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Anton Yelchin

  • Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Birthday: March 11
Date of passing: 
June 19, 2016

Anton Yelchin was an actor best know for his role as the young Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.

The actor began performing in both film and television as a child. In 2006, he received widespread acclaim for his role in the film Alpha Dog as Zack Mazursky, a character based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz.

Yelchin received his first on-screen credit in 2000 for a small part on the NBC drama series ER. He went on to appear in the series Judging Amy, The Practice, Without a Trace, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds and he lent his voice to an episode of the animated series SuperMansion.

He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award-winning miniseries Taken, which aired on Syfy in late 2002. The program followed the story of three families who experience alien encounters. In 2004, Yelchin had a regular role on the series Huff, starring Hank Azaria and Paget Brewster. The show centered on a psychiatrist (Azaria) going through a midlife crisis. Yelchin played Azaria’s son on the series, which ran for two seasons on Showtime.

Anton Yelchin was an actor best know for his role as the young Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.

The actor began performing in both film and television as a child. In 2006, he received widespread acclaim for his role in the film Alpha Dog as Zack Mazursky, a character based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz.

Yelchin received his first on-screen credit in 2000 for a small part on the NBC drama series ER. He went on to appear in the series Judging Amy, The Practice, Without a Trace, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds and he lent his voice to an episode of the animated series SuperMansion.

He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award-winning miniseries Taken, which aired on Syfy in late 2002. The program followed the story of three families who experience alien encounters. In 2004, Yelchin had a regular role on the series Huff, starring Hank Azaria and Paget Brewster. The show centered on a psychiatrist (Azaria) going through a midlife crisis. Yelchin played Azaria’s son on the series, which ran for two seasons on Showtime.

Additionally, Yelchin appeared in the films Delivering Milo; 15 Minutes, starring Robert De Niro; Along Came a Spider, starring Morgan Freeman; Hearts in Atlantis, with Anthony Hopkins; House of D, with David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, and Robin Williams; Fierce People, with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland; New York, I Love You; Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale; The Beaver, with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster; Fright Night, with Colin Farrell; and starring roles in Odd Thomas, The Driftless Area, Green Room and Charlie Bartlett, in which Yelchin starred as a rich kid who becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist of his high school’s student body.

Yelchin also had a memorable co-starring role opposite Felicity Jones in the film Like Crazy, about a young couple who try to keep their relationship afloat after Jones’s character is deported. The 2011 independent film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for a limited release by Paramount Vantage.

Yelchin died from an accident involving his car on June 19, 2016, in Los Angeles. He was 27.

 

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