It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Anton Yelchin passed away on June 19, 2016. Yelchin played Pavel Chekov in all three of the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies. The third of which, Star Trek: Beyond was released after his death.
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John Cho, Anton Yelchin’s Star Trek castmate said at the time that he could not “begin to express how badly my heart has been broken by his passing.”
Yelchin died tragically after he got trapped between his Jeep and the security gate in his home. His parents sued Fiat Chrysler and have reached an agreement out of court earlier this year. The company had received numerous complaints regarding a gear shift that could lead drivers to not be sure whether the vehicle was in park or neutral. The proceeds of the settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin foundation. Jeep recalled over a million models due to the gear shift. Yelchin’s model was among those.
Yelchin was born in Russia in 1989. He and his parents came to America shortly thereafter. The State Department classified them as refugees. He started acting at the age of nine. Racking up numerous film and TV credits at an impressively young age.
Though most known for his role as Pavel Chekhov, Yelchin had numerous film and TV credits to his name at the time of his death. Yelchin received accolades for his role in the 2015 film Green Room. The film industry expressed shock upon learning of his death two years ago. Those who knew him personally and those who knew his work continue to feel the loss.