Anton Yelchin was a Soviet-born American movie, television and voice actor. Let’s see some interesting facts and trivia about him!
1. Anton 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. His family is Jewish; in the USSR, they were subjected to religious and political oppression.
4. Yelchin had said: “My grandparents suffered in ways I can’t even begin to understand under Stalin.
5. 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.
6. Anton Yelchin has 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. His 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.
8. Anton Yelchin’s mother worked as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen’s first trainer.
9. Anton Yelchin’s uncle is the children’s author and painter Eugene Yelchin.
10. 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.
11. Anton Yelchin had stated that he “wasn’t very good” at figure skating, his parents’ profession. He once played in a punk band named The Hammerheads, though the group has since disbanded.
12. 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 and enrolled at the University of Southern California in fall 2007 to study film.
13. Anton 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.
14. Anton 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. USA Today’s review described the performance as “heartbreakingly endearing”.
15. Anton 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. He was set to voice the role of Jim in Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters.
20. Early in the morning of June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his car and the iron security gate of his Studio City, California, home in what was described as a “freak accident”. He was pronounced dead later that day at the age of 27.