Chris Evans (actor)

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Chris Evans
Chris Evans SDCC 2014.jpg
Evans at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Christopher Robert Evans
(1981-06-13) June 13, 1981 (age 35)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Relatives Scott Evans (brother)
Mike Capuano (uncle)

Christopher Robert Evans (born June 13, 1981)[1] is an American actor and filmmaker. Evans is known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four. He began his career on the 2000 television series Opposite Sex, moving to film in 2001 with the teen comedy Not Another Teen Movie. In 2013, he starred as the lead in the critically acclaimed science fiction action film Snowpiercer, and in 2015, he made his directorial debut with the drama Before We Go, in which he also starred.

Early life

Evans was born in Boston[2] and raised in the town of Sudbury.[3] His mother, Lisa (Capuano), is an artistic director at the Concord Youth Theater,[4][5] and his father, Robert Evans, is a dentist.[6] He has two sisters, Carly,[6] a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a high school drama and English teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School,[4][7] Shanna,[6] and a younger[8] brother, Scott,[6] who was featured on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Their uncle, Mike Capuano, represents the same Massachusetts Congressional district formerly represented by Tip O'Neill.[9] His mother is of half Italian and half Irish ancestry.[9][10][11] He and his siblings were raised Catholic.[10][11]

Evans graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.[3] He moved to New York City and took classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[12]

Career

In 1999, Evans was the model for ″Tyler″ in Hasbro's board game Mystery Date. The special edition of the game included an electronic phone, which Evans is shown speaking into on the game box.[13]

After filming wrapped on Not Another Teen Movie,[14] Evans landed lead roles in The Perfect Score and Cellular, and then starred in two independent films in Chicago: Dirk Wittenborn's Fierce People, playing the sinister Bryce, and London, playing a strung-out drug user with relationship problems.[15] He then played the superhero the Human Torch in the 2005 comic book adaptation Fantastic Four. Evans reprised the role in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[16] That year, he starred as engineer-turned-astronaut Mace in Danny Boyle's science-fiction film Sunshine.[17]

Evans at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier press conference

In 2008, Evans appeared in Street Kings, co-starring Keanu Reeves, and the Tennessee Williams screenplay adaptation The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Ellen Burstyn. The following year he appeared in the science-fiction thriller Push, with Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle. Evans performed his own fight scenes, which took weeks to film, and was bruised during filming.[18]

In 2010, he completed filming on co-directors Mark Kassen and Adam Kassen's Puncture in Houston, Texas. The film was selected to debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival as one of the Spotlight projects for the 10th anniversary of the festival.[19] Also that year, Evans appeared in Sylvain White's The Losers, an adaptation of the comic-book series from the DC Comics imprint Vertigo.[20] Evans then appeared in another comic-book adaptation, Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where he portrayed Lucas Lee, one of Ramona Flowers' seven evil exes.[21]

In 2011, Evans played the Marvel Comics character Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger, and starred in the film What's Your Number?, a romantic comedy co-starring Anna Faris.[22][23] There were initially scheduling conflicts, as both films were set to film in the summer of 2010.[24] With actress Evan Rachel Wood, he was part of a 2011 advertising campaign for the perfume Gucci Guilty,[25] and the cologne Guilty pour Homme.[26]

Evans had signed on to appear in multiple films as Captain America, and first reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers.[22] He next starred opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, replacing James Franco, who had dropped out.[27] Evans wore a long wig and grew out a beard for the role.[28] He starred in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's English-language film Snowpiercer.[29]

In 2014, Evans starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[30] He also starred opposite Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy Playing It Cool.[31] His directorial debut, Before We Go,[32] debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2015, he played Captain America again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and reprised the role for the 2016 sequel Captain America: Civil War.[33][34] Evans said in March 2014 that once his contract with Marvel is up, he may consider doing less acting so he could work more on directing,[35] and believes he will be finished playing Captain America in 2017.[32] In September 2015, however, he said in an interview that he would be willing to sign on for more films as Captain America after Infinity War, if Marvel wanted to extend his contract.[36]

In 2016, he was featured with Evan Rachel Wood in a 2016 ad for Gucci Guilty Eau fragrances."[37]

Personal life

From 2001 to 2006, Evans dated actress Jessica Biel.[38][39] In June 2016, Evans and actress Jenny Slate attended the premiere of The Secret Life of Pets in Manhattan, with Slate saying, "I haven't really had a large premiere before, so it's nice to have someone who knows how it goes" and saying, "It's kind of like I got my dream seventh-grade boyfriend."[40]

He is also a supporter of LGBT rights.[41] Although raised Catholic, Evans has expressed pantheistic views[11] and has a great interest in the philosophies of Buddhism.[42]

Evans is a fan of the New England Patriots, and narrated America's Game: The Story of the 2014 New England Patriots.[43]

Filmography

Evans on the film set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2013

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Newcomers Judd
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Jake Wyler
2003 Paper Boy, TheThe Paper Boy Ben Harris Short film
2004 Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect Score Kyle Curtis
2004 Cellular Ryan Hewitt
2005 Fierce People Bryce Langley
2005 Fantastic Four Johnny Storm/Human Torch
2005 London Syd
2007 TMNT Casey Jones Voice role
2007 Sunshine Robert Mace
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Johnny Storm/Human Torch
2007 Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Hayden "Harvard Hottie"
2007 Battle for Terra Stewart Stanton Voice role
2008 Street Kings Detective Paul Diskant
2008 Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Jimmy Dobyne
2009 Push Nick Gant
2010 Losers, TheThe Losers Jake Jensen
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Lucas Lee
2011 Puncture Michael David "Mike" Weiss
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Steve Rogers/Captain America
2011 What's Your Number? Colin Shea
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Steve Rogers/Captain America
2012 The Iceman Robert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge
2013 Snowpiercer Curtis Everett
2013 Thor: The Dark World Steve Rogers / Captain America Uncredited[44]
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Steve Rogers/Captain America
2014 Before We Go Nick Vaughan Also director and producer
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Steve Rogers/Captain America
2015 Playing It Cool Me
2015 Ant-Man Steve Rogers/Captain America Post-credits scene[citation needed]
2016 Captain America: Civil War Steve Rogers/Captain America
2017 Gifted Frank Adler

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Opposite Sex Cary Baston 8 episodes
2000 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Zack Lardner Episode: "Guilt"
2001 Boston Public Neil Mavromates Episode: "Chapter Nine"
2002 Eastwick Adam Pilot
2003 Skin Brian Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Monstourage"

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2005 Fantastic Four Johnny Storm/The Human Torch
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Steve Rogers/Captain America

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Fantastic Four Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Nominated
Choice Movie: Rumble Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Nominated
2011 Scream Awards Best Superhero Captain America: The First Avenger Won
Saturn Awards Best Actor Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Superhero Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Hero Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
2012 Choice Movie: Fight Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer The Avengers Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Action Movie Star The Avengers Nominated
Favorite Movie Superhero The Avengers Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with cast) The Avengers Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Action Movie Actor Captain America: The Winter Soldier Won
Favorite Movie Duo (with Scarlett Johansson) Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actor in an Action Movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan) Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
Best Kiss (with Scarlett Johansson) Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
Best Actor Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Avengers: Age of Ultron Nominated
Choice Movie Scene Stealer Captain America: The Winter Soldier Won
2016 MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated

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