Chris Evans (actor)

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Chris Evans
Chris Evans - Captain America 2 press conference (cropped).jpg
Evans at a press conference for Captain America 2 in March 2014
Born Christopher Robert Evans
(1981-06-13) June 13, 1981 (age 32)
Sudbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 2000–present
Relatives Scott 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 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Marvel's The Avengers (2012) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and will reprise the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Evans began his career on the television series Opposite Sex (2000) and later moved to film, appearing in Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Fierce People (2005), Sunshine (2007), Push (2009), The Losers (2010), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and What's Your Number? (2011).

Early life[edit]

Chris Evans was born in Boston [2] and raised in the town of Sudbury.[3] His mother, Lisa Marie (née Capuano), is an artistic director at the Concord Youth Theater, and his father, G. Robert "Bob" Evans III, is a dentist.[4][5][6] He has two sisters, Carly, a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a high school drama and English teacher,[4] Shanna, and a younger brother, Scott,[5] who was featured on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Their maternal uncle, Mike Capuano, represents the same Massachusetts Congressional district formerly held by Tip O'Neill.[7][8] 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.[9][11]


Evans with Stan Lee at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

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,[13] and London, playing a strung-out drug user with relationship problems.[14] He then played the superhero known as 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.[15] That year, he starred as engineer-turned-astronaut Mace in Danny Boyle's science-fiction film Sunshine.[16]

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.[17] Also that year, Evans was ranked 474th in Forbes' "Star Currency" rankings, based on films' global box-office performance.[18]

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.[19] Also that year, Evans appeared in Sylvain White's The Losers, an adaptation of the comic-book series from the DC Comics imprint Vertigo.[20] 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 exes.[21]

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.[22][23] There were initially scheduling conflicts, as both films were set to film in the summer of 2010.[24] With actress Evan Rachel Wood, he was part of a 2011 advertising campaign for the perfume Gucci Guilty,[25] and the cologne Guilty pour Homme.[26]

Evans had signed on to appear in multiple films as Captain America, and first reprised the role in the 2012 film The Avengers.[22] He next starred opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, replacing James Franco, who had dropped out.[27] Evans wore a long wig and grew out a beard for the role.[28] He starred in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's English-language film Snowpiercer.[29]

In 2014, Evans starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[30] His upcoming films include his directorial debut, 1:30 Train,[31] and the sequel to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron.[32] Evans said in March 2014 that once his contract with Marvel is up, he plans to take a break from acting to work on directing and believes that he will be finished in 2017.[33][34]

Personal life[edit]

From 2004 to 2006, Evans dated actress Jessica Biel.[35] He also dated actress Minka Kelly[36] in September 2012 after briefly dating her in 2007 but broke up again in October 2013.[37]

He is also a supporter of LGBT rights,[38] and practices Buddhism.[39]


Evans on the film set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2013
Year Title Role Note
2000 The Newcomers Judd
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Jake Wyler
2003 Paper Boy, TheThe Paper Boy Ben Harris Short film
2004 Perfect Score, TheThe Perfect Score Kyle Curtis
2004 Cellular Ryan Hewitt
2005 Fierce People Bryce Langley
2005 Fantastic Four Johnny Storm / Human Torch
2005 London Syd
2007 TMNT Casey Jones Voice only
2007 Sunshine Robert Mace
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Johnny Storm / Human Torch
2007 Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Hayden "Harvard Hottie"
2007 Battle for Terra Stewart Stanton Voice only
2008 Street Kings Detective Paul Diskant
2009 Push Nick Gant
2009 Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Jimmy Dobyne
2010 Losers, TheThe Losers Jake Jensen
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Lucas Lee
2011 Puncture Michael David "Mike" Weiss
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Steve Rogers / Captain America
2011 What's Your Number? Colin Shea
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Steve Rogers / Captain America
2013 The Iceman Robert "Captain Freezy" Pronge
2013 Snowpiercer Curtis
2013 Thor: The Dark World Steve Rogers / Captain America (Loki Illusion) Cameo
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Steve Rogers / Captain America
2014 A Many Splintered Thing Narrator Post-production
2014 1:30 Train Pete Cooper Director and producer; Post-production
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Steve Rogers / Captain America Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Opposite Sex Cary Baston Lead Role
2000 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Zack Lardner Episode: "Guilt"
2001 Boston Public Neil Mavromates Episode: "Chapter Nine"
2002 Eastwick Adam TV pilot
2003 Skin Brian Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Monstourage"
2009 Attack of the Show! Himself Episode: "1.906"
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Year Title Role Notes
2005 Fantastic Four Johnny Storm / The Human Torch Voice only
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Steve Rogers / Captain America Voice only

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Fantastic Four MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team Won
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Won
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Rumble Won
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Scream Awards Best Superhero Won
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Superhero Nominated
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger MTV Movie Award for Best Hero Nominated
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fight Nominated
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Nominated
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer Nominated
2013 The Avengers People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Star Nominated
2013 The Avengers Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Movie Superhero Nominated
2013 The Avengers MTV Movie Award Movie of the Year (shared with cast) Won
2013 The Avengers MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with cast) Won


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