I arrived home from work tonight to learn that Anton Yelchin, the actor who portrayed Chekov in the reboot Star Trek movies, died in an automobile accident at his home. He was 27. TMZ reported the news earlier today.
IMDB lists Yelchin’s acting credits, including The Smurfs and Terminator Salvation. There isn’t a single piece of work in Yelchin’s filmography that I’ve actually seen. But I did see the Star Trek movies. And I enjoyed his performance as Checkov in both of them.
Yelchin’s Checkov is young, motivated and equal parts confident and unsure of himself. He’s unintentionally funny. And heartwarming.
We Star Trek fans do not mourn Yelchin’s passing. We celebrate his Life, his gift, his sharing of himself with all of us and finally his return to the stars.
Yelchin will be forever remembered and immortalized by Star Trek fans. With love and appreciation.