Chris Pine: Snapshot

Name
Chris Pine
Date of Birth
August 26, 1980
Birth Place
Los Angeles, Calif.
With sparkling blue eyes and a swoon-worthy smile, Star Trek stud Chris Pine could convert the least of Trekkies into sci-fi fangirls!

Before suiting up for Starfleet in the 2009 blockbuster, Pine made his mark as Anne Hathaway's Prince Charming in Princess Diaries 2 and Lindsay Lohan's crush in Just My Luck. But it wasn't until playing Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' reboot that he finally broke through, landing a spot on PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelor list and a starring role opposite Denzel Washington in Unstoppable.

Chris Pine: Five Fun Facts

  1. Before news broke that he was cast as Captain Kirk, Chris Pine was reprimanded by the studio for having been photographed at a urinal in his Star Trek costume.
  2. As a kid, Chris Pine wanted to be a garbage collector: "I'd bolt out the door, running down the street after garbage trucks."
  3. Chris Pine jokes that his first onscreen appearance was on CHiPs. His mom, actress Gwynne Gilford, was pregnant with him while filming the '70s crime drama.
  4. If Chris Pine weren't an actor, he'd be a circus performer. "I got into acting when I was 18 because I was trying to find friends, basically," he told PEOPLE. "And then I found out that I really enjoyed it."
  5. On the first day of shooting Star Trek, Chris Pine accidentally broke a stuntman's nose. "Do not hurt stuntmen because they will pay you back in kind!" he told PEOPLE.

Chris Pine: Biography

2004

Chris Pine

August 11

Royal Pain

Pine makes a royal impression on tweens in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Playing a rival royal who falls for Anne Hathaway's Princess Mia, Pine jokes to the New York Daily News, "The only attention I got from Princess Diaries was a 3-year-old in an airport lounge calling me Prince Nicholas."

2006

Chris Pine

May 12

Getting Lucky

Pine plays an unlucky, yet lovable loser opposite Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck. "It's a big thing, obviously, for me to be starring with someone at her level," he says of Lohan at the time. "She's so natural in front of the camera…and that made my job ten times easier."

2007

Chris Pine

Paging Captain Kirk

Pine is recruited to play Starfleet commander Captain James T. Kirk for JJ Abrams' much-hyped Star Trek reboot, rounding out the cast with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Eric Bana. "There's tremendous responsibility," Pine tells Men's Health of portraying the iconic TV character made famous by William Shatner. "There's tremendous pressure. But all those just clarify your vision."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Matt Sayles/AP

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Disney; Twentieth Century FOX; Fay Alexandre/Pixplanete/Globe

Edited by Julia Wang

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