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Anton Yelchin, 27

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Best known as Pavel Chekov in the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot and its sequels, the young actor was killed in a freak auto accident outside his Los Angeles home.

"I prefer when movies target my heart instead of my mind."

- Anton Yelchin

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Yelchin landed his first role in an 2000 episode of “ER,” but “Hearts in Atlantis,” the 2001 movie with Anthony Hopkins, made him a star. Here, he attends the 2005 premiere of “House of D,” in which he starred as an artist who returns from Paris to reunite with his family.

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Emile Hirsch and Yelchin were both cast in 2006’s “Alpha Dog,” along with Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis. Timberlake called Yelchin a “genius actor” in a tweet after Yelchin’s death in June.

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Yelchin often chose independent movies, but also appeared in blockbusters like “Star Trek Beyond,” which was released earlier this year. He starred in other films that are yet to be released, including “Rememory” and “We Don’t Belong Here,” both due out in 2017.

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Yelchin starred with Patrick Stewart in 2015’s “Green Room,” a punk thriller directed Jeremy Saulnier, right. Saulnier later wrote, “Anton was a dream. He was kind and sharp and as sincere as anyone I’ve ever known.”

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