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Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia (Russian Federation)
Death: June 19, 2016 (27)
Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, United States (blunt traumatic asphyxia, from accident involving own vehicle crushing him)
Immediate Family:

Son of Viktor Yelchin and Irina Yelchin

Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Anton Yelchin

“Love, Antosha”

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н; March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) was an American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, and for several other prominent roles.

He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles and the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was significant in furthering his career as a child actor.[1] He later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). He appears in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and will appear posthumously in Star Trek Beyond (2016).

Contents [show] Personal life Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia).[2] His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were pair figure skaters who were celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years.[3][4] His family is Jewish; in the USSR, they were subjected to religious and political oppression.[3][5][6] Yelchin had said: "My grandparents suffered in ways I can’t even begin to understand under Stalin."[6] Nationally, Yelchin's parents were the third-ranked pair team; they thus qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities[3][4] (Yelchin had said the reason was unclear: "I don't exactly know what that was – because they were Jewish or because the KGB didn't want them to travel").[7]

Yelchin's family moved to the United States in September 1989, when Anton was six months old, after receiving refugee status from the United States Department of State.[3][4] Yelchin's mother worked as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen's first trainer.[8][9] Yelchin's uncle is the children's author and painter Eugene Yelchin.[3]

In an article published in the Los Angeles Times in December 1989, Yelchin's mother stated "A woman came up, saw Anton, and said, 'He's beautiful. He will be actor.'"[3] Yelchin had stated that he "wasn't very good" at figure skating, his parents' profession.[10] He once played in a punk band named The Hammerheads, though the group has since disbanded.[5][11] He enjoyed playing the guitar, having said that it gives him "a lot of fulfillment," and was a fan of acoustic blues music. He attended the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Tarzana, California,[8] and enrolled at the University of Southern California in fall 2007 to study film.[12]

Career Yelchin began acting at the age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water. His earliest roles include Jackson in A Time for Dancing,[1] Milo in Delivering Milo, Tommy Warshaw in House of D, and Jacob Clarke in the miniseries Taken. He made a guest appearance as Stewart, Cheryl David's cousin and a self-described magician (who only knows one card trick), in a season four episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred as Byrd Huffstodt, the 14-year-old son of Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt (Hank Azaria), on the television series Huff, which ran from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he also had a role on an episode ("Tru Love") of the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing a boy who falls in love with his teacher. His biggest film recognition came for the role of Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), for which he won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the 2002 Young Artist Awards. He also appeared in the Criminal Minds episode "Sex, Birth & Death" as Nathan Harris, a boy who has fantasies about killing prostitutes.

Yelchin at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Yelchin starred in Alpha Dog, a crime thriller that received an American release on January 12, 2007. In the film he played Zack Mazursky, a character based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz.[8] USA Today's review described the performance as "heartbreakingly endearing".[13] After the premiere, Markowitz's mother praised his portrayal of her son.[14] Yelchin subsequently headlined Fierce People, a drama which received a limited release on September 7 of that year and co-starred Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland and Chris Evans. In 2008 Yelchin played the title role in Charlie Bartlett, a film about a wealthy teenager in a public high school.[15] Also that year, Yelchin appeared alongside the Russian duo t.A.T.u. in the movie You and I (which was filmed in Moscow during the summer of 2007),[16] and co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Justin Chatwin in Middle of Nowhere. He next starred in two May 2009 releases: the eleventh Star Trek film, in which he portrayed 17-year-old navigator Pavel Chekov, and Terminator Salvation, in which he was cast as a teenage Kyle Reese.[17][18]

In 2011, Yelchin portrayed Charley Brewster in the remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie,[19] starred in the romantic drama Like Crazy, and voiced Clumsy Smurf in the film adaptation of The Smurfs and its sequel.[20][21] He provided the voice for the Albino Pirate character in the animated film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (released in North America as The Pirates! Band of Misfits) (2012).[22][23]

He reprised the role of Chekov in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016), and played the lead in the thriller Odd Thomas.[24]

He was set to voice the role of Jim in Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters.[25]

Death Early in the morning of June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his car and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California, what was described as a "freak accident". Yelchin exited his car while in his driveway, when it rolled back and trapped him against the pillar and a security fence.[26] He was pronounced dead later that day at the age of 27. The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the cause of death as "blunt traumatic asphyxia", and stated that there were "no obvious suspicious circumstances involved".[27]


Yelchin at the Only Lovers Left Alive premiere in September 2013 Film Year Title Role Notes 2000 A Man Is Mostly Water Augie 2001 Delivering Milo Milo 2001 15 Minutes Boy in Burning Building 2001 Along Came a Spider Dimitri Starodubov 2001 Hearts in Atlantis Bobby Garfield 2002 Rooftop Kisses Charlie 2004 House of D Tom Warshaw 2005 Fierce People Finn Earl 2006 Alpha Dog Zack Mazursky 2007 Charlie Bartlett Charlie Bartlett 2008 New York, I Love You Boy in the Park Segment: "Brett Ratner" 2008 Middle of Nowhere Dorian Spitz 2009 Star Trek Pavel Chekov 2009 Terminator Salvation Kyle Reese 2010 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Ace Zuckerman 2011 Like Crazy Jacob Helm 2011 You and I Edvard Nikitin 2011 The Beaver Porter Black 2011 The Smurfs Clumsy Smurf (voice) 2011 Fright Night Charley Brewster 2011 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol Clumsy Smurf (voice) Short film 2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Albino Pirate (voice) American dub 2013 Movie 43 Necrophiliac worker at morgue Deleted scene 2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Shun Kazamada (voice) English dub 2013 Odd Thomas Odd Thomas 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Pavel Chekov 2013 Only Lovers Left Alive Ian 2013 The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow Clumsy Smurf (voice) Short film 2013 The Smurfs 2 Clumsy Smurf (voice) 2014 Rudderless Quentin 2014 5 to 7 Brian Bloom 2014 The Apprentice Wayne Short film 2014 Cymbeline Cloten 2014 Burying the Ex Max 2014 Dying of the Light Milton Schultz 2015 Experimenter Rensaleer 2015 Broken Horses Jacob Heckum 2015 The Driftless Area Pierre 2015 Green Room Pat 2015 Unity[28] Narrator Documentary 2016 Star Trek Beyond Pavel Chekov Posthumous release 2016 We Don't Belong Here Maxwell Green Posthumous release 2016 Porto Jake Kleeman Posthumous release 2017 Thoroughbred Posthumous release Television Year Title Role Notes 2000 ER Robbie Edelstein Episode: "Be Still My Heart" 2000 Geppetto Featured Television film 2002 Judging Amy Davis Bishop Episode: "The Justice League of America" 2002 Taken Jacob Clarke – Child 2 episodes 2002 The Practice Justin Langer 2 episodes 2003 Without a Trace Johnny Atkins Episode: "The Bus" 2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Stewart Episode: "The Blind Date" 2004 NYPD Blue Evan Grabber Episode: "Take My Wife, Please" 2004 Jack Jack Television film 2004–2006 Huff Byrd Huffstodt 25 episodes 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Keith Tyler Episode: "Tru Love" 2006 Criminal Minds Nathan Harris Episode: "Sex, Birth, Death" 2011 The Life & Times of Tim Trent (voice) Episode: "The Caddy's Shack/The Sausage Salesman" 2015 SuperMansion Dudley (voice) Episode: "Unfortunate Son" 2016 Trollhunters Jim (voice) Video games Year Title Role 2013 Star Trek Pavel Chekov (voice) Awards and nominations Awards and nominations in film and television Year Award Category Title of work Medium Result 2002 Phoenix Film Critics Award Best Youth Performance Hearts in Atlantis Film Nominated 2002 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Hearts in Atlantis Film Won 2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor Taken Television Nominated 2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actor Jack Television Nominated 2009 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Star Trek Film Won 2009 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Star Trek Film Nominated 2010 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Star Trek Film Nominated

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Anton Yelchin's Timeline

March 11, 1989
Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 19, 2016
Age 27
Studio City, Los Angeles County, California, United States