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RIP Anton Yelchin, actor played Chekov in new 'Star Trek'

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Actor Anton Yelchin speaks at
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Anton Yelchin speaks at "Fright Night" Press Conference during Comic-Con 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Director/producer/writer J.J. Abrams, actor Anton Yelchin (L) and guest attend the 5th Annual 'Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film' held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The US-Ireland Alliance)
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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Anton Yelchin attends the "Like Crazy" Press Junket at Bing Bar on January 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Anton Yelchin, director Jim Jarmusch, actress Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston of 'Only Lovers Left Alive' pose at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Berenice Marlohe (Arielle) and Anton Yelchin (Brian) in Victor Levin’s "5 to 7." Courtesy of Walter Thomson. An IFC Films release.
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HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 03: (VARIETY OUT) (L-R) Susan Markowitz, whose son Nick Markowitz was the victim of murder that the movie is based on, and actor Anton Yelchin, who plays Nick Markowitz, attend the after party following the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Alpha Dog" at the Cinerama Dome on January 3, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 03: Anton Yelchin arrives at the 'Fright Night' Premiere during the 37th Deauville American Film Festival on September 3, 2011 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
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Anton Yelchin as Quentin and Billy Crudup as Sam in RUDDERLESS.
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actor Anton Yelchin attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival 2015 After Party for "Driftless Area" at Almond on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
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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.

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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.

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