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Chris Pine

Pine at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait following a screening of Star Trek, April 11, 2009
Born Christopher Whitelaw Pine
August 26, 1980 (1980-08-26) (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine[1] (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. He has appeared in the romantic comedies The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Just My Luck, as well as the action film Smokin' Aces. His most notable role to date is that of James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek.


Early life

Pine was born in Los Angeles, California, to Robert Pine (an actor who appeared in CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer) and Gwynne Gilford (a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist); he also has an older sister, Katherine. His maternal grandparents were Anne Gwynne, a Hollywood actress, and Max M. Gilford, a Hollywood attorney.[2] He has stated in an interview that he is "probably agnostic".[3] He is of Welsh and Jewish descent on his mother's side.

Pine received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley[4] in 2002[5] and while he was there studied English at the University of Leeds in England for one year.[6] After graduation, he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.[7]


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. Pine played the love interest of Anne Hathaway's character in the film, Nicholas Devereaux, 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.

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" and won raves for his depiction of a competitive, alpha-male friend.[8] For his portrayal of real-life Napa Valley vintner Bo Barrett in the 2008 film Bottle Shock, Pine sported hippie-length blond locks.

In 2007, Pine turned down a role in a film adaptation of White Jazz, under production but unreleased as of late 2009, in order 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."[9] In September 2009 his film Carriers was released at last (after being filmed in 2007). His other upcoming films include Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (voice work only) and the independent film Small Town Saturday Night.

Pine was rumored to be the leading man in the upcoming Green Lantern film, but the role eventually went to Ryan Reynolds.[10][11]

In fall 2009, Pine began filming the Tony Scott and Mark Bomback action film Unstoppable, in which he stars as a young train conductor who helps a veteran railroad engineer stop an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying toxic liquids and poisonous gases that is set to wipe out a nearby city.

Pine is currently in talks to team up with director D. J. Caruso on the film The Art of Making Money early next year.

On October 13, 2009, Paramount Pictures confirmed that Pine is in talks to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a reboot of Tom Clancy's novels.[12] He would be the fourth actor to play Jack Ryan, after Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).


Year Film Role Other notes
2004 Why Germany? Chris
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Nicholas Devereaux
2005 Confession Luther Scott
The Bulls Jason
2006 Surrender Dorothy Shawn TV film
Just My Luck Jake Hardin
Blind Dating Danny
Smokin' Aces Darwin Tremor
2008 Bottle Shock Bo Barrett
2009 Star Trek James T. Kirk
Carriers[13] Brian
Small Town Saturday Night Rhett Ryan awaiting release
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Dave post-production
2010 Unstoppable TBD filming
The Art of Making Money Art Williams pre-production
2012 Untitled Star Trek Sequel James T. Kirk pre-production
Year Television appearance Role Other notes
2003 ER Levine Episode: "A Thousand Cranes"
The Guardian Lonnie Grandy Episode: "Hazel Park"
CSI: Miami Tommy Chandler Episode: "Extreme"
2004 American Dreams Joey Tremain Episode: "Tidings of Comfort and Joy"
2005 Six Feet Under Young Sam Episode: "Dancing for Me"


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". (Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California). 
  2. ^ Denise Martin (2009). "10 things you didn't know about Chris Pine". Los Angeles Times.,0,422326.photogallery?index=2. 
  3. ^ "Interview Chris Pine". 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  4. ^ Krista Smith (May 2009). "To Boldly Star". Vanity Fair. 
  5. ^ "Chris Pine Biography". TV Guide. 
  6. ^ "Chris's new role is light years from Leeds digs". Yorkshire Post. May 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ Denise Martin (2009). "10 things you didn't know about Chris Pine". Los Angeles Times.,0,422326.photogallery?index=6. 
  8. ^ Denise Martin (2009). "10 things you didn't know about Chris Pine". Los Angeles Times.,0,422326.photogallery?index=6. 
  9. ^ McNulty, Charles (June 25, 2009). "Review: 'Farragut North' at the Geffen Playhouse". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  10. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (July 10, 2009). "Ryan Reynolds cast as Green Lantern". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  11. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (October 23, 2007). "Gosling and Clooney drop projects". Los Angeles Times.,1,157918.story?track=crosspromo&coll=la-headlines-entnews&ctrack=1&cset=true. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  12. ^ Leins, Jeff (October 13, 2009). "Chris Pine in Talks to Play the New Jack Ryan". News in Film. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  13. ^

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