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Anton Yelchin would have been 31 years old today. His untimely death was a shock, snuffing out a life that was just getting started. Yelchin had a whole career in front of him but had already made such an impact, which the documentary “Love, Antosha” gets into. Today, for his birthday, we want to find out which of his roles you’re most fond of. Plus, if you’re not totally familiar with his work, you can use this as a handy starting point.
In terms of a wide audience, Yelchin is certainly best known for his involvement in the “Star Trek” franchise. His performance as Chekov is one of the many reasons why this interpretation of the property worked so well. Whether the current group of cast members continues in the series or not, his contribution will decidedly be missed.
Other Yelchin roles that garnered some acclaim include “Alpha Dog,” “Green Room,” “Like Crazy,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Those titles each generated some buzz, and in particular with “Like Crazy,” contended for some Oscar love. While co-stars like Felicity Jones deservedly got a lot of attention, sleeping on his work, in addition to snubbing it, was a real shame.
If you’re looking for some underrated turns of his, look to “5 to 7,” “The Beaver,” “Charlie Bartlett,” and “Rudderless.” He was long a rock of indie cinema, putting forth challenging and interesting work that defied easy description. In particular, “5 to 7” represents one of his very best performances, while “The Beaver” was sadly overshadowed by the bad behavior of Mel Gibson.
We want to hear about your tributes to Anton Yelchin now. On his birthday, which movies or performances of his are your favorites? Is there something you’ll be watching today to honor him? Let us know!
What are your favorite Anton Yelchin films or performances? Discuss in the comments below!