Christopher Robert “Chris” Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor and director. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
Evans began his career on the television series Opposite Sex (2000), moving to film in 2001 with Not Another Teen Movie. In 2013, he starred as the lead in the film Snowpiercer.
Chris Evans was born in Boston and raised in the town of Sudbury. His mother, Lisa (Capuano), is an artistic director at the Concord Youth Theater, and his father, Robert Evans, is a dentist. 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 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Shanna, and a younger brother, Scott, who was featured on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Their uncle, Mike Capuano, represents the same Massachusetts Congressional district formerly represented by Tip O’Neill. His mother is of half Italian and half Irish ancestry. He and his siblings were raised Catholic.
Evans graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. He moved to New York and took classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
From 2001 to 2006, Evans dated actress Jessica Biel. He is very close friends with his frequent co star Scarlett Johansson and has been in six films with her.
He is also a supporter of LGBT rights, and has a great interest in the philosophies of Buddhism.