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Anton Yelchin

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Anton Yelchin
Yelchin at the Only Lovers Left Alive premiere in September 2013
Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

(1989-03-11)March 11, 1989
DiedJune 19, 2016(2016-06-19) (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathBlunt traumatic asphyxia after being crushed by his own SUV
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active2000–2016
RelativesEugene Yelchin (uncle)

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н; March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) was a Soviet-born American movie, television and voice actor.

Early life[change | change source]

Yelchin was born in Leningrad, present-day Saint Petersburg, Russia, which was then the Soviet Union. His family was Jewish. His family moved to Tarzana, California as refugees. He studied at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies and at the University of Southern California.

Career[change | change source]

His career began in 2000. He was in the movies Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was his most famous role as a child actor.

He later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the movies Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011), Odd Thomas and Only Lovers Left Alive (both 2013).

Yelchin was best known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, appearing in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016).

Death[change | change source]

On June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends crushed between his car and the iron security gate of his Studio City, Los Angeles home. It was described as a "freak accident".[1] He was pronounced dead at 1:00 am at the age of 27.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  2. Mather, Kate (June 19, 2016). "Anton Yelchin, actor in 'Star Trek' films, dies in freak car accident at age 27". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2016.

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