Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, March 6, 2010
Why would a family sitcom name a character after an erect penis? I don't have an answer for that, but it is a fact that the recently deceased Andrew Koenig played a character name BONER on the now semi-cult classic "Growing Pains" from the beloved era of 1980's sitcoms.
Koenig was found dead, hanging from a tree, in Vancouver, British Columbia's Stanley Park on Thursday 2/25/10 at the age of only 41.
Walter Koenig, Andrew's father, who is best known in the geek culture as Pavel Chekov from "Star Trek" gave a statement to the police saying,"my son took his own life." It has been reported that Andrew Koenig suffered from depression his entire life. It is said that not long before taking his own life, in a moment of selflessness, Koenig gave away every one of his belongings.
Selflessness was not uncharacteristic for Koenig, however, as he was a staunch environmentalist, in addition to being a strong advocate for refugees from Myanmar. He was once even arrested for his activisim in 2008, during the Rose Bowl parade in California, while protesting China's support for Myanmar's military government.
Koenig had a number of television appearences, in addition to "Growing Pains," including a role in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as a character named Tumak and is credited as voice talent in the 1980's "G.I. Joe" cartoon.
Arguably his greatest role, at least to us fan boys, was as the Joker in Sandy Collora's 2003 8 minute masterpiece, Batman: Dead End, in which "The Joker has escaped from Arkham and Batman must once again bring him in - once and for all. Unfortunately for the bat, there is something even more sinister than the Joker waiting in the alley for the dark knight detective.." If you are reading this and have not seen this movie, check it out, you're in for a real treat: