‘Star Trek’ cast, celebrities pay tribute to co-star Anton Yelchin


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‘Star Trek’ cast, celebrities pay tribute to co-star Anton Yelchin
(UPDATED_ Director JJ Abrams, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans and more express their sadness over the death of Anton

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Celebrities, including the cast and crew of Star Trek, mourned and paid tribute to the science fiction franchise’s own “Pavel Chekov,” Anton Yelchin, who died Sunday, June 19, in a car accident.


JJ Abrams, the director of the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel Into Darkness (2013), posted a handwritten note: “You were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough. Missing you.”


In a statement given to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker who also is producer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, also wrote on behalf of the cast and crew: “Anton was our little brother. But only by years; he was as wise and clever and intellectually curious as anyone we ever knew. His laugh was preposterous – you couldn’t hear it and not laugh yourself. He was funny, edgy, wild and talented beyond measure. His focus and dedication was admirable, as was his love of family, friends, literature and music.

“We loved Anton, at work or at play. We are all shocked and numb and devastated by the world’s loss of an extraordinary young man.”

It was signed, “His Star Trek family.”

Cast member Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the movie, also wrote a tribute to his co-star.

“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,” he wrote.


Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura)


John Cho (Hikaru Sulu)


Karl Urban (Leonard McCoy)


Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond director


 Michael Giacchino, Star Trek composer



File photo shows Anton  during a photocall for the movie 'Burying the Ex' in 2014. Photo by Andrea Merola/EPA

Chris Evans


Anna Kendrick


Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings, who was paired with Anton’s character in Charlie Bartlettposted this on Twitter:



Olivia Wilde


Guillermo de Toro, filmmaker



Sam Clafin


Stephen King


Anton, 27, also appeared in films such as Alpha Dog and Green Room. He was also a member of the band HammerHeads. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

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