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Anton Yelchin

Yelchin at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Anton Viktorovich Yelchin
March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11) (age 20)
Saint Petersburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Антон Викторович Ельчин; born March 11, 1989) is an American film and television actor.

He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles, as well as the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis. Yelchin later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films House of D, Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, the 2009 Star Trek film and Terminator Salvation.


Personal life

Yelchin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, the son of Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, pair figure skaters who were celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years.[1][2] Nationally, Yelchin's parents were the third-ranked pair team; they thus qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but because they were Jewish, were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities.[1][2] Yelchin's family moved to the United States in September 1989, receiving status as refugees from political and religious oppression.[1][2] Yelchin's mother now works as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen's first trainer.[3]

Yelchin enjoys playing the guitar, saying that it gives him "a lot of fulfillment", and is a fan of acoustic blues music.[3] He attended the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, in Tarzana, California,[3] and enrolled at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2007 to study film.[4] He currently lives in Burbank Hills, located in the city of Burbank.[5]


Yelchin began acting at the age of nine, 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 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 fourteen 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, based on the real-life case of Mary Kay Letourneau. 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.

In 2007, Yelchin starred in Alpha Dog, a crime thriller that received a U.S. release on January 12. In the film, he played Zack Mazursky, who is based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz.[3] USA Today's review described the performance as "heartbreakingly endearing".[6]. After the premiere, Markowitz's mother praised his portrayal of her son. Yelchin felt awkward appearing in the swimming pool-set sexual scene in the film, specifying that he felt "uncomfortable" for his co-stars and that he could not "imagine enjoying it or taking pleasure" in filming the scene.[7] Fierce People, a drama co-starring Yelchin, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, received a limited release on September 7 of that year. Charlie Bartlett, in which Yelchin plays the title role of a wealthy teenager in a public high school,[8] was released on February 22, 2008. Yelchin next appeared alongside the Russian Duo t.A.T.u. winners of the Best Duo and Best Pop Group of the World Music Awards in the movie You and I, which was filmed in Moscow during the summer of 2007,[9] Middle of Nowhere, opposite Susan Sarandon and Justin Chatwin, and the eleventh Star Trek film, in which he portrayed the 17-year old navigator Pavel Chekov.[10] In February 2008, he was cast as a teenage Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
A Time for Dancing Jackson Michaels
Geppetto Featured TV Movie
A Man is Mostly Water Augie
Delivering Milo Milo
15 Minutes Boy in Burning Building
Along Came a Spider Dimitri Starodubov
Hearts in Atlantis Bobby Garfield
Rooftop Kisses Charlie
Jack Jack TV Movie
House of D Tommy
Fierce People Finn Earl
Alpha Dog Zack Mazursky Character based on Nicholas Markowitz
Charlie Bartlett Charlie Bartlett
You and I Edvard Nikitin
Middle of Nowhere Dorian Spitz
New York, I Love You Boy in the Park Segment "Brett Ratner"
Star Trek Pavel Chekov
Terminator Salvation Kyle Reese
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Ace Zuckerman Post-Production
The Beaver Porter Black Post-Production
Keep Coming Back Taylor Ogburn Pre-Production
The Winter Queen Erast Fandorin Pre-Production
Untitled Star Trek Sequel Pavel Chekov Announced
Year Title Role Notes
Huff Byrd Huffstodt
Guest Appearances
Year Title Role Episode
ER Robbie Edelstein Be Still My Heart
Judging Amy Davis Bishop (voice) The Justice League of America
Taken Jacob Clarke - Child Jacob and Jesse
High Hopes
The Practice Justin Langer Small Sacrifices
The Good Fight
Without a Trace Johnny Atkins The Bus
Curb Your Enthusiasm Stewart The Blind Date
NYPD Blue Evan Grabber Take My Wife, Please
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Keith Tyler Tru Love
Criminal Minds Nathan Harris Sex, Birth, Death

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Result Work
Phoenix Film Critics 2002 Best Youth Performance Nominated Hearts in Atlantis
Young Artist Award 2002 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
2003 Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Supporting Young Actor Nominated Taken
2005 Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actor Nominated Jack
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2009 Best Ensemble Cast Won Star Trek
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2009 Best Ensemble Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Best Acting Ensemble Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Slate, Libby (1989-12-22). "Former Soviet Skate Stars Top Bill at Knott's". Los Angeles Times. pp. 1. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c Bloom, Nate (2007-02-23). "Celebrity Jews - All about Anton". The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "'Dog' star a veteran at 17". Pasadena Star News. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Anton Yelchin Biography". M&C. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Anton Yelchin Biography". Tribute. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  6. ^ Puig, Claudia (2007-01-11). "'Alpha Dog': Razor-sharp reality". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  7. ^ "TEENAGE ACTOR UNCOMFORTABLE WITH POOL SEX SCENE". Contact Music. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  8. ^ "MovieWeb". Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings, And Tyler Hilton Go Dark For Charlie Bartlett. Retrieved June 12, 2006. 
  9. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2007-06-06). "Mischa Barton to star in Joffe's 't.A.T.u.'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2007-08-08). "Yelchin sets course for 'Trek'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  11. ^ Gregg Goldstein (2008-03-19). "Yelchin finds 'Salvation'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 

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