Also Credited As:Anton Viktorovich Yelchin
About Anton Yelchin
Born on March 11, 1989, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Yelchin was the son of professional figure skaters Viktor and Irina Yelchin. Despite having been popular performers with the Leningrad Ice Ballet, Yelchin's parents - both Soviet Jews who were denied the chance to represent their country at the 1972 Olympic Games due to discrimination - immigrated to the United States soon after their son was born, where they were granted asylum as political refugees. Settling in Tarzana, CA, his parents found work as figure skating coaches, while Yelchin declared his intentions of becoming an actor when he was four years old. With his parent's encouragement, Yelchin began taking acting classes. By the time he was 10, he made his onscreen debut in a 2000 episode of the long-running medical drama, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009).
The role soon led to him landing his first big break in the drama "Hearts in Atlantis" (2001). Adapted from a novella by Stephen King, the film performed disappointingly at the box office, but earned Yelchin critical praise for his portrayal of the fatherless young protagonist, Bobby Garfield, who befriends an otherworldly older man (Anthony Hopkins) with supernatural gifts. Yelchin immediately followed with smaller parts in "15 Minutes" (2001) and "Along Came a Spider" (2001), and continued turning in guest spots on hit shows like "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), "Without A Trace" (CBS, 2002- ) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). Continuing his steady employment on the small screen, Yelchin had an amusing appearance on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"(HBO, 2000- ), which he followed by starring in the made-for-cable movie "Jack" (Showtime, 2004), a coming-of-age drama about an adolescent dealing with his burgeoning sexual feelings while his parents go through a divorce.
Yelchin graduated to regular series status when he landed on the short-lived cult favorite, "Huff," playing the miscreant son of a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist (Hank Azaria) who is forced to deal with all manner of traumas after a 15-year-old gay patient commits suicide in his office. Though "Huff" lasted only two years, Yelchin received considerable praise for his performance on the award-winning show. Alongside episodes of "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ), and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC/USA, 2001- ), the young actor returned to the feature world with a turn in the coming of age drama, "House of D" (2004), in which he played an adolescent boy whose friendship with a mentally challenged man (Robin Williams) leads to unfortunate circumstances. In "Fierce People" (2006), he was the adventurous son of a drug- and alcohol-addled Manhattan socialite (Diane Lane) who is forced into living with her billionaire paramour (Donald Sutherland), which ultimately results in tragic consequences.
Yelchin continued to rise with his starring turn in the independent coming-of-age comedy, "Charlie Bartlett" (2008), in which he was a public high school student kicked out of every possible boarding school who sets up his own psychiatric practice - complete with dispensing drugs - for the student populace. He was set for superstardom when he was announced to play a young Pavel Chekov, the Russian navigator aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated reboot of "Star Trek" (2009).
|Sophie Simpson. Art student at Boston University|
|Victor Yelchin. Russian; born c. 1948; emigrated to USA in 1990|
|Irinia Yelchin. Russian; born c. 1950; emigrated to USA in 1990|
|Cast opposite Felicity Jones in the romantic drama "Like Crazy"|
|Played Mel Gibson's son in "The Beaver," directed by Jodie Foster|
|Voiced the character Clumsy in feature adaptation of "The Smurfs"|
|Starred in the remake of "Fright Night"|
|Played a teenage Kyle Reese in "Terminator Salvation"|
|Cast as Pavel Chekov, the Starship Enterprise's navigator in J. J. Abrams directed "Star Trek"|
|Portrayed the title role of a wealthy teenager in "Charlie Bartlett" opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Hope Davis|
|Co-starred in the Nick Cassavetes directed "Alpha Dog," a true crime tale co-starring Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake|
|Starred in David Duchovny's directorial debut "House of D"|
|Cast as Hank Azaria's son on the Showtime series "Huff"|
|Cast in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Taken," produced by Steven Spielberg|
|Re-teamed with Boorem for "Hearts in Atlantis"|
|Cast as the son of a Russian diplomat in the thriller "Along Came a Spider"; first screen pairing with actress Mika Boorem|
|Cast in bit part in "15 Minutes," starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns|
|Played title role in the festival-screened "Delivering Milo"|
|TV-movie debut, a role in the ABC musical "Geppetto"|
|Feature acting debut in "A Man Is Mostly Water"|
|Made TV debut with a guest role on "ER" (NBC)|
|At suggestion of family friend, began taking acting lessons|
|At age six months, emigrated with parents from Russia to the U.S.|