We mourn the loss of STAR TREK BEYOND’s Anton Yelchin

We are saddened at the loss of Star Trek Beyond star Anton Yelchin, who died in a tragic accident Sunday morning.

Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor who has appeared in the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness as Chekov, and will be in Star Trek Beyond as well, has died in a tragic accident at his home early Sunday morning.

Although we didn’t know him personally, those that did know him and were strong enough expressed their grief via social media, and from what was said, he was a person truly appreciated for his spirit as well as his talent. Here are just some of the notes of sorrow:


“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.” – Jodie Foster

Needless to say, he touched the lives of many of those that he worked with, and inspired by those that saw him on screen.  He certainly did with our lives as well.  He was unbelievably talented, and he didn’t seem to see the need to be recognized or say anything just to be followed (although we don’t know if he had any official social media accounts.)  He just did what he seemed to love and did it thoughtfully and respectfully.

Yelchin first appeared in an episode of ER in 2000.  In the 16 years since then, he’s made impressive performances that have caught the eyes of many, both in independent and feature films.  Here are a list of some of the movies he’s appeared in:

Hearts in Atlantis (2001)anton-yelchin-hearts-in-atlantis

Anton played young Bobby Garfield in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.  His performance in this movie earned him a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film.  The movie also starred Anthony Hopkins, David Morse, and Hope Davis.  He was nominated for the same award for Steven Spielberg’s TV miniseries Taken, and the TV movie Jack.

House of D (2004)anton-yelchin-house-of-d

He again plays the younger version of main character Tom Warshaw (David Duchovny), who befriends the adult but mentally disabled Pappass, played by the late Robin Williams.  The movie included Frank Langella, Tea Leoni, and Erykah Badu.

Charlie Bartlett (2007)Charlie Bartlett | © 2007 Twentieth Century Fox

Anton’s breakout role was playing a former private school student who appoints himself the unofficial high school psychiatrist and prescription pill giver to his fellow public school classmates in the comedy drama, in which he plays the title character. Those starring alongside him were best friend Kat Dennings, Hope Davis (her 2nd time co-starring with Yelchin – as his mother as well) and, at the time, future Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.

Like Crazy (2011)anton-yelchin-like-crazy

A personal favorite, this romantic drama really had both Yelchin and co-star Felicity Jones step up their skills as director Drake Doremus confessed that many of their scenes were outlined, but their dialogue was created out of improvisation between the two.  Jennifer Lawrence and Charlie Bewley got to put their names on this as well.

Rudderless (2014)anton-yelchin-rudderless

Anton Yelchin let his hair fly once again and received a Silver Hugo award at the Chicago Internationl Film Festival for his portrayal of Quentin, a young man who partners with a grieving father, Sam, and forms a band to perform the songs that Sam never knew his son had written.  Several of the songs that were played in the movie were actually performed by Anton, along with Billy Cudrup, who played Sam.  One of them you can listen to below.

Other notables movies he’s appeared in were Alpha Dog with Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, and Emile Hirsch, Terminator Salvation in which he plays a younger version of Kyle Reese, a character from the original Terminator film, The Beaver with Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, and Jennifer Lawrence (her 2nd time co-starring with Yelchin), the 2011 Fright Night remake with Colin Farrell and Imogen Poots, Only Lovers Left Alive opposite Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, and Green Room, a punk rock thriller opposite Sir Patrick Stewart and Imogen Poots (her 2nd film with Yelchin.)

Anton Yelchin will be most known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the first three J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek films (including Star Trek Beyond), but it’s obvious he had much more to give.  He will be missed.


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By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.