If you haven’t heard, Andrew Koenig, the actor who played “Boner” on the TV show Growing Pains, has been missing since Valentine’s Day, possibly in Vancouver, Canada.
I never watched Growing Pains during its run and I’m not familiar with Andrew’s other work, and usually stories like this barely register with me for more than a day. I think it’s the revelation that he is the son of Walter Koenig (“Chekov” on Star Trek) that has captured my interest.
There are a number of films about the missing children of the rich and famous and, in the world of film and television, it’s always interesting to see a person with a certain level of celebrity and power feel helpless to save their child.
As an exercise:
What if someone close to your main character went missing? How would they respond? Would they go looking for them like Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade? Or hire The Dude to be the go-between like in The Big Lebowski? Or maybe they’d offer up a bounty like Mel Gibson did in Ransom?
By taking a moment to consider how your hero (or villain) would react in a situation like that, you will learn a lot about their character and what’s most important to them.
If you are in the Vancouver-area and believe you see Andrew Koenig, please contact the Police Department at (604) 717-2534