Anton Yelchin: His Life in Passing

As many of you may have learned, we lost Anton Yelchin this weekend as the result of a car accident.  Both A2-D2 and I always prefer to focus on the positive impact and life accomplishments artists and important figures have had rather than the few moments prior to their death.  Since finding information regarding the car accident is prevalent on a simple Google search, I'd like to spend a moment and tell you about what Anton enjoyed and the few upcoming movies which have his name in the credits.

Anton was born in what is currently St. Petersburg, Russia to parents who were professional figure skaters (Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin). His family emigrated to the US when Anton was six-months old, and his parents quickly became coaches.  Though his parents offered him the greatest training for a skater, Anton preferred acting and quickly became a sensation.

At age 10, he made his TV debut through the 1990s hit - ER.  By 11, he made his movie debut opposite Anthony Hopkins in the movie adaptation of Stephen King's book "Hearts in Atlantis."  Anton's portrayal of Bobby Garfield in "Hearts in Atlantis" earned him the 2002 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film as Leading Young Actor.  Since then, we've come to love him through his performances of Charlie Bartlett, Chekov (Star Trek reboots), Clumsy Smurf in the new animated movies, and Odd Thomas - plus countless others!

When he wasn't acting, Anton loved reading and playing chess.  He wrote music and performed with a band, The Hammerheads, where he played piano and guitar.  (Unfortunately, The Hammerheads have disbanded, but many of their videos are available on Youtube!)

Like many artists, Anton Yelchin had a number of projects upcoming, and here are the ways you will still be able to see him at your local cinema:

Rememory directed by Mark Palansky (no release date) (Todd - 2nd billed). The widow of a wise professor stumbles upon one of his inventions that's able to record and play a person's memory.

We Don't Belong Here (2016) directed by Peer Pedersen (Maxwell Green - 2nd billed). A matriarch of a dysfunctional family is pushed to her tipping point by the disappearance of her son.

Porto (no release date) directed by Gabe Klinger (Jake Kleeman - 2nd billed). A French woman and an American man experience a life-altering night together in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto.

Thoroughbred (2017) directed by Cory Finley (3rd billed, no character name).  Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart.  In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

Star Trek Beyond (July 22, 2016)

You can find a number of sites reporting on both his life and death.  Exquisitely Geek extends our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans.

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely tribute to Anton! His passing is certainly a surprise. He left a great collection of performances behind.