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Chris Pine

Chris Pine
Pine at the Sydney premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness, April 2013
Born Christopher Whitelaw Pine
(1980-08-26) August 26, 1980 [1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of Leeds
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine[2] (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor in films and television. He is best known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and has also appeared in films including: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), Smokin' Aces (2007), Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and as Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

Early life

Pine was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Robert Pine, is an actor who appeared in CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford, is a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist.[3] He has an older sister, Katie.[4] His maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne (née Marguerite Gwynne Trice), was a Hollywood actress, and his maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford (born Max Goldfarb), was an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association.[5][6] Pine's maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family, while his other ancestry is English, Welsh, German, and French.[7][8] He has stated, "I definitely have a spiritual outlook... I am not a religious guy, I am probably agnostic".[9]

Pine attended Oakwood School for high school and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002.[10][11] He also studied English at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom for one year.[12] After graduation, he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.[5]



Pine at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait following a screening of Star Trek, April 11, 2009

Pine's first acting role was in a 2003 episode of ER; the same year, he also appeared in episodes of The Guardian and CSI: Miami.[13] In 2004, he appeared in Why Germany?, a short film, and in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Pine played the part of Nicholas Devereaux, the love interest of Anne Hathaway's character in the film, which was released in August of that year to a strong box office. In 2005, Pine appeared in an episode of the series Six Feet Under, as well as in Confession, an independent film that was released directly to video, and The Bulls, another short film.[14]

Pine appeared in the made-for-television film Surrender, Dorothy which aired in early 2006. He also played Jake Hardin in the American film Just My Luck, a romantic comedy in which he starred opposite Lindsay Lohan, who played Ashley Albright. The film was released on May 12, 2006. Later that year, Pine appeared in the comedy Blind Dating and in the action film Smokin' Aces. In 2007, he starred opposite Scott Wolf in the Los Angeles production of Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig, winning positive reviews for his depiction of a competitive, alpha-male friend.[5] He portrayed real-life Napa Valley vintner Bo Barrett in the 2008 film Bottle Shock.

In 2007, Pine turned down a role in a film adaptation of White Jazz,[15][16] to accept the part of James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek film, which was released to critical and viewer acclaim in May of that year.[17] That same month, he made a brief appearance promoting the film on Saturday Night Live, with co-stars Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy.[18] During the rest of summer 2009, he appeared in the Los Angeles production of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North.[19] In September 2009, his film Carriers was released (having been filmed in 2007). His other 2009 roles included Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (voice work only) and the independent film Small Town Saturday Night.


Pine (right) with Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, and J. J. Abrams, at the Star Trek Into Darkness movie premiere, Sydney, Australia, in April 2013

Pine appeared in the Los Angeles production of the black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore during the summer of 2010,[20] for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's lead appearance award.[21]

Pine was rumored to play the title role in the 2011 Green Lantern film, but the role eventually went to Ryan Reynolds.[22][23] In the fall of 2009, Pine began filming the Tony Scott-directed and Mark Bomback-written action film Unstoppable, which was released in November 2010. In the film, he played a young train conductor who helped a veteran railroad engineer (Denzel Washington) stop an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying toxic liquids and poisonous gases from wiping out a nearby city.[24] The Hollywood Reporter named Pine as one of the young male actors who are "pushing—or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".[25] In 2011, Pine sat down with the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, for the feature length documentary The Captains, which Shatner wrote and directed. The film sees Shatner interview Pine about his career and how it felt to take the role of Kirk for the 2009 movie. Their interview features a scene where the pair arm wrestles; pictures of this incident "went viral" leading to Internet headlines such as "Kirk V Kirk" and others.[26]

Pine filmed the romantic comedy This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy, during the fall of 2010, in Vancouver.[27] This Means War was released in February 2012.[28] Pine portrayed the voice Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians.

Pine co-starred with Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer in the family drama People Like Us, which was filmed in early 2011 and released in June 2012.[29] He reprised the role of Captain Kirk in the sequel to 2009's Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, released in the US on May 15, 2013.[30]

In 2009, Pine entered talks to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a reboot of Tom Clancy's novels.[31] He starred in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was released in 2014. Pine was the fourth actor to play the character, after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.[32] Also in 2014, Pine co-starred as the antagonist in the comedy Horrible Bosses 2[33] and played Cinderella's Prince in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods.[34]

Personal life

On March 1, 2014, while in New Zealand filming Z for Zachariah, Pine was arrested by police near Methven, Canterbury, after failing a roadside breath alcohol test. Pine pled guilty to drunk driving on March 17, stating he had drunk four vodkas at a local pub. Pine was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay NZ$93 in reparation.[35][36]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Why Germany? Chris
2004 Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Nicholas Devereaux
2005 Confession Luther Scott
2005 Bulls, TheThe Bulls Jason
2006 Surrender Dorothy Shawn TV film
2006 Just My Luck Jake Hardin
2006 Blind Dating Danny
2006 Smokin' Aces Darwin Tremor
2008 Bottle Shock Bo Barrett
2009 Star Trek James T. Kirk Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble by a Cast
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakout Star
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Best Choice Movie Rumble
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Fresh Face Male
Nominated—Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2009 Carriers Brian
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Hanson Baldwin / Sgt. Bill Reed Voice role
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Rhett Ryan
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Dave Voice role
2010 Unstoppable Will Colson
2012 This Means War Franklin Foster Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Actor Romance
2012 People Like Us Sam Harper
2012 Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost Voice role
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness James T. Kirk Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Duo (shared with Zachary Quinto)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star: Male
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jack Ryan
2014 Stretch Roger Karos Uncredited
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Rex Hanson
2014 Into the Woods[34] Cinderella's Prince Post-production
2015 Z for Zachariah Caleb Post-production
2015 The Finest Hours Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 ER Levine Episode: "A Thousand Cranes"
2003 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Lonnie Grandy Episode: "Hazel Park"
2003 CSI: Miami Tommy Chandler Episode: "Extreme"
2005 American Dreams Joey Tremain Episode: "Tidings of Comfort and Joy"
2005 Six Feet Under Young Sam Episode: "Dancing for Me"
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Justin Timberlake/Ciara" (uncredited)
2014 Robot Chicken Captain Jake Episode: "Noidstrom Rack" (voice)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Star Trek James T. Kirk Voice and likeness

Awards and nominations

Ovation Awards


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