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 accident on June 19, 2016.
This actor and his roles provide examples of:
- 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."
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Prepare to watch Yelchin's character lose his virginity a few times.
- 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.