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March 11: Happy Birthday Anton Yelchin and Raoul Walsh


Before his death, at a tragically young age in an auto accident that can only be described as incredibly improbable, Anton Yelchin (1989-2016) was building an impressive resume as a film actor.  Born in Russia, he moved to the US as an infant.  He began working in film in 2000.  In 2004, he was cast in a regular role on Showtime’s Huff, which ran for two seasons.  He then went on to a supporting role in Alpha Dog (one of his costars was yesterday’s headliner Olivia Wilde), and then played the title character in Charlie Bartlett.

His best known film role was as Pavel Chekov in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, a role he returned to in two sequels.  He also played Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, and starred in the 2011 remake of Fright Night.  But besides those high-profile films, he also made nearly 20 other features in his last few years of life.  A sampling of these would include starring in the romantic drama Like Crazy with Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, playing the title role in an adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas, and playing a central role in the ensemble cast of Jeremy Saulnier’s highly-acclaimed Green Room (which reunited him with his Fright Night costar Imogen Poots).  He had completed five films that were unreleased at the time of his death; the last of them, Thoroughbreds, came out last Friday.

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