RIP, Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin, known for his breakthrough performance in 2007’s Alpha Dog and for playing Chekov in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot, was found dead at his Studio City, CA home early this morning, the Associated Press confirms. He was 27.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Yelchin and his family moved to the United States in 1989 when he was six months old. He began acting at the age of nine and starred opposite Hank Azaria in the television series Huff. However, it was Yelchin’s heartbreaking performance in indie thriller Alpha Dog that earned him critical acclaim. That same year, he starred in the endearing teen comedy Charlie Bartlett. Last year, he appeared in Jeremy Saulnier’s colossally tense punks vs. neo-Nazis horror thriller, Green Room.
In 2009, Yelchin scored the role of young engineer, Chekov, in the Star Trek reboot. The third film in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, will be released in July.