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Chris Pine is an American actor who portrayed a young Captain James Kirk in the 2009 remake of Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Chris Pine was born on August 26, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. The son and grandson of successful actors, Pine made several TV appearances early in his career before starring alongside Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). He portrayed the iconic Captain James Kirk in the 2009 remake of Star Trek—a role that transformed the young actor into a Hollywood A-lister.
"I didn't grow up on Star Trek like so many people did, but certainly making the film helped me to develop an appreciation for it. The fans are so passionate, and there's so much history to those characters. It was really exciting to step in and be part of something that's so culturally iconic."
Christopher Whitelaw Pine was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 26, 1980. He was no stranger to show business as a child, having a grandmother, Anne Gwynne, who starred in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and House of Frankenstein (1944), and a father, Robert Pine, known for playing Sergeant Joseph Getraer on the popular police-drama CHiPs. Pine's mother, Gwynne Gilford, and sister, Katie, also enjoyed minor acting careers.
Pine often spent time on Hollywood sets while growing up, though he was mainly interested in sports throughout his youth. He decided to go into the family business while attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he took acting classes before graduating with a degree in English literature.
Chris Pine began his acting career on television with appearances on ER, The Guardian and CSI: Miami. With his boyish good looks and striking blue eyes, it was only a matter of time before he was tapped for the lead in a romantic comedy; sure enough, he made his feature-film debut in 2004, starring opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Pine returned to the genre two years later, this time co-starring with Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck. He was later given the opportunity to branch out as a villainous neo-Nazi in the ensemble crime flick Smoking Aces (2007).
In 2008, Pine landed the coveted role of Captain James Kirk in the J.J. Adams-directed reboot of the famed Star Trek franchise. Starring fellow up-and-coming actors Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana as Spock and Uhura, respectively, Star Trek was both a critical and box-office success upon its 2009 release, and Pine became an overnight star.
The success of Star Trek opened more doors for Pine, as he went on to earn additional prominent film roles. He starred alongside Denzel Washington in the Tony Scott thriller Unstoppable (2010), and was ensnared in a love triangle with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in the action rom-com This Means War (2012). In 2013, Pine reprised his role of Captain Kirk for the film Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams's follow-up to 2009's Star Trek. That same year, the actor was cast in the titular role of CIA agent Jack Ryan, based on the character from the Tom Clancy series, in the Kenneth Branagh-directed film Jack Ryan.
A long career seemingly ahead of him, Pine stated in an interview that he viewed legendary actor Paul Newman as a role model, both for his artistic success and his impact as a philanthropist. The actor also professed admiration for George Clooney's bachelor lifestyle.
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Learn more about the stars of the wildly popular Star Trek television and film franchise. Created by Gene Roddenberry in the early 1960s, this otherworldly series debuted on the small screen in '66 and has since seen dozens of installments, most recently the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Chris Hemsworth and Zachary Quinto. Learn more about other cast members of the franchise, including William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, George Takei, Kirstie Alley and Winona Ryder. Who knows, you might even discover your inner-Trekkie.
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