Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-American actor. On television, he has played Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin in Kings, Jefferson in Once Upon a Time, and T.J. Hammond in Political Animals. The latter earned him a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.
|Education||Rutgers University, New Brunswick (BFA)|
Stan gained wide recognition for his role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and later also in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021). In 2015, he co-starred in Jonathan Demme's comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash and Ridley Scott's science fiction film The Martian. In 2017, he portrayed Jeff Gillooly in the biopic I, Tonya.
Stan was born in Constanța, Romania. His parents divorced when he was two years old. When he was eight, Stan and his mother, Georgeta Orlovschi, moved to Vienna, Austria, where Georgeta was employed as a pianist, following the Romanian Revolution. Four years later, they moved to Rockland County, New York, after his mother married the headmaster of a school in the United States. He was raised in the Romanian Orthodox Church.
During Stan's years at the Rockland school, he starred in productions including Harvey, Cyrano de Bergerac, Little Shop of Horrors, Over Here!, and West Side Story. He also attended the Stagedoor Manor summer camp where he was cast in many camp productions. It was then that he decided to take acting seriously and began to apply for acting programs at several universities. He was accepted to and attended Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, which also gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying acting at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. He graduated from Rutgers in 2005. Stan became a United States citizen in 2002.
After an appearance in the 1994 film 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, Stan's career began in earnest in 2003 with a role on Law & Order. This was followed by several film appearances, including Tony n' Tina's Wedding, The Architect, and The Covenant, before he earned a recurring role on Gossip Girl as Carter Baizen, beginning in 2007. Stan performed a lead role in the 2009 series Kings as Jack Benjamin. In 2010, he appeared in Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller Black Swan and in the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine as antagonist Blaine. In 2011, he portrayed Bucky Barnes in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the Marvel Comics character. Although it was his first film in the franchise, it was not part of the nine-picture contract he has with Marvel Studios. Stan later said that about a month after the film was released, he struggled with paying rent.
In 2012, he starred in the thriller Gone, the supernatural horror film The Apparition, and began a recurring role in Once Upon a Time as the Mad Hatter. The A.V. Club described his work in "Hat Trick", his premiere episode, as "excellent" and placed the episode in their list of the 30 best episodes of 2012 from the series that did not make their top list. It was initially reported the role would be recast for the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland due to Stan's commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Edward Kitsis revealed that due to fan backlash and respect for Stan's performance, the character would not be recast and the series would proceed without the character. The same year, he also appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals as the troubled gay son of the former First Lady, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. In 2013, Stan played Hal Carter in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of William Inge's Picnic at the American Airlines Theater in New York.
In 2014, Stan reprised his role as Bucky Barnes, now called Winter Soldier, in the first film of his nine-movie contract, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In 2015, he played Joshua Brummel in Ricki and the Flash, and co-starred in The Martian as NASA scientist Dr. Chris Beck and The Bronze as Lance Tucker. Stan reprised his role as the Winter Soldier in 2015's Ant Man, by making a cameo appearance, and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. In 2017, Stan co-starred as NASCAR driver Dayton White in Steven Soderbergh's caper comedy Logan Lucky, portrayed Jeff Gillooly in Craig Gillespie's biopic I, Tonya, and starred in the drama I'm Not Here.
In 2018, Stan again portrayed Winter Soldier in both Black Panther, as an uncredited cameo, and in Avengers: Infinity War. He then appeared opposite Nicole Kidman in the thriller film Destroyer. Stan portrayed Charles Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name. Stan's first film of 2019 was Avengers: Endgame, released in April, for which he reprised his role as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier. His second film of the year, Endings, Beginnings, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Stan is attached to a number of upcoming projects. He will star as protagonist Scott Huffman in the Vietnam War drama film The Last Full Measure, which is scheduled for release in January 2020. In addition, Stan will appear in Monday and The Chain. In February 2019, he replaced his Marvel co-star Chris Evans in the drama film The Devil All the Time, which premiered on Netflix in 2020. In April 2019, Disney confirmed a Marvel television series starring Stan and Anthony Mackie, called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, would be aired on Disney+ on March 19, 2021. In May 2019, Stan joined the cast of spy thriller The 355, which began filming in July 2019.
Stan is a supporter of many charitable organizations, such as Our Big Day Out, a nonprofit based in Romania that helps provide children with a higher quality of life. In February 2018, he thanked fans on behalf of the organization for participating in fundraising and awareness on Instagram. Another charity associated with Stan is the Ronald McDonald House. In 2020, he teamed up with Marvel co-star Anthony Mackie in attending the first Virtual Gala the charity hosted. Other charities supported by Stan include Dramatic Need and Save the Children.
|1994||71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance||Kid in Subway|
|2004||Tony n' Tina's Wedding||Johnny Nunzio|
|2006||The Architect||Martin Waters|
|The Covenant||Chase Collins|
|2007||The Education of Charlie Banks||Leo Reilly|
|2008||Rachel Getting Married||Walter|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Blaine|
|Black Swan||Andrew / Suitor|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Bucky Barnes|
|The Apparition||Ben Curtis|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier|
|2015||Ant-Man||Uncredited cameo; post-credits scene|
|The Bronze||Lance Tucker|
|Ricki and the Flash||Joshua Brummel|
|The Martian||Dr. Chris Beck|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier|
|2017||Logan Lucky||Dayton White|
|I, Tonya||Jeff Gillooly|
|I'm Not Here||Steve|
|We Have Always Lived in the Castle||Charles Blackwood|
|Black Panther||Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier||Uncredited cameo; post-credits scene|
|Avengers: Infinity War|
|The Last Full Measure||Scott Huffman|
|2020||The Devil All the Time||Lee Bodecker|
|2003||Law & Order||Justin Capshaw||Episode: "Sheltered"|
|2007–10||Gossip Girl||Carter Baizen||11 episodes|
|2009||Kings||Jack Benjamin||13 episodes|
|2012||Once Upon a Time||Jefferson / The Mad Hatter||6 episodes|
|Political Animals||T.J. Hammond||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|Labyrinth||Will Franklyn||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2017||I'm Dying Up Here||Clay Appuzzo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2021||The Falcon and the Winter Soldier||Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
|What If...?||Voice role; In voice recording process|
|2011||Captain America: Super Soldier||Bucky Barnes||Voice|
|2008||"Wake Up Call"||Boyfriend||Hayden Panettiere|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries||Political Animals||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Award||TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|||
|2015||MTV Movie Award||Best Fight (shared with Chris Evans)||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Chemistry||Captain America: Civil War||Nominated|||
|2017||Kids' Choice Award||#SQUAD||Nominated|||
|Hollywood Film Award||Ensemble of the Year||I, Tonya||Won|||
|Florida Film Critics Circle Award||Best Ensemble||Nominated|||
|Indiana Film Journalists Association Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
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