Anton Yelchin’s CAA Agent on His Longtime Client: ‘He Was Endlessly Curious’

Anton Yelchin Death
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“He was a beautiful person full of love and a joy to be around,” recalled CAA agent Jimmy Darmody, still reeling from the accidental death of longtime client Anton Yelchin.

“We are just devastated,” Darmody added Monday, a day after Yelchin died.

Jeremy Plager, who co-represented Yelchin, recalled that the 27-year-old had been completely engaged in his career ever since coming on board CAA a decade ago.

“He was a true artist and endlessly curious,” Plager noted. “He would watch a movie or two every single day of his life — and every kind of movie, like German films from the 1950s, without being snobby about them. He loved B movies and the kinds of films that everyone likes and I think that it was that sort of openness that helped make him so special.”

Darmody noted that he and Plager have been overwhelmed by the reaction to Yelchin’s death. “It’s really been an outpouring from people who are saying that he was a great actor and a great friend,” he added.


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Plager also said that Yelchin remained close to his parents, champion figure skaters Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, throughout his time as a professional actor. His parents moved to the U.S. in 1989 when Anton was six months old.

“He was incredibly close to his parents and they were an extremely tight-knit family,” he noted.


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  1. MB says:

    A true artist in every sense of the word — a stellar talent, a curious mind, a kind heart, a sincere and humble spirit. The world feels so much darker without this hopeful, promising light. Rest in peace, Anton. It gives me immense comfort that such a rare soul existed in this world; and tremendous gratitude that I was here to witness. Thank you for countless unforgettable moments of inspiration and wonder. We will never forget.

  2. TR says:

    I have never before enjoyed, appreciated, and admired an actor’s performances as much as I have Anton Yelchin’s– he consistently displayed amazing talent, sincerity, and incredible dedication to each role.

    I am devastated by his passing. My heart breaks for that and for his parents as well as his family and friends in this impossible time of grief.

    Anton, you were the best, sir. I’m grateful to you for the influence you had on my life through your work and the fact that you were such a decent human being.

    You were truly loved by your family, friends, and fans.

    Without your presence the world is now a much darker place.

    Rest in peace Anton, knowing that you positively affected the lives of millions of people around the world.

  3. nobody important says:

    Really sad for everyone involved. His parents must be heartbroken.

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