Anton Yelchin Career Milestones
Born: Anton Viktorovich Yelchin
Birth Date: March 11, 1989
Birth Place: Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia)
Anthon Yelchin is one of Hollywood’s hottest rising young stars. With his highly acclaimed performances in Charlie Bartlett, The Beaver, Star Trek and a slew of starring roles in major film roles this year Yelchin is quickly becoming a household name.
Yelchin was last seen on the big screen starring in the Disney / Dreamworks thriller Fright Night. The film is a remake of the 1985 comedy-horror picture about a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires. In the film, Yelchin stars as ‘Charley Brewster’ opposite Colin Farrell and Toni Collette.
Yelchin was recently seen in The Beaver. The film co-stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, who also directed, and centers around a man (Gibson) who is depressed and finds solace by wearing a beaver hand puppet. Yelchin plays the son of Gibson and Foster. The script, written by Kyle Killen, topped the Blacklist in December 2009. Entertainment Weekly praised Yelchin’s exceptional acting ability in its review for the film. “A great live-wire performance from the consistently wonderful Anton Yelchin.” -Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.
Yelchin can be heard as the voice of ‘Clumsy Smurf’ in Sony’s The Smurfs movie. The film boasts an all-star cast including Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry and George Lopez. The Smurfs exceeded expectations at the box office grossing over $35 million opening weekend. The film currently stands with box offices sales of over $131 million worldwide.
Yelchin will next be seen in Odd Thomas. In the film Yelchin will play the title character of ‘Odd Thomas,’ a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities that encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark and threatening forces. In the film Yelchin will star alongside Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin and Patton Oswalt. Odd Thomas is set to be released in 2012.
Yelchin’s past projects include his role in the film New York, I Love You, in which 12 filmmakers directed short films illustrating the universal theme of encountering love within the five boroughs of New York City. The all-star cast includes Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Julie Christie, Andy Garcia and Natalie Portman.
Yelchin starred as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation opposite Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. The film, directed by McG is set in post-apocalyptic 2018. Terminator: Salvation grossed $370 million worldwide.
Yelchin also appeared in Star Trek as Pavel Chekov with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, received rave reviews. Star Trek chronicled the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members and grossed $383 million worldwide.
Yelchin was seen in Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesia with Emma Roberts. The film was shot on location in Tokyo, Japan and was released in Japan on March 27, 2010.
Yelchin costarred opposite Susan Sarandon in the film Middle Of Nowhere which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2008. The film tells the story of an irresponsible mother who spends her eldest daughter’s college fund on her younger daughter’s modeling campaign.
Yelchin starred in Charlie Bartlett as the title character opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Kat Dennings. The film centers around a wealthy teenager (Yelchin) trying to fit in at a new public high school. “Anton
Yelchin brings an irresistible mix of suppressed anger and longing, innocence and precocity to his role…” remarked the Los Angeles Time’s of his portrayal of Charlie Bartlett. The witty dark comedy received much acclaim by both critics and audiences alike.
Yelchin’s other film credits include Alpha Dog opposite Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch, Hearts In Atlantis, which he received a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a Feature Film-Leading Young Actor,” Fierce People with Donald Sutherland, House Of D with Robin Williams and You And I. Yelchin also received the “Explosive Talent Award” at the 2002 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
Yelchin has appeared on some of television’s most critically acclaimed dramas. He starred opposite Hank Azaria on the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series “Huff” for two seasons. He also had guest-starring roles on “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Yelchin currently resides in Los Angeles.