Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, has died at the age of 27. Los Angeles police say Yelchin was killed by his own car as it rolled backward down his driveway.
Officer Jenny Hosier says the car pinned Yelchin against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence early Sunday. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police didn't say why he was behind it when it started rolling.
Hosier says Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal. When he didn't show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.
Yelchin started small with roles in indie films and various television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" and the teenage comedy "Charlie Bartlett." His biggest role to date has been in the rebooted "Star Trek" films, the third of which, "Star Trek Beyond," comes out in July.
In 2014, Take Two interviewed Yelchin about his role in "5 to 7," an unconventional love story about a young American writer and an older, married French woman.
Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were well-known, professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when he was a baby. Yelchin told Take Two host Alex Cohen:
"I wanted to be a basketball player when I was little. First, I waned to be a chemist... and I remember almost setting the bathroom on fire... My parents they just wanted me to be busy because they're athletes, they've been working, well not working but skating, since they were little. So they were always busy growing up. And I went to an acting class and I loved it... The other thing that has helped me tremendously is that being an athlete requires tremendous discipline, a kind of discipline that I think people sometimes think isn't required of the arts. but growing up that way... that kind of training has really helped me in work."
Yelchin's family requests privacy at this time.
Those who knew or had worked with the young actor remembered him on Twitter.