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Anton Yelchin's Father Viktor Yelchin Is A Figure Skater

By Sriyukta Pradhananga | August 16, 2022 03:40 PM

Viktor Yelchin is the father of the late actor Anton Yelchin. Viktor and Irina were tremendously supportive of their son's acting career ( Source : Latimes )

Viktor Yelchin is the former figure skater and the ice ballet star of Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years, along with his wife, Irina Korina Yelchin. The couple is the parents of the late actor Anton Yelchin.

Anton was famous for his role as Pavel Chekov in the movie Star Trek and was 27 years old when he sadly passed away. His parents were political refugees who escaped from the Soviet Union and traveled to the United States.

In 1989 when Los Angeles Times interviewed the couple about why they left their country, Viktor replied with just one word, Anton. For the couple, Anton was their whole world.

Figure Skater Viktor Yelchin - Who Is Anton Yelchin's Father? 

Anton Yelchin, the father of the late actor Anton Yelchin was a figure skating star in what was then the Soviet Union. His partner Irina Korina, mother of Anton Yelchin, was a figure skater like him, and the two were pair ice ballet stars for 15 years.

Viktor Yelchin was a national celebrity in the Soviet Union, but he could only achieve limited success in the country, primarily because of his religion.

Viktor Yelchin was Jewish, and given his religion, there was a price he would have to pay to live in the Soviet Union.

Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina Yelchin were the ice figure skating duos who left their career behind in Soviet Union to pursue a different life in the United States
Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina Yelchin were the ice figure skating duos who left their career behind in Soviet Union to pursue a different life in the United States( Source : Rappler )

Viktor and Irina welcomed Anton on March 11, 1989. After his birth, Viktor decided to flee to the United States as a refugee. 

He didn't trust the government and decided, for the sake of his son, to leave for the States.

Anton was only six months old when his family left for the United States. The late actor knew how much his parents had sacrificed for him.

Anton knew the sacrifices made by his parents as they left the Soviet State and their wealth behind to give a better life to him in the States
Anton knew the sacrifices made by his parents as they left the Soviet State and their wealth behind to give a better life to him in the States( Source : Moviefone )

They left their celebrity status and chose to live as refugees. They were the ones who encouraged him to become an actor. 

In an interview given to IFC.com in 2011, Anton said that his parents supported his acting career and wanted him to find something in life that made him happy.

In an interview given to Los Angeles Times in 1989, when they had recently moved to the States, a lady came up to Irina and told Irina that she should think of making Anton an actor.

Viktor Yelchin's Age And Birthday

Viktor Yelchin is a man in his early 70s. The ice figure skating champion left his country when his son Anton was six months old.

Anton suffered from cystic fibrosis, a disease that would fill his lungs with mucus. The actor's parents decided to hide full details about his illness from him as he was incredibly healthy. The average age of the patient suffering from CF is 37.

The couple in memory of their son has erected a statue in the memory of their son in Hollywood and has donated $ 1 million to the Anton Yelchin Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Keck Hospital of USC.

Viktor Yelchin And Irina Korina Yelchin Figure Skating

Viktor Yelchin and Irina Korina Yelchin had achieved celebrity status back in their home country. They were a famous ice-skating couple. 

But given the family's religion, the two sometimes had to sacrifice their positions. In 1972 when the couple was eligible to qualify for the Olympics as the nation's third-ranked pair team, the Soviet Union authorities didn't allow them to do so.

The couple erected the statue in the memory of their late son at Hollywood Forever cemetry
The couple erected the statue in the memory of their late son at Hollywood Forever cemetry( Source : Latimes )

The couple, who once used to rule the world of figure skating, decided to train other people in the profession and make them the next stars of the figure skating world.

Irina Korina Yelchin became a choreographer for figure skaters, and his father Viktor chose to become a figure skating coach. 

Viktor became a trainer at the Pasadena Figure Skating Club and was the first coach of the Olympic silver medalist, Sasha Cohen.

Anton might be gone but his parents will always keep their son in their hearts and celebrate his works.
Anton might be gone but his parents will always keep their son in their hearts and celebrate his works.( Source : Latimes )

The couple was devastated when they heard the news of their son's death. Anton was their only son, who they had raised with so much love and care.

They would be seen on the red carpets of Anton's movie, supporting him and his dream to be a big-famed Hollywood actor.

After Anton died in 2016, a documentary titled Love, Antosha premiered in 2019, celebrating Anton and his craft.

Read More: Who Are Anton Yelchin's Parents? Meet His Mother Irina Korina And Father Viktor Yelchin

Viktor Yelchin Son Anton Yelchin's Death - Who Found Him?

On June 19, 2016, Anton didn't arrive at his rehearsals, which made his friends question why the actor was absent. His friends visited him, and that is when they discovered Anton's body.

The actor was crushed by his SUV and pinned between the car and the black pillar gate in his home in Los Angeles.

It was a freak accident and at 27 years of age, the young actor lost his life, and his rising Hollywood career ended.




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