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Chris Evans (actor)

Chris Evans (actor)

Christopher Robert Evans[1] (born June 13, 1981)[2] is an American actor. He first gained attention in 2005 as the Marvel Comics character Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and its 2007 sequel and later gained further worldwide attention for his portrayal of Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who appeared in twelve films including five cameos. His work in the former film series established him as one of the highest-paid actors in the world.[3]

Evans began his career on the 2000 television series Opposite Sex. Besides his superhero films, he has appeared in such films as Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Sunshine (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Snowpiercer (2013), and Gifted (2017). In 2014, he made his directorial debut with the drama film Before We Go, in which he also starred.[4] In 2018, Evans made his Broadway debut in a production of Lobby Hero.

Chris Evans
Christopher Robert Evans

(1981-06-13)June 13, 1981
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationLincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Years active1997–present
RelativesScott Evans (brother)
Mike Capuano (uncle)
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Early life

Evans was born in Boston, Massachusetts,[5] and raised in the town of Sudbury.[6] His mother, Lisa (née Capuano), is an artistic director at the Concord Youth Theater,[7][8] and his father, G. Robert Evans III, is a dentist.[9]

He has two sisters, Carly and Shanna, and a younger brother, Scott.[9][10] Carly is 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,[7][11] while Scott is an actor who was featured on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Their uncle, Mike Capuano, represented the same Massachusetts Congressional district formerly represented by Tip O'Neill.[12] His mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent, while his father is of half British and half German ancestry.[12][13][14] He and his siblings were raised Catholic.[13][14]

Evans graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.[6] He moved to New York City and took classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[15]


Evans at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Evans at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Evans's first credited appearance was in a short educational video titled Biodiversity: Wild About Life! in 1997.[16] 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.[17]

[[File:Chris Evans - Captain America 2 press conference (cropped).jpg|thumb|upright|Evans at a press conference for Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014]] After filming wrapped on Not Another Teen Movie,[18] 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 drug user Syd with relationship problems.[19] He then played the superhero Johnny Storm, 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.[20] That year, he starred as engineer-turned-astronaut Mace in Danny Boyle's science-fiction film Sunshine.[21]

In 2008, Evans appeared as Detective Paul Diskant 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.[22] 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.[23] Also that year, Evans appeared in Sylvain White's The Losers, an adaptation of the comic-book series from the DC Comics imprint Vertigo.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26][27] There were initially scheduling conflicts, as both films were set to film in mid-2010.[28] Evans had signed on to appear in multiple films as Captain America, and first reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers.[26]

He next starred opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, replacing James Franco, who had dropped out.[29] Evans wore a long wig and grew out a beard for the role.[30] He starred in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's English-language film Snowpiercer.[31]

In 2014, Evans starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[32] He starred opposite Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy Playing It Cool.[33] His directorial debut, Before We Go,[34] debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[4] In 2015, he played Captain America again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and reprised the role in the 2016 sequel Captain America: Civil War,[35][36] as well as in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, and its 2019 sequel, Avengers: Endgame.[37]

Evans said in March 2014 that once his contract with Marvel is up, he might consider doing less acting so he could work more on directing.[38][34] In September 2015, he said he would be willing to sign on for more films as Captain America after Infinity War if Marvel wanted to extend his contract.[39] However, he has since stated that he will leave the role after Avengers: Endgame.[40]

Evans starred in the family drama Gifted in 2017. He made his Broadway debut in Lobby Hero, directed by Trip Cullman, which opened in March 2018 at the Helen Hayes Theatre as a part of Second Stage Theatre's first Broadway season.[41][42]

He has a number of upcoming projects. He will star as an Israeli Mossad agent in the thriller film The Red Sea Diving Resort and appear in murder mystery film Knives Out, which is scheduled for release in November 2019.[43] In addition, he is attached to sci-fi film Infinite, and will produce and star in the Defending Jacob series.[44]

Personal life

Evans is a fan of the New England Patriots and narrated America's Game: The Story of the 2014 New England Patriots[45] and America's Game: 2016 Patriots.[46]

Although raised Catholic, he has expressed pantheistic views[14] and a great interest in the philosophies of Buddhism.[47]

In 2017, Evans was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[48]

While filming Gifted in 2015, Evans adopted a dog named Dodger from a local animal shelter at which part of the movie was shot.[49]


Evans and Scarlett Johansson at a USO tour event in December 2016

Evans and Scarlett Johansson at a USO tour event in December 2016

Evans is a supporter of gay marriage. In 2012 he said, "Are you kidding me? It's insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It's embarrassing, and it's heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I'm completely in support of gay marriage. In ten years we'll be ashamed that this was an issue."[50]

Evans endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.[51] He has since criticized President Donald Trump.[52]

After Alabama passed the Human Life Protection Act, which imposes a near-total ban on abortions in the state, Evans wrote on Twitter that the bill was "absolutely unbelievable" and continued by saying, "If you're not worried about Roe v. Wade, you're not paying attention."[53]



1997Biodiversity: Wild About Life!RickShort film
2000The NewcomersJudd
2001Not Another Teen MovieJake Wyler
The Paper Boy
Ben HarrisShort film
The Perfect Score
2005Fierce PeopleBryce Langley
Fantastic FourJohnny Storm / Human Torch
2007Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
TMNTCasey JonesVoice role
SunshineJames Mace
The Nanny Diaries
Hayden "Harvard Hottie"
Battle for TerraStewart StantonVoice role
2008Street KingsDetective Paul Diskant
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
Jimmy Dobyne
2009PushNick Gant
The Losers
Jake Jensen
Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldLucas Lee
2011PunctureMichael David "Mike" Weiss
What's Your Number?Colin Shea
Captain America: The First AvengerSteve Rogers / Captain America
The Avengers
The IcemanRobert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge
2013SnowpiercerCurtis Everett
Thor: The Dark WorldLoki masquerading as Steve Rogers / Captain AmericaUncredited cameo[54]
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierSteve Rogers / Captain America
Before We GoNick VaughanAlso director and producer
2015Playing It CoolMe
Avengers: Age of UltronSteve Rogers / Captain America
Ant-ManUncredited post-credits scene cameo[55]
2016Captain America: Civil War
2017GiftedFrank Adler
Spider-Man: HomecomingSteve Rogers / Captain AmericaCameo[56]
2018Avengers: Infinity War
2019Captain MarvelUncredited mid-credits scene cameo[57]
Avengers: Endgame
The Red Sea Diving ResortAri Levinson
Knives OutRansom Drysdale-Thrombey


2000Opposite SexCary Baston8 episodes
The Fugitive
Zack LardnerEpisode: "Guilt"
2001Boston PublicNeil MavromatesEpisode: "Chapter Nine"
2003SkinBrianEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: "Monstourage"
TBADefending JacobAndy BarberIn production; eight episodes


2018Lobby Hero[58]BillHelen Hayes Theatre

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
2005Fantastic FourJohnny Storm / Human Torch
2011Captain America: Super SoldierSteve Rogers / Captain America

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2005MTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamFantastic FourNominated
2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action AdventureFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferNominated
Choice Movie: RumbleNominated
2011Scream AwardsBest SuperheroCaptain America: The First AvengerWon
Saturn AwardsBest ActorNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Movie SuperheroNominated
MTV Movie AwardsMTV Movie Award for Best HeroNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer Movie Star: MaleNominated
2012Choice Movie: FightNominated
Choice Movie: Male Scene StealerThe AvengersNominated
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite Action Movie StarNominated
Favorite Movie SuperheroNominated
MTV Movie AwardsBest Fight (shared with cast)Won
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyCaptain America: The Winter SoldierNominated[60]
Choice Movie: Chemistry(shared with Anthony Mackie)Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock(shared with Scarlett Johansson)Nominated
Young Hollywood AwardsSuper SuperheroNominated[61]
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite Movie Duo(shared with Scarlett Johansson)Nominated[62]
Favorite Action Movie ActorWon
Critics' Choice AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieNominated[63]
Saturn AwardsBest ActorNominated[64]
MTV Movie AwardsBest Fight(Evans vs. Sebastian Stan)Nominated[65]
Best Kiss(shared with Scarlett Johansson)Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Scene StealerAvengers: Age of UltronWon[66]
2016Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActorNominated[67]
MTV Movie AwardsBest HeroNominated[68]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyCaptain America: Civil WarWon[69]
Choice Movie: Chemistry
(shared with Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jeremy Renner)
Choice Movie: Liplock(shared with Emily VanCamp)Nominated
Critics' Choice AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieNominated[70]
2017People's Choice AwardsFavorite Action Movie ActorNominated[71]
Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActorNominated[72]
Favorite Butt-KickerWon
Favorite Frenemies(shared with Robert Downey Jr.)Nominated
#SQUAD(shared with cast)Nominated
Saturn AwardsBest ActorNominated[73]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: DramaGiftedNominated[74]
2018Drama League AwardsDistinguished PerformanceLobby HeroNominated[75]
Broadway.com Audience AwardsFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayWon[76]


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