“Star Trek” Actor Anton Yelchin Dead At 27

His death occured just weeks before "Star Trek Beyond" hits theaters.

Actor Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek franchise, was killed early Sunday morning after getting pinned by his own car after it rolled down a steep driveway.

He was 27.


Yelchin was found dead at his Studio City home around 1:10am this morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Born in Russia, Yelchin moved to the States with his parents, professional figure skaters, when he was a baby. He started his career appearing on Showtime’s Huff and also had role in the films Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), and Fright Night (2011).

In an Instagram, co-star Zachary Quinto called him “one of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know.”

Star Trek Beyond, Yelchin’s third and final Trek movie, comes to theaters July 22.

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