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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 ''Film/StarTrek'' 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 [[ComingOfAgeStory coming of age]].

He passed away in an auto accident on June 19, 2016.
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!!This actor and his roles provide examples of:
* ActorSharedBackground: [[invoked]] Like Walter Koenig and Chekov, he was of Russian descent.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Many of his early roles. He still had it when he plays Chekov.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Of his earliest works, this trope is most noticeable in ''Film/DeliveringMilo'' and ''Literature/HeartsInAtlantis''.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Many of his roles were in these.
* FakeAmerican: [[invoked]] He was born in Russia. Although raised in America, he was still fluent in the language.
* FakeRussian: Anton said many times that the Russian language does contain the V sound, but he invoked playing [[Film/StarTrek Ensign Chekov]] with the W/V switch out of respect to Creator/WalterKoenig's version, and because it was [[RuleOfFunny funnier]].
--> "Vodka is, like, the easiest word to say."
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Prepare to watch Yelchin's character lose his virginity a few times.
* OhCrap: Anton built his career on this facial expression (gets a particularly awesome one in ''Film/NewYorkILoveYou'').
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: He had a tendency to speak extra slowly and clearly in some of his earlier roles to mask his very thick California accent.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] His role in the announced 2018 TV adaptation of StephenKing's crime-thriller ''Literature/MrMercedes'' 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.

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