Aug. 26th, 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor.
Born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Robert Pine (born 1941), is an actor who co-starred on CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford (born 1946), is a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist. He has an older sister, Katie. 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. Pine's maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family, while his other ancestry is English, Welsh, German, and French.
Pine received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. He also studied English at the University of Leeds in England for one year. After graduation, he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.
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. In 2004, he appeared in Why Germany?, a short film, and in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. 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.
He also played Jake Hardin in the American film Just My Luck. 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. 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, 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. That same month, he made a brief appearance promoting the film on Saturday Night Live, with co-stars 'Zachary Quinto' and Leonard Nimoy. During the rest of summer 2009, he appeared in the Los Angeles production of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North. 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 only) and the independent film Small Town Saturday Night.
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. 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". 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.
Pine filmed the romantic comedy This Means War, with 'Reese Witherspoon' and 'Tom Hardy', during the fall of 2010, in Vancouver. This Means War was released in February 2012. 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. 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.
In 2009, Pine entered talks to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a reboot of Tom Clancy's novels. 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'. Also in 2014, Pine co-starred as the antagonist in the comedy Horrible Bosses 2 and played Cinderella's Prince in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods. He also starred alongside 'Margot Robbie' and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the sci-fi film Z for Zachariah. In July 2015, Pine signed on to play Steve Trevor in the 2017 film, Wonder Woman. In October 2015, Pine confirmed his role in the film.