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Why Walter Koenig Wore a Wig as Chekov on ‘Star Trek’

There was definitely at least one wig on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. But the real reason why wigs and hairpieces were mandated for some of the cast members may be unexpected. Chances are, you’ve heard legends of Shatner’s wig, or seen the beautifully crafted wigs made for some of the female cast, such as Janice Rand, played by Grace Lee Whitney. But the story of how Walter Koenig came to wear a wig to play Ensign Pavel Chekov has a uniquely 1960s twist.
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