Anton Viktorovich Yelchin was an American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs and its sequel and for several other prominent roles.
Born to a Russian Jewish family in Leningrad, Yelchin relocated to the United States as an infant. He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles and the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was significant in furthering his career as a child actor. He later appeared on the television series Huff and appeared in the films Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and Green Room (2015). He appears in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and will appear posthumously in Star Trek Beyond (2016).
On June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California, in what was described as a "freak accident." He was pronounced dead later that day at the age of 27.
Born on: 11 March, 1989
Born in: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]
Died on: 19 June, 2016