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Pine was born in Los Angeles, California to Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, both of whom are actors; he has a sister, Katie. His maternal grandparents were Anne Gwynne, a well-known Hollywood leading lady, and Max M. Gilford, a Hollywood attorney. Pine attended the University of California at Berkeley.

Pine’s first acting role was in a 2003 episode of ER; the same year, he also appeared in episodes of The Guardian and CSI: Miami. In 2004, he appeared in Why Germany?, a short film, and was the love interest of Anne Hathaway’s character in the romantic comedy film, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which was released in August of that year to strong box office. In 2005, Pine appeared in an episode of the series Six Feet Under, as well as in Confession, an independent film that was released directly-to-video, and The Bulls, another short film.

Pine appeared in the made-for-television film, Surrender Dorothy, which aired in early 2006. He also played a love interest in Just My Luck, a romantic comedy in which he stars opposite Lindsay Lohan. The film was released on May 12, 2006. Pine appears in the comedy, Blind Dating and in the action film Smokin’ Aces; he filmed both of the roles in 2005.

In 2007, Pine turned down a role in an upcoming film adaptation of White Jazz in order to accept the part of James T. Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. which was released in 2009. Since the successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise Chris went on to star in the

During the rest of the summer in 2009, he appeared in the Los Angeles production of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, then in September 2009, his film Carriers, a filmed which was filmed in 2007, was released for a limited time engagement in select theaters before going straight to DVD. His other 2009 roles included voicing the role of Dave in Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey and the independent film Small Town Saturday Night, which featured the debut of his vocal ability while singing ‘Someday Came Today’ which is now available on iTunes. Chris then headed out to Pennsylvania to film the Tony Scott-directed and Mark Bomback-written action film Unstoppable, which was released in November 2010. In the film, he played a young train conductor who helped a veteran railroad engineer (Denzel Washington) stop an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying toxic liquids and poisonous gases from wiping out a nearby city.

However, among everything Chris took part in during the better half of 2009 and 2010 he also filmed the romantic comedy This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy, during the fall of 2010, in Vancouver. Soon after Chris then appeared in the Los Angeles production of the black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore during the summer of 2010, for which he won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award.

During 2011 Chris sat down with the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner for the feature length documentary The Captains, which Shatner wrote and directed. The film sees Shatner interview Pine about his career and how it felt to take the role of Captain Kirk for the 2009 movie. Their interview features a memorable moment where the pair arm wrestles. Chris will also co-star with Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer in the family drama Welcome to People, which was filmed in early 2011.

He starred in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was released in 2014. Pine was the fourth actor to play the character, after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.

In 2014, Pine was in talks to star in a thriller about the United States Coast Guard, The Finest Hours, released in January 2016. He guest-starred in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and lent his voice for SuperMansion in 2015.

In May 2015, Pine was confirmed to play one of the Howard brothers, along with Ben Foster, in Hell or High Water (originally called Comancheria). Filming started on May 26, 2015 in New Mexico. The film premiered at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 and was released in August 2016. He reprised the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond. Filming began in June 2015 in Canada, and it was released in the US on July 22, 2016.

On July 14, 2016, he received his first Emmy Award nomination in “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” for his work on the series SuperMansion.

Pine was invited by Barbra Streisand to duet with her on her album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, along with other stars.

In 2015, Pine was cast as Steve Trevor, opposite Gal Gadot, in the superhero film Wonder Woman, which was released in June 2017. Also in 2017, he reprised his roles in SuperMansion season 2 and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, guest-starred in Angie Tribeca season 3 (including an episode where his father was also a guest star), and narrated the final episode of National Geographic Channel’s Breakthrough season 2.

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. The latter project began filming on August 21, 2017 in Scotland, and was released on Netflix on 9 November 2018. Also that year, Pine voiced a version of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In August 2018, it was reported that Pine would not be reprising his role as Captain Kirk in the fourth film of the Star Trek film series after contract negotiations fell through. In November 2019, it was confirmed that Pine would return as Kirk, after the revival of the fourth film

In July 2017, the US cable network TNT announced Pine would play the role of Jay Singletary in a six-episode television drama, One Day She’ll Darken. He also served as an executive producer alongside director Patty Jenkins and writer Sam Sheridan. The show, ultimately titled I Am the Night, began airing in January 2019.