Many movie lovers knew Anton Viktorovich Yelchin from his famous appearance in the movie “Star Trek,” where he played the role of Pavel Chekov. The young actor, albeit his untimely death, was able to forge his prints in the sands of time and register his awesomeness in the hearts of many.
Throughout his career, he reached millions of people and made his impact through his works.
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Although Yelchin featured in some blockbusters, he frequently worked on low-profile films. The star actor debuted in movies across several genres. Some of which were “Like Crazy” (romantic drama,) “Odd Thomas” (supernatural thriller,) “Burying The Ex” (horror comedy,) “Green Room,” (horror thriller,) “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Fright Night,” and so many more.
With such a resume of blockbuster movies, it’s easy to be curious about what his net worth was before his death and how he died. Keep reading below to find out.
Anton Yelchin’s Biography
He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a Jewish family. Viktor and Irina Yelchin welcomed young Yelchin into their home on March 11, 1989. Both his parents were professional figure skaters.
Although they lived a comfortable life, his parents sought to raise him in a better environment. With the state of the political climate in his home country at the time, his parents sought a saner clime to raise him.
In one of his interviews, Yelchin stated that his parents and grandparents were victims of Stalin’s hard rules.
Therefore, his parents moved to the United States with him when he was only six months old. His mother noted that they tried to ignite a passion for figure skating in him, but he didn’t budge. He was also a fan of music as he knew how to play the acoustic guitar quite well.
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Anton’s Early Life and Career
The Yelchins relocated to California, West Hollywood, in September 1989, and the actor’s parents continued as professional figure skaters. His father worked as a coach, while his mother worked as a figure skating choreographer.
His mother revealed a relative once proposed that Yelchin will have a future in acting after seeing how beautiful he was as a toddler. Years later, Yelchin got on the wave of child acting. At ten, he made a child debut performance on the “ER Hit Show,” and it was up only from there.
It wasn’t always easy, as Yelchin revealed that he once went on a break from acting. He went into commercials, but it didn’t give him his desired satisfaction.
He spoke of how he prepared for his movie debut with his agent in one of his interviews. This paved the way for more performances in “A Time for Dancing,” “Delivering Milo,” and the rest is history.
His Net Worth and Achievements
As of October 2021, Yelchin had an estimated $10 million when he died. He left behind $1.4million in estate equity and no will to his name. His major source of income was acting.
Several awards and nominations recognized Yelchin before he died. He won the Young Artist Awards in 2002. This award stemmed from Dimitri Starodubov in “Along Came A Spider” alongside Morgan Freeman.
Another award was the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards in 2009. Some of the nominations he received were the Phoenix Film Critics Award in 2002 and the Young Artists Award for 2003 and 2005 consecutively.
Other roles he played were Bobby Garfield in “Hearts in Atlantis (2001),” based on Stephen King’s novel, Nathan Harris in “Criminal Minds,” Zack Mazursky in “Alpha Dog,” and many other stellar performances to his name. “Star Trek Beyond” was the last movie he acted in before his death.
The Tragic Accident That Caused His Death
After he failed to show up for a rehearsal on June 18, 2016, friends of Yelchin were shocked to see a heartbreaking sight.
He was a victim of what was called a “freak accident.” He was found trapped between his car (Jeep Grand Cherokee) and a brick wall.
The Cherokee (his car) had gear formats that confused drivers. It is believed as Yelchin exited his car to check his closed gate and mail, the vehicle reportedly rolled back down his slightly elevated driveway, trapping him against a pillar and a security fence. Reports revealed that his lungs were crushed and severely damaged, and with no immediate aid, this led to his death.
As a tribute, “Star Trek” executives revealed Chekov’s (Yelchin’s) role would not be recast and that the character would be written out entirely. His parents sought to raise awareness to prevent similar tragic incidents from occurring in the future. In Charlie Puth’s words; See you Again, Yelchin, we miss you.