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.