Chris Pine

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Christopher Whitelaw Pine was born August 26, 1980 and is an American actor.

Pine was born at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. 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. His maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford, who came from a Russian Jewish family, was an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association. 

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.

He made his made his feature film debut as Lord Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and is known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot film series (2009–2020), Will Colson in Unstoppable (2010), Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods (2014), Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

In 2015, Pine was cast as Steve Trevor, opposite Gal Gadot, in the superhero film Wonder Woman, which was released in June 2017. In 2018, Pine played Dr. Alexander Murry in the fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel of the same name, and starred as Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King. 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. He appeared in the Wonder Woman sequel Wonder Woman 1984 as Steve Trevor.

In May 2019, it was announced that Pine will star in action-thriller Violence of Action, and will serve as an executive producer. In August 2019, it was reported that Pine will play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, a drama movie about how media reported the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. In April 2020, it was reported that Pine will star in Olivia Wilde’s next directorial film, Don’t Worry Darling. On December 14, 2020 Pine was announced to be in talks as the lead in an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film.