Born: 26 August 1980
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as: Captain Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek
Chris Pine is a third-generation Hollywood actor who shot to stardom on the strength of his role as Anne Hathaway's love interest in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). He grew up in Los Angeles, the son of actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford and the grandson of actress Anne Gwynne. Chris graduated from the University of California in Berkeley and, after a couple of years of dabbling in theater, began getting TV guest roles in 2003. His turn as Lord Nicholas Devereaux in the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries made him a teen heartthrob and his career was off and running. Although audiences were small for his 2006 films, Just My Luck and Smokin' Aces, both films had a "buzz" that helped keep Pine in the public eye. (Just My Luck was blessed/cursed with Lindsay Lohan as its star, and Smokin' Aces was supposed to be that year's Quentin Tarantino movie not made by Tarantino.) Pine's star status was secured with his 2009 appearance as young Captain James T. Kirk in a brand-new film version of Star Trek.
Extra credit: Pine's dad, Robert Pine, played Sgt. Joe Getraer in the TV series CHiPs (1977-83)... Captain Kirk was played by William Shatner in earlier films and in the original TV series (1966-69).
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