27-year-old actor, Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov, an officer on the Starship Enterprise, in the rebooted “Star Trek” movie series, died yesterday morning in L.A. when he was pinned by his car in his driveway.
Officer Jenny Houser of the Los Angeles Police Department said that Yelchin died after being hit at around 1:10 a.m. at his home in the neighborhood Studio City. The car had rolled backward down the steep driveway and trapped him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. Officer Houser said that he was found dead by friends who came to his house after he did not arrive at a scheduled rehearsal.
His co-stars took to social media to show their respects and grievances. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new “Star Trek” movies, posted on Instagram writing that Yelchin was “one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know.”
In a post on Twitter, John Cho, who plays Sulu in the new movies, called Yelchin “a true artist — curious, beautiful, courageous.”
Yelchin will be seen in a third film, “Star Trek Beyond,” to be released this summer.
His other recent roles included the voice of Clumsy Smurf in two “Smurfs” movies and a member of a punk-rock band fighting its way out of a neo-Nazi skinhead club in the horror film “Green Room” (2015).
He is survived by his parents.