The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after news broke earlier today that Anton Yelchin has died from a freak car accident. The actor was found dead at his home in the San Fernando Valley early this morning, pinned between his car and a concrete mailbox. As news of this tragic death started to spread, several of the actor's co-stars, friends, colleagues and others in the Hollywood community mourned his death on social media. Paramount Pictures also released the following statement regarding the beloved actor's death.
"All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family."
The actor is probably best known for playing Chekov in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek, its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, hitting theaters July 22. Several of his Star Trek co-stars paid tribute to the late actor today through Twitter and Instagram, including Zachary Quinto. Here's what the actor had this to say in his statement.
"Our dear friend. Our comrade. Our Anton. One of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. So enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief."
Aside from his work in the Star Trek franchise, his other credits included Terminator Salvation, Like Crazy, The Beaver, Fright Night, The Smurfs, Odd Thomas, Only Lovers Left Alive, Rudderless, Cymbeline, The Driftless Area and this year's Green Room. Like Crazy director Drake Doremus issued a statement after the actor passed away. Here's what he had to say below.
"Anton was one of a kind. Such an old soul who was one of the most sincere but also funniest people I have ever met. He taught me what being a humble and hard working artist is all about. His laugh was the best sound in the world, it was so contagious and comforting. He was always up to something to make you laugh especially if you were getting frustrated or being too serious. Anton changed my life in so many ways and I'll never forget him. Everybody in the Like Crazy family wants to send their love to Anton's family on this incredibly devastating day. Laphroaig is in my glass my friend. Love you Anton."
Anton Yelchin was born on March 11, 1989 to Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, a pair of successful figure skaters, but he emigrated to the United States when he was just six months old. He made his acting debut at just 10 years of age on an episode of NBC's ER, and he never stopped working since then. In 2001, he had roles in Delivering Milo, 15 Minutes and Hearts in Atlantis, and in 2004, he landed the role of Byrd Huffstodt on the Showtime series Huff, which ran for two seasons, before making his mark on the big screen in roles in Alpha Dog and Charlie Bartlett. Here's what actress/filmmaker Jodie Foster, who directed Anton Yelchin in The Beaver, had to say in her statement.
"Anton... What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched."
We have assembled a number of tweets from several actors, filmmakers and others in the Hollywood community, paying tribute to Anton Yelchin after his untimely death. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on his death as soon as more information comes in. Until then, take a look at these tributes below.