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Anton Yelchin
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Yelchin at the Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville in September 2011
Born
Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

(1989-03-11)March 11, 1989
Died June 19, 2016(2016-06-19) (aged 27)
Citizenship United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–16

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

Yelchin was born in Leningrad, present-day Saint Petersburg, Russia. 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

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) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

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

Death

On the morning of 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". He was pronounced dead later that day at the age of 27.

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