Anton Yelchin, American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the ‘Star Trek’ reboot series, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday, said police and his press agent.
The car smashed the 27 year old actor, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Jenny Hosier, police officer said. He was out of his car for a short while, but did not disclose the details into the accident, as to why he was behind his car.
Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal. When he didn’t show up, the group came to his home and found him dead, said Hosier to the reporters.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted series, comes out in July. The accident shattered the dreams of the audience who were all set to welcome an upcoming actor to the mainstream.
His death was mourned over by all actors of Hollywood.
J.J. Abrams, Director of the series, wrote in a statement that he was “brilliant … kind … funny as hell, and supremely talented.”
“What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life,” Jodie Foster said. “He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of.” Foster partnered up with Jodie for the 2011 movie, “The Beaver”.
“He was a ferocious movie buff who put us all to shame. He was watching four or five movies every night,” said Gabe Klinger, who directed Yelchin’s upcoming project “Porto,” likely to be released by the end of 2016. He also added that Yelchin had a draw for silent movies.
He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles and the Hollywood films “Along Came a Spider” and “Hearts in Atlantis”. His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Taken” was significant in furthering his career as a child actor.
He was set to voice the role of Jim in Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix animated series “Trollhunters”.
Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were pair figure skaters who moved to the US when Yelchin was a baby.
“I loved the improvisation part of it the most, because it was a lot like just playing around with stuff. There was something about it that I just felt completely comfortable doing and happy doing,” Yelchin told The Associated Press in 2011 while promoting the romantic drama “Like Crazy.”
The director said that for Yelchin, every film was an opportunity to learn and study more. He admired Nicolas Cage’s laser-focus on the Paul Schrader film “Dying of the Light” and also got to work with one of his acting heroes, Willem Dafoe, on the film “Odd Thomas.”
Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his death and said his family requests privacy.