Anton Yelchin, ‘Star Trek’ Actor, Dies at 27 – Hollywood Reporter

He was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning, his publicist confirmed.

Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, has died. He was 27.

The actor was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning, his publicist, Jennifer Allen confirmed.

The accident happened around 1:10 a.m. at Yelchin’s home in Studio City, LAPD spokeswoman Jenny Houser told The Hollywood Reporter. “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” said Houser. 

Yelchin was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal and when he didn’t respond, his friends went to check on him. The actor was found pinned between the car and the fence and a mailbox pillar. 

Yelchin stars in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, which is set to open July 22.

Paramount Pictures released a statement on Yelchin’s death:

All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony 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.

Yelchin began acting as a child, both in films and television, including Steven Spielberg’s Emmy-award winning TV series,Taken, which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in late 2002. The prolific actor starred in several films released in 2001, including Along Came a Spider, but garnered the most recognition for Hearts in Atlantis.

In 2006, Yelchin received widespread acclaim for Alpha Dog, a crime thriller drawing from the real-life story of kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz. Films that followed included in 2008.Charlie Bartlett

Paramount was particularly impressed with the young actor, as the studio and J.J. Abrams cast him to play Chekov in their reinvigorated Star Trek series, the first of which hit theaters in 2009. Yelchin reprised the role in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013 and will be seen posthumously in Star Trek Beyond. (Justin Lin took over directing duties from Abrams on the third film.)

Also in 2009, Yelchin played a young Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation.

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