Anyone who spends hardly any time at all watching movies is familiar with Chris Pine. It would be hard not to at least have some casual familiarity with the person who has starred in the recent “Star Trek” movies as well as “Wonder Woman.” What might surprise you is to learn of his significant net worth, currently listed at $35 million. The question is, how has he accomplished this? Fortunately, you've come to the right place to find out.
How It All Started
One of the more interesting things about Chris Pine is that despite having both parents and grandparents who are successful actors, he never wanted anything to do with acting when he was young. In fact, he fancied a career in professional sports when he was very young and then eventually transitioned to becoming an English major while he was attending college at the University of Berkeley. During his last year of college, he was trying to find classes that would fill his time so he could graduate, but he had already taken all of his required classes. As a result, he decided to enroll in a couple of acting classes and from that point forward, he was committed to making it as an actor.
Early Days as an Actor
Like a lot of other solid actors, Chris Pine got started acting on the stage. In the 2000s, he acted in a play called “Fat Pig” and his performance was widely acclaimed all over the world. Eventually, he started auditioning for roles in television and film. It didn't take long for him to land a few roles. At first, he got a couple of guest starring roles on a popular television series that aired during 2003 called “ER.”
After that, he went on to additional television roles in “CSI: Miami” and “The Guardian.” These roles eventually led to his first performance in a film, starring opposite actress Anne Hathaway in “Princess Diaries 2” in 2004. Later, in 2009, he got what many consider to be his breakout role as Captain James T Kirk in the reboot of “Star Trek.” From that point forward, people considered him a major player in Hollywood, not someone who was only capable of performing a guest-starring role here and there.
The Progression of Pine’s Career
By 2014, Pine was playing a young Jack Ryan in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Just a few years later, in 2017, he played in “Wonder Woman,” a role he would repris only a short time later. These days, he's busy filming various film and television roles while also lending his voice as a voiceover actor. To date, he's been nominated for a number of awards, including the 2014 Satellite Award for his performance in “Into the Woods.” Currently, it's estimated that he makes an annual salary of approximately $2 million. Just in case you're wondering, that breaks down to roughly $200,000 a month.
Behind the Camera
As it turns out, Pine isn't just interested in acting in front of the camera. Another thing that has contributed to his net worth is the fact that he has served as a producer on a number of projects. In 2019, he did a limited series that aired on TNT called “I Am the Night.” He acted as the lead in the series, but he also produced it. He did something similar for another project called “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.” As a result of his efforts as a producer, he's had the opportunity to add to his net worth, although the exact amount from those activities alone remains undisclosed.
It certainly doesn't hurt that an overwhelming majority of the projects he's been involved in have been major box office draws, either. For example, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Into the Woods” and “Horrible Bosses 2” all gross more than $100 million each at the box office. As a major player in all three films, Pine not only received a set salary for his performances, but also receives royalties for these and many other projects. Considering the overwhelming popularity of these particular films, as well as the “Wonder Woman” films and the rebooted “Star Trek” movies, it's easy to understand how royalties alone could add a significant amount to his overall net worth.
Like a lot of actors, he's also involved in real estate. As a matter of fact, he is the proud owner of a 2,200 square foot house in Los Angeles that's worth more than $3 million. Records indicate that he paid $3.104 million for the house. Since it is a home that features a wine cellar, swimming pool and spa, it's highly likely that it will continue to increase in value. This is especially true considering the fact that it sits in a neighborhood known as Los Feliz, one of the more exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The more than $3 million value of the house itself adds to his net worth. That being said, it actually serves as a relatively small component when you consider the fact that his current net worth is listed at $35 million.
Pine is still relatively young, at age 41. That leads many to believe that he will continue acting for a number of years. By all accounts, it seems that he will continue to be active both in front of and behind the camera, meaning that his net worth is likely to increase significantly in the coming years. At the moment, he seems to be spending the overwhelming majority of his time growing his net worth by working on several projects simultaneously and spending relatively little money.
As a matter of fact, many people believe that he has adopted this work ethic so that when he does decide to retire from acting, he won't be faced with issues such as not having enough money to support the lifestyle he wants. Whatever his reasoning might be, it's obvious that he's figured out how to not only make a lot of money, but keep the overwhelming majority of money that he's made as opposed to allowing his debts to take over.
Written by Allen Lee
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