‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

By June 19, 2016

2016 continues to be an incredibly hard year for talent lost too soon.

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has reportedly been found dead at the age of 27 in what is being described as a freak accident by many reports. The actor, most well-known for playing Chekov in the most recent Star Trek movies, was reportedly killed after he was pinned by his own car at his San Fernando Valley home.

Yelchin was supposed to meet his friends at rehearsal, but when he didn’t show up, his friends were worried and drove to his home to check on him, where they found him “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate.” When they found him, the car’s engine was still running and was in neutral. The driveway was reportedly on a notably steep incline, but the reason for him getting out of the car is still unknown. The police do not suspect any foul play.

Yelchin began acting at the early age of 9, first appearing in the indie film, A Man is Mostly Water. The actor continued to have steady work over the years, but made a notable breakout with Alpha Dog opposite Justin Timberlake, which received critical-acclaim for. The actor went on to receive more critical-acclaim for his work in Charlie Bartlett, Like Crazy, Fright Night, and most recently in the fantastic siege thriller, Green Room.

Yelchin will next be seen later this year in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the rebooted franchise. He has four other completed movies set to be released as well including Rememory, We Don’t Belong Here, Porto, and Thoroughbred.

I most recently interviewed Anton (along with his director, Jeremy Saulnier) for Green Room as well, and you can find our full interview below:

He was one of the legitimately nicest actors I’ve had the chance to interview, not to mention that he had firmly planted himself as one of my favorite actors of his generation. If you haven’t seen his movies like Green Room, Like Crazy, or Charlie Bartlett, then I recommend you do as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.

Our condolences go out to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Anton.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable