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Sebastian Stan was born in Constanta, Romania on August 13, 1982. In 1990, at age 8, him and mother moved to Vienna, Austria, where she was employed as a pianist. Four years later, in 1994, he and mother moved to America, and settled in Rockland County, New York. There his mother married the headmaster of the Rockland Country Day School, where Sebastian attended as a student.
While attending Rockland Country Day School, Sebastian participated in the school’s theater projects, starring in productions including Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, and Harvey. He also attended the Stagedoor Manor summer camp. It was during this time, Sebastian decided to seriously pursue acting and began to apply for programs at several universities. He attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of Arts (graduating with a BFA). This which gave him the opportunity to spend a year abroad in England acting at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Sebastian’s first television role was as a troubled teen on Law & Order, episode “Sheltered” in 2003 and received future roles on notable and popular series such as Gossip Girl as ‘Carter Baizen‘ and ‘The Mad Hatter / Jefferson’ in ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ in 2012. The A.V. Club described Sebastian’s work as Jefferson as excellent, placing the episode “Hat Trick” in their list of the 30 best episodes of the series.
Sebastian would go on to continue to play dynamic, troubled roles in NBC’s ‘Kings’ (2009) and USA Network’s mini series ‘Political Animals’ (2012). As a reoccurring character in Jack Benjamin (Kings) and T.J. Hammond (Political Animals), Sebastian would receive positive reviews for his work and nominated in 2013, for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries for ‘Political Animals’.
Sebastian’s first major film role was as Johnny Nunzio in 2004’s Tony n Tina’s Wedding, a minor role in a film that starred Mila Kunis and Joey McIntyre. He co-starred along side actress Viola Davis and Anthony LaPagilia in The Architect (2006). In 2006, Sebastian would go on to play a warlock in the fan favorite and cult classic, ‘The Covenant’. He would share the screen with Chace Crawford, who he still holds a friendship with today, as well as with a few of the other actors from the film.
He’s appeared in films that have received Academy Award nominations and wins such as Rachel Getting Married (2008), The Black Swan (2010), and The Martian (2015) as NASA scientist and doctor, Chris Beck. Sebastian’s most recognizable role to date would be as Captain America’s best friend, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. A role he appeared in for the first time in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in 2011, then reprised the role as the brainwashed, tortured Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ in 2014. Sebastian signed a nine-picture contract with Marvel Studios, with his most recent appearance as Bucky/Winter Soldier in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016). Released in March 2016, Sebastian played ‘Lance Tucker’, an abrasive, antagonist to the lead character in black comedy, ‘The Bronze’.
Future projects include Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018)’ reprising the role of Bucky, an adaptation Shirley Jackson’s novel ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’, and comedy ‘Logan Lucky’.
Sebastian’s Broadway debut was appearing in the 2007 play, in Eric Bogosian’s ‘Talk Radio’ along side Liev Schreiber and Stephanie March. In 2013, he played the role of Hal Carter in William Inge’s ‘Picnic’ produced by the Roundabout Theater Company.
Fans and Philanthropy
Sebastian has attended many comic conventions since 2014. He participates in fan panels, autograph signings, and photo ops. Fans’ experiences after the conventions were all positive, citing Sebastian’s engagement with the fans, resulting in a memorable experience. On May 22, 2016, Sebastian hosted a private screening of Captain America: Civil War for 200 children and their families of the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Los Angeles.