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Chris Evans (actor)

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Chris Evans
Chris Evans SDCC 2014.jpg
Born Christopher Robert Evans
(1981-06-13) June 13, 1981 (age 34)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Relatives Scott Evans (brother)
Mike Capuano (uncle)

Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans (born June 13, 1981)[1] is an American actor. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Human Torch in Fantastic Four.

Evans began his career on the television series Opposite Sex (2000), moving to film in 2001 with Not Another Teen Movie. In 2013, he starred as the lead in the film Snowpiercer, and in 2015 made his directorial debut with Before We Go.

Early life[edit]

Chris 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 and took classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[12]


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 will reprise 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]

Personal life[edit]

From 2001 to 2006, Evans dated actress Jessica Biel.[37][38] He is very close friends with his frequent co star Scarlett Johansson and has been in six films with her.[39]

He is also a supporter of LGBT rights,[40] and has a great interest in the philosophies of Buddhism.[41]


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


Year Title Role Note
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
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
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 cameo
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 Narrator
2015 Ant-Man Steve Rogers / Captain America Post-credit scene
2016 Captain America: Civil War Steve Rogers / Captain America Post-production
2016 Gifted Frank Adler Filming


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"
2015 Agent Carter Steve Rogers / Captain America Pilot (flashback scenes only); uncredited

Video games[edit]

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


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


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