Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin Killed In Freak Accident
According to reports, Yelchin was struck by his own car, early Sunday morning, as it rolled down the steep drive of his LA home, and pinned him against a mail box pillar and security fence. Yelchin was discovered by friends, who went to the actor’s home after he failed to show up for a rehearsal. He was 27.
Yelchin stars as Palov Chekov, a character originally played by Walter Keonig, in the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond, which is released on July 22. He previously played Chekov, ensign of the Starship Enterprise, in the first two new Star Trek movies, released in 2009 and 2013 respectively. Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the franchise, has released a statement on Yelchin’s death.
“All of us at Paramount join the world in mourning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the ‘Star Trek’ family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family.”
JJ Abrams, who directed Yelchin in the first two Star Trek movies, tweeted:
“You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. You weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you. JJ.”
On Instagram, Yelchin’s co-star, Zachary Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock in the re-booted series, wrote:
“Our dear friend. Our comrade. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. So enormously talented and generous of heart. Wise beyond his years. And gone before his time. All love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”
Yelchin had signed on to play killer Brady Hartsfield in DirecTV/the Audience Network’s 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. The series, revolving around a psychotic IT worker and ice cream truck driver, is scheduled to air on DirecTV and AT&T Uverse in 2018.
He was born to Russian parents in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in the former Soviet Union. His list of acting credits includes the recently released Green Room, as well as Fright Night, The Beaver, Terminator: Salvation and Alpha Dog.