50 Years of STAR TREK – Nichelle Nichols & Walter Koenig

Actress Nichelle Nichols is best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek television series. Nichelle Nichols was born on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois. After an early career as a vocalist and dancer for live jazz orchestras, she began to act in film and television. She is best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura on the classic science-fiction television series Star Trek from 1966 to '69. In addition to acting, she has recorded albums, written a memoir and science-fiction novels, and worked to recruit women and minorities to NASA.

Actor Walter Koenig rose to fame in the 1960s as Mr. Chekov on the television series Star Trek. He has reprised his role in several film adaptations of the show, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Born on September 14, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, actor Walter Koenig grew up in New York City. He started acting in high school. He first attended Grinnell College before transferring to University of California Los Angeles. After college, Koenig studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. He landed the part of Pavel Chekov on Star Trek in 1966. Over the years, Koenig has reprised his most famous role in several films, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). From 1994 to 1998, he played Alfred Bester on Babylon 5. Koenig has also written several books, including 1988's Warped Factors. He developed the comic book series Things To Come, which debuted in 2011.

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