Sebastian Stan was born August 13, 1982 and 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.
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), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2015, he co-starred in Jonathan Demme’s comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash and Ridley Scott’s science fiction film The Martian. Two years later, he portrayed Jeff Gillooly in the biopic I, Tonya.
Sebastian was born in Constanța, Romania. He has stated that 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 Anthony Fruhauf, the headmaster of Rockland Country Day School, where Stan was educated. He was raised Christian Orthodox.
During Stan’s years at the Rockland school, he starred in productions including 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. Stan became a United States citizen in 2002.
Stan’s career began in earnest in 2003 with a role on Law & Order. In 2010, he appeared in Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller, Black Swan. In July 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 is the godson of beauty mogul Anastasia Soare (Anastasia Beverly Hills).
He starred as protagonist Scott Huffman in the Vietnam War drama film The Last Full Measure, 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, which will be aired on Disney+ on March 19, 2021.
In May 2019, Stan joined the cast of spy thriller The 355.
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.