Walter Koenig On Meeting Anton Yelchin: I Was In The Presence Of A Gifted Performer

In the wake of Anton Yelchin’s death, Walter Koenig, who original played Pavel Chekov on Star Trek, talked about meeting the young actor for the first and only time.

“We spoke on a sound stage for about two hours,” Koenig told The Hollywood Reporter. “His reputation as an artist preceded him, however. I knew I was in the presence of a gifted performer.”

While the two men who played the Pavel Chekov character were not close friends, Koenig said Yelchin left an impression on him.

“What I learned that day was how bright and sensitive he was. I walked away thinking — this is a good person,” Koenig said. “My heart goes out to his mother and father. I know what you’re going through.”

Yelchin died at 27-years-old on Sunday, after being struck by his own SUV at his home in Studio City. His death is currently under investigation by Los Angeles authorities.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said:

“FCA US extends its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The company is in contact with the authorities and is conducting a thorough investigation. It is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.”

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  • ADeweyan

    So sorry to hear of Anton Yelchin’s death. I loved him as Chekov. A real tragedy.

    I hope that in his honor, the powers-that-be retire the character of Chekov. With the alternate-timeline universe, there would not be any continuity complications, and this is an opportunity to provide a heroic, if off-screen, death of a character that would do honor to both Yelchin’s and Koenig’s work in the role.