Childhood & Early Life
Chris Pine was born Christopher Whitelaw Pine on 26 August 1980, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to Robert Pine, a prominent actor, and Gwynne Gilford, an actor-turned-psychotherapist. He has an older sister named Katie. Chris grew up in an environment where script readings and talks about films were frequent. Since his parents were actors, he was exposed to showbiz quite early in his life.
Chris wanted to become an actor ever since he was a teenager, and often visited film sets in Hollywood along with his mother or father. Initially, he was interested in sports, but his interest shifted to acting in high school. After finishing high school from his hometown, he went on to do B.A. in English from the ‘University of California,’ and learned acting in ‘American Conservatory Theatre.’ Joining ‘Williamson Theatre Festival’ turned out to be the biggest influence on him. During his time at ‘Williamson Theatre Festival,’ he learned the nuances of acting.
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Once out of the theatre circuit, Chris started auditioning for TV roles and ended up getting minor roles in TV series, such as ‘ER,’ ‘The Guardian,’ and ‘CSI: Miami.’ Around the same time, he started doing short films. By 2005, Pine had made appearances in several short films and an independent film titled ‘Confessions,’ a film which was directly released to video.
He then appeared in ‘Surrender, Dorothy,’ another made for television film. Subsequently, he landed a meaty role in the film ‘Just My Luck,’ in which he starred alongside popular American celebrity Lindsay Lohan. The comedy film was released in 2006 and in the same year Chris appeared in few other films, such as ‘Blind Dating’ and ‘Smokin’ Aces.’ He was also selected to play the lead part in a one-man play titled ‘The Atheist’ in New York in 2006.
His theatrical performance was well received by the critics and the audiences alike. He then opted to appear in some plays as he wasn’t getting the desired roles in Hollywood. In 2007, he was seen in a play titled ‘Fat Pig’ where he played the role of the lead character’s best friend and received praises from many for his performance. In the 2008 film ‘Bottle Shock,’ he played a major role and surprised the audience with his powerful performance as a Napa Valley vintner.
The year 2009 turned out to be quite productive for Pine as he received offers to play major roles in two films – ‘White Jazz’ and ‘Star Trek.’ Pine decided to go with ‘Star Trek.’ The film released in 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim and Pine’s portrayal of the character James T. Kirk was met with critical acclaim. Subsequently, Pine was bombarded with several acting roles.
In order to promote the film, Pine started making appearances in several talk shows – the most prominent among them was his appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Later that year, Pine concentrated on his play ‘Farragut North’ which was met with critical acclaim. He then acted in the play ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore,’ for which he was honored with ‘Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’ award for best actor.
In 2010, he was seen in another big budget Hollywood action thriller titled ‘Unstoppable’ and the media showered praises on young Chris Pine and mentioned him as the new ‘A List star in making.’ In 2011, Pine joined hands with William Shatner for a documentary film based on the character of ‘Captain Kirk.’ On May 2013, he reprised his role as ‘Kirk’ in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ a sequel to ‘Star Trek.’ The film repeated the success of its prequel.
In the Oscar nominated 2016 film ‘Hell or High Water,’ Pine played the lead role of ‘Toby Howard.’ The same year, he was cast to reprise his role in the third installment of the reboot of ‘Star Trek’ series, ‘Star Trek Beyond.’ Meanwhile, in 2015, he started voicing a character in the animation series ‘SuperMansion,’ for which he was nominated for an ‘Emmy Award’ in 2016. In 2017, Pine ended up narrating National Geographic Channel’s ‘Breakthrough.’
In mid-2017, he landed the most prominent role of his career when he was cast to play ‘Steve Trevor,’ a ‘World War’ British spy and Gal Gadot’s love interest, in his most successful film to date, ‘Wonder Woman.’ The film was a huge commercial and critical success, and Chris Pine earned accolades for his portrayal of a British spy.
He played ‘Dr. Alexander Murry’ in the 2018 fantasy film ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ The same year, he was also part of the historical action drama film ‘Outlaw King’ where he played the King of Scotland, ‘Robert the Bruce.’ He also voiced ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ in the animated film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’
In 2019, he was seen alongside director Patty Jenkins in a six-episode TV series titled ‘I Am the Night’ which was critically acclaimed. The same year, he was also part of the documentary ‘Love, Antosha’ which premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival.’
In 2018, he was cast to reprise his role as ‘Steve Trevor’ in the film ‘Wonder Woman 1984.’ In 2019, he was cast to play an important role in an action film titled ‘Violence of Action.’
Pine has stated in many of his interviews that despite hailing from a very religious family, he does not follow any religion and describes himself as an agnostic.
Chris Pine was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol in New Zealand and had to pay a hefty fine to get out of the mess in 2014.
Chris Pine was romantically linked with Sofia Boutella due to their frequent public appearances. He was also rumored to be dating English actor Annabelle Wallis.