Anton Yelchin

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Anton Yelchin
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Yelchin at the Only Lovers Left Alive premiere in September 2013
BornAnton Viktorovich Yelchin
(1989-03-11) March 11, 1989 (age 25)
Leningrad, Russia, USSR
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Years active2000–present
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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Viktorovich and the family name is Yelchin.
Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin September 2013 (cropped).jpg
Yelchin at the Only Lovers Left Alive premiere in September 2013
BornAnton Viktorovich Yelchin
(1989-03-11) March 11, 1989 (age 25)
Leningrad, Russia, USSR
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Years active2000–present

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н; born March 11, 1989) is an American film and television actor. 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). Yelchin later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films House of D (2005), Alpha Dog (2007), Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Terminator Salvation (2009), The Smurfs (2011), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). Yelchin's role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was significant in furthering his career as a child actor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Leningrad, Russia (modern day Saint Petersburg, then part of the Soviet Union).[2] His family is Jewish.[3][4] His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were pair figure skaters who were celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years.[4][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[4][5] (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").[6] Yelchin's family moved to the United States in September 1989, receiving status as refugees from political oppression.[4][5] As of 2007, Yelchin's mother works as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen's first trainer.[7][8] Yelchin's uncle is the children's author and painter Eugene Yelchin.[5]

Yelchin has stated that he "wasn't very good" at figure skating, his parents' profession.[9] He once played in a punk band named The Hammerheads, though the group has since disbanded.[3][10] He enjoys playing the guitar, having said that it gives him "a lot of fulfillment", and is a fan of acoustic blues music.[7] Yelchin attended the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California,[7] and enrolled at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2007 to study film.[11] As of 2009, he lives in Burbank, California.[12]


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 nephew 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 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.[7] 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 and Donald Sutherland. 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.[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 his role in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and played the lead in the thriller Odd Thomas.[24]


Yelchin at the Festival Du Cinema Americain De Deauville, September 3, 2011


2000GeppettoFeaturedTelevision film
2000Man Is Mostly Water, AA Man Is Mostly WaterAugie
2001Delivering MiloMilo
200115 MinutesBoy in Burning Building
2001Along Came a SpiderDimitri Starodubov
2001Hearts in AtlantisBobby Garfield
2002Rooftop KissesCharlie
2004JackJackTelevision film
2004House of DTom Warshaw
2005Fierce PeopleFinn Earl
2006Alpha DogZack Mazursky
2007Charlie BartlettCharlie Bartlett
2008Middle of NowhereDorian Spitz
2009New York, I Love YouBoy in the ParkSegment: "Brett Ratner"
2009Star TrekPavel Chekov
2009Terminator SalvationKyle Reese
2010Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacAce Zuckerman
2010You and IEdvard Nikitin
2011Like CrazyJacob Helm
2011Fright NightCharley Brewster
2011Beaver, TheThe BeaverPorter Black
2011Smurfs, TheThe SmurfsClumsy Smurf (voice)
2011The Smurfs: A Christmas CarolClumsy Smurf (voice)Short film
2012The Pirates! In an Adventure with ScientistsAlbino Pirate (voice)American dub
2013Movie 43Necrophiliac worker at morgueDeleted scene
2013From Up on Poppy HillShun Kazamada (voice)English dub
2013Only Lovers Left AliveIan
2013Star Trek Into DarknessPavel Chekov
2013Odd ThomasOdd Thomas
2013The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy HollowClumsy Smurf (voice)Short film
2013Smurfs 2, TheThe Smurfs 2Clumsy Smurf (voice)
20145 to 7Brian
2014The ApprenticeWayneShort film
2014Burying the ExMax
2014The Dying of the LightMilton Schultz
2015The Driftless AreaPierrePost-Production
2015Green RoomFilming
2015Broken HorsesJacob HeckumPost production


2000ERRobbie EdelsteinEpisode: "Be Still My Heart"
2002Judging AmyDavis BishopEpisode: "The Justice League of America"
2002TakenJacob Clarke – Child2 episodes
2002Practice, TheThe PracticeJustin Langer2 episodes
2003Without a TraceJohnny AtkinsEpisode: "The Bus"
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmStewartEpisode: "The Blind Date"
2004NYPD BlueEvan GrabberEpisode: "Take My Wife, Please"
2004–2006HuffByrd Huffstodt25 episodes
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentKeith TylerEpisode: "Tru Love"
2006Criminal MindsNathan HarrisEpisode: "Sex, Birth, Death"
2011The Life & Times of TimTrent (voice)Episode: "The Caddy's Shack/The Sausage Salesman"

Video Games[edit]

2013Star TrekPavel Chekov (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations in film and television
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workMediumResult
2002Phoenix Film Critics AwardBest Youth PerformanceHearts in AtlantisFilmNominated
2002Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young ActorHearts in AtlantisFilmWon
2003Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young ActorTakenTelevisionNominated
2005Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young ActorJackTelevisionNominated
2009Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastStar TrekFilmWon
2009Washington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleStar TrekFilmNominated
2010Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleStar TrekFilmNominated


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