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Chris Evans

Birth Name: 
Christopher Robert Evans
Birthday: 
Saturday, June 13, 1981
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Birth Place: 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Chris Evans - not to be confused with the British DJ and wild man of the same name - began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theater. But it was his rapid rise to stardom that was unusual. Bitten by the acting bug in the first grade because his older sister, Carly, started performing, Evans followed suit and began appearing in school plays. From there, it was a quick jump to theater camp and later an internship for a casting office - a position he held one summer while living in a hole-in-the-wall in Brooklyn, New York. Once Evans made friends with a few agents on the job, it was a straight shot to television and blockbuster features.

Originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, the Evans family moved to suburban Sudbury when he was 11 years-old. While at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, his obvious talent led others to lavish praise and encouragement on him, particularly his drama teacher, who cited his performance as "Leontes" in "The Winter's Tale" as exemplary of his skill. After more school plays and regional theater, he moved to New York and attended the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. On the advice of friends, he landed an internship at a casting office and befriended a couple of the agents he regularly communicated with - one of whom later took him on as a client. The screen - not the stage - then became his focus; Evans soon began auditioning for feature films and series television.

Evans made one of his first appearances on "The Fugitive" (2000) (CBS, 2000-2001), a remake of the 1960s series and feature film starring Harrison Ford. In the episode "Guilt", Evans played the son of a small-town sheriff who tries to exact revenge after Dr. Kimble - incognito as a liquor store owner - refuses to sell him and his friends alcohol. After small roles in Cherry Falls (2000) and The Newcomers (2000) - two unknown low-budget features - Evans appeared in "Boston Public" (2000) (Fox, 2000-2004) as a murder suspect. He then appeared in his first major feature, Not Another Teen Movie (2001), a tiresome spoof on teen comedies wherein he played a jock who makes a bet that he can turn an unpopular and unkempt girl (Chyler Leigh) into prom queen.

After filming a couple of television pilots he was confident would be successful - Just Married (2003) and Eastwick (2002) (TV) - he appeared in another listless teen comedy, The Perfect Score (2004), playing an average, ho-hum student who takes part in a plot to steal the SAT test. Hijinks naturally ensue. Then, Evans broke through to the Big Time, grabbing the lead in the kidnapping thriller, Cellular (2004), a suspenseful B movie with a cheesy gimmick - a random wrong number on his cell phone forces him into a high-stakes race to save an unknown woman's life. Despite an unassuming performance from Evans and Kim Basinger as the damsel in distress, Cellular (2004) failed to break any box office records or please a wide majority of critics. Evans then prepared himself for super stardom when he signed on to play "Johnny Storm" (a.k.a. The Human Torch)in Fantastic Four (2005), 20th Century Fox's long-awaited adaptation of the Marvel comic. Although the film was wildly uneven and disappointing, Evans nearly stole the show with his energetic, unfettered performance. (IMDb)

Interviews

Chris Evans: The Interview (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS EVANS FOR THE BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASE OF MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER    ... Read more
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News

Russo Brothers in Final Talks to Direct 'Captain America 2'

Anthony and Joe Russo are close to finalizing a deal to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel Studios.... Read more
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Marvels 'The Avengers' assembles on Twitter

Marvel Studios announced today that they will be sponsoring a Global Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. (PST) with cast members and the director of their highly anticipated action-adventure “Marvel’s The Avengers,” opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.... Read more
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Captain America Gets Title Change Due to World Sensitivities

These are challenging times for America. And challenging times call for heroes. Like Captain America. But because these are also sensitive times, even heroes need to change their names.... Read more
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A First Look At Captain America

Looks like the US Army isn’t quite as good as keeping a tight rein on its secrets: either that, or Marvel is angling for a little easy publicity. But either way the first images of what Chris Evans will apparently look like as Captain America have hit the Interwebs.... Read more
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Confirmed! Hugo Weaving is taking on Captain America as Red Skull

Back in March, Hugo Weaving was in talks to play Red Skull in the Captain America film. Today, Marvel Studios is confirming that the actor will definitely be playing the villain opposite Chris Evans as Captain America.... Read more
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Reviews

The Avengers

Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Studios has been teasing us with hints of the Avengers Initiative. With Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) silently pulling the strings in the background and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as his right hand man, S.H.I.E.L.D.... Read more
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What's Your Number? (BLU-RAY)

Finding that special person in your life is something that Ally Darling (played by Anna Faris) has not been able to do. All around her she sees her friends in relationships and now her sister Daisy (played by Ari Graynor) is getting married to her old high school sweetheart.... Read more
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What's Your Number?

Whether you want to believe it or not, everyone has a number. For some, that number is low while for others, that number may be in the double digits. Does your number change who you are as a person, though?... Read more
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Captain America: The First Avenger

Ever since Iron Man made his big screen debut way back in 2008, we’ve been teased with The Avengers.... Read more
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (BLU-RAY)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is probably one of my favorite movies of 2010. It combines fighting, comedy, and video games all in one action-packed adventure.... Read more
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Videos

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Special Look)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Special Look)

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Teaser Trailer)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Teaser Trailer)

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the vill... Read more
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Playing It Cool (Trailer #1)

Playing It Cool (Trailer #1)

Playing It Cool starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Ashley Tisdale, Anthony Mackie ... Read more
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (TV Spot 4)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (TV Spot 4)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (In Pursuit)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (In Pursuit)

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