Over the weekend, the entertainment industry lost another great talent when during the early hours of Sunday morning.
In his short 27 years, Yelchin built up an impressive resume, starring in a wide range of critically acclaimed independent films including Alpha Dog, Like Crazy and Green Room. Anton’s most famous role was , where he played the young navigator Pavel Chekov with his usual charm and charisma.
Over the past 24 hours, social media has been flooded with and the powerful impact he had on lives across the globe:
J.J. Abrams posted this touching handwritten note on his Instagram, summing up exactly what we’ve all been thinking. The two worked closely together on the set of the first two Star Trek films in the rebooted trilogy, where Abrams directed Yelchin in the role of Chekov:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot)
A number of Yelchin’s Star Trek co-stars also shared their thoughts on social media, refusing to hold back on the emotional impact of their loss:
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho)
I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban)
A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on
Alumni of the Star Trek franchise who didn’t directly work with Yelchin also paid their respects online, echoing our thoughts at this time:
Sad news for such a talented young man. Condolences to the family of Anton Yelchin.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner)
Oh my god.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw)
The official Star Trek account shared this touching tribute to the man best known as Chekov:
We’re saddened to report the passing of Anton Yelchin, best known as Chekov
— Star Trek (@StarTrek)
Friends of the star conveyed their shock and devastation online too:
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat)
I just heard about my sweet, sweet talented friend and his horrible accident. I’m in complete shock. He had far more to say…
— Tyler Hilton (@TylerHilton)
Fuck. I was lucky enough to call Anton Yelchin my friend for the better part of the last decade. This is so fucking awful.
— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG)
I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.
— Tyler Shields (@tylershields)
The sweetest, most humble, delightful, talented guy you’d ever meet. Worked together for about a year. Shocked.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT)
A photo posted by Brett Ratner (@brettrat) on
The rest of Hollywood also took time out to share their condolences to Yelchin’s family, including the likes of Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston:
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47)
My condolences to all who lost Anton Yelchin. He was a great talent and it remains joy to watch his work.
— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe)
RIP Anton Yelchin. I had the pleasure of meeting this gifted young man on the set of House of D. Such a loss. Condolences to friends/family.
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones)
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans)
So sad to hear this news…
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino)
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won’t ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde)
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson)
So very sad to hear the awful news about Anton Yelchin. Such a fine actor with his whole career ahead of him. He will be remembered always.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself)
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston)
Yelchin has a number of completed projects lined up for release later this year, including We Don’t Belong Here, Rememory, and Porto. His first posthumous film will be Star Trek Beyond, in theaters on July 22nd. Fans will also remember Yelchin’s raw talent from his guest appearance on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which you can watch below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Yelchin’s family and friends during this difficult time.
What was your favorite movie that Anton Yelchin starred in? Please pay your respects to the talented young actor and his family below.
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