Anton Yelchin –

Yelchin in Odd Thomas.

About Anton Yelchin (1989 – 2016)

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were pair figure skaters who were celebrities and stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years. His family is Jewish; in the USSR, they were subjected to religious and political oppression. Yelchin had said: "My grandparents suffered in ways I can't even begin to understand under Stalin." 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. 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".

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. Yelchin's mother worked as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen's first trainer. Yelchin's uncle is the children's author and painter Eugene Yelchin.

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.'" Yelchin had stated that he "wasn't very good" at figure skating, his parents' profession.

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, 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, played by Hank Azaria, on the television series Huff, which ran from 2004 to 2006.

In 2006, he also had a role on an episode called, "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 appeared 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. USA Today's review described the performance as "heartbreakingly endearing". After the premiere, Markowitz's mother praised his portrayal of her son. 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. 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), 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.

In 2011 Yelchin portrayed Charley Brewster in the remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie, starred in the romantic drama Like Crazy, and voiced Clumsy Smurf in the film adaptation of The Smurfs and its sequel. He provided the voice for the Albino Pirate character in the US version of the animated film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (released in North America as The Pirates! Band of Misfits) (2012), (replacing Russell Tovey) and for Shun in From Up on Poppy Hill by Studio Ghibli.

He reprised the role of Chekov in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and played the lead in the thriller Odd Thomas (2013) and the horror comedy Burying the Ex (2014). In 2015, he starred in the independent horror film Green Room which premiered at the Cannes film festival that year and received limited theatrical release in May 2016.

Shortly before his death on June 19, 2016, he had reprised his role as Chekov again in Star Trek Beyond, which was released on July 22, 2016. He also completed filming several independent films which are in post-production.

He recorded the voice role of Jim in Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters not long before his death.

Yelchin once played in a punk band named the Hammerheads, which later disbanded. He enjoyed playing the guitar, saying that it gave 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, and enrolled at the University of Southern California in fall 2007 to study film.

Early in the morning of June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California, in what was described as a "freak accident". Yelchin exited his car while in his driveway, which is on a steep incline, when it rolled back and trapped him against the pillar and a security fence. He was pronounced dead later that day. The Jeep crushed his lungs, and he is believed to have died within 60 seconds of impact.

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".

The vehicle involved was among some Fiat Chrysler models under a recall notice for transmission errors leading to unintended rolling and while the initial recall had begun before Yelchin's death, no affected vehicles had yet been repaired.

On August 1, 2016, the attorney of Yelchin's parents announced that they were planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. The car dealership said Yelchin was responsible for his own death because he had "misused" the vehicle.

Following his death, the producers of Star Trek said the role of Chekov would not be recast and the character would be written out of any subsequent films. Star Trek Beyond was dedicated to his memory.

Smurfs: The Lost Village was also dedicated to him, as he had provided the voice of Clumsy Smurf. Additionally, We Don't Belong Here and the first two episodes of Trollhunters were also dedicated to him.

Anton Yelchin's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2000A Man Is Mostly WaterAugie
2001Delivering MiloMilo
200115 MinutesBoy in Burning Building
2001Along Came a SpiderDimitri Starodubov
2001Hearts in AtlantisBobby Garfield
2002Rooftop KissesCharlie
2004House of DTom Warshaw
2005Fierce PeopleFinn Earl
2006Alpha DogZack Mazursky
2007Charlie BartlettCharlie Bartlett
2008New York, I Love YouBoy in the Park
2008Middle of NowhereDorian Spitz
2009Star TrekPavel Chekov
2009Terminator SalvationKyle Reese
2010Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacAce Zuckerman
2011Like CrazyJacob Helm
2011You and IEdvard Nikitin
2011The BeaverPorter Black
2011The SmurfsClumsy Smurf (voice)
2011Fright NightCharley Brewster
2011The Smurfs: A Christmas CarolClumsy Smurf (voice)
2012From Up on Poppy HillShun Kazama (voice)
2012The Pirates! In an Adventure with ScientistsAlbino Pirate (voice)
2013Movie 43Necrophiliac worker at morgue
2013Odd ThomasOdd Thomas
2013Star Trek Into DarknessPavel Chekov
2013Only Lovers Left AliveIan
2013The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy HollowClumsy Smurf (voice)
2013The Smurfs 2Clumsy Smurf (voice)
20145 to 7Brian Bloom
2014The ApprenticeWayne
2014Burying the ExMax
2014Dying of the LightMilton Schultz
2015Broken HorsesJacob Heckum
2015Kiss Kiss FingerbangDr. Jack Stewart
2015The Driftless AreaPierre
2015Green RoomPat
2016Star Trek BeyondPavel Chekov
2016PortoJake Kleeman
2017We Don't Belong HereMaxwell Green

Anton Yelchin's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2000ERRobbie Edelstein
2002Judging AmyDavis Bishop
2002TakenJacob Clarke – Child
2002The PracticeJustin Langer
2003Without a TraceJohnny Atkins
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmStewart
2004NYPD BlueEvan Grabber
2004–2006HuffByrd Huffstodt
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentKeith Tyler
2006Criminal MindsNathan Harris
2011The Life & Times of TimTrent (voice)
2015–2016SuperMansionDudley (voice)
2016TrollhuntersJim (voice)

Memorable Quotes by Anton Yelchin

“ Russia is very complicated. It is one of the most complicated histories. I could go on about this forever. It produces Dostoyevsky and Rachmaninoff and then it produces Stalins and Lenins. It is such a strange combination. I don't know why that rant about Russia was necessary. ”

“ I have an aversion to remakes, which is ironic because I'm in two of them right now. When I went back and watched T3 recently, I thought we need to make a better movie. I can't say I'm a fan. ”

“ I was a horrible athlete. My parents are athletes; they tried me to get me to do that, but I just couldn't. I sucked. First I wanted to be a scientist, and I set our bathroom on fire. Then I wanted to be a basketball player and I'm a not-very-tall white, Russian Jewish kid. So that didn't work out either. ”

“ Guilt is a very important part of my personality... There are two things at work here, history and genetics. The history of Eastern European Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, has not been very pleasant. And I'm not just talking about World War II, but centuries and centuries of oppression and pogroms. If you are a product of that environment, it is a very big part of who you are. That's not to say it's all you are, but it is a part. ”

“ In a relationship when things are really great you don't need to say anything and just enjoy the other person. Sometimes with a couple, it gets dark and you don't know what to say and that silence can last all day. Other times you don't want to stop talking because you don't want to lose one another. ”

“ Teenagers are like atoms when they're moving at hundreds of miles an hour and bouncing off each other. Everybody's got such a crazy hormonal drive and reacting to each other differently and getting upset over little things. High school puts all these potential explosions in one place. ”

Things You May Not Know About Anton Yelchin

He was a huge fan of acoustic blues music.

His parents were both well-known figure skaters in the Soviet Union, considered national celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years. The two qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities. Anton had said, "I don't exactly know what that was - because they were Jewish or because the KGB didn't want them to travel."

He and Walter Koenig, who preceded him as Pavel Chekov, are both of Russian Jewish ancestry.

He played younger versions of two classic science fiction film characters. He played Pavel Chekov in Star Trek (2009) and Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation (2009).

His uncle is Eugene Yelchin, an illustrator, character designer and storyboard artist for movies and television, who is also a novelist and children's books author.

He and Mika Boorem were on-screen sweethearts in two completely unrelated movies in the same year: Dimitri and Megan in Along Came a Spider and Bobby and Carol in Hearts in Atlantis, both in 2001.

Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel in The Driftless Area (2015).
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Yelchin in The Beaver (2011)... top picture with Jennifer Lawrence... bottom picture with Jodie Foster and Riley Thomas Stewart.
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As Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation (2009)... top picture with Sam Worthington... second picture with Christian Bale... fourth picture with Jane Alexander and Jadagrace... sixth picture with Christian Bale and Jadagrace... bottom picture with Sam Worthington.
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Yelchin in Taken (2002)... top picture with Catherine Dent, Ryan Hurst, and Chad Morgan.
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As Chekov in Star Trek (2009)... middle picture with John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Chris Pine.
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In Star Trek Beyond (2016)... top picture with John Cho and Chris Pine... bottom picture with Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella, and Chris Pine.
With Billy Crudup in Rudderless (2014).
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In Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)... top picture with Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska... second picture with Mia Wasikowska... third picture with Tom Hiddleston... bottom picture with Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska.
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Yelchin in Odd Thomas (2013)... second, third, fifth, and sixth pictures with Addison Timlin.
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In New York, I Love You (2008)... top picture with James Caan... bottom picture with Olivia Thirlby.
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With Felicity Jones in Like Crazy (2011)... second picture with Drake Doremus.
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In House of D (2004)... second picture with Robin Williams... bottom picture with Robin Williams and Zelda Williams.
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In Hearts in Atlantis (2001)... top two pictures with Mika Boorem... bottom picture with Hope Davis.
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In Green Room (2015)... top picture with Alia Shawkat and Callum Turner... second picture with Shawkat, Turner, and Joe Cole... third and fourth pictures with Shawkat and Turner... bottom picture with Shawkat, Cole, Turner, and Imogen Poots.
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In Fright Night (2011)... second picture with Imogen Poots... third picture with Poots and Toni Collette... fourth picture with Toni Collette... bottom picture with Colin Farrell
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In Fierce People (2005)... second and fourth pictures with Kristen Stewart... third picture with Donald Sutherland... bottom picture with Diane Lane.
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In Dying of the Light (2014)... second picture with Nicolas Cage and Irene Jacob... third picture with Cage.
With Milla Jovovich in Cymbeline (2014).
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As Charlie Bartlett in Charlie Bartlett (2007)... top picture with Kat Dennings.
With Ashley Greene in Burying the Ex (2014).
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In Broken Horses (2015)... top picture with Maria Valverde... middle picture with Marquette and Vincent D'Onofrio ... bottom picture with Marquette
With Amanda Seyfried in Alpha Dog (2006).
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Anton Yelchin and Berenice Marlohe in 5 to 7 (2014).