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World Remembers Anton Yelchin

Condolences pour in from friends, colleagues, fans

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.”

James Callis, who played Gaius Baltar in “Battlestar Galactica,” said he never had a chance to meet Yelchin, but was “floored” by his work.

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.”

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.

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.”

Olivia Wilde, who co-starred with Yelchin in 2006’s “Alpha Dog,” said the actor was a “bright, brilliant talent.”

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.”

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.

Professional skater-turned-screenwriter Tyler Shields said he just had dinner with Yelchin a couple nights before.

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.

Writer and director Kevin Smith said he actually met Yelchin on a plane once, and is “so damn sad” about his passing.

But it wasn’t just celebrities. Fans shared some of their sadness on social media as well.



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