Anton Yelchin died age 27 in what has been described as a freak accident by police. His own vehicle rolled back and ended the talented actor’s life in the early hours of Sunday morning, 19 June, 2016. Yelchin was a busy and exceptional actor who worked steadily in Hollywood.
Anton; born Anton Viktorovich Yelchin in St Petersburg, Russia, had over 65 credits under his belt and three projects in post production at the time of his death. (Star Trek Beyond, Rememory and Thoroughbred) Yelchin had major roles in Terminator: Salvation, Fright Night and Alpha Dog.
But it was Star Trek, where Anton played Chekov, that threw the young actor into the limelight. Although fans of his work could point to other films that he starred in where his performances were above and beyond.
He was quite adept at “horror/comedy.” Playing the title roles in Odd Thomas and Burying the Ex showed he could do more than play Kyle Reese or the rebooted Charley Brewster or the newly imagined Chekov in the Star Trek franchise.
Anton Yelchin was convincing in whatever role he played and was comfortable in any genre. Comedy horror – Fright Night, Science Fiction – Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, Drama – Alpha Dog and Romance – Like Crazy The Russian born actor also worked in television and did voice over work for video games.
Tributes to Yelchin have been pouring in via social media with reactions from Chris Evans, Tyler Shields and Fran Kranz to name but a few. The shocking news of Anton’s death is trending on Twitter as fans and friends alike rush to share their grief.
Anton Yelchin was a very talented actor who would have graced our screens for many years to come. The 27 year old actor’s death was confirmed by spokesperson Jennifer Houser from the LAPD.
Chekov, Odd Thomas, Jacob, Max, Kyle Reese, Charley Brewster and all the other characters Yelchin portrayed will live on. RIP Anton Yelchin. Gone far too soon with so much left to give. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of this talented actor.