Anton Yelchin, a young, up-and-coming actor best known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot, was killed in a car accident Sunday.
Though Yelchin, 27, was just beginning to make his mark in the industry, Hollywood’s reaction shows the impact he had in his short-but-respected career. News of the accident sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, with friends and co-stars sharing their grief on social media.
John Cho and other co-stars of the Star Trek franchise expressed shock over the news, calling the actor “curious, beautiful, courageous.”
Actors Kat Dennings, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde grieved over the loss of a friend.
Others in the entertainment industry who admired Yelchin’s work also took to Twitter to express sadness over the loss of a talented colleague.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct Yelchin in the upcoming Trollhunters called Yelchin “a great creative partner” while Justin Li, who directed Yelchin on Star Trek Into Darkness, praised the actor’s “passion and enthusiasm”.
Yelchin died after his car rolled backward down his driveway pinning the actor against a brick mailbox.
The actor’s publicist confirmed his death and said his family is requesting privacy.