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brightcove.createExperiences(); While Anton Yelchin might be best remembered for his role in the blockbuster Star Trek franchise, the young actor led a fascinating life before his tragic and untimely death on Sunday.
Yelchin was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, in 1989, roughly two years before the city became St. Petersburg, Russia, after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchinwere, were famous pair figure skaters who reached celebrity status in Russia as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years.
But despite their popularity and relative wealth, Irina and Viktor fled Russia to make a better life for their son. When Yelchin was 6 months old, his parents left Leningrad with his maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother and relocated to Los Angeles, where they stayed with Yelchin’s uncle, Eugene.