Pine, Chris (I) Biography

biography of Pine, Chris (I)

Christopher Whitelaw Pine
Peenè Pinewood Piney
26 August 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA
6' 1"
Born in Los Angeles, California, Chris Pine comes from a show business family. He is the grandson of actress 'Anne Gwynne (I)' (qv) and 'Max M. Gilford' (qv), who was President of the Hollywood Bar Association. His parents are actors 'Robert Pine (I)' (qv) and 'Gwynne Gilford' (qv). His sister, 'Katherine Pine' (qv), also acts. Pine attended Oakwood School in the San Fernando Valley, and went on to study English at the University of California, Berkeley where he received a bachelor's degree. During this time, he spent one year studying at the University of Leeds in England. Pine also studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. After embarking on an acting career, Pine won guest roles in many television series, and made his feature film debut opposite 'Anne Hathaway' (qv) in _The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)_ (qv). Other roles in film and television followed, but he became an international star when he was cast as James T. Kirk in the hugely successful franchise reboot, _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv).

-   Sparkling blue eyes

-   Frequently plays mischievous but charming and likable characters

-   Grandson of 'Anne Gwynne (I)' (qv) and 'Max M. Gilford' (qv).

-   Son of 'Robert Pine (I)' (qv) and 'Gwynne Gilford' (qv).

-   Younger brother of 'Katherine Pine' (qv).

-   Cousin of 'Martin Jurow' (qv) and 'William Eliscu (I)' (qv).

-   Was ranked #27 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).

-   Was seriously considered for the lead role in _TRON: Legacy (2010)_ (qv).

-   Beat 'Mike Vogel (I)' (qv) for the role of James T. Kirk in _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv).

-   One of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to watch (2008).

-   Has a degree in English from UC Berkeley.

-   Studied acting at the University of Leeds in England and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

-   US Weekly magazine called him "the new 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv)".

-   Close friends with his _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv) co-stars 'Karl Urban' (qv) and 'Zachary Quinto' (qv).

-   Frequents Los Angeles bar The Roger Room along with 'Jason Sarayba' (qv), 'John Mayer (VII)' (qv), and 'Samantha Ronson' (qv).

-   In 2009, he visited Auschwitz in Poland and the city of Mostar in Bosnia while traveling around Europe.

-   Enjoys skeet shooting.

-   In April 2009, along with several of the cast and crew, he visited Camp Arijan in Kuwait to show _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv) to a group of US service members.

-   After college, he won a place at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) which has produced luminaries like 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv), 'Jim Broadbent' (qv), 'John Lithgow (I)' (qv), 'Donald Sutherland (I)' (qv), 'Chiwetel Ejiofor' (qv), 'Amy Irving' (qv), 'Stephen Moyer (I)' (qv), etc. But a lack of funds and the prospect of student loan debts stopped him from doing this course in London.

-   Is of Welsh and Jewish descent.

-   Auditioned for the part of Jake Sulley in _Avatar (2009)_ (qv) but lost to 'Sam Worthington' (qv). Pine stated that it was the "worst audition [he's] ever done.".

-   At age 28, he is the youngest actor to play the lead in a Star Trek film or series.

-   He is the first Star Trek lead to be born after the franchise began.

-   Is very close with his father, Robert.

-   Worked with 'Tom Hardy (I)' (qv) in _This Means War (2012)_ (qv). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in _Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)_ (qv) and Chris starred in _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv).

-   Father acted alongside 'William Shatner' (qv), his predecessor in the role of James T. Kirk, in _Incident on a Dark Street (1973) (TV)_ (qv).

-   On fame: If the worst thing that happens in your life is that you're asked the same question repeatedly for a month, and people look very interested while they're talking to you and wanting to know about you, think about every day you worked at that restaurant and every day you worked as a delivery man for Domino's, every day you were a host, every day you were a bartender and worked until 4 a.m. And then just be very grateful.

-   [2009] I've seen what can happen to an actor when he's just working for the sake of working. All of a sudden it's ten years later, your career's happened, and you haven't had any control. I still assume that, any day, I'm going to be exposed as a fraud. That, like I once heard Gene Hackman say, the acting police are going to burst in and take away my card.

-   My mom was an actress for many years, and my father has been an actor since he came out here [Hollywood] from New York in 1964 and was under contract at Universal for many years. My grandmother was a B-movie actress at Universal, and my sister was an actress for a while, but then she did a bunch of other I've been around it all my life. Growing up in a family of actors, what's great about it is that they're very supportive and they understand what it's like to be an actor - the rejections, the highs and lows...and having a common language with them is great because you have shorthand speech.

-   [2006] I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you. So if you have positive good energy, hopefully good things will come to you from the universe...I definitely have a spiritual outlook. I don't usually read self-help books, but I read a great book by a guy called Wayne Dyer, "The Power of Intention", which I loved. I am not a religious guy, I am probably agnostic but I thought what this writer had to say was really powerful. The more you are positive and say I want to have a good life, the more you build that reality for yourself; by creating the life that you want. It is not always the case that things will fall into your lap or that life will be great, but it is all about perspective and having a positive outlook. If something goes wrong, you say, 'That happened for a reason, what can I learn from that and how can I grow?'

-   [2006] I took part in a theater festival in Massachusetts two summers after I graduated from college. Then I was in Los Angeles thinking I am going to go to New York. I had decided that I would not have a chance of a film career, so I was about to make the move. I bought a plane ticket and found a place to live in New York, packed my bags and of course the universe told me that I was not meant to go. Suddenly a week before I was supposed to leave, I had three job offers and one of them was my first movie. I think that when you let go and throw it all away and stop getting attached and say whatever happens, happens, you don't invest too much in anything particular, and things work out. As an actor, it is easy to be so self-critical, saying to yourself, Am I good enough? Am I good looking enough? Am I smart enough? Yet here I am, so I am lucky.

-   [2006, on working with Lindsay Lohan] When I got the job I thought about her a lot. Not only was I getting a great job in a really good movie, but it was with Lindsay Lohan. She is so famous and I don't have any of that. I have never experienced that kind of intense scrutiny that she is under, so of course I wondered what it would be like acting opposite her. I can tell you that it is like being with the Beatles. You cannot fathom the kind of attention she gets. It is mind boggling. We were filming in New Orleans and decided to go to Tulane to a party. But you cannot just 'show up' to a party with Lindsay, it becomes an event unto itself. You hear the whispers, then the whispers become gaggles of people, then the gaggles of people becomes masses of people and the masses of people bring the paparazzi and then everything becomes exaggerated. If she was drinking water people would say 'Why is she drinking water?' So it was a learning experience for me to be around and to see what that was like and to separate fact from fiction. When I was 18 I was an emotional wreck and I couldn't imagine having to deal with that kind of fame, so I would say she dealt with it well and has a lot of grace. I think: good for her. She has met with such a lot of criticism and so I'm glad she is outspoken and opinionated and says what she thinks.

-   [on his biggest quirks] I talk to myself, especially in the car. I do it to work through ideas, or if I'm pissed off. I use the interior of the car like it's a [therapist's office].

-   [on pre-acting jobs] I worked in a restaurant and in a bakery, and I once worked for my landlord as a construction guy who would repair things in the house. But I was not very good because I do not know a hammer from a screwdriver, so that did not last long.

-   [2006] I performed and sang at school but as a child it was never anything I was interested in doing professionally. But it all struck home when I was at college, Berkeley in San Francisco. I was still very shy and I decided to go to the theater to audition and I started doing plays and loved it. So it's all gone on from there. I studied English and actually went to England for a year, to Leeds in the north of the country to study. It was a year abroad and that was wonderful. I had the time of my life. Everybody always talks about a dying passion for acting, but it never really happened for me that way, it happened so organically. Right now I cannot see myself doing anything else because it is so fascinating and a lot of it is really about human psychology. But I do have other interests like writing and playing music.

-   [on watching his own films] I am critical of myself like everyone else. You go to a movie theater and you are forty feet high. I had bad skin as a teenager and I am a shy person, but I think I am in the perfect business to fight my insecurities. You have to learn to love yourself and say 'I am pretty cool' instead of being so critical. You can easily fall into the trap of doing that.

-   [on kissing Lindsay Lohan during the masquerade ball scene in Just My Luck] Well at the time I was really sick with a fever. In fact, my sister came to stay, to take care of me. So I wasn't feeling well, and we were shooting amongst a huge crowd of extras. It is supposed to be an intimate scene, we are dancing, but of course it was not like that at all. There was no music and I was being yelled at, 'To the left! I need to see the left side of your face.' It could not be more artificial, but she was great and we laughed about it. It did feel awkward but we got into the rhythm of it. She was a great kisser, she has great big lips and she is gorgeous.

-   There have been, like, three auditions in my life where I feel like I'm in a Saturday Night Live skit. One was for Avatar, which was probably the worst audition I ever gave. Another was for 10,000 BC, where I was just, like, on my haunches pretending to be in a loincloth in Burbank. Then the other one was Star Trek. It was all this jargon talk of torpedoes and photons.

-   (May 2007) Appearing in 'Neil LaBute' (qv)'s "Fat Pig" alongside 'Scott Wolf (I)' (qv) at Los Angeles's Geffen Playhouse from May 5th to June 17th.

-   (June 2009) Starring in "Farragut North" alongside 'Chris Noth' (qv) at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

-   _This Means War (2012)_ (qv) -> $500,000

-   _Unstoppable (2010)_ (qv) -> $300,000

-   _People Like Us (2012)_ (qv) -> $750,000 plus $4.25 million deferred

-   _This Means War (2012)_ (qv) -> $5 million plus $1 million deferred

-   _Unstoppable (2010)_ (qv) -> $3 million

-   _Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)_ (qv) -> $1.5 million plus $500,000 backend

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 22 October 2007, by: From Times Wire Reports, "Chris Pine to Play Young Kirk in Newest 'Star Trek' Movie"

-   "Hollywood Life" (USA), May 2006, Vol. 17, Iss. 3, pg. 100, by: Chautard, Andre, ""One To Watch: Chris Pine""

-   "AD Rotterdams Dagblad" (Netherlands), 22 June 2012, "Nog meer sterren dan aan de hemel"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 15 February 2013, Iss. 1246

-   "Details" (USA), November 2010

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 24 October 2008, Iss. 1017

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Acting in movies

  1. Mantivities (2014)
  2. Jack Ryan (2013)
  3. Star Trek (2013) (VG)
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  5. "MSN Exclusives" (2012)
  6. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
  7. People Like Us (2012)
  8. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
  9. The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2012) (TV)
  10. This Means War (2012)
  11. "Chelsea Lately" (2007) {(#6.27)}
  12. "Conan" (2010) {John Carter 2: Just Kidding, That Will Never Happen (#2.112)}
  13. "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2012-02-16)}
  14. "ES.TV HD" (2009) {(2012-02-22)}
  15. "Good Morning America" (1975) {(2012-06-25)}
  16. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#10.123)}
  17. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(2012-06-25)}
  18. "Made in Hollywood" (2005) {(#7.17)}
  19. "The Big Picture" (2011) {Rise of the Guardians (#5.3)}
  20. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#20.166)}
  21. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#20.84)}
  22. The Captains (2011)
  23. Behind the Scenes with Joe Carnahan (2010) (V)
  24. Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief (2010) (TV)
  25. MTV Video Music Awards 2010 (2010) (TV)
  26. Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010)
  27. Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
  28. The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV)
  29. Unstoppable (2010)
  30. "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2010-11-12)}
  31. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#9.36)}
  32. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#19.31)}
  33. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2010-11-10)}
  34. 2009 MTV Movie Awards (2009) (TV)
  35. Beyond All Boundaries (2009)
  36. Carriers (2009)
  37. Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2009 (2009) (TV)
  38. Special zu 'Star Trek XI' (2009) (TV)
  39. Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants (2009) (TV)
  40. Star Trek (2009)
  41. Star Trek: A New Vision (2009) (V)
  42. Star Trek: Aliens (2009) (V)
  43. Star Trek: Ben Burtt & the Sounds of Star Trek (2009) (V)
  44. Star Trek: Casting (2009) (V)
  45. Star Trek: Gag Reel (2009) (V)
  46. Star Trek: Gene Rodenberry's Vision (2009) (V)
  47. Star Trek: Planets (2009) (V)
  48. Star Trek: Props & Costumes (2009) (V)
  49. Star Trek: Score (2009) (V)
  50. Star Trek: Starships (2009) (V)
  51. Star Trek: To Boldly Go (2009) (V)
  52. The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV)
  53. "Días de cine" (1991) {(2009-05-07)}
  54. "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2009-05-06)}
  55. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2009-04-24)}
  56. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2009-04-30)}
  57. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2009-05-01)}
  58. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2009-05-06)}
  59. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#7.73)}
  60. "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) {(#16.133)}
  61. "Making of..." (1992) {Star Trek 11}
  62. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) {Justin Timberlake/Ciara (#34.21)}
  63. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2009-05-06)}
  64. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2009-05-11)}
  65. "Vicariously" (2009) {We Are a Sex Offender (#1.2)}
  66. "Xposé" (2007) {(#3.152)}
  67. "Xposé" (2007) {(#3.161)}
  68. An Inconvenient Head (2008)
  69. Bottle Shock (2008)
  70. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2008-08-01)}
  71. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2007-01-19)}
  72. Blind Dating (2006)
  73. Just My Luck (2006)
  74. Smokin' Aces (2006)
  75. Surrender, Dorothy (2006) (TV)
  76. Confession (2005/I)
  77. The Bulls (2005)
  78. "Six Feet Under" (2001) {Dancing for Me (#5.2)}
  79. On the Set: The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004) (TV)
  80. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
  81. "American Dreams" (2002) {Tidings of Comfort and Joy (#3.9)}
  82. "CSI: Miami" (2002) {Extreme (#2.10)}
  83. "ER" (1994) {A Thousand Cranes (#9.16)}
  84. "The Guardian" (2001) {Hazel Park (#3.7)}


  1. Mantivities (2014) (screenplay)

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