Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia). His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were 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 were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities. Yelchin’s family moved to the United States in September 1989, when Anton was six months old, after receiving refugee status from the United States Department of State. Yelchin’s mother worked as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen’s first trainer. Yelchin’s uncle is the children’s author and painter Eugene Yelchin.
In December of 1989, Yelchin’s mother stated “A woman came up, saw Anton, and said, ‘He’s beautiful. He will be actor.'” Yelchin began acting at the age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water. His earliest roles include Jackson in A Time for Dancing, Milo in Delivering Milo, Tommy Warshaw in House of D, and Jacob Clarke in the miniseries Taken. In 2011, Yelchin portrayed Charley Brewster in the remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie, starred in the romantic drama Like Crazy, and voiced Clumsy Smurf in the film adaptation of The Smurfs and its sequel. He reprised the role of Chekov in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016), and played the lead in the thriller Odd Thomas. For more on Anton’s bio, click here.
Yelchin passed away recently on the morning of June 19, 2016. He will be remembered for his tremendous talent and loving personality.
Pray for Anton’s family and friends this week, that they may encounter God’s presence, unconditional love, grace, and peace. Pray that his family will feel loved and supported.