Chris Pine

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Chris Pine
Chris Pine & Cheryl Boone Isaacs 87th Oscars Nominations Announcement (cropped).jpg
Pine at the 87th Oscars Nominations Announcements in January 2015
Born Christopher Whitelaw Pine
(1980-08-26) August 26, 1980 (age 34)[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 film 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), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), as Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), and as Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (2014).

Early life[edit]

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 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] He also starred alongside Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the sci-fi film Z for Zachariah.[35]

Personal life[edit]

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 had four vodkas at a local pub. Pine was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay NZ$93 in reparation.[36][37]


Pine at the Sydney premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness, April 2013


Year Title Role Note(s)
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 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)
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Rhett Ryan
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Dave (voice)
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)
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 Lead role; uncredited
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Rex Hanson
2014 Into the Woods[34] Cinderella's Prince
2015 Z for Zachariah Caleb Post-production
2015 The Finest Hours Bernie Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 ER Levine 1 episode: "A Thousand Cranes"
2003 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Lonnie Grandy 1 episode: "Hazel Park"
2003 CSI: Miami Tommy Chandler 1 episode: "Extreme"
2005 American Dreams Joey Tremain 1 episode: "Tidings of Comfort and Joy"
2005 Six Feet Under Young Sam 1 episode: "Dancing for Me"
2006 Surrender Dorothy Shawn TV film
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself 1 episode: "Justin Timberlake/Ciara"
2014 Robot Chicken Captain Jake (voice) 1 episode: "Noidstrom Rack"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice
2013 Star Trek James T. Kirk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Ovation Award Lead Actor in a Play Farragut North Nominated[38]
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Ensemble Cast Shared with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, John Cho, Clifton Collins, Jr., Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy, Jennifer Morrison, Chris Hemsworth, Faran Tahir, Winona Ryder, Tyler Perry and Anton Yelchin Star Trek Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Shared with Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, John Cho, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross, Anton Yelchin, and Clifton Collins Jr. Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Fresh Face Male Nominated
Choice Movie Rumble Shared with Zachary Quinto Nominated
Scream Award Best Actor in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show Won
Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Acting Ensemble Shared with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Faran Tahir, Greg Ellis, and Tyler Perry Won
ShoWest Award Male Star of Tomorrow Won
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Star Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Breakout Star Nominated
Biggest Badass Star Star Trek Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble Shared with Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Romance This Means War Nominated
2013 Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
CinemaCon Award Male Star of the Year Won
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Movie Duo Shared with Zachary Quinto Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting Shared with Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, Tammy Blanchard, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Lilla Crawford, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Daniel Huttlestone, Anna Kendrick, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lucy Punch, and Tracey Ullman Into the Woods Nominated


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