Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin: A University of Southern California Graduate Before ActingBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
The world became sad after finding out it lost one of its talented people. Anton Yelchin was a beloved friend and personality in the industry. He is always remembered for his role as Pavel Chekov in the latest 'Star Trek' franchise.
Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, in 1989, he moved to the United States when he was a baby. He was only six months old at the time. His family was received as refugees under the United States Department of State. In December of that same year, Yelchin's mother said that a woman came up to them and saw her baby. The woman said that "He's beautiful. He will be an actor." His parents added that he was not good at figure skating - which was his parents' profession.
True enough, he became one of the most memorable actors in this generation. When he was young, he got his primary education at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles. He then took his higher education at the University of Southern California and took film as a major. But during thoes times, he was already good at acting and performing.
He took acting classes when he was 9 years old. Specifically because he can't follow his parents' footsteps as figure skaters. He landed roles in movies and television shows. At the age of 11, he played in a Stephen King movie, 'Hearts in Atlantis.'
The Guardian describes him as a perky, fresh-faced actor. Fans followed him especially after his roles in the 2009 'Star Trek' and 2013's 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' But although his life was filled with acting, he confesses that he does not rust the film industry. Which is why he probably limits himself to movies that would increase his range rather than his box office standing.
Anton Yelchin's casting brought youth to the current 'Star Trek' ensemble. Sadly, on June 19, 2016, Anton was found between his Jeep and a pillar in his California home. He died at only 27 years old.
He will always be remembered for his youthfulness and smile.