Anton Viktorovich Yelchin was born in Leningrad, Russia on March 11, 1989, and son of Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin. His parents were ice skating athletes who were a star couple from the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years. He and his family moved to America in September 1989 with the status of refugees from political pressure in his home country. His mother became a figure skating choreographer in 2007, and he had wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents but Yelchin felt that he was not very good at it. He also developed his hobby of playing guitar and had joined a punk band called The Hammerheads but eventually broke up. Yelchin continued his education at the Sherman Oaks Center for Education Studies and went on to the University of Southern California for film studies in 2007. Since 2009, he and his family live in Burbank, California.
He began his acting career at the age of 9 in an independent film titled A MAN IS MOSTLY WATER and continued to A TIME FOR DANCING, DELIVERING MILO, HOUSE OF D and a TAKEN miniseries. Yelchin has been a guest star at CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and HUFF where he played with Hank Azaria. After acting in LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, he became popular because of the 2001 HEARTS IN ATLANTIS film for winning Best Performance and Leading Young Actors at the Young Artist Awards.
FIERCE PEOPLE is a drama film he starred after in 2005, where he collided with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland. When starring in the 2007 ALPHA DOG, Yelchin gained a lot of positive criticism for his role as Zack Mazursky in the film based on the true story. In 2008, he acted at CHARLIE BARTLETT and in the documentary YOU AND I belongs to the duo t.A.T.u and MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Furthermore, there are two popular fiction science films that have starred in STAR TREK and TERMINATOR SALVATION in 2009. In the film remake FRIGHT NIGHT he got the role of Charley Brewster in 2011 and competed acting in the romantic CRAZY LIKE drama and voiced Clumsy in THE SMURFS in the year the same one. Yelchin again got the role of Pavel Chekov in STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and got the lead role in the ODD thriller THOMAS.