Chris Evans Biography
A handsome young actor whose breakout role as a popular jock in Not Another Teen Movie found him in high demand, Chris Evans followed with a role in the moderately successful comedy The Perfect Score before truly coming into his own before the cameras.
Born in Sudbury, MA, Evans spent the majority of his childhood in Boston before his love of acting brought him to New York City the summer after his junior year of high school. It was during this time that the aspiring actor alternated between an internship at a casting office and summer acting classes.
With a little help from a contact he made that summer, Evans began auditioning shortly after graduating from high school. A supporting role in the short-lived television series Opposite Sex gave the up-and-comer his first break on the small screen, and a supporting role in the feature The Newcomers preceded an appearance in the popular prime-time drama Boston Public.
At this point it appeared as if everything was going smoothly for Evans, but his career would soon shift gears and kick into overdrive thanks to a featured role in the teen comedy parody Not Another Teen Movie.
Cast as the popular jock who transforms an ugly duckling into a popular princess, Evans ran with the role and proved a more than capable comic talent. If audiences had wondered where Evans had disappeared to in the following few years, their curiosities were answered when the young actor took a leading role in the moderately successful comedy The Perfect Score.
Though to many it may have seemed that Evans career had stalled somewhat, a role as an unsuspecting young man who receives a desperate phone call from a kidnapping victim in the 2004 thriller Cellular offered some relief from the seeming drought of choice roles.
A subsequent role in the same year’s The Orphan King served as a strong follow-up before hearty roles in such 2005 releases as Fierce People and The Fantastic Four found him leaning ever closer to becoming a true marquee draw.
He was then chosen to play the Human Torch in the 2005 comic book adaptation Fantastic Four. He was named ‘Male Superstar of Tomorrow’ at the 2005 Young Hollywood Awards. Evans reprised the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. That year he also starred as an engineer turned astronaut called Mace in Danny Boyle’s sci-fi film Sunshine, which brought him to the attention of directors as a serious acting talent.
In 2008, Evans appeared in Street Kings, co-starring Keanu Reeves, and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Ellen Burstyn. The latter is based on a play created by Tennessee Williams. Evans also appeared in the 2009 sci-fi thriller Push along with Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle. Evans performed his own fight scenes, which took weeks to film, and was bruised during filming. Evans was featured in an article in The Advocate for his role in Push.
In 2009, Evans was ranked 474th in Forbes’ “Star Currency” rankings based on the global box-office performance of his past films. In 2010, he filmed Puncture in Huston, Texas. Directed by Mark and Adam Kassen, it is described as a David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer Mark Weiss (played by Evans) who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Also in 2010, Evans appeared in Sylvain White’s The Losers, an adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics’ comic book series of the same name. Evans also appeared in another comic book adaption, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where he portrayed Lucas Lee, one of Ramona Flowers’ seven exes, whom Scott Pilgrim must defeat in order to win her affections. Evans is set to play the iconic Marvel comic book character Captain America in the upcoming films Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and at least two sequels to Captain America. Before that he is filming What’s Your Number? a comic romance staring Anna Faris filmed in his native Boston.Related Information: