Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Антон Викторович Ельчин; born March 11, 1989) is an American film and television actor.
He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles, as well as the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis. Yelchin later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films House of D, Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, the 2009 Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.
Anton Yelchin was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, the son of Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, pair figure skaters who were celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years. Nationally, Yelchin's parents were the third-ranked pair team; they thus qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but because they were Jewish, were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities. Yelchin's family moved to the United States in September 1989, receiving status as refugees from political and religious oppression. Yelchin's mother now works as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen's first trainer.
Yelchin enjoys playing the guitar, saying that it gives him "a lot of