The late Anton Yelchin -- who played Chekov in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond -- was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, to Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, who were superstar professional figure skaters. He died on June 19, 2016 in a car accident at his home in Los Angeles. He was 27 years old.
Yelchin's mother and father emigrated to the U.S. when their only child was just six months old. Deciding not to follow in his parents’ professional footsteps, Yelchin began acting at the age of nine. He made his film debut a year later in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and worked continuously until his untimely passing. Considered a screen natural who brought emotional depth and youthful energy to his performances, he amassed dozens of credits over the course of his career, appearing in such films as Hearts in Atlantis, Delivering Milo, Alpha Dog, 15 Minutes, Along Came a Spider, Charlie Bartlett, Terminator Salvation, The Beaver, Like Crazy, Fright Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, Burying The Ex, Only Lovers Left Alive, Experimenter, The Green Room, We Don't Belong Here, Porto, Rememory and Thoroughbred.
On television, he'd guest starred on NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER and the miniseries Taken. He also was a regular on the Showtime series Huff, with Hank Azaria, and, at the time of his death, had completed voiceover work for the Guillermo del Toro-produced series, Trollhunters.
Yelchin is survived by his parents.
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