When the hand of fate hits your number—and it will, most people with a modicum of talent are going to get that break—you need to be ready to make something of it, because it might not come back for a long time. —Robert Pine
Robert is a wonderful actor to help us kick things off! He absolutely exemplifies what it means to be a working actor: professional, hard-working, and has a great attitude. I’ve been fortunate to work with him onstage and I’m thrilled he could join us for the podcast!
He’s been working for the past 50+ years and probably best known to audiences for starring on the show CHiPs in the 70s and 80s.
Robert has over 200 film and TV credits, appearing on almost every iconic show from the ’60s to today, from Bonanza to Veep. Chances are if you’ve been watching TV over the last few decades, you’ve seen Robert! He’s also done commercials, video games, daytime soap operas, theatre, and plenty of films, including Independence Day and Frozen. Robert also serves as a member of the SAG-AFTRA National Board.
As of this episode, there are currently five projects he’s doing that are in post-production. The guy keeps busy! He also happens to be, if you were wondering, the father of actor Chris Pine, known as Captain Kirk in the recent Star Trek films and he was also in the rebooted Wonder Woman film.
Please enjoy my chat with Robert Pine!
Total running time: 1:24:23
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Want to hear more from another series regular actor? Check out my convo with Harry Groener, who starred on Dear John for three seasons and who also has three Tony Award nominations.
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Robert Pine around the web
- Getting involved with theatre in LA
- Growing up in New York
- His relationship with his father
- Changing his name
- Finding theatre in high school
- His comedic timing came
- Going to college as pre-med
- How he coped with his ADD before it was undiagnosed
- His determination to get into med school
- How a writer tried to talk him out of acting
- What your best asset is as an actor
- What he did with his money as a contract player
- Why he believes his son Chris is doing well and the advice he gave him
- What creates longevity in a career
- How to claim who you are and how it contributes to your success
- Why having fun may land you more parts
Selected People and Items Mentioned
- Tonight @ 8:30 at Antaeus
- Gwynne Gilford (Robert’s wife)
- Kitty Swink, actress
- Chris Pine, actor and Robert’s son
- Granville Van Dusen, actor
- Robert Anderson, screenwriter
- The Honeymooners
- Your Show of Shows
- Teresa Wright, actress
- Arthur Godfrey, broadcaster
- Edward R. Murrow, broadcaster
- Sardi’s restaurant
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Photo credit: Geoffrey Wade / The Antaeus Theatre (The Liar written by Pierre Corneille, adapted by David Ives)