I should have done this a while ago, but I just got the idea today, so sorry about that.

Andrew Koenig, an actor best known for playing Boner on the show “Growing Pains” and son of Walter Koenig (aka the original Chekov on “Star Trek”), died last month. He was 41.

While Koenig will probably be remembered for his role as Boner, there is another role that a lot of people do not know that he played: the Joker. In 2003, Koenig was a part of a short film called “Batman: Dead End,” which featured Batman in a confrontation not only with the Joker, but also with Predator and Aliens from the “Alien” movie series. The film premiered at Comic-Con that same year and was praised by those who saw it. Director Kevin Smith said that it was “possibly the truest, best Batman movie ever made.” And this is before the insane turn from Heath Ledger as the Joker, which is a feat considering every other portrayal of the Joker seemed to always have a tinge of Jack Nicholson in them, which truly set Koenig’s performance head and shoulders above so many others. It is a well done role by an actor not afraid to embody such a dark character and one that deserves recognition. So, I felt that it would nice to share on the blog and be a belated tribute to Andrew Koenig, another actor who was gone before his time.