Sebastian Stan

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Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan TIFF 2015.jpg
Born (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 36)
Alma materRutgers University
Years active1993–present
Home townRockland County, New York, U.S.

Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian American[1] actor. On television, he has played Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin in Kings, Jefferson in Once Upon a Time, and T.J. Hammond in Political Animals. The latter earned him a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.

Stan gained wide recognition for his role as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and later also in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018) and in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). In 2015, he co-starred in Jonathan Demme's comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash and Ridley Scott's science fiction film The Martian. Two years later, he portrayed Jeff Gillooly in the biopic I, Tonya.

Early life[edit]

Stan was born in Constanța, Romania. He has stated that his parents divorced when he was two years old. At the age of eight, Stan and his mother, Georgeta Orlovschi, moved to Vienna, Austria, where Georgeta was employed as a pianist, following the Romanian Revolution.[2] Four years later, they moved to Rockland County, New York, after his mother married Anthony Fruhauf, the headmaster of Rockland Country Day School, where Stan was educated.[3]

During Stan's years at the Rockland school, he starred in productions including 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 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, which also gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying acting at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. Stan became a United States citizen in 2002.[1]


After an appearance in the 1994 film 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, Stan's career began in earnest in 2003 with a role on Law & Order. This was followed by several film appearances, including Tony n' Tina's Wedding, The Architect, and The Covenant, before he earned a recurring role on Gossip Girl as Carter Baizen, beginning in 2007. Stan performed a lead role in the 2009 series Kings as Jack Benjamin. In 2010, he appeared in Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller, Black Swan and comedy Hot Tub Time Machine as antagonist Blaine.[4] Stan also began filming the supernatural horror film The Apparition in February that year;[5] the film was released on 24 August 2012. In July 2011, he portrayed Bucky Barnes in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the Marvel Comics character. Although it was his first film in the franchise, it was not part of the nine-picture contract he has with Marvel Studios.[6]

Stan at an event for The Martian in 2015

In 2012, he starred in the thriller Gone and began a recurring role in 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.[7] It was initially reported the role would be recast for the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, due to Stan's commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe,[8] but Edward Kitsis later revealed the next month that due to fan backlash and respect for Stan's performance, the character would not be recast and the series would proceed without the character.[9] The same year, he also appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals as the troubled gay son of the former First Lady,[10] for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. In 2013, Stan played Hal Carter in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of William Inge's Picnic, at the American Airlines Theater in New York.[11]

In 2014, Stan reprised his role as Bucky Barnes, now called Winter Soldier, in the first film of his nine-movie contract, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[12] In 2015, he played Joshua Brummel in Ricki and the Flash, and co-starred in The Martian as NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck and The Bronze as Lance Tucker.[13] Stan then reprised his role as the Winter Soldier in 2015's Ant Man, by making a cameo appearance, and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. In 2017, Stan co-starred as a NASCAR driver, Dayton White, in Steven Soderbergh's comedy Logan Lucky,[14] portrayed Jeff Gillooly, in Craig Gillespie's biopic I, Tonya, based on the life of Tonya Harding,[15] and also starred in the drama I'm Not Here.[16]

In 2018, Stan again portrayed the Winter Soldier role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in both Black Panther, as an uncredited cameo, and in Avengers: Infinity War.[17] He then appeared opposite Nicole Kidman in the thriller film Destroyer.[18] Stan portrayed Charles Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name.[19]

He will star as protagonist Scott Huffman in the Vietnam War drama film The Last Full Measure,[20] and will appear in Avengers: Endgame, which are both scheduled for release in 2019. In addition, he replaced his Marvel co-star Chris Evans in drama film The Devil All the Time in February 2019.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In early 2008, Stan and Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester were reported to be in a relationship.[22] Meester and Stan were reported to have broken up in 2010.[23] In summer 2012, Stan and actress Jennifer Morrison met on the set of Once Upon a Time and dated for a year, breaking up in mid-2013.[24] In 2014, Stan reportedly began dating actress Margarita Levieva, his co-star in the 2009 film Spread.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance Kid in Subway
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Johnny Nunzio
2005 Red Doors Simon
2006 The Architect Martin Waters
The Covenant Chase Collins
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks Leo Reilly
2008 Rachel Getting Married Walter
2009 Spread Harry
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Blaine
Black Swan Andrew / Suitor
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Bucky Barnes
2012 Gone Billy
The Apparition Ben Curtis
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Chris Evans)
2015 The Bronze Lance Tucker
Ant-Man Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Uncredited cameo[26]
Ricki and the Flash Joshua Brummel
The Martian Dr. Chris Beck
2016 Captain America: Civil War Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for #SQUAD
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
2017 Logan Lucky Dayton White
I, Tonya Jeff Gillooly Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year
Nominated – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
I'm Not Here Steve
2018 Black Panther Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Uncredited cameo[27]
Avengers: Infinity War
Destroyer Det. Chris
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Charles Blackwood
2019 The Last Full Measure Scott Huffman Post-production
Avengers: Endgame Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Post-production
Monday Mickey Post-production
TBA Untitled Drake Doremus film Post-production
TBA The Devil All the Time Lee Bodecker Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order Justin Capshaw Episode: "Sheltered"
2007–10 Gossip Girl Carter Baizen 11 episodes
2009 Kings Jack Benjamin 13 episodes
2012 Once Upon a Time Jefferson / The Mad Hatter 6 episodes
2012 Political Animals T.J. Hammond Miniseries; 6 episodes
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
2012 Labyrinth Will Franklyn Miniseries; 2 episodes
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Clay Appuzzo Episode: "Pilot"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Bucky Barnes Voice

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
2008 "Wake Up Call" Boyfriend Hayden Panettiere

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gans, Andrew (December 28, 2006). "Pedi, Stan and Rosenblat Join Broadway's Talk Radio Cast". Playbill. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sebastian Stan talking for Romanian television ProTV (with English subtitle)". Pro TV. YouTube. December 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Nicholson, Amy (July 26, 2011). "Interview with Sebastian Stan". Box Office. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (December 4, 2009). "Aronofsky's Black Swan Cast Expands by One". Dread Central.
  5. ^ "Two More Catch a Glimpse of Dark Castle's 'Apparition'!". Bloody Disgusting. January 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Hall, Jacob (April 15, 2015). "The Current Status Of Marvel Movie Stars' Contracts". Screen Crush.
  7. ^ "Beyond the top 30: Our favorite episodes of shows that didn't make the cut, part one". The A.V. Club. December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (February 22, 2013). "ABC Eyeing Potential 'Once Upon a Time' Spinoff, Recasting Mad Hatter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (March 4, 2013). "'Once Upon a Time' exec: 'No plans to recast The Mad Hatter'". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Rose, Lacey (March 15, 2012). "'Gossip Girl's' Sebastian Stan Joins USA's 'Political Animals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 14, 2013). "THEATER REVIEW; 'Picnic' at American Airline Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  12. ^ Graser, Marc (July 16, 2012). "Mackie mulls Falcon in 'Captain America'". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  13. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (October 24, 2014). "Sebastian Stan Joins 'The Martian' And 'Ricki And The Flash'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (August 31, 2016). "'Captain America's' Sebastian Stan Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 13, 2016). "Sebastian Stan To Play Jeff Gillooly In 'I, Tonya'". Deadline Hollywood.
  16. ^ Kay, Jeremy (May 6, 2016). "J. K. Simmons stars in 'I'm Not Here'". Screen Daily.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Lee, Ashley (November 15, 2017). "Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan Join Nicole Kidman in Thriller 'Destroyer'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  19. ^ Kit, Borys (August 9, 2016). "'Captain America' Actor Sebastian Stan to Star in Thriller 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (March 8, 2017). "Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan Join Political Drama 'The Last Full Measure'". Variety.
  21. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (February 14, 2019). "Sebastian Stan Replacing Chris Evans In Netflix Film 'The Devil All The Time'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "How Leighton Meester's Boyfriend Handles Her Kissing Scenes". PEOPLE. July 31, 2009.
  23. ^ "Source: Leighton Meester "Still Friends" With Ex Despite Split". Us Weekly. April 9, 2014.
  24. ^ Monde, Chiderah (November 3, 2013). "'Once Upon A Time' stars Jennifer Morrison, Sebastian Stan split: 'Once Upon A Time' actors 'grew apart' after real-life year long romance". NY Daily News.
  25. ^ Marquina, Sierra (July 31, 2014). "Sebastian Stan and Margarita Levieva Are Dating!". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  26. ^ Robinson, Joanna (July 19, 2015). "Everything You Need to Know About Those Ant-Man End-of-Credits Scenes". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  27. ^ Dockterman, Elena (February 16, 2018). "What the Black Panther End-Credit Scenes Mean for the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Time. Retrieved March 26, 2018.

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