ANTON YELCHIN (1989 - 2016)

Young Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a freak accident at his home yesterday.

According to reports, Yelchin stepped out of his car in the driveway of his Studio City home at around 1:10 a.m. when the car slid backwards and pinned him against a brick pillar and a security fence, causing trauma that led to his death. It appears that he momentarily left his Jeep, leaving it in the driveway.  

Yelchin was born in Saint Petersburg in Russia and his family fled to the United States as political refugees when he was still a baby. Raised in Los Angeles, Yelchin attended the University of Southern California and took his first professional role at age nine.

He took on small roles in indie films and various television shows before he broke out in films like the crime thriller Alpha Dog and the teenage comedy Charlie Bartlett. His biggest role to date had been a recurring role as Ensign Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films the third of which, Star Trek Beyond comes out in July.

In short, Yeltsin was an amazing actor gone too soon.

(Excerpts from CNN and dailymail)

Selected Yelchin's works:

- Burying the Ex (2014)

- Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Odd Thomas (2013)

- Like Crazy (2011)

- The Smurfs (2011) (voice)

- Fright Night (2011)

Star Trek (2009)

Terminator Salvation (2009)

- Charlie Bartlett (2007)

- Alpha Dog (2007)