Thursday, 23 June 2016

In Memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

So, sorry to do this, but I've been busy trying to perfect my earlier reviews. It is with sad tidings for me to announce this tragic news that the talented young actor Anton Yelchin who was best known for his role in the two 'Star Trek' reboots by J.J. Abrams as Chekov has been killed in a freak car accident after his own 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down the driveway and pinned him against the security fence and brick pillar in June 19th 2016 at the age of 27. It's such a tragedy that a promising young actor has had his own life cut short by an accident and this is quite the devastating news.

He was born in his native homeland of Russia to a pair of figure skaters. At his infancy, he and his family left to escape the oppression of their country and were emigrated to the United States afterwards. He was trained as an actor through classes and was noticed rather early in his career and given prosperous opportunities. At 10 years old, he landed in a guest appearance on the episode of a medical drama television series 'ER' before the next year where he performed in his early film roles in movies like 'Delivering Milo', 'Along Came A Spider' and 'Hearts in Atlantis'. In 2004, Yelchin appears in a television series called 'Huff' which lasted for two seasons. He then went on star in a notable crime thriller of 'Alpha Dog' which is his breakout role along with several other films like 'Fierce People', 'Charlie Bartlett', 'Terminator Salvation', 'Like Crazy', 'Fright Night', etc.

In 2009, it was around the same year as 'Terminator Salvation' that Yelchin was cast as Chekov opposite leading actors like Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in a film that redefined the classic sci-fi series of 'Star Trek' to where no other reboot has gone before. J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' was a huge smash and it brought him some international recognition. Its success would soon follow with two instalments such as 'Into Darkness' and 'Beyond' which the latter is soon to have its official release out in next month and it will be his first last movie.

News like this is always such a shocking experience and being that the actor was such a young man it is horrific that he has passed well before his time. I think it is fair to say that this talented young actor will be sorely missed by his fans, friends and family. His memory and presence will be unforgotten and with movies that he left behind which will always serve as a reminder of his talent and good spirit.

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