Chris Pine
Birth Date:
August 26, 1980
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
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American actor Chris Pine is famous for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film “Star Trek,” from which he netted a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, a ShoWest Award and several award nominations, and its sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). He has also acted in other films such as “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” (2004), “Just My Luck” (2006), “Smokin' Aces” (2006), “Bottle Shock” (2008), “Unstoppable” (2010) and “This Means War” (2012).

Pine has been romantically linked to  Olivia Munn (together in 2009), Audrina Patridge (rumored to have dated in early 2009) and model Dominique Piek (dated from mid-2012 to April 2013). Pine, who is of Welsh and Jewish descent, was named one of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to watch in 2008 and reached No. 27 on the Entertainment Weekly list of “30 Under 30” (also in 2008). He enjoys skeet shooting.     


Childhood and Family:

Chris Pine was born Christopher Whitelaw Pine on August 26, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to showbiz parents Robert Pine, who played Sgt. Joseph Getraer in “ChiPS,” and Gwynne Gilford, the star of the film “Masters of the Universe” (1987). His grandmother was 1940s film siren, Anne Gwynne, who had starred in “Ride 'Em Cowboy” (1942) and “House of Frankenstein” (1944). He has an older sister named Katherine Pine (born September 24, 1972). He is known with the nicknames Peenč, Pinewood and Piney.

Chris attended high school at Oakwood School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in literature from University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California. During his junior year at Berkeley, he studied abroad at the University of Leeds for a year before returning home to finish his degree. After graduation, Chris studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and later with Howard Fine and Ivana Chubbuck.

This Means War


Chris Pine made his professional acting debut in an episode of the NBC medical drama “ER” called “A Thousand Cranes” (2003). It was followed by guest spots in “The Guardian” (2003), “CSI: Miami” (2003) and “American Dreams” (2004) and a role in the short film “Why Germany?” (2004), which was helmed and written by Gabriel Peters-Lazaro. He made his feature film acting debut as Nicholas Devereaux, the love interest of Mia (played by Anne Hathaway) in the 2004 sequel “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”

In 2005, Pine landed a starring role in the independent film “Confession,” which was released directly to video, and made a guest appearance as Young Sam Hoviak in an episode of “Six Feet Under.” The same year, he appeared in a short film called “The Bulls.” Pine made his TV movie debut in “Surrender, Dorothy” (2006), opposite Diane Keaton, Tom Everett Scott and Alexa Davalos. The year also saw Pine in three different films. He was cast as Lindsay Lohan's boyfriend in the romantic comedy “Just My Luck” and worked with Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta and Joseph Ruskin in the Joe Carnahan harsh ensemble drama “Smokin' Aces.” In addition, he made his leading debut as Danny in the comedy “Blind Dating,” directed by James Keach. His co-stars in the latter film included Eddie Kaye Thomas, Anjali Jay, Jane Seymour and Jayma Mays.

Pine returned in 2008 with a starring role opposite Hal B. Klein and Alan Rickman in “Bottle Shock,” a comedy/drama film directed and co-written by Randall Miller, and a part in “An Inconvenient Head,” a short film directed and written by and starring William Savage.

Pine's big break arrived when he was chosen by director  J. J. Abrams to play the young Captain James T. Kirk on the feature reboot of “Star Trek” (2009). The film was a box office success and was nominated for several awards, including four Academy Awards at the 82nd Academy Awards. As for Pine, he won a 2009 Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) for Best Ensemble Cast  and received several nominations like the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Acting Ensemble, MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Breakout Star and Biggest Badass Star, Teen Choice Award nominations for Choice Movie Fresh Face Male and Choice Movie Rumble and a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Ensemble. He also picked up a 2009 ShoWest in the category of Male Star of Tomorrow and was nominated for a 2010 People's Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Movie Actor.    

Next up for Pine, he was cast as cast opposite Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp in in the thriller movie “Carriers” (2009), which was directed by Alex Pastor,  teamed up with Shawn Christian, John Hawkes and Bre Blair for the ensemble drama film “Small Town Saturday Night” (2010), co-starred with Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson in Tony Scott's Academy Award nominating thriller movie “Unstoppable” (2010) and provided the voice of Dave in the animated film “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey” (2010).    

In 2012, Pine co-starred as FDR Foster, a CIA agent who falls for the same girl (played by Reese Witherspoon) as his best friend (played by Tom Hardy) in the action comedy “This Means War,” directed by McG. The role brought him a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie Actor: Romance. The same year, he appeared in Lee Toland Krieger's comedy/drama film “Celeste & Jesse Forever,”  starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood, and co-starred with Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau and Michelle Pfeiffer in the drama film “People Like Us,”  which marked the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman. He also provided the voice of Jack Frost in the 3D computer-animated fantasy-adventure film “Rise of the Guardians.”

Recently, Pine reprised his role as James T. Kirk in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which had its premier at Sidney, Australia on April 23, 2013 before being released in the United States and Canada on May 16, 2013.

“At this point he isn't really the captain of the Enterprise. So the journey of this film is to see the non-captain in a position of nominal power, but psychologically and emotionally going through some sort of age-existential crisis, where he's riddled with self-doubt and confusion and fears that he may not be the best man for the job. That was really exciting and kind of took the majority of my thought and time space.” Chris Pine (on portraying the young Captain Kirk in “Star Trek Into Darkness”)

Pine will play the title role on the upcoming action/thriller movie “Jack Ryan,” based on the character Jack Ryan created by Tom Clancy. The film is set to be released on December 25, 2013. The actor also will play in the forthcoming films “Into the Woods,” “Mantivities” (2014) and “Z for Zachariah.”


Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC): Best Ensemble Cast, “Star Trek,” 2009
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