Anton Yelchin, when he took over the role of Pavel Chekov, did so with the blessing of his predecessor, Walter Koenig. Now, in a scenario no one ever could have imagined, the 79-year-old Koenig is paying tribute to the much younger actor, as Yelchin was just 27 years old when he was crushed by his car in a fatal accident at home on June 19. In a statement made to The Hollywood Reporter on June 20, Koenig recalled meeting Yelchin on the set of Star Trek (2009).
Koenig added that while he and Yelchin did not become close friends, Yelchin made a real 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."