Chris Pine

Not to be confused with Christopher Pyne or Chris Pyne.
Chris Pine

Pine at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Christopher Whitelaw Pine
(1980-08-26) August 26, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Parent(s) Robert Pine
Gwynne Gilford
Relatives Anne Gwynne (grandmother)

Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine[1] (born August 26, 1980)[2] is an American actor. He is known for his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). He also appeared in the films The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), Smokin' Aces (2007), Bottle Shock (2008), Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Into the Woods (2014), Z for Zachariah (2015), The Finest Hours (2016), and Hell or High Water (2016).

Early life

Pine was born in Los Angeles. His father, Robert (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.[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] Pine's maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family, while Pine's other ancestry is English, Welsh, German, and French.[6]

Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, with a bachelor's degree in English.[7][8] He was an exchange student at the University of Leeds in England for one year.[9] After graduating, 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.[10]

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.[11]

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. 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,[12][13] 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.[14] That same month, he made a brief appearance promoting the film on Saturday Night Live, with co-stars Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy.[15] During the rest of summer 2009, he appeared in the Los Angeles production of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North.[16]


Pine appeared in the Los Angeles production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore during the summer of 2010,[17] for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's lead appearance award.[18]

Pine was rumored to play the title role in the 2011 Green Lantern film, but the role eventually went to Ryan Reynolds.[19][20]

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.[21] 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".[22] 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.[23]

Pine filmed the romantic comedy This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy, during the fall of 2010, in Vancouver.[24] This Means War was released in February 2012.[25] Pine portrayed the voice Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

In 2009, Pine entered talks to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a reboot of Tom Clancy's novels.[29] 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.[30]

In 2014, Pine in talks to star in the Thriller about US Coast Guard, The Finest Hours, [31] released in January 2016.[32] He guest-starred in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp[33] and lend his voice for SuperMansion in 2015.[34] May 2015, Pine 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, USA. [35] The film premiered at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, released in August 2016. [36] He reprised the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond, filming started June 2015 in Canada, [37] released in the US on July 22, 2016.[38]

On July 14, 2016, he received his first Emmy Award nomination in "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance" for his work on the series SuperMansion.[39]

Pine was invited by Barbra Streisand to duet with her on her album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, along with other stars.[40]

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."[41]

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[42][43] 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."[44][45]



Year Title Role Note(s)
2004 Why Germany? Chris Short film
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Nicholas Devereaux
2005 Confession Luther Scott
2005 The Bulls Jason Short film
2006 Just My Luck Jake Hardin
2006 Blind Dating Danny Valdessecchi
2006 Smokin' Aces Darwin Tremor
2008 Bottle Shock Bo Barrett
2009 Star Trek James T. Kirk
2009 Carriers Brian Green
2009 Beyond All Boundaries Hanson Baldwin / Sgt. Bill Reed Voices
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Rhett Ryan
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Dave Voice
2010 Unstoppable Will Colson
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Rory Shenandoah Cameo
Credited as Kris Pino
2012 This Means War Franklin "FDR" Foster
2012 People Like Us Sam Harper
2012 Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost Voice
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness James T. Kirk
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jack Ryan
2014 Stretch Roger Karos Uncredited
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Rex Hanson
2014 Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince
2015 Z for Zachariah Caleb
2016 The Finest Hours Bernie Webber
2016 Hell or High Water Toby
2016 Star Trek Beyond James T. Kirk
2017 Wonder Woman Steve Trevor Post-production
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Dr. Alexander Murry Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 ER Levine Episode: "A Thousand Cranes"
2003 The Guardian Lonnie Grandy Episode: "Hazel Park"
2003 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 SuperMansion Robo-Dino (voice) 3 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Eric


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

Music/Audio Works


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

Video games

Year Title Voice
2013 Star Trek James T. Kirk

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Ovation Award Lead Actor in a Play Farragut North Nominated[46]
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
Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Acting Ensemble (with cast) Won
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
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting (with cast) Into the Woods Nominated
Satellite Award Best Ensemble – Motion Picture (with cast) Won[47]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance SuperMansion Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble (with cast) Hell or High Water Pending
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor The Finest Hours /Hell or High Water Pending


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