Anton Yelchin or Anton Viktorovich Yelchin ( born March 11, 1989) is an American film and television actor. He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles, as well as the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). Yelchin later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films House of D (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Star Trek and Terminator Salvation (both 2009).
Anton Yelchin began acting at the age of nine, in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water. In 2006, he also had a role on an episode ("Tru Love") of the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing a boy who falls in love with his teacher, based on the real-life case of Mary Kay Letourneau. His biggest film recognition came for the role of Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), for which he won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the 2002 Young Artist Awards. He also appeared in the Criminal Minds episode "Sex, Birth & Death" as Nathan Harris, a boy who has fantasies about killing prostitutes.
In 2007, Yelchin starred in Alpha Dog, a crime thriller that received a US release on January 12. In the film, he played Zack Mazursky, a character based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz. USA Today's review described the performance as "heartbreakingly endearing". After the premiere, Markowitz's mother praised his portrayal of her son.
In 2008, Yelchin played the title role in Charlie Bartlett, a film about a wealthy teenager in a public high. Also that year, Yelchin appeared alongside the Russian duo t.A.T.u. in the movie You and I (which was filmed in Moscow during the summer of 2007), and co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Justin Chatwin in Middle of Nowhere. He next starred in two May 2009 releases: the eleventh Star Trek film, in which he portrayed 17-year old navigator Pavel Chekov, and Terminator Salvation, in which he was cast as a teenage Kyle Reese. And also Anton Yelchin will portray Charley Brewster in the remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie, and will voice Clumsy Smurf in the film adaptation of The Smurfs.