Chris Evans is an American actor best known for playing comic book superhero Captain America on the big screen.
Who Is Chris Evans?
Born and raised in the Boston area, Chris Evans landed his first major film role in the spoof Not Another Teen Movie. He played the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four flicks, but it was his turn as another superhero that propelled him to fame in the enormously successful Captain America and The Avengers blockbusters. Evans also earned acclaim for his performance in the dystopian Snowpiercer and made a well-received Broadway debut in 2018.
Chris Evans arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Captain America The Winter Soldier’ held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13, 2014, in Hollywood, California.
Christopher Robert Evans was born on June 13, 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the nearby town of Sudbury. While his dad, Robert, provided financial stability as a dentist, Evans and his three siblings were drawn to the performing arts world of their mother, Lisa, a dancer turned youth theater director. As Evans recalled, “We were like the von Trapps [from The Sound of Music], all singing and dancing.”
A natural athlete, Evans wrestled and played lacrosse at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, when not invested in his school or community theater. He spent the summer before his senior year of high school interning for a casting company in New York City, making valuable contacts and honing his skills at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Eager to return, the aspiring actor sped through his senior year to graduate a half semester ahead of his classmates.
‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers’
In July 2011, Evans joined the burgeoning Marvel Cinematic Universe empire with Captain America: The First Avenger. As Steve Rogers, the scrawny but dutiful serviceman who undergoes a massive physical transformation to become the titular super soldier, Evans capably displayed the earnestness central to his character, along with the eye-popping physique and fighting skills requisite for a modern action star.
The First Avenger was just the start of the MCU run for Evans, who joined Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and other big-name actors, both in and out of costume, for the superhero blockbuster The Avengers (2012). Evans went on to headline the sequels of his own Captain America franchise with TheWinter Soldier (2014) and Civil War (2016), while also leading the charge for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and surfacing in other Marvel features, like Ant-Man(2015) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
Initially reluctant to wield the Captain’s shield due to the extended commitment, Evans was ready to move on by the time his contract drew to a close, with Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and a yet-to-be-titled follow-up, scheduled for a 2019 release, expected to be his final performances as America’s super soldier.
Early Roles: ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ to ‘Cellular’
Evans’ first major film role came in Not Another Teen Movie (2001), a spoof of high school dramas like She’s All That (1999) and earlier predecessors. As football star Jake Wyler, he follows the formulaic procedure of accepting a bet to date the nerdy, glasses-wearing girl, delivering a silly highlight by squirting on the whipped cream bikini made famous by Ali Larter in Varsity Blues (1999).
He followed with another high school comedy, The Perfect Score (2004), as part of a group of students who steal the answers to an SAT exam, and then the action-thriller Cellular (2004), where he showed his future leading man chops by helping to rescue Kim Basinger from her captors.
‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and Other Comic Adaptations
Prior to his star-making turn in Captain America, Evans went the superhero route for Fantastic Four (2005), as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. The film was a commercial success, but a downturn at the box office for Rising of the Silver Surfer(2007), along with another round of largely negative reviews, led to the cancellation of a third installment.
Returning to a comic-sourced material, Evans provided voice work for the animated TMNT (2007), as the boyfriend of the Ninja Turtles’ colleague, April O’Neil. He later co-starred in the action comedy The Losers (2010), which drew mixed reviews despite a strong cast, and landed a supporting role in the entertaining Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), as an over-the-top version of the Hollywood action hero he had become.
Meanwhile, the actor took advantage of the all-American good looks and charm that made him a natural for romantic comedies. He played the “Harvard Hottie” of past and future co-star Scarlett Johannson in The Nanny Diaries (2007), before becoming the ideal match for Anna Faris in What’s Your Number? (2011).
Drama and Sci-Fi: ‘London’ to ‘Sunshine’
Coming off his early teen films, Evans showed he could handle weightier fare with London (2005), as a junkie struggling to get over his ex-girlfriend. He later took on Tennessee Williams in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008), with Bryce Dallas Howard, and portrayed a real-life lawyer and drug addict who goes after the pharmaceutical industry in Puncture (2010).
On the sci-fi front, Evans co-starred in Danny Boyle’s little-seen but critically acclaimed Sunshine (2007), as an engineer on a space mission to jumpstart the dying sun. His effort was praised by its director, who called Evans “a bit of a Mary Poppins — he can pull anything out of the bag.” He then played a telekinetic in Push (2009), though his performance was drowned out by a confusing plot.
‘Iceman,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘The Gifted’
Despite his Marvel commitments requiring much of his energy, Evans found the time for other screen projects to his liking. Iceman (2012) gave him the chance to overturn his squeaky-clean superhero image as a contract killer who assists Michael Shannon’s sadistic hitman. Snowpiercer (2013) placed him back in leading man territory, albeit as an antihero in a dystopian future.
The actor made his directing debut with Before We Go, a tepidly received romantic comedy that premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Another rom-com, Playing It Cool (2015) also failed to make much of a mark, but The Gifted(2017) fared far better, with Evans playing the guardian of a mathematics prodigy.
Evans was next slated to star as an Israeli agent in The Red Sea Diving Resort, based on the real-life rescue and transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981.
Evans checks in at a cool $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The bulk of his fortune has come from his Marvel Cinematic involvement, though it took a little while to get there, after reportedly receiving a relatively modest $300,000 for his first Captain America movie.
• One of his first jobs was working for a private detective agency.
• Began his career in radio in 1983, working at the former Piccadilly Radio station in Manchester, England.
• Then-girlfriend Billie Piper proposed to him on his 35th birthday; the pair married in a Las Vegas ceremony that was only attended by six people.
• Banned from driving for 56 days after being charged for speeding in 2001.
• After playing golf in the AllStar Cup in 2005, he gave his 17-year-old caddy a diamond that he had won, which was worth 10,000 British pounds.
• Earned his helicopter private pilot license in 2008.
• Founded CarFest in 2012, which raises money for Children in Need.
• Is an ambassador for The Scout Association.
• Natasha Shishmanian — Ex-wife
• Martin Evans — Father
• Minnie Evans — Mother
• Alison Ward — Ex-significant Other
• Eli Alfred Michael Evans — Son
• David Evans — Brother
• Billie Piper — Ex-wife
• Jade Evans — Daughter
• Noah Nicholas Martin Evans — Son
• Diane — Sister
• Carol McGiffin — Ex-wife
1 “But my happiness in this world – my level of peace – is never
going to be dictated by acting.”
2 “For the youth, the indignation of most things will just surge as each birthday passes.”
3 “I decided to make ‘Captain America’ because I realized I wasn’t doing the film because it terrified me. You can’t make decisions based on fear.”
4 “All my good movies, nobody sees.”
5 “I am single and not looking to be in a relationship.”
6 “You know, the reward for ‘Captain America’ is amazing. It’s
always fun to see a giant spectacle film and see the fun stuff – the special effects.”
7 “I’ve managed to do movies and still keep a lifestyle where I can go to ballgames, go to a grocery store like everybody else.”
8 “I had no idea there were so many ways you could burn yourself out.”
9 “I always say that the times in my life when I’ve been happiest are the times when I’ve seen, like, a sunset.”
10 “I swear to God, if you saw me when I am by myself in the woods, I’m a lunatic. I sing, I dance.”