Chris Pine

Pine in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Christopher Whitelaw Pine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 26, 1980

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather), German, English, Welsh, French

Chris Pine is an American actor. He played Capt. James Tiberius Kirk in the Star Trek saga (2009-2016). He has also starred in the films The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Just My Luck, Blind Dating, Smokin’ Aces, Bottle Shock, Carriers, Unstoppable, This Means War, People Like Us, Rise of the Guardians, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Horrible Bosses 2, Into the Woods, Z for Zachariah, The Finest Hours, Hell or High Water, Wonder Woman, and its sequel; A Wrinkle in Time, Outlaw King, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Contractor, All the Old Knives, Don’t Worry Darling, and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and on television’s Wet Hot American Summer series and I Am the Night.

Chris is the son of actors Robert Pine (born Granville Whitelaw Pine) and Gwynne Gilford (Gloria Gwynne Gilford), and the grandson of lawyer Max Gilford and actress Anne Gwynne.

Chris’s father is of German and English ancestry. Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ashkenazi Jewish, the son of Russian Jewish/Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Chris’s maternal grandmother was a Texan of English, Welsh, and French ancestry.

One family tree traces Chris’s Pine line to William Pyne, who was born, c. 1580, in Woodbury, Devonshire, England.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Granville Martin Pine (the son of Roswell Dean Pine and Mary Louise Harder). Granville was born in Oklahoma. Roswell was the son of William Grandville Pine and Margaret Hannah Green. Mary Louise was born in Illinois, the daughter of German parents, Henrich/Henry Harder and Margaret Schulz.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Whitelaw (the daughter of Donald Watts Whitelaw and Lucile Marie Foster). Virginia was born in Michigan. Donald was the son of Robert Glass Whitelaw, who was born in Ohio, to Canadian parents, and of Johanna Frank, who was German. Lucile was the daughter of Arthur L. Foster and Myrtie Seagraves/Seagreaves.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Max M. Gilford (born Max Goldfarb; the son of Louis Goldfarb and Yetta Saporsnikova). Max was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, from Kiev, Ukraine. He was a prominent Hollywood lawyer.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was actress Anne Gwynne (born Marguerite Gwynne Trice, the daughter of Jefferson Benjamin Trice and Pearl Guinn). Anne was born in Texas, and had English, Welsh, and French ancestry. Jefferson was the son of James B. Trice and Lillian P. Chevalier. Chris’s great-grandmother Pearl was the daughter of William Barnes Guinn (possibly originally Gwynn) and Louella Ida Dowdell.

Pine in 2009, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, photo by Spc. Howard Ketter


Genealogies of Chris Pine –

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Granville Martin Pine, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Donald Watts Whitelaw, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Lucile Marie Foster, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Max M. Gilford (Max Goldfarb), on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Max M. Gilford (Max Goldfarb) on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

38 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    I believe Chris Pine has remote Irish heritage. Francis E Segraves who was Chris Pines’ 9th great grandfather was born in Kildare, Ireland (1654-1725). Francis was the son of Patrick Segraves born in Meath, Ireland.

  2. bearboy says:

    On Hollowverse it says his maternal grandparents were Yetta Saporsnikova and Louis Goldfarb instead of great-grandparents. I guess Hollowverse isn’t as reliable as I thought.

  3. ashash says:

    He looks Georgian like Stalin.

  4. MichaelDubs says:

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  5. MichaelDubs says:

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    Michael Lipken

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