The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after news broke earlier today that Anton Yelchin has died from a freak car accident. The actor was found dead at his home in the San Fernando Valley early this morning, pinned between his car and a concrete mailbox. As news of this tragic death started to spread, several of the actor’s co-stars, friends, colleagues and others in the Hollywood community mourned his death on social media. Paramount Pictures also released the following statement regarding the beloved actor’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.”
The actor is probably best known for playing Chekov in J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 Star Trek, its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, hitting theaters July 22. Several of his Star Trek co-stars paid tribute to the late actor today through Twitter and Instagram, including Zachary Quinto. Here’s what the actor had this to say in his statement.
“Our dear friend. Our comrade. Our Anton. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. So enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”
Aside from his work in the Star Trek franchise, his other credits included Terminator Salvation, Like Crazy, The Beaver, Fright Night, The Smurfs, Odd Thomas, Only Lovers Left Alive, Rudderless, Cymbeline, The Driftless Area and this year’s Green Room. Like Crazy director Drake Doremus issued a statement after the actor passed away. Here’s what he had to say below.
“Anton was one of a kind. Such an old soul who was one of the most sincere but also funniest people I have ever met. He taught me what being a humble and hard working artist is all about. His laugh was the best sound in the world, it was so contagious and comforting. He was always up to something to make you laugh especially if you were getting frustrated or being too serious. Anton changed my life in so many ways and I’ll never forget him. Everybody in the Like Crazy family wants to send their love to Anton’s family on this incredibly devastating day. Laphroaig is in my glass my friend. Love you Anton.”
Anton Yelchin was born on March 11, 1989 to Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, a pair of successful figure skaters, but he emigrated to the United States when he was just six months old. He made his acting debut at just 10 years of age on an episode of NBC’s ER, and he never stopped working since then. In 2001, he had roles in Delivering Milo, 15 Minutes and Hearts in Atlantis, and in 2004, he landed the role of Byrd Huffstodt on the Showtime series Huff, which ran for two seasons, before making his mark on the big screen in roles in Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett. Here’s what actress/filmmaker Jodie Foster, who directed Anton Yelchin in The Beaver, had to say in her statement.
“Anton… What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”
We have assembled a number of tweets from several actors, filmmakers and others in the Hollywood community, paying tribute to Anton Yelchin after his untimely death. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on his death as soon as more information comes in. Until then, take a look at these tributes below.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 19, 2016
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin. I was a HUGE fan. Terrible news. RIP
— Logan Lerman (@LoganLerman) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a great performer with a bright future. Sincere condolences to his family.
— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) June 19, 2016
I’m so sad to hear about the sudden passing of Anton Yelchin. So tragic. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with his family.
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) June 19, 2016
Insanely Talented, amazing soul , n gone way to f_cking soon, u are sorely missed brethren 💔RIP #AntonYelchin
— Clifton Collins Jr. (@ccollinsjr) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Rip our neighbor and friend the talented and kind Anton yelchin. We are heartbroken.
— Nat & Alex Wolff (@natandalex) June 19, 2016
Such sad news about Anton Yelchin. I only admired from afar, but a true artist and a real star in my eyes. Such a loss. Such a tragic loss.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) June 19, 2016
I am so saddened by the death of Anton Yelchin. He was an amazing person. He always made me feel at home on the set. 🙁
— Chris Doohan (@ChrisDoohan) June 19, 2016
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) June 19, 2016
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 19, 2016
I looked up to Anton Yelchin for my entire career, since first seeing Hearts In Atlantis. Always heard great things about working with him.
— Cameron Monaghan (@cameronmonaghan) June 19, 2016
Any young actor who wants to see someone doing it for real watch anything Anton Yelchin ever did….. Fabulous actor who will be missed.
— Charlie Weber (@TheCharlieWeber) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin just died in a car wreck. So damn sad. I met him and his Mom on a plane once. They were very sweet. https://t.co/OtkoO4HisG
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear of Anton Yelchin’s passing. I always have admired his incredible acting abilities. My love & thoughts are with his family
— Willow Shields (@WillowShields) June 19, 2016
Man, saddened to hear of Anton Yelchin. Didn’t know him well – worked separately on Only Lovers Left Alive, and I only remember a sweet kid.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin, always been one of my favorite actors… Condolences to his family and friends… RIP
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) June 19, 2016
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— Drake Doremus (@drakedoremus) June 19, 2016
I am utterly heartbroken about this terrible news. Anton Yelchin was a gift to this world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 19, 2016
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 19, 2016