Appeared in public-service announcements and commercials in the Boston area as a youth.
Began his acting career appearing on stage with the Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
Interned at a casting agency until one of the agents agreed to take him on as a client.
Appeared alongside Evan Rachel Wood in an advertising campaign launched in 2010 for the Gucci fragrance Guilty.
Though he played comic-book characters in multiple films, including Fantastic Four (2005), The Losers (2010), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), he claims he rarely read comic books as a kid.
Turned down the title role of Captain America: The First Avenger several times before finally accepting it.
Was a vegetarian but gave it up in order to beef up for film roles.
Made a bet with Chris Pratt over who would win Super Bowl XLIX; as a result, both actors went to children's hospitals in Seattle and Boston, wearing their superhero regalia.
2019, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Actor: Nominee
2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Nominee
2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Actor: Winner
2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Nominee