He might not have had the name recognition as a Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto or even Zoe Saldana. But Anton Yelchin was someone who appeared to love performing — whether it was on screen or on the musical stage — and his impact was felt universally.
Readers here best know Yelchin, who died early Sunday in an accident at home, as Pavel Chekov. But many more knew him for his work in independent films like “Odd Thomas” and “Charlie Bartlett,” as well as films from popular franchises that may not have been so popular themselves, like “Terminator: Salvation.”
Outpouring of condolences have come from many people on social and other media he has touched over his short life, including messages from Star Trek co-star John Cho and director J.J. Abrams.
Captain America himself, Chris Evans, was one of the earliest to hit social media with thoughts, calling Yelchin “thoughtful, kind and gifted.” The two appeared in the 2005 independent film “Fierce Creatures.”