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Chris Pine

Chris Pine American actor

American actor
Chris Pine
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Intro American actor
A.K.A. Christopher Pine, Christopher Whitelaw Pine, '''Christopher Whitelaw P...
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 26 August 1980, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
Age: 39 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Mother: Gwynne Gilford
Father: Robert Pine
Height: 1.8415 m
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Christopher Whitelaw Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. Pine made his feature debut as Lord Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). He is known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot film series (2009–), Will in Unstoppable (2010), Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (2014), Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Toby Howard in Hell or High Water (2016), Bernie Webber in The Finest Hours (2016), Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017), and Dr. Alexander Murry in A Wrinkle in Time (2018).

Early life

Pine was born in Los Angeles. His father, Robert Pine, is an actor who co-starred on CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford, is a former actress who became a practicing psychotherapist. He has an older sister, Katie. His maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a Hollywood actress, and his maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford, was an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association. Pine's maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family.

Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 with a B.A. in English. When he got to Berkeley, Pine was initially scared of looking for a place to fit in and had a hard time making friends. As he was not interested in joining a fraternity, he got into theater. As a member of the UC Berkeley Theater Department, Pine performed in a Caryl Churchill play in La Val's Pizza's Subterranean Theater and performed Orestes and Shakespeare at Zellerbach Hall.

He was an exchange student at the University of Leeds in England for one year. After graduating from Berkeley, he attended the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.



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.

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 leading character. 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 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. Pine did the one-man play The Atheist, at Center Stage, New York, in late 2006.

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 the summer of 2009, he appeared in the Los Angeles production of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North.


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

In the fall of 2009, Pine began filming the action film Unstoppable, directed by Tony Scott and written by Mark Bomback, 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 actor who originated the role of Captain Kirk more than forty years earlier, 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 voiced the character of 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.

In 2014, Pine was in talks to star in a thriller about the United States Coast Guard, The Finest Hours, released in January 2016. He guest-starred in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and lent his voice for SuperMansion in 2015.

In May 2015, Pine was confirmed to play one of the Howard brothers, along with Ben Foster, in Hell or High Water (originally called Comancheria). Filming started on May 26, 2015 in New Mexico. The film premiered at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 and was released in August 2016. He reprised the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond. Filming began in June 2015 in Canada, and it was released in the US on July 22, 2016.

On July 14, 2016, he received his first Emmy Award nomination in "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance" for his work on the series SuperMansion.

Pine was invited by Barbra Streisand to duet with her on her album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, along with other stars.

In 2015, Pine was cast as Steve Trevor, opposite Gal Gadot, in the superhero film Wonder Woman, which was released in June 2017. Also in 2017, he reprised his roles in SuperMansion season 2 and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, guest-starred in Angie Tribeca season 3 (including an episode where his father was also a guest star), and narrated the final episode of National Geographic Channel's Breakthrough season 2.

In 2018, Pine played Dr. Alexander Murry in the fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel of the same name.

In April 2017, Pine was cast as Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King. The filming started on August 21, 2017 in Scotland and the film was released on Netflix on 9th November 2018. In May 2017, Pine was in negotiations to star in a film adaptation of the novel, All the Old Knives, opposite Michelle Williams.

In July 2017, the US cable network TNT announced Pine would play the role of Jay Singletary in a six-episode television drama, One Day She'll Darken, and serve as an executive producer alongside director Patty Jenkins and writer Sam Sheridan. The show, now renamed I Am the Night, will air in January 2019. Zachary Quinto announced an untitled fourth Star Trek film was still in the early stages of being written in July. On September 5, 2017, it was announced that Pine is set to star as Robert F. Kennedy in a limited series on Hulu, produced by Sony Pictures Television. He will also serve as an executive producer for the series, based on the Larry Tye biography Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon.

On June 13, 2018, director Patty Jenkins announced through Twitter that Pine will appear in the Wonder Woman sequel Wonder Woman 1984 as Steve Trevor. In August 2018, it was reported that Pine would not be reprising his role as Captain Kirk in the fourth film of the Star Trek film series after contract negotiations fell through.

Personal life

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

Pine has stated, "I definitely have a spiritual outlook... I am not a religious guy, I am probably agnostic."

On March 1, 2014, while filming Z for Zachariah in New Zealand, Pine was arrested by police near Methven after failing to pass a routine roadside breath alcohol test. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving on March 17, stating that he drank four vodkas at a local pub. Pine was disqualified from driving in New Zealand for six months and ordered to pay NZ$93 in reparation. He had a clean record, and the judge said that "the incident was out of character."

Politically, Pine has called himself a "left-leaning liberal." He has stated that both Democrats and Republicans tend to be interchangeable when it comes to certain actions, citing President Obama's strengthening of the Patriot Act.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Pine along with fellow Star Trek coworkers J.J. Abrams, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, George Takei, Justin Lin, Bryan Fuller, and Adam Nimoy, endorsed a movement called Trek Against Trump. The movement endorsed Hillary Clinton.

On November 1, 2016, Pine, along with director Joss Whedon, released a video urging people to vote in the upcoming elections. While the video was a parody of Congress in general, certain commentators took the video to represent the Republican Congress.



Year Title Role Director Note(s)
2004 Why Germany? Chris Gabriel Peters-Lazaro Short film
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Nicholas Devereaux Garry Marshall
2005 Confession Luther Scott Jonathan Meyers
The Bulls Jason Eric Stoltz Short film
2006 Just My Luck Jake Hardin Donald Petrie
Blind Dating Danny Valdessecchi James Keach
Smokin' Aces Darwin Tremor Joe Carnahan
2008 Bottle Shock Bo Barrett Randall Miller
2009 Star Trek James T. Kirk J. J. Abrams
Carriers Brian Green Àlex Pastor
David Pastor
Beyond All Boundaries Hanson Baldwin / Sgt. Bill Reed David Briggs Voices
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Rhett Ryan Ryan Craig
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Dave Harry Kloor
Daniel St. Pierre
Unstoppable Will Colson Tony Scott
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Rory Shenandoah Lee Toland Krieger Cameo
Credited as Kris Pino
This Means War Franklin "FDR" Foster McG
People Like Us Sam Harper Alex Kurtzman
Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost Peter Ramsey Voice
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness James T. Kirk J. J. Abrams
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jack Ryan Kenneth Branagh
Stretch Roger Karos Joe Carnahan Uncredited
Horrible Bosses 2 Rex Hanson Sean Anders
Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince Rob Marshall
2015 Z for Zachariah Caleb Craig Zobel
2016 The Finest Hours Bernie Webber Craig Gillespie
Hell or High Water Toby Howard David Mackenzie
Star Trek Beyond James T. Kirk Justin Lin
2017 Wonder Woman Steve Trevor Patty Jenkins
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Dr. Alexander Murry Ava DuVernay
Outlaw King Robert the Bruce David Mackenzie
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Steve Trevor Patty Jenkins Filming
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Pine appeared in a photo cameo.


Year Title Role 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 Hoviak Episode: "Dancing for Me"
2006 Surrender, Dorothy Shawn Best Television film
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Justin Timberlake/Ciara"
2014 Robot Chicken Captain Jake Voice
Episode: "Noidstrom Rack"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Eric 5 episodes
2015–present SuperMansion Dr. Devizo/Robo-Dino Voice
13 episodes
2017 Angie Tribeca Dr. Thomas Hornbein 3 episodes
Saturday Night Live Himself Host
"Episode: Chris Pine/LCD Soundsystem"
Breakthrough Himself Narrator
"Episode: Power to the People"
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Eric 4 episodes
2019 I Am the Night Jay Singletary Also executive producer

Video games

Year Title Role
2013 Star Trek James T. Kirk (voice)

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2012 "All I Want" The Ivy Walls
2013 "Queenie Eye" Paul McCartney
2018 "White Ocean" The Ivy Walls


Year Title Role Theater
2006 The Atheist Augustine Early Center Stage, NY
2007 Fat Pig Carter Geffen Playhouse
2009 Farragut North Stephen Geffen Playhouse
2010 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Padraic Mark Taper Forum



Year Song with Movie
2010 "Someday Came Today" Small Town Saturday Night
2014 "Agony" Billy Magnussen Into the Woods
"Any Moment" Emily Blunt


Year Song Album
2016 "I'll Be Seeing You"/"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (Barbra Streisand)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Ovation Award Lead Actor in a Play Farragut North Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Ensemble Cast (with cast) Star Trek Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble (with cast) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Fresh Face Male Nominated
Choice Movie Rumble (with Zachary Quinto) Nominated
Scream Award Best Actor in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Ensemble (with cast) Nominated
ShoWest Award Male Star of Tomorrow Won
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Star Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Breakout Star Star Trek Nominated
Biggest Badass Star Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble (with cast) Nominated
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Lead Performance The Lieutenant of Inishmore Won
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 (with Zachary Quinto) Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble (with cast) Into the Woods Nominated
Satellite Award Best Ensemble – Motion Picture (with cast) Won
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance SuperMansion Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: AnTEENcipated Star Trek Beyond Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble (with cast) Hell or High Water Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble (with cast) Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Best Ensemble(with cast) Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble(with cast) Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor The Finest Hours / Hell or High Water Nominated
Jupiter Award Best International Actor Star Trek Beyond Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actor Wonder Woman Won
2018 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
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