Sebastian Stan

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Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sebastian Stan in 2014 at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere in Hollywood
Born (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 32)
Constanța, Romania
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-born American[1] actor, best known for his role as James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes / Winter Soldier in Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He will again reprise his role in the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War (2016). He played The Mad Hatter/Jefferson on the ABC's fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, Prince Jack Benjamin on Kings and Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl. He also appeared in Black Swan. In 2012, he appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals starring alongside Sigourney Weaver.

His role in Political Animals earned him a nomination at the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Miniseries.

Early life[edit]

Stan was born in Constanța, Romania. At age 8, he and his mother moved to Vienna, where she was employed as a pianist. Four years later (at age 12), he moved with his mother to Rockland County, New York after she married Anthony Fruhauf, the headmaster of Rockland Country Day School.[2]

During Stan's years at the Rockland Country Day School, he starred in productions such as Harvey, Cyrano de Bergerac, Little Shop of Horrors, Over Here!, and West Side Story. He also attended the Stagedoor Manor summer camp where he was introduced to acting and was cast in many camp productions. It was then that he decided to take acting seriously and began to apply for acting programs at several universities. He was accepted to and attended Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. This gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying acting at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England.

Television and film career[edit]

After several television and film roles including The Covenant and Gossip Girl, Stan landed a lead role in the 2009 series Kings as Prince Jack Benjamin. In 2010, he appeared in Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller, Black Swan.[3] Stan also began filming the supernatural horror film The Apparition in February of that year;[4] the film was released on August 24, 2012. Stan played Blaine, the main antagonist of Hot Tub Time Machine in March 2010. Later that same year, he played Bucky Barnes in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the Marvel Comics character.

In 2012, he starred in the thriller Gone and began a recurring role on Once Upon a Time as the Mad Hatter. The A.V. Club described his work in "Hat Trick", his premiere episode, as "excellent" and placed the episode in their list of the 30 best episodes of 2012 from series which did not make their top list.[5] He also appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals as the troubled gay son of the former first lady. In 2013, Stan played the role of Hal Carter in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of William Inge's Picnic, at the American Airlines Theater in New York.[6] In 2014, Stan reprised his role as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[7]

In 2015, Stan is set to co-star in The Martian as NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck, and as Joshua in Ricki and the Flash,[8] followed by the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, set for 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Stan dated his Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester from 2008 to 2010. He also briefly dated his Once Upon a Time co-star Jennifer Morrison and Glee star Dianna Agron. He began dating his Spread co-star Margarita Levieva mid-2014.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Johnny
2005 Red Doors Simon
2006 Architect, TheThe Architect Martin Waters
2006 Covenant, TheThe Covenant Chase Collins
2007 Education of Charlie Banks, TheThe Education of Charlie Banks Leo
2008 Rachel Getting Married Walter
2009 Spread Harry
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Blaine
2010 Black Swan Andrew
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
2012 Gone Billy
2012 Apparition, TheThe Apparition Ben
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
2015 The Bronze Lance Tucker Post-production
2015 The Martian Dr. Chris Beck Filming
2015 Ricki and the Flash Joshua Filming
2016 Captain America: Civil War Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order Justin Capshaw Episode: "Sheltered"
2007–2010 Gossip Girl Carter Baizen 11 episodes
2009 Kings Jonathan "Jack" Benjamin Main cast; 12 episodes
2012 Once Upon a Time The Mad Hatter/Jefferson 6 episodes
2012 Political Animals Thomas "T.J." Hammond Miniseries
2012 Labyrinth Will Franklin Miniseries
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier James "Bucky" Barnes Voice
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2008 "Wake Up Call" Hayden Panettiere

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gans, Andrew (December 28, 2006). "Pedi, Stan and Rosenblat Join Broadway's Talk Radio Cast". Playbill. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Nicholson, Amy (July 26, 2011). "Interview with Sebastian Stan". Boxoffice. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Aronofsky's Black Swan Cast Expands by One
  4. ^ Two More Catch a Glimpse of Dark Castle's 'Apparition'
  5. ^ "Beyond the top 30: Our favorite episodes of shows that didn't make the cut, part one". AV Club. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 14, 2013). "THEATER REVIEW; ‘Picnic’ at American Airlines Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Graser, Marc (July 16, 2012). "Mackie mulls Falcon in 'Captain America'". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (October 24, 2014). "Sebastian Stan Joins ‘The Martian’ And ‘Ricki And The Flash’". Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Strom, Marc (October 28, 2014). "Marvel Pits Captain America & Iron Man in a Cinematic Civil War". Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
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