Christopher "Chris" Whitelaw Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. He is known for his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). He also appeared in the films The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), Smokin' Aces (2007), Bottle Shock (2008), Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Into the Woods (2014), Z for Zachariah (2015), and The Finest Hours (2016).
Pine was born in Los Angeles. His father, Robert Pine (born 1941), is an actor who co-starred on CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford (born 1946), is a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist. He has an older sister, Katie. His maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne (née Marguerite Gwynne Trice), was a Hollywood actress, and his maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford (born Max Goldfarb), was an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association. Pine's maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family, while Pine's other ancestry is English, Welsh, German, and French.
Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, with a bachelor's degree in English. He was an exchange student at the University of Leeds in England for one year. After graduating, Pine studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.