Anton Yelchin, “Star Trek” Actor, Dies at 27

Anton Yelchin, a charismatic actor who was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was killed in a fatal traffic collision early Sunday morning outside of his home his publicst, Jennifer Allen, has confirmed.  He was 27.

The star, who failed to show up at a rehearsal on Saturday night, was discovered by friends pinned between his car and a brick mailbox that was connected to a security gate that lead up to his home.  The car was running and in neutral at the time his body was discovered, and though there is no suspension of foul play, authorities are unsure as to why the actor exited his car.

Born to Russian figure skaters who relocated to the USA when he was only six months old, Yelchin was always destined for the spotlight.  His professional acting career began when he was nine as he made appearances in TV series like ER, Judging Amy, Curb Your Enthusasum and NYPD Blue.  But it wasn’t until a regular role opposite Hank Azaria in Showtime’s Huff that Yelchin's career began to take off.

Yelchin continued to build on his resume, gaining both audience and critical acclaim for his work in the 2006 thriller Alpha Dog (opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Syfried) and the 2007 dark comedy Charlie Bartlett (opposite Hope Davis and Robert Downey, Jr.).  Roles in independent features Like Crazy, The Beaver and Middle of Nowhere continued to display his craft; however, it would be 2009’s turn as Chekov in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot that would gain the actor mainstream notoriety.

This past summer Yelchin blew audiences away with A24 Films’ indie horror hit Green Room, which pitted the late star against a dark and ruthless Patrick Stewart.  While he has several projects listed “in production”, Star Trek Beyond will be the first to hit the screen after his passing.  The third film in the sci-fi reboot franchise is set to be released in late July.


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Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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