The actor’s son, Walter Koenig, who played Chekhov in “Star Trek,” was last seen in Vancouver on February 14th. His parents reported him missing after he failed to show up for a flight back home. The Canadian police have stated that there has been no activity on his bank or cell phone since February 16th, when he was last seen in Vancouver.
Before sending him a letter, he admitted that his son had been very depressed and despondent, and had been missing. Today, the father appeared on the show “Today” to plead for information about his missing son. I hope to hear from you soon. “Boner and Mike” always worked things out when they put their minds to it, so I’m praying for you, pal. Cameron Kirk, his co-star, issued a statement separating reality from fiction, displaying his trademark difficulty in separating reality from fiction. Please call me if you’re reading this, Andrew.
There have been other disturbing indications that his disappearance was planned. The actor apparently cleaned out his apartment in Venice, Calif., And paid off his rent before he went off the radar. He also recently mentioned that he wasn’t going to do any more work, as he has been experiencing a downturn in his job. Koenig hasn’t had much work since the past few years. His most recent role was in a low-budget film called “DaZe: Vol. Too.”
Police constable Tim Fanning informed the Vancouver Sun this week that there is ample justification to presume he is still located in Vancouver. Despite the discouraging signs, there is, nevertheless, optimism that the performer, who resided in Canada in the early ’90s, might merely be on a temporary break.
Later, Andrew Koenig, who had already joined a very large club of young performers, found notoriety in tabloids and success in acting. The fate of Andrew Koenig remains uncertain. Gary Coleman, star of “Diff’rent Strokes,” entered a guilty plea in a domestic violence dispute. Lindsay Lohan overshared about her drug abuse in the sun. Brian Bonsall, known for “Family Ties,” was arrested for marijuana possession and Leif Garrett was picked up for heroin possession.
“The original sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ in the ’80s featured a minor player named Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Michelle Williams from ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and Haley Earle from ‘Jackie Bear’. In fact, it boasts a handful of old pros including the veteran actors from ‘Bad News Bears’, ‘Shutter Island’, and ‘No Country for Old Men’. Now, Shia LaBeouf or Jodie Foster might break out in a movie, and every now and then we hear about Corey Haims and Dana Platos, who were troubled child performers. The path for all these former child performers has been rocky, but it isn’t so anymore.”
One year ago, Andrew Koenig’s father mentioned on “Today” this morning that his son has been struggling with clinical depression for his entire life and has ceased taking his prescribed medication. The more challenging reality is easier to comprehend and more difficult to cope with, thus, although it may be tempting to assume that a childhood spent in the limelight leads to a destiny of substance abuse, imprisonment, and hopelessness.
Depression is the culprit, not Hollywood, as it is probable that Andrew Koenig was not destroyed by youthful fame. Whatever occurred to him, it is an illness that affects careers, relationships, and an excessive number of lives. The overwhelming agony of witnessing someone battle their inner demons, the distress of seeing a loved one succumb to incapacitating mental illness, is a sentiment that all of us are familiar with. Almost 15 million Americans understand the experience of living with severe depression, but only a small number of individuals have the opportunity to be featured on a television program.