Anton Viktorovich Yelchin/Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н (b. 1989) is a Russian American film and television actor. His parents, champion figure skaters, fled the former Soviet Union when he was 6 months old. Immediately sucking at figure skating, Anton found a calling in acting, in which his parents supported him. He has always played mostly in intense dramas, and developed his career playing cute little boys, and then complex young men coming of age (see below). A major Hey, It's That Guy! — at least until summer 2009.
This actor and his roles provide examples of:
- Actor Shared Background: Like Walter Koenig and Chekov, he is of Russian Descent.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Many of his early roles.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Prepare to watch Anton's character lose his virginity a few times.
- Chekov's Gun: Inherited thanks to be being the new Chekov in Star Trek.
- Children Are Innocent: Of his earliest works, this trope is most noticeable in Delivering Milo and Hearts in Atlantis.
- Coming of Age Story: Many of his roles are in these.
- Fake American: He was born in Russia. Although raised in America, he is still fluent in the language.
- Fake Russian: Anton has said many times that the Russian language does contain the W sound, but played Ensign Chekov with the W/V switch out of respect to Walter Koenig's version, and because it was funnier.
"Vodka is, like, the easiest word to say."
- Former Child Star: (averted)
- He Also Did: Lead singer and guitarist of punk band The Hammerheads.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Wasn't he in that Justin Timberlake movie?
- Oh Crap: Anton built his career on this facial expression (gets a particularly awesome one in New York I Love You).
- Older Than They Look: He's 23 but can still pass for a teenager easily.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He has a tendency to speak extra slowly and clearly in some of his earlier roles to mask his very thick California accent.
- Vocal Dissonance: He looks very young for his age and is perhaps the definition of Adorkable. Which makes it very odd to hear his very hoarse, raspy voice.