Celebrity Then And Now
Sebastian Stan
Name: Sebastian Stan
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Famous Years: 2007-Present
Currently Known For: Avengers: Infinity War
Networth: $4 MillionFamous For: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Martian, I, Tonya
Sebastian Stan
Name Sebastian Stan
Birthdate August 13, 1982
Famous Years 2007-Present
Currently Known For Avengers: Infinity War
Networth $4 Million
Famous For Captain America: The First Avenger, The Martian, I, Tonya

Not many characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been able to hold their own with Captain America in a fight, but Bucky Barnes is one of those characters. Since the first “Captain America” film, Barnes has been played by actor Sebastian Stan, who you might not realize has had quite a remarkable career outside of playing the character otherwise known as The Winter Soldier.

Most would assume that Stan is American, but he was actually born in Constanta, Romania on August 13, 1982. Stan and his mother had moved to Austria following her divorce, and he was just eight years old at the time of the move. When he was 12, Stan would make his way to the United States where he finished out his schooling in Rockland County, New York.

It was there that Stan developed a knack for acting as he became the star of several different school productions and wanted to go to college to become an actor. Stan didn’t have to go far as he traveled to the next state over, New Jersey, to attend Rutgers University where he excelled on stage and even studied in London for a year at the famous Globe Theater.

Stan got his start in professional acting by appearing in an episode of “Law & Order”, and started working on the big screen in small roles in films such as “The Architect”, “The Covenant” and “The Education of Charlie Banks”. In 2007, Stan would get his first big role when he played Carter Baizen on the hit series “Gossip Girl”. Stan’s character was a recurring one, but it helped to put him on the map.

Because of the role on “Gossip Girl”, Stan was receiving more notable roles in films such as “Rachel Getting Married”, “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Black Swan”. In addition, he starred as Jack Benjamin on the show “Kings” that would last for one season on NBC.

When it was announced that Captain America would be getting his own movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which debuted in 2011), all of the attention was on who would be playing the titular character. Chris Evans would land that role, but there was another role that would end up playing a large part in the Captain America saga; people just didn’t know about it at the time.

In “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Stan played the role of Bucky Barnes. It was an unfamiliar character for casual fans, but three years later became a major character in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” when Barnes became the unwilling antagonist. Barnes would eventually join the good side of the battle once again and Stan has reprised the role for the third “Captain America” film, as well as cameos in “Ant-Man” and “Black Panther” and a key part in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

What some people might not know is that Bucky Barnes wasn’t the role that Stan wanted at first. He had auditioned to play Captain America, but didn’t make the cut. Stan was told that he wasn’t right for the part, but says that things have “worked out” and he’s glad that he’s in the “better role,” instead. If you’re a comic book fan, you might know that Barnes eventually takes over as Captain America, which opens up some doors.

It seems that the direction they’re going with Stan’s character is actually the White Wolf story arc thanks to the success of “Black Panther”. “I didn’t even see that really going that way and understanding what that could be,” Stan said. “But it’s really clever the way they do it, if you think about it. I look at that and go, ‘Of course, that makes sense. That feels well.’”

Stan is signed on to play Barnes once again in 2019’s “Avengers” film, though it will be interesting to see how the character is used. Spoiler alert: Stan’s character did not make it through the end of the film thanks to the villain Thanos.

Since becoming Bucky Barnes, Stan has been appearing in more movies in a larger capacity, including “The Apparition”, “Ricki and the Flash” and “The Martian”. He also had a story arc in the fantasy series “Once Upon a Time” where he played The Mad Hatter, and starred in the miniseries “Political Animals” and “Labyrinth” in the same year.

2017 would prove to be Stan’s biggest year for his career to date, even without appearing in a single Marvel movie. Stan would star in “Logan Lucky”, “I’m Not Here” and “I, Tonya” in which he played Jeff Gillooly, being nominated for several awards as a result. Stan certainly isn’t done with his career, either, as he has several films in the works.

In addition to being slated to appear in the next “Avengers” film potentially, Stan had three more movies that are releasing in the near future with “We Have Always Live in the Castle”, “Destroyer” and “The Last Full Measure”. Stan had to wait a while until he was deemed a rising star in his mid 30s, but it’s certainly better late than never, and there’s a lot of time to establish himself as an A-list talent.