Anton Yelchin: Star Trek Actor's Death at 27 in Freak Accident Stuns Hollywood

Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin Dead: Hollywood Mourns Loss of Star Trek Actor at Age 27

Hollywood reacted with shock and sadness to the death of “Star Trek” star Anton Yelchin, 27, who died over the weekend when crushed by his own car in what appeared to be a freak accident outside his home in Studio City, CA.

The actor who played Chekov was found pinned between the car and a mailbox pillar at the bottom of  steep driveway early Sunday morning, according to Los Angeles Police. The car was in neutral and still running.

Friends had gone to his house about 1 a.m. when he failed to show up for a rehearsal meeting.

“Our dear friend. Our comrade. Our Anton. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know,” wrote “Star Trek” costar Zachary Quinto on Instagram. “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.”

Anton Yelchin: Versatile Actor of Blockbusters, Indie Movies and TV

A versatile actor who appeared in both blockbuster movies and indie films as well as television movies and series, Yelchin was the son of Russian figure skaters who moved to the United States when he was a baby. He got his first major role as a child actor, costarring at age 11 with Anthony Hopkins in “Hearts of Atlantis.” He appeared in the first “Star Trek” reboot in 2009, its sequel and the in-production third installment. He was most recently seen in the horror thriller “Green Room” and planning to branch into directing.

“Anton was a dream,” “Green Room” director wrote in Indiewire. “He was kind and sharp and as sincere as anyone I’ve ever known. Our collaboration on ‘Green Room’ was our first and, until the devastating news of his passing, wouldn’t have been our last.”

“You were brilliant. You were kind,” “Star Trek” director-producer J.J. Abrams said in a handwritten letter posted to Twitter. “You were fun as hell, and supremely talented. And you were here nearly long enough. Missing you.”

“Devastated by our friend’s loss,” said “Star Trek” costar Zoe Saldana on Twitter. “We are mourning his passing and celebrating the beautiful spirit that he was.”