Anton Yelchin

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Yelchin in 2011, image via

Birth Name: Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

Date of Birth: 11 March, 1989

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

Date of Death: June 19, 2016

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Anton Yelchin was an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films Hearts in Atlantis, Alpha Dog, Star Trek, and Terminator: Salvation, among many others.

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, possibly because they were Jewish.

Anton’s uncle is artist and illustrator 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 named 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: Article and interviews about Anton’s Jewish background –

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


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. nnnnn says:

    Tatars in Poland????

  2. ethnic says:

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

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    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.

  4. nnnnn says:

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

  5. lopac says:

    are all Russians Jewish

    • levangelista36 says:

      Most Ashkenazi Jews hail from Eastern Europe.

      • levangelista36 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

        • levangelista36 says:

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

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

        Communism was a form of slavery, too

      • nnnnn says:

        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 says:

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

        • nnnnn says:

          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 says:

        Bronson father was of Lipka Tatars ancestry

      • andrew says:

        Bronson’s father was a Tatar

        • nnnnn says:

          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 says:

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

    • lelo4 says:

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

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