Tribute: Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Terrible news today.  In fact, I have resisted printing it in the hopes that the story would be retracted by the press and identified as a hoax.

Apparently that's not happening.  

Anton Yelchin (1989-2016) -- just 27 years old -- was killed today in a freak car accident.

Mr. Yelchin was so young, but yet also incredibly accomplished. In fact, in a few short years he racked up a number of unforgettable genre credits.

First and foremost, of course, he played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek films, including Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), and the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond (2016).

Yelchin also played young Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation (2009), and had a number of impressive horror movie credits too, including Fright Night (2011), Odd Thomas (2013) and Green Room (2015).

Usually, when I write tributes such as this one, I console myself with the knowledge that we have lost someone who lived well into old age.  I would miss them, of course, yet I know they lived long, and well.  

Today, it is absolutely devastating to lose this talented young actor; this man who projected kindness and gentleness, and good humor in every role he made his own. 

I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends at this time of great sadness.


  1. Unbelievable how he was killed Saturday night in his own driveway by his own car. Too horrible. So talented, so sad, so young... R.I.P. Anton Yelchin.



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