On June 19, the bright light of a rising star was snuffed out all too soon. Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, died after a freak motor vehicle incident at his California home.
Yelchin was best known for his recurring role as Pavel Chekov in the re-booted “Star Trek” franchise as well as his performance in other films such as the 2011 remake of the 1985 classic “Fright Night”, the film adaptation of the popular Dean Koontz novel “Odd Thomas”, and “Charlie Bartlett”.
The promising young actor’s career and life were cut tragically short after his car unexpectedly popped out of gear and struck him down in his own driveway. His car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, had been part of a major recall; a defect with the gearshift made it nearly impossible to keep the car in park.
We have not yet seen the last of Yelchin; he will be briefly returning to the big screen later this year in many films that he managed to finish filming before his untimely demise, including the soon to be released third installment in the “Star Trek” series, “Star Trek: Beyond”.
The actor’s saddened cast mates, the very crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, poured out their grief and shared their love on social media.
“Devastated by our friend’s loss. We are mourning his passing and celebrating the beautiful spirit that he was,” tweeted actress Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura, “Star Trek”).
“I loved Anton Yelchin so much,” John Cho (Mr. Sulu, “Star Trek”) tweeted. “He was a true artist- curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.”
“Star Trek: Beyond”, which hits theaters this July, will be dedicated to Yelchin. Be sure to stick around after the film’s end credits for a special tribute to the beloved star from cast and crew.
In the meantime, check out some of Yelchin’s other films and get to better know the quirky star. Here are some of Anton Yelchin’s most memorable roles:
1.) Pavel Chekov, the “Star Trek” franchise- the Russian born actor used his native accent to bring plenty of whimsy and comic relief to the “Star Trek” films in this, the most iconic of his roles.
2.) Title Character, “Charlie Bartlett”- only a teenager at the time, Yelchin starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. as a wealthy, precocious high school student who serves as a self-proclaimed psychiatrist for his peers and, in doing so, stirs up a slew of silly shenanigans.
3.) Jacob Helm, “Like Crazy”- in this 2011 gem, Yelchin improvised most of his lines in order to deliver a genuine and heart achingly beautiful performance.
4.) Kyle Reese, “Terminator Salvation”- a big fan of the original “Terminator” film, Yelchin had his heart set on landing a part in one of the franchise’s many expansions. As a fan, he tried to make his portrayal of the returning character, Kyle Reese, as close to and as memorable as the original. And that he did.