Star Trek’s Chekov Dies in a Car Accident

by vanessa

Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a car accident at his home in Los Angeles early Sunday. He was 27.

Anton Yelchin dies at age 27

Anton Yelchin dies at age 27

According a police spokesperson, the actor had been standing behind his car that was parked in his driveway when the vehicle rolled backwards and pinned him against a brick mailbox and a security fence. The Star Trek actor had been on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal.  When he failed to show up, they went to his house and found his lifeless body.

Anton Yelchin  in Star Trek

Anton Yelchin in Star Trek

Yelchin, an only child, born in 1989 in the former Soviet Union now Known as Russia, emigrated to the United States when he was a baby with his parents, who were professional figure skaters, and is survived by them.

He made his onscreen acting debut in 2000 in an episode of ER. He went on to star in films such as Hearts in Atlantis, Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett and shows such as The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Huff before being cast as engineer Pavel Chekov, known as just Chekov, in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.  That year, he also played Kyle Reese in the movie Terminator Salvation.

Anton in Terminator Salvation

Anton in Terminator Salvation

He returned to his Star Trek role in the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and also plays the part in an upcoming third film, Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release on July 22.

Anton as Charlie with Susan in Charlie Bartlett

Anton as Charlie with Susan in Charlie Bartlett

His other final projects included the Sci-Fi movie Rememory with Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and Julia Ormond, and the animated series Trollhunters with Kelsey Grammer and Ron Perlman.