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Years active  1973–2010
Name  Andrew Koenig

Role  Character actor
Siblings  Danielle Koenig
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Full Name  Joshua Andrew Koenig
Born  August 17, 1968 (1968-08-17) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Disappeared  February 14, 2010 (aged 41) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Body discovered  February 25, 2010(2010-02-25)
Occupation  Actor, director, editor, writer
Died  February 14, 2010, Vancouver, Canada
Parents  Judy Levitt, Walter Koenig
Grandparents  Isadore Koenig, Sarah Strauss Koenig
Movies and TV shows  Batman: Dead End, InAlienable, GI Joe: A Real American, DaZe
Similar People  Walter Koenig, Danielle Koenig, Sandy Collora, Judy Levitt, Anjanette Comer

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Joshua Andrew Koenig (; (August 17, 1968 – approximately February 25, 2010), was an American character actor, film director, editor, writer, and human rights activist.

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Early life

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Andrew Koenig was born August 17, 1968, the son of Star Trek actor Walter Koenig and Judy Levitt.

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Writer Harlan Ellison spoke of the young Koenig – by his given first name of Josh – as being the inspiration for his story Jeffty Is Five.

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The story went on to win the 1977 Nebula Award and the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Career

From 1985 to 1989, Koenig played a recurring role as Richard "Boner" Stabone, best friend to Kirk Cameron's character Mike Seaver in the first four seasons of the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. During the same period, he guest starred on episodes of the sitcoms My Sister Sam and My Two Dads as well as the drama 21 Jump Street. In the early 1990s he provided a voice for the animated series G.I. Joe as Ambush and Night Creeper Leader, and had a minor role as Tumak in the 1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Sanctuary".

Koenig played the role of The Joker in the 2003 fan film Batman: Dead End.

Onstage, he starred as the M.C. in the 2007 interactive theater play The Boomerang Kid and performed with the improv group Charles Whitman Reilly and Friends.

Though he continued his performing career in the 2006 independent film The Theory of Everything (2006), Koenig worked increasingly behind the scenes. He wrote, produced and/or directed the shorts Good Boy (2003) and Woman in a Green Dress and Instinct vs. Reason (2004). He worked as an editor on a number of films and was a video producer for the podcast Never Not Funny (2006–2010). His final role was in the film DaZe: Vol. Too — NonSeNse, in post-production at the time of his death, with Koenig portraying the role of Vice Chancellor.

Personal life

Koenig, a vegan, traveled to Burma in July 2007 and visited Burmese refugee camps in Thailand with his father as part of the U.S. Campaign for Burma. The following January, he protested the Communist Party of China's political and financial support of the military dictatorship in Burma during the 119th Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California; after a pre-parade human rights march agreed to by parade officials was allegedly stifled by them, he entered the parade and stood in front of a Chinese float promoting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Koenig, who carried a sign reading "China: Free Burma" in both English and Chinese, was arrested and briefly held for his act of civil disobedience. Koenig's defense attorney was Bill Paparian, a fellow protester and former mayor of Pasadena.

"China sits on the UN Security Council and they have refused to condemn Burma. China purchases gas from Burma and sells them weapons that the military uses on the Burmese people. So they are really quite complicit, and that was the whole point of protesting the China float," Koenig explained. Koenig also noted the Chinese government's implicit support of genocidal forces in Sudan, sweatshops and tainted export products, saying of the float, "China is putting on a good face because of the Olympics, but [it's time to] send a message to the Chinese government that they have to not just change their face, but change the way they do things.” The Pasadena Weekly quoted Koenig as stating, "Their free speech rights have been totally censored. As a country with a Constitution and a Bill of Rights, we need to continue to support and enforce ours, and [use it to] recognize the rights of human beings all over the world."

Death

In February 2010, Koenig was reported missing by friends and family. He was last seen near a bakery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on February 14, and missed a scheduled flight back to the United States on February 16, which was the last day he used his cell phone or conducted any banking. On February 25, 2010, a group of 11 of his friends and family members found his body hanging from a tree in Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver through an act of suicide.

References

Andrew Koenig Wikipedia


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