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Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Killed in Car Accident

Actor Anton Yelchin in Star Trek Into Darkness

Anton Yelchin Was 27 Years Old

Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing the role of Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, died early Sunday morning in an accident with his car. TMZ broke the news of his death.

Paramount Pictures released a statement regarding the tragedy, saying, “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.

Born in Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union, Yelchin’s family emigrated to the US when he was six months old. He began acting at an early age, starting a professional career at nine years old. Critics and filmgoers alike were impressed by performances in films such as House of D and Hearts in Atlantis, where he was able to make an impression even acting opposite heavyweights like Robin Williams and Anthony Hopkins.

Most consider the 2006 film Alpha Dogs to be his breakout film, and aside from the Star Trek films, Yelchin also had memorable turns in Terminator: Salvation (as Kyle Reese) and in Fright Night remake, as the young protagonist who must go up against the undead when a vampire moves in next door. The third of the new Star Trek films, Star Trek Beyond, arrives in cinemas July 22nd.

After news of Yelchin’s death broke on Sunday, friends, co-stars, and fans reacted on Twitter and other social media, sharing memories of the actor and expressing sadness and regret at his passing.

John Cho, Yelchin’s Star Trek co-star, tweeted, “I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.

Our condolences go out to Yelchin’s family.

Featured Image: Paramount Pictures

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