line Walter walked around signing autographs, etc. (no cell phone cameras back then) while cleary hung over.
Every Star Trek geek there asked him to say (maybe in a future GWBush voice) “nuclear vepppins”. By the time I asked him for his autograph on the 8X10 photo we bought and the Star Trek Techinal Manual I bought in 1976 I asked him, “bet you wish you had a buck for every time someone ask you to say that”. He perked up a bit.
George, on the other hand, relished his role. In retrospect, I know why. He was friendly, enthusiastic and appreciative. We got autographs and a Polaroid I paid $5 for. He’s very happy. I’m sitting next to him as he has his right arm around my shoulders (ie the retrospect comment - lol) and doing the Vulcan salute with his left hand.
That reminds me to scan the pic (im my entertainment center) and put it on my profie.