Sebastian Stan

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Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan TIFF 2015.jpg
Stan at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015
Born (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 34)
Constanța, Romania
Alma mater Rutgers University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Home town Rockland County, New York, U.S.

Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-American[1] actor, known for his role as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On television, Stan portrayed Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin in Kings, Jefferson in Once Upon a Time, and T.J. Hammond in the miniseries Political Animals. His role in Political Animals earned him a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. In 2015, he co-starred in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash, Ridley Scott's The Martian, and Bryan Buckley's The Bronze.

Early life[edit]

Stan was born in Constanța, Romania. He has stated that his parents divorced when he was 2 years old.[2] At age 8, Stan and his mother, Georgeta Orlovschi, moved to Vienna, Austria following the Romanian Revolution,[3] where Georgeta was employed as a pianist. 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.[4]

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]


Stan at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2013

After several film and television roles, including The Covenant and Gossip Girl, Stan landed a lead role in the 2009 series Kings as Jack Benjamin. In 2010, he appeared in Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller, Black Swan.[5] Stan also began filming the supernatural horror film The Apparition in February that year;[6] the film was released on August 24, 2012. Stan played Blaine, the main antagonist of Hot Tub Time Machine in March 2010. In July 2011, he portrayed Bucky Barnes in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the Marvel Comics character. It was his first film in a nine-picture contract he has with Marvel Studios.[7]

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.[8] He also appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals as the troubled gay son of the former first lady.[9] This role resulted in a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.

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.[10] In 2014, Stan reprised his role as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[11] In 2015, Stan played Joshua Brummel in Ricki and the Flash, and co-starred in The Martian, as NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck.[12] He reprised his role as the Winter Soldier in the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, released in 2016, and will portray the character in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and its untitled sequel in 2019.[13]

Stan will portray Charles Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name.[14] He will also star alongside J. K. Simmons in the drama film I'm Not Here,[15] and has been cast as a NASCAR driver in Steven Soderbergh's comedy film Logan Lucky.[16] He is set to portray Jeff Gillooly, alongside Margot Robbie, in Craig Gillespie's biopic I, Tonya, based on the rivalry between figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Stan dated his Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester from 2008 and 2010,[18] and his Once Upon a Time co-star Jennifer Morrison from May 2012 to August 2013.[19][20] Since 2014, he has been dating his Spread co-star Margarita Levieva.[21]

BuddyTV ranked him #30 on its list of TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2009,[22] and #36 in 2012.[23] He was also included in the list of TV's 25 Sexiest Brothers, ranking ninth.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tony n' Tina's Wedding Johnny Nunzio
2005 Red Doors Simon
2006 The Architect Martin Waters
2006 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
2010 Black Swan Andrew / Suitor
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Bucky Barnes
2012 Gone Billy
2012 The Apparition Ben Curtis
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
2015 The Bronze Lance Tucker
2015 Ant-Man Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Post-credits scene; cameo
2015 Ricki and the Flash Joshua Brummel
2015 The Martian Dr. Chris Beck
2016 Captain America: Civil War Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
2017 Logan Lucky In post-production
2017 I'm Not Here Steve In post-production
2017 We Have Always Lived in the Castle Charles Blackwood In post-production
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Filming
2018 I, Tonya Jeff Gillooly Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order Justin Capshaw Episode: "Sheltered"
2007–10 Gossip Girl Carter Baizen 11 episodes
2009 Kings Jack Benjamin 12 episodes
2012 Once Upon a Time The Mad Hatter / Jefferson 6 episodes
2012 Political Animals T.J. Hammond Miniseries; 6 episodes
2012 Labyrinth Will Franklin Miniseries; 2 episodes
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Clay Appuzzo Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2008 "Wake Up Call" Hayden Panettiere

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Political Animals Nominated [25]
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated [26]
Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (vs. Chris Evans) Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nominated [27]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry Captain America: Civil War Nominated

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. ^ "E8: Sebastian Stan (Captain America) Pt 1: Relationships...". The Drop-In with Will Malnati. SoundCloud. May 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sebastian Stan talking for Romanian television ProTV (with English subtitle)". Pro TV. YouTube. December 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Nicholson, Amy (July 26, 2011). "Interview with Sebastian Stan". Box Office. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (December 4, 2009). "Aronofsky's Black Swan Cast Expands by One". Dread Central. 
  6. ^ "Two More Catch a Glimpse of Dark Castle's 'Apparition'!". Bloody Disgusting. January 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ Shaw-Williams, Hannah (March 14, 2014). "'Captain America 2' Actor Sebastian Stan has 9-Picture Marvel Deal". Screen Rant.
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Rose, Lacey (March 15, 2012). "'Gossip Girl's' Sebastian Stan Joins USA's 'Political Animals'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 14, 2013). "THEATER REVIEW; 'Picnic' at American Airline Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Graser, Marc (July 16, 2012). "Mackie mulls Falcon in 'Captain America'". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Kay, Jeremy (May 6, 2016). "J. K. Simmons stars in 'I'm Not Here'". Screen Daily. 
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (August 31, 2016). "'Captain America's' Sebastian Stan Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 13, 2016). "Sebastian Stan To Play Jeff Gillooly In 'I, Tonya'". 
  18. ^ "Source: Leighton Meester "Still Friends" With Ex Despite Split". Us Weekly. April 9, 2010. 
  19. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan". 
  20. ^ McRady, Rachel (November 3, 2013). "Jennifer Morrison, Sebastian Stan Split: Once Upon a Time Costars Broke Up Four Months Ago". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ Marquina, Sierra (July 31, 2014). "Sebastian Stan and Margarita Levieva Are Dating!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  22. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2009: #50-#1". BuddyTV. 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  23. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2012". BuddyTV. 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "TV's 25 Sexiest Brothers". BuddyTV. 2013. 
  25. ^ "Nominees for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards". Critics' Choice Awards. June 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Online Film & Television Association Awards (2012–13)". OFTA. 
  27. ^ Wickman, Kate (March 4, 2015). "Here Are Your 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees". MTV News. 

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