Hollywood pays tribute to ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin following his death

Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick and Stephen King are among those to have paid their respects

Actor Anton Yelchin died earlier today (June 19) in a car crash in southern California’s San Fernando Valley. He was 27 years old.

Yelchin played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek movies, including this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which will now be released posthumously on July 22. Star Trek‘s official account has paid tribute to the actor.

Yelchin’s Star Trek co-star John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu, described him as “a great pal and a great son”.

Other fellow actors including Chris Evans, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Breslin and Anna Kendrick have also paid their respects on Twitter.

Director Kevin Smith and horror author Stephen King have paid tribute too.

Meanwhile, 2 Broke Girls actress Kat Dennings described him as “one of my best friends”.

Yelchin’s other film roles included 2009’s Terminator Salvation, the 2011 romantic drama Like Crazy opposite Felicity Jones, and Jim Jarmusch’s cult 2013 vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive. Green Room, an acclaimed horror film in which Yelchin starred opposite Patrick Stewart and Imogen Poots, opened in cinemas last month (May).

The director of Like Crazy, Drake Doremus, said in a statement to Variety: “Anton was one of a kind. Such an old soul who was one of the most sincere but also funniest people I have ever met. “He taught me what being a humble and hard working artist is all about.”