The Biography of Chris Evans

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April 3rd, 2014

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Chris Evans is an actor whose roles as superheroes have catapulted his career to stardom. He is best known as the Human Torch in "Fantastic Four" and Captain America in "Captain America." This biography outlines his early life, his acting career and his personal life.

Early Life

Although Chris Evans was born on June 13, 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts, he was raised in Sudbury since age 11 with his parents, two sisters and a brother. His parents both worked. While his father was a dentist, he took after his mother who was an artistic director for the Concord Youth Theater. It was his experience in the drama department at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School that started him on his journey in acting. His first role was in a school performance of "The Winter's Tale" when he portrayed Leontes.

After graduating from high school, he attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. He was an intern at a casting office when he first met and befriended some agents who later benefited him when he decided to concentrate his considerable skills on screen acting.

Acting Career

Through his friendship with a casting agent, Evans started auditioning for small roles. His first break came in the short-lived TV series "Opposite Sex," where he played Cary Baston. He then played some small roles in the TV series "The Fugitive" and "Boston Public" and movie "The Newcomers." He first started to taste fame, though, in 2001 when he played Jake Wyler in "Not Another Teen Movie," which is a parody of popular teen movies. Not long after, he played opposite Scarlett Johansson in "The Perfect Score" as Kyle, one of six students who attempt to steal the SAT test answers. He continued his acting career by playing the role of Ryan in the movie "Cellular" where he helps to rescue a kidnap victim by answering a call from a wrong number. Later, he landed roles in two independent films, "Fierce People" and "London."

In 2005, Evans really hit blockbuster fame when he played the Human Torch in "Fantastic Four," adapted from the comic book of the same name by Marvel Comics. His character, Johnny Storm, along with four others are ordinary astronauts who gain superpowers after they are exposed to cosmic radiation. Unfortunately, one of the astronauts decides to use his power for evil instead of good, forcing the remaining four to turn into superheroes in order to fight his villainous plans. Evans reprised this role two years later in the 2007 sequel, "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer." In this movie, Johnny Storm and his fellows must join forces with a mysterious alien in order to keep a much bigger threat from consuming the planet.

Chris Evans spent the following years working on a multitude of projects ranging from romantic comedy to independent films and thrillers. He again costarred with Scarlett Johansson in "Nanny Diaries," a movie based off a best-selling book about a woman's adventures working as a nanny. His other chick-flick movie was "What's Your Number?" This romantic comedy is about a girl named Ally Darling, played by Anna Faris, who is looking for her true love, Colin Shea, played by Evans. Other roles that he played included Mace in "Sunshine," Detective Paul Diskant in "Street Kings," Jimmy in "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," Nick Gant in "Push," Jensen in "The Losers," Lucas Lee in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and Mike Weiss in "Puncture."

In 2011, Chris Evans became a superhero again, playing Steve Rogers in "Captain America: The First Avenger." In this movie, Evan's character, Steve Rogers, is an American-created super soldier during World War II. He played Captain America again in "The Avengers," where he allies himself with Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor in order to save the world from the armies of Loki. He will reprise his role as Captain America in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," slated for release in 2014 and 2015.

Personal Life

Although Chris Evans has dated in his personal life, notably Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly, he is currently single.

Chris Evans is a dynamic actor who has moved quickly in the world of Hollywood to become a favorite. After his Captain America films, he plans to focus on directing with the independent film "1:30 Train" as his first foray. This movie is about a young woman who gets mugged and lost in the seedy underbelly of New York City when she misses her train. Hopefully, this will be the first of many directorial successes in his career.