His biggest film recognition came for the role of Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), in which he won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the 2002 Young Artist Awards.
Yelchin subsequently headlined Fierce People, which received a limited release on September 7, 2007.
In 2008, he played the title role in Charlie Bartlett, a film about a wealthy teenager in a public high school. In 2015, he starred in the independent horror film Green Room which premiered at the Cannes film festival that year and received limited theatrical release in May 2016.
Spencer Reid to help him before he actually does kill.
In Alpha Dog, Yelchin played Zack Mazursky, a character based on the death of Nicholas Markowitz.
He starred in multiple television series, including Huff and the posthumously released Trollhunters.
He also starred in other films, including Alpha Dog (2007), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Terminator Salvation (2009), Fright Night (2011), The Smurfs (2011), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Green Room (2015) and Thoroughbreds (2017). He guest-starred in the season four episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, as Stewart, Cheryl David's cousin and a self-described magician, knowing a card trick.In 2006, he guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Tru Love", as a boy who falls in love with his teacher.He also appeared in the Criminal Minds episode "Sex, Birth & Death" as Nathan Harris, a boy who has murderous urges towards prostitutes and approaches Dr. Grâce à cette forte exposition, il enchaîne alors les rôles de premier plan au cinéma, avec plus ou moins de succès : le thriller Unstoppable (2010), la comédie d'action Target (2012), le drame Des gens comme nous (2012), le thriller d'espionnage The Ryan Initiative (2014), le drame de science fiction Les Survivants (2015) et le drame historique The Finest Hours (2016). Abrams depuis 2009, qui rencontre un important succès commercial et critique.Il joue également des seconds rôles majeurs comme dans le musical Into the Woods (2014), la comédie potache Comment tuer son boss 2 (2014) et le blockbuster Wonder Woman (2017).