Chris Evans (actor)

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Chris Evans
Chris Evans SDCC 2014.jpg
BornChristopher Robert Evans
(1981-06-13) June 13, 1981 (age 33)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active2000–present
RelativesScott Evans (brother)
Mike Capuano (uncle)
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Chris Evans
Chris Evans SDCC 2014.jpg
BornChristopher Robert Evans
(1981-06-13) June 13, 1981 (age 33)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active2000–present
RelativesScott Evans (brother)
Mike Capuano (uncle)

Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans (born June 13, 1981)[1] is an American actor and film director. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as Johnny Storm / Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007); and Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Evans began his career on the television series Opposite Sex (2000), moving to film in 2001 with Not Another Teen Movie.

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, Bob, 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]

Evans graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.[3] He and his siblings were raised Catholic.[10][11]


After filming wrapped on Not Another Teen Movie,[12] 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.[13] He then played the superhero the Human Torch in the 2005 comic book adaptation Fantastic Four. Evans reprised the role of the Human Torch in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[14] That year, he starred as engineer-turned-astronaut Mace in Danny Boyle's science-fiction film Sunshine.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] Also that year, Evans appeared in Sylvain White's The Losers, an adaptation of the comic-book series from the DC Comics imprint Vertigo.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20][21] There were initially scheduling conflicts, as both films were set to film in the summer of 2010.[22] With actress Evan Rachel Wood, he was part of a 2011 advertising campaign for the perfume Gucci Guilty,[23] and the cologne Guilty pour Homme.[24]

Evans had signed on to appear in multiple films as Captain America, and first reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers.[20] He next starred opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, replacing James Franco, who had dropped out.[25] Evans wore a long wig and grew out a beard for the role.[26] He starred in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's English-language film Snowpiercer.[27]

In 2014, Evans starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[28] He also starred opposite Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy Playing It Cool.[29] His directorial debut, Before We Go,[30] debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

His upcoming films include the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.[31][32] 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,[33] and believes he will be finished playing Captain America in 2017.[30]

Personal life[edit]

From 2004 to 2006, Evans dated actress Jessica Biel[34] He also dated actress Minka Kelly,[35] in September 2012 after briefly dating her in 2007 but broke up again in October 2013.[36]

He is also a supporter of LGBT rights,[37] and has a great interest in the philosophies of Buddhism.[38]


Evans on the film set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2013
2000The NewcomersJudd
2001Not Another Teen MovieJake Wyler
2003Paper Boy, TheThe Paper BoyBen HarrisShort film
2004Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect ScoreKyle Curtis
2004CellularRyan Hewitt
2005Fierce PeopleBryce Langley
2005Fantastic FourJohnny Storm / Human Torch
2007TMNTCasey JonesVoice only
2007SunshineRobert Mace
2007Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferJohnny Storm / Human Torch
2007Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny DiariesHayden "Harvard Hottie"
2007Battle for TerraStewart StantonVoice only
2008Street KingsDetective Paul Diskant
2009PushNick Gant
2009Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop DiamondJimmy Dobyne
2010Losers, TheThe LosersJake Jensen
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldLucas Lee
2011PunctureMichael David "Mike" Weiss
2011Captain America: The First AvengerSteve Rogers / Captain America
2011What's Your Number?Colin Shea
2012Avengers, TheThe AvengersSteve Rogers / Captain America
2013The IcemanRobert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge
2013SnowpiercerCurtis Everett
2013Thor: The Dark WorldSteve Rogers / Captain AmericaUncredited Cameo
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierSteve Rogers / Captain America
2014Playing It CoolNarrator
2014Before We GoNick VaughanDirector and producer; completed
2015Avengers: Age of UltronSteve Rogers / Captain AmericaPost-production
2000Opposite SexCary BastonLead Role
2000Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveZack LardnerEpisode: "Guilt"
2001Boston PublicNeil MavromatesEpisode: "Chapter Nine"
2002EastwickAdamTV pilot
2003SkinBrianEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: "Monstourage"
2009Attack of the Show!HimselfEpisode: "1.906"
2015Marvel's Agent CarterSteve Rogers / Captain Americavia archival footage from Captain America: The First Avenger
Video Games
2005Fantastic FourJohnny Storm / The Human TorchVoice only
2011Captain America: Super SoldierSteve Rogers / Captain AmericaVoice only

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardResult
2005Fantastic FourMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen TeamWon
2007Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action AdventureWon
2007Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: RumbleWon
2011Captain America: The First AvengerScream Awards Best SuperheroWon
2011Captain America: The First AvengerSaturn Award for Best ActorNominated
2011Captain America: The First AvengerPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Movie SuperheroNominated
2011Captain America: The First AvengerMTV Movie Award for Best HeroNominated
2011Captain America: The First AvengerTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: FightNominated
2011Captain America: The First AvengerTeen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: MaleNominated
2012Avengers, TheThe AvengersTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Male Scene StealerNominated
2013The AvengersPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie StarNominated
2013The AvengersPeoples Choice Award for Favorite Movie SuperheroNominated
2013The AvengersMTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with cast)Won
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyNominated
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action MovieNominated
2015Captain America: The Winter SoldierPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie ActorWon
2015Captain America: The Winter SoldierPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Duo (with Scarlett Johansson)Nominated


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