Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. He has appeared in the romantic comedies The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and Just My Luck (2006), as well as the action film Smokin' Aces (2007) as well as portraying James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek.
Pine was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Robert Pine, is an actor who appeared in CHiPs as Sergeant Joseph Getraer, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford, is a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist. He has an older sister, Katie. Pine's maternal grandparents were Anne Gwynne, a Hollywood actress, and Max M. Gilford, an attorney who was elected president of the Hollywood Bar Association. Pine is of Welsh and Jewish descent on his mother's side. He has stated in an interview, "I definitely have a spiritual outlook... I am not a religious guy, I am probably agnostic".
Pine attended Oakwood School for high school and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. He also studied English at the University of Leeds in England for one year. After graduation, he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.