Anton Yelchin

by ethnic on December 14, 2009

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Birth Name: Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

Date of Birth: March 11, 1989

Place of Birth: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation)

Date of Death: June 19, 2016

Place of Death: Studio City, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Anton Yelchin was an American actor. He is known for his roles in the 2009 films Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation.

He was born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), to Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina, pair figure skaters. His parents are both Jewish, and Anton sometimes wore a Star of David and an Israeli hamsa pendant. The family moved to the U.S. in September 1989, receiving refugee status. In a Los Angeles Times article published on December 22, 1989, Anton’s mother stated, “A woman came up, saw Anton, and said, ‘He’s beautiful. He will be actor’.” Anton’s parents qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but were not allowed to attend by the Soviets. Anton’s uncle is artist Eugene Yelchin.

Anton died after being struck by his jeep, which was set on “neutral”, and which pinned him to an iron security gate by his home in Los Angeles.

Anton’s paternal grandparents are Aron/Aaron/Arcady Isaac Yelchin and Yelena Jacob. Anton’s paternal grandfather was captain of the Red Army Soccer Club in 1945.

Anton’s maternal grandfather is likely named Grigoriy N. Korin.

In 2015, Anton stated:

…guilt is a very important part of my personality… There are two things at work here, history and genetics. The history of Eastern European Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, has not been very pleasant. And I’m not just talking about World War II, but centuries and centuries of oppression and pogroms. If you are a product of that environment, it is a very big part of who you are. That’s not to say it’s all you are, but it is a part.

Sources: Articles and interview about Anton’s Jewish background –

Genealogy of Anton Yelchin (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Anja Hex September 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

he is kinda cute, Ethnicelebs just knows how to pick the worst photos of celebs

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm
aroxysimon August 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

i think something about him is very cutteee

WTF June 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

He looks creepy.

elina March 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

no sorry this is the right site you must also know that the Russians have and Germaic origin Germanic and Scandinavian!

elina March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

the first russian who colonized the ukraine and then russia was the vikings first they have scandinavian names then they becomes christian orthodox and changed their names to greeck christian orthodox names!here is the origin of the russians

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

boris yelcin was not tatar idiots!

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

beautiful eyes!

nnnnn May 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Tatars in Poland????

ethnic October 12, 2012 at 6:01 am

Ask and you shall receive! btw I got the comments for Louis Tomlinson. funny how they didnt get filtered.

fuzzybear44 August 31, 2012 at 8:27 am

The laws that banded this type of marriage,didn’t happen all at once.I think it was 1664(an only in Maryland).However marriages still were very common,even after the law(Irish Nell is a prime example of this) Charles and Nell Butler were married in a “legal” Catholic ceremony( at Major Boarman’s home in Charles County).I think it took almost 30yrs for the rest of the colonies to catch up,meanwhile they were still getting married, I think Benjamin Banneker was example also. Now after that I can agree with you.Also about having kid anyhow,oh yes it was alot of that.Now Males both white and black slave owners,as well as female slave owners were having kids with their slaves.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Anton who? I thought, it’s about that drunken President
No, his name was Boris.

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

you taked and maded this drunk idiot president STUPID IDIOT AMERICANS!

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:47 am


lopac February 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

are all Russians Jewish

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Most Ashkenazi Jews hail from Eastern Europe.

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Russians were enslaved? What?

I’ve heard about Holodomor, which is a famine genocide. But I thought that was used only against the Ukrainians.

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My knowledge about Eastern Europe is not strong. I only know what I learned through my European history class. There wasn’t much said about Stalin, Holodomor, and Eastern Europe in general. I would think that Eastern Europeans were “privileged.”

All I know is that Olga Kurylenko and Irina Zhuravskaya are beautiful and exotic. :]

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

You’re very knowledgable. It says serfdom is the status of peasants under feudalism. Do you mind elaborating?

levangelista36 August 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Interesting read. You learn something new everyday. Thank you.

fuzzybear44 August 3, 2012 at 1:13 am

To follers

just one thing,slaves could marry with permission,and many got that permission.The only problem was that husbands and wives and children could all be separated at any time at the whim of an owner.Or they tried blackmail(by Threatening to enslave their children),when the marriage involved a white woman.Just in case you didn’t know,it was very common for black and white slaves to marry back in the day.

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

who was the slaves???the russians was never slaves of noonefucking idiot!they are always free people and does not to belong to noone idiot!everybody wants to occupiate the russians andthe rusian land and territories but noone can do it!russian wined all the nations all the wars against them french japans tatars mongols fins turks polaks etc!

nnnnn May 1, 2013 at 3:51 am

Who is Zhuravs…? A celebrity?
To Holodomor: you ment a slavery after 1918,
I don’t think, they treated russian people better,
as ukrainean
they ment serfdom ( we learnt smth about a difference at scholl) in 19 century.
Surely, serfs were poor, but I never heard, that
millions of them were dead in some months.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Communism was a form of slavery, too

nnnnn May 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

I can’t understand, what has the whole thing common
with the years before 1860?????

There are some american celebrities with russian
or similar roots, who emigrated before a revolution:
Bronsons parents were not jews, and Kidis’ father
too, or…?

nnnnn May 1, 2013 at 4:08 am

I’m apolodize for my grammar. Sometimes I’m

nnnnn May 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Actually, it correspond to a common knowledge,
that russian politic suppressed all minorities,
especially jews. Russian people hadn’t reason to
emigrate, although they were free people since
I ment, it’s just funny, that L.E. put Holodomor in
1960, and you told about sefrom. What has serfdom
in 19 century to do with emigration from USSR?

andrew May 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Bronson father was of Lipka Tatars ancestry

andrew May 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Bronson’s father was a Tatar

nnnnn May 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Tatars don’t have names like Bukinski (Bukinskis),
it’s typical polish name. Tatars converted to islam
and have muslim names + “ov”, like boxer

lml52106 February 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

You must be joking that you actually think most Russians are Jewish.

lelo4 September 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Ashkenazi Jews are a different ethnic group with different origins, even though they lived in Eastern Europe for so long.

andrew September 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

you previously stated that Ashkenazis are a Levantine/North Italian mix.

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