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-related incident on June 19, 2016.

!!Notable film credits:
* ''Film/AlongCameASpider'' (2001): as Dimitri Starodubov
* ''Film/HeartsInAtlantis'' (2001): as Bobby Garfield
* ''Film/CharlieBartlett'' (2007): as Charlie Bartlett
* ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' (2009): as Kyle Reese
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reboot film series (200916): as Ensign Pavel Chekov
** ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' (2013)
** ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' (2016); shared an InMemoriam dedication with Creator/LeonardNimoy.
* ''Film/TheBeaver'' (2011): as Porter Black
* ''Film/{{Fright Night|2011}}'' (2011): as Charley Brewster
* ''Film/TheSmurfs'' live-action films (2011-2013): as Clumsy Smurf; also voiced the role in two [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol short]] [[TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow films]]
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': as Larry's cousin.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits'' (2012): The Albino Pirate (dubbed over Creator/RussellTovey for the American release of the film)
* ''Film/OddThomas'' (2013): as Odd Thomas
* ''Film/OnlyLoversLeftAlive'' (2013): as Ian
* ''Film/BuryingTheEx'' (2014): as Max
* ''Film/GreenRoom'' (2015): as Pat
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' by Sony Pictures between 2011 and 2013.
* 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.
* CrazyPrepared: He'd already recorded several seasons of dialogue for ''Trollhunters'', preventing the need to recast the role despite his death occurring before the first season was even released.
* FakeAmerican: [[invoked]] He was born in Russia. Although raised in America, he was still taught his native language along with English.
* 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.
* 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 Creator/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.