The world has lost actor Anton Yelchin at age 27
Actor Anton Yelchin has passed away today at age 27, TMZ reports.
2016 has been a rough year when it comes to celebrity deaths, but the loss of Anton Yelchin has a particular sting due to the actor’s young age and his impressive body of work, ranging from credits like Jodie Foster’s The Beaver to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive to the Star Trek franchise. According to this morning’s report, Anton Yelchin was killed in a freak accident outside his home that caused his body to be pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar, which was attached to a security gate.
Anton Yelchin’s first credited role was as a guest star on NBC‘s ER when he was just 11 years old. In 2001, Yelchin starred in two major feature films: Lee Tamahori’s James Patterson adaptation, Along Came a Spider, and Scott Hicks’ Stephen King adaptation, Hearts in Atlantis. From there, Anton Yelchin appeared in a variety of big and small screen roles, including a memorable guest appearance on HBO‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm and a lead role on Showtime‘s Huff, playing the son of Hank Azaria’s title character. It was in 2007 that Yelchin led Jon Poll’s indie feature Charlie Bartlett and soon thereafter found him joining the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek as Ensign Pavel Chekov. He would go on to reprise the Chekov role in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and again plays the role in next month’s Star Trek Beyond.
Among Anton Yelchin’s many other credits is William H. Macy’s phenomenal musical drama Rudderless and Jeremy Saulnier’s recent acclaimed thriller Green Room.
ComingSoon.net had the honor of welcoming Anton Yelchin to our Most Craved studio just last year alongside his Burying the Ex director Joe Dante. It is with a truly heavy heart that we say goodbye to the young star.
Paramount Pictures released the following statement: “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.”
J.J. Abrams also tweeted the following statement via the Bad Robot Production account:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016
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