JJ Abrams Leads Tributes to 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin: 'You Weren't Here Nearly Long Enough'
Filmmaker JJ Abrams has led the tributes to actor Anton Yelchin, who passed away over the weekend in a freak car accident at his Los Angeles home.
Abrams directed Yelkin in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its sequel, 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness.
The director and producer took to Twitter on his production company's account to mourn to the 27-year-old’s passing.
“Anton, you were brilliant,” he wrote. “You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren’t here nearly long enough.”
Drake, who stared with Yelchin in the 2007 film, Charlie Bartlett, to paid tribute to his former costar on Instagram.
Justin Lin, who recently directed the young star in the forthcoming Star Trek: Beyond, posted:
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
Zachary Quinto, who starred opposite Yelchin as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek films, eulogized Yelchin on Instagram.
"One of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief,” he wrote.
Director Guillermo del Toro wrote:
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Actress Anna Kendrick expressed her shock and dismay over his death.
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Actress Kat Dennings say he was "one of my best friends," when she posted about his death on Twitter.
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can't say anything that conveys what this feels like— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
Yelchin, who was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. as a baby, began his career on TV and received critical acclaim after appearing in indie films including Alpha Dog and House of D. The success led him to big budget blockbusters like Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation.