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.”
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
James Callis, who played Gaius Baltar in “Battlestar Galactica,” said he never had a chance to meet Yelchin, but was “floored” by his work.
I didn't know Anton Yelchin -just floored Everytime I saw his work… can't quite believe it – don't want to -heartfelt condolences #tragic
— James Callis (@jamescallis) June 20, 2016
Mark Hamill, best known as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, described Yelchin as a “fine actor with his whole career ahead of him.”
So very sad to hear the awful news about Anton Yelchin. Such a fine actor with his whole career ahead of him. He will be remembered always.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 19, 2016
Tom Hiddleston, another Marvel actor who worked with Yelchin on an independent film — this time 2013’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” — said he was devastated by Yelchin’s passing.
Absolutely devastated to hear about Anton Yelchin. He was such a gifted, natural actor & a deeply kind man. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) June 19, 2016
Not everyone used social media. Jodie Foster, who directed Yelchin in her 2011 film “The Beaver,” told The Hollywood Reporter the actor had a “rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life.”
“He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of,” Foster said. “I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company.
“My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”
Dane DeHaan, another actor with a penchant for indie work like 2012’s “Chronicle,” said he was “beyond sad and stunned.”
Beyond sad and stunned to hear about Anton Yelchin.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) June 19, 2016
Olivia Wilde, who co-starred with Yelchin in 2006’s “Alpha Dog,” said the actor was a “bright, brilliant talent.”
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won't ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
And then of course there were his Star Trek co-stars, beginning with Quinto who described Yelchin as “one of the most open and intellectually curious people I have ever had the pleasure to know.”
Karl Urban, who plays McCoy in the new films, said he “can’t believe it.”
I can't believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
The MMORPG Star Trek Online will pay tribute to Yelchin both by raising “in-game memorial flags” and adding his name to its memorial wall.
We have raised in-game memorial flags in honor of Anton Yelchin and will add his name to our memorial wall this week. Rest in peace, Anton.
— Star Trek Online (@trekonlinegame) June 20, 2016
Professional skater-turned-screenwriter Tyler Shields said he just had dinner with Yelchin a couple nights before.
I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.
— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) June 19, 2016
Emile Hirsch, who appeared in “Alpha Dog” with Yelchin, made only his second public tweet on his social media account since opening it four years ago.
I can't believe Anton is gone. He was a great man, a true friend, and an artist. Love you buddy.
— emile hirsch (@EmileHirsch) June 19, 2016
Writer and director Kevin Smith said he actually met Yelchin on a plane once, and is “so damn sad” about his passing.
Anton Yelchin just died in a car wreck. So damn sad. I met him and his Mom on a plane once. They were very sweet. https://t.co/OtkoO4HisG
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2016
But it wasn’t just celebrities. Fans shared some of their sadness on social media as well.
I can't explain why but Anton Yelchin's passing has hit me really hard today. I'm very very sad.
— Jake. (@jayayekayee) June 20, 2016
It finally just hit me and now I'm casually sobbing over Anton Yelchin instead of sleeping. I hate this.
— Lauren Hendricks (@LaRan44) June 20, 2016
Anton Yelchin was one of my favorite actors. I loved him in Charlie Bartlett, Rudderless, and most recently Green Room. Such a loss.
— kaycie surrell (@GrittyLuxeLady) June 20, 2016
Just read that Anton Yelchin died today… I'm in shock. I absolutely adore him in Like Crazy. It's one of my all-time faves.
— Kim Conway (@kconwhoa) June 20, 2016
May you find greatness in the beyond as you did on this planet. R.I.P. Anton Yelchin
— jess (@starh0e) June 20, 2016
Rest in Peace, Anton Yelchin. You were such a very brilliant and naturally-gifted and talented actor. I shall miss you so much #AntonYelchin
— Tнє Bяιтιѕн Lα∂ (@BernardFord111) June 20, 2016