On the morning of June 19, 2016, actor, Anton Yelchin (27), was reported dead in a fatal traffic collision. He was well-known as Chekov in the new Star Trek films, but he also starred in other well-received Hollywood gems.
To remember the young actor, here are some of his films you should watch (with the exception of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness):
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Co-starring with Anthony Hopkins, this early 2000s film has a 12-year-old Yelchin in a lead role as the son of a vain, selfish widow. The film has a very innocent atmosphere filled with themes of nostalgia and summer-time adventures.
Alpha Dog (2006)
One of Yelchin's earlier films that garnered him a sizable fanbase, "Alpha Dog" centers on a group of gun-toting middle-class gangsters, led by Johnny Truelove, as they kidnap a young teenager, played by Yelchin, for ransom money. As a crime thriller, the film does a great job and Yelchin was fantastic in portraying the mild-mannered 15-year-old, Zack. The film also stars Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis, Ben Foster, Olivia Wilde, Amber Heard, and Justin Timberlake.
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
The film that arguably gave Yelchin the positive reputation he deserves, "Charlie Bartlett" is about a high school student who decides to help other students by listening to their problems and giving them prescription drugs. It's great if you enjoy indie teen-comedies and has Yelchin acting alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Kat Dennings. I definitely have a nostalgic view on this film since it came out around the time I went to high school.
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
In this Studio Ghibli film, set in 1964, a group of kids try to protect their clubhouse from being torn down for the Olympics. The film was directed by Goro Miyazaki and naturally boasts beautiful animation and a light-hearted story. Anton Yelchin provides his voice for one of the protagonists, Shun Kazama, for the English version. If you're a fan of Ghibli films and haven't watched this yet, then you should take some time to watch it.
Fright Night (2011)
One of my favorite horror-comedies, the remake to the 1985 film not only stars Anton Yelchin, but has Imogen Poots, who also appears in "Green Room" with him, and Colin Farrell as the charming yet terrifying vampire. It is a delightfully dark and twisted horror-comedy about a young man suspecting his neighbor to be a vampire, which only leads to violent results. If you enjoyed the original, then this one deserves a watch!
The Pirates!: Band of Misfits (2012)
This Claymation film from Aardman Animations (known for Chicken Run, Flushed Away, and Shaun the Sheep) centers on a colorful pirate crew, led by an ambitious captain who wants to win the Pirate of the Year Award. Yelchin lends his voice to a supporting character aptly named the Albino Pirate. The film is delightfully funny and, naturally, animated very well.
Odd Thomas (2013)
Based on the novel with the same title, "Odd Thomas" didn't get a whole lot of recognition when it was released, but damn is it fun. Anton Yelchin stars as a fry-cook with the ability to see dead people. When a group of ghosts make an appearance, bringing with them destruction and fear, Odd Thomas must team-up with the sheriff and his girlfriend in order to fight back. This fantasy/comedy film is an all-around good time with grim undertones and a dark ending. It also stars Addison Timlin and Willem Dafoe.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Jim Jarmusch's quiet love-story is centered around two vampires, Adam and Eve (played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton). The couple's lives are shaken when Eve's sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), visits them. Yelchin plays Ian, a rock-n-roller who sells Adam instruments and helps him out with fan control. "Only Lovers Left Alive" is fantastic not only for the strong cast but also for the beautiful visuals and original story.
Green Room (2016)
My favorite 2016 film thus far, "Green Room" is a high-octane horror-thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Patrick Stewart. When an amateur punk-rock band unintentionally walks in on a crime scene in a bar filled with skinheads, they are trapped inside and forced to fight their way out. Yelchin does a fantastic job portraying the sheepish lead guitarist, Pat, and shows great character development throughout the film. He also has a reunion with Poots and stands-out next to the acting legend, Stewart. I highly recommend this film for every horror-enthusiast out there.
A talented actor taken too young, Anton Yelchin certainly made a name for himself, working alongside numerous well-known actors and appearing in some fantastic films.
Rest in peace.