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Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, has died at the age of 27. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday, police and his publicist said.

The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Hosier said. When he didn’t show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

The freak accident tragically cuts short the promising career of an actor whom audiences were still getting to know and who had great artistic ambition. “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted series, comes out in July.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was “brilliant … kind … funny as hell, and supremely talented.”

Odom to exit ‘Hamilton’

A week after winning a best leading actor Tony Award, Leslie Odom Jr. has announced he will leave the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” joining key principals out the door next month.

The actor, who plays Aaron Burr in the hip-hop hit musical about Alexander Hamilton, announced Sunday on Facebook that he’ll leave the show on July 9 when his contract is up. He has been with the show since it first began performances in early 2015 downtown.

Odom said on Facebook that he would never forget the people he met during the process, which he described as “healing” and “inspiring.” In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, the actor said that he wanted to focus on his music after he leaves the show. This month, he released a self-titled jazz album, his first in a new four-CD deal with S-Curve Records.

Baby girl for Redmayne, wife

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and his wife, Hannah, have welcomed a daughter just in time for Father’s Day.

The actor’s rep confirmed Sunday that the couple are new parents to daughter Iris Mary Redmayne. They announced the arrival of their first child in the U.K. paper “The Times.”

The Redmaynes have been married since late 2014.

Happy birthday

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