Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н; March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) was a Russian-American film and television actor, best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot films. His parents, champion figure skaters, fled the former Soviet Union when he was 6 months old. Immediately sucking at figure skating, Anton found a calling in acting, in which his parents supported him. He played mostly in intense dramas, and developed his career playing cute little boys, and then complex young men coming of age.He passed away in an auto-related incident on June 19, 2016.
Notable film credits:
- Along Came a Spider (2001): as Dimitri Starodubov
- Hearts in Atlantis (2001): as Bobby Garfield
- Charlie Bartlett (2007): as Charlie Bartlett
- Terminator Salvation (2009): as Kyle Reese
- Star Trek reboot film series (2009–16): as Ensign Pavel Chekov
- The Beaver (2011): as Porter Black
- Fright Night (2011): as Charley Brewster
- The Smurfs live-action films (2011-2013): as Clumsy Smurf; also voiced the role in two short films)
- Only Lovers Left Alive (2013): as Ian
- Green Room (2015): as Pat
- Trollhunters (2016): as James Lake
This actor's roles provide examples of:
- Adorkable: Yelchin would commonly play characters who are either sensitive, shy, or quiet ones such as his take on Clumsy in the Live-Action films based on the The Smurfs by Sony Pictures between 2011 and 2013.
- Actor-Shared Background: Like Walter Koenig and Chekov, he was of Russian descent.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Many of his early roles. He still had it when he plays Chekov.
- Children Are Innocent: Of his earliest works, this trope is most noticeable in Delivering Milo and Hearts in Atlantis.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Many of his roles were in these.
- Fake American: He was born in Russia. Although raised in America, he was still taught his native language along with English.
- Fake Russian: Anton said many times that the Russian language does contain the V sound, but he invoked playing Ensign Chekov with the W/V switch out of respect to Walter Koenig's version, and because it was funnier.Vodka is, like, the easiest word to say.
- Oh, Crap!: Anton built his career on this facial expression (gets a particularly awesome one in New York I Love You).
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He had a tendency to speak extra slowly and clearly in some of his earlier roles to mask his very thick California accent.
- Playing Against Type: His role in the announced 2018 TV adaptation of Stephen King's crime-thriller Mr. Mercedes would have seen him playing a deranged serial killer who is almost a direct inversion of his usual character type. Sadly, he died before it was filmed.