Sebastian Stan

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Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan TIFF 2015.jpg
Stan at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
Born ( 1982-08-13) 13 August 1982 (age 33)
Constanța, Romania
Alma mater Rutgers University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian American[1] actor, known for his role as James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also appeared in the 2010 film Black Swan. On television, Stan portrayed Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin on Kings, Jefferson on Once Upon a Time, and T.J. Hammond on the miniseries Political Animals. His role on 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 and Ridley Scott's The Martian.

Early life[edit]

Stan was born in Constanța, Romania. At age 8, he and his mother moved to Vienna, Austria, 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 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.

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 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. In July 2011, 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. 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.[6] In 2014, Stan reprised his role as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[7]

In 2015, Stan played Joshua in Ricki and the Flash,[8] and co-starred in The Martian, as NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck. He will reprise his Winter Soldier character in the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, set for 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Stan was involved with his Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester between 2008 and 2010,[10] and dated his Once Upon a Time co-star Jennifer Morrison from May 2012 to August 2013.[11] He began dating his Spread co-star Margarita Levieva in mid-2014.[12]


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 Bronze, TheThe Bronze Lance Tucker
2015 Ant-Man Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Post-credits scene; cameo
2015 Ricki and the Flash Joshua
2015 Martian, TheThe Martian Dr. Chris Beck
2016 Captain America: Civil War Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order Justin Capshaw Episode: "Sheltered"
2007–10 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; 6 episodes
2012 Labyrinth Will Franklin Miniseries; 2 episodes
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. 
  10. ^ Retrieved 18 November 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan". 
  12. ^ Marquina, Sierra (2014-07-31). "Sebastian Stan and Margarita Levieva Are Dating! - Us Weekly". Retrieved 2015-09-27. 

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