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Cast of "CHiPs" | Source: Getty Images
Cast of "CHiPs" | Source: Getty Images

Robert Pine, aka Joseph Getraer from 'CHiPs,' at 83, Is a Proud Dad to 2 Famous Kids — Fans Would 'Never Recognize' Him

Naomi Wanjala
Jul 10, 2024
07:15 A.M.
  • Robert Pine's acting career spanned decades and didn't seem to stop despite his age. The actor's wife was also in the entertainment industry but left it for something completely different.
  • The star turned 82 in 2023 and celebrated the special day in style. He made a rare appearance at an event with his lovely wife, and had fans excited.
  • Robert's son and daughter followed in his career footsteps, but only one stuck with it.
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Robert Pine was born in 1941 in New York before graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1963 and moving to Hollywood. The year after his graduation, the star made his acting debut, appearing once in an episode of the show "Kraft Suspense Theater."

Cast of"CHiPs" From L-R, Robert Pine, Paul Linke, Tom Reilly Nelson, Erik Estrada, Clarence Gilyard Jr.,  Tina Gayle as Officer Kathy Linahan | Source: Getty Images

Cast of"CHiPs" From L-R, Robert Pine, Paul Linke, Tom Reilly Nelson, Erik Estrada, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Tina Gayle as Officer Kathy Linahan | Source: Getty Images

He continued acting in the 1960s and 1970s by featuring in different films and television shows. By 1969, the actor had already fallen in love with an actress named Gwynne Gilford, and they tied the knot that same year.

"CHiPs" cast l-r, rear) Michael Dorn, Brodie Greer, (l-r, center) Lou Wagner, Larry Wilcox, Randi Oakes, Erik Estrada, (l-r, front) Paul Linke, Robert Pine | Source: Getty Images

"CHiPs" cast l-r, rear) Michael Dorn, Brodie Greer, (l-r, center) Lou Wagner, Larry Wilcox, Randi Oakes, Erik Estrada, (l-r, front) Paul Linke, Robert Pine | Source: Getty Images

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In 1977, he finally landed his most prominent role when he starred in the series "CHiPs" as Sgt. Joseph Getraer, where he remained until it concluded in 1983. Robert later appeared in more shows and movies, with some of his significant roles including 2005's "Red Eye," 2008's "Lakeview Terrace," and 2013's "Jobs." His most recent and last known role was in 2022's "Five Days At Memorial."

Robert Pine as Sgt. Joseph Getraer on "CHiPs" | Source: YouTube/@EntertainmentTonight

Robert Pine as Sgt. Joseph Getraer on "CHiPs" | Source: YouTube/@EntertainmentTonight

On the other hand, the celebrity's wife's acting credits include several films and television shows from the late 1960s into the 1980s, and some people might also recognize her from "CHiPs," where she appeared in six episodes.

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She also featured on "One Day At Time" and "Gunsmoke." Her final acting role was in 1987 when she starred in the movie "Masters of the Universe." Instead of continuing her budding career, Gilford quit Hollywood and retired from acting. She chose an entirely new career away from the entertainment industry by becoming a therapist.

Paul Linke and Robert Pine at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show on January 20, 2001, in North Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Paul Linke and Robert Pine at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show on January 20, 2001, in North Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

What Did Robert Look Like at a Recent Event Which Had Fans Talking

In May 2023, during his 82nd birthday, Robert made a special appearance at the Kentucky Derby where he walked the red carpet with Gilford by his side. The actor wore a blue suit, white shirt, and beige hat for the occasion.

His wife complimented his look by wearing colorful pants with hints of blue, a pink top, and a blue hat. While being interviewed, the star revealed that it was his first time attending a Derby and had already lost money the day before, which he hoped to make up for.

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When asked what general advice he'd give someone, the veteran actor wisely said, "Enjoy your life and find the joy in it." He also urged people not to dwell on unimportant things.

The interviewer then asked if he was proud of his son, Chris Pine who is a talented actor. The celebrity shared how "very proud" he was of Chris, who was doing an "unbelievable" job and was also a good man.

Gwynne Gilford and Robert Pine at Hollywood Stars salute Glenn Ford's 90th birthday on May 1, 2006, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Gwynne Gilford and Robert Pine at Hollywood Stars salute Glenn Ford's 90th birthday on May 1, 2006, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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Fans thrilled to see him filled the comment section with different outlooks, some focusing on Robert's son, in response to the clip. One person was surprised at how Chris looked like his father in everything, including his "face and personality." Another person focused on Robert's look for the outing, calling him "very dashing."

Robert Pine at AFTRA's Inaugural Frank Nelson Fund Celebrity Golf Classic on July 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Robert Pine at AFTRA's Inaugural Frank Nelson Fund Celebrity Golf Classic on July 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

A third YouTube user thought Gilford's husband was a "nice fella" and said they remembered him from his days starring in "CHiPs." Making other fans envious, the person revealed that they'd met the actor in 1997 at Radford University before adding this tidbit about him, "Serious actor, but a gentle soul."

Robert Pine at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles CHLA Gala on October 8, 2022, in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

Robert Pine at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles CHLA Gala on October 8, 2022, in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

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As he approaches his 83rd birthday on July 10, the actor made a recent interview appearance that left fans buzzing about his graceful aging. Dressed sharply in a checked shirt and jeans, the Hollywood star showcased his neatly styled gray hair and exuded confidence as he discussed his preparation for the role in "CHiPs."

Fans couldn't help but admire the respected actor, flooding the comments section with compliments. One fan remarked, "He was perfect for that role. Great job, Mr. Pine."

A fan's reaction to Robert Pine's appearance | Source: YouTube/@RossiterMeets

A fan's reaction to Robert Pine's appearance | Source: YouTube/@RossiterMeets

Another quipped, "He's no longer Robert Pine; he's Chris Pine's dad." Someone else expressed surprise, noting they would have never recognized the actor.

In addition to Chris, the star and his wife have another child. Both children initially followed in Robert's career footsteps, but only one has continued in the acting world.

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More about Robert and Gwynne's Children

Chris, 42, has become a well-known actor like his father, but before he found his footing, his family linked him up with various production assistant jobs. He's had many significant acting roles, including "The Princess Diaries 2" and movie franchises like "Wonder Woman," "Star Trek," and "Jack Ryan."

Gwynne Gilford, Chris Pine, and Robert Pine at the after party for the premiere of "I Am The Night" on January 24, 2019, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Gwynne Gilford, Chris Pine, and Robert Pine at the after party for the premiere of "I Am The Night" on January 24, 2019, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

It's no wonder Chris followed in his father's career footsteps, as it seemed acting was a part of their genes. Besides his mother dabbling in the industry for a while, the actor's late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was also an actress with roles in movies like "House of Frankenstein" and "Black Friday."

While Robert took pride in his son, Chris also felt the same way about his father's incredible career, and during the "Five Days At Memorial" premiere in April 2022, he discussed him.

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Robert and Chris Pine at the Apple TV+ limited series "Five Days At Memorial" red carpet event on August 8, 2022, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Robert and Chris Pine at the Apple TV+ limited series "Five Days At Memorial" red carpet event on August 8, 2022, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Gilford's son noted his father's remarkable career and how he'd acquired his SAG membership in 1964. He gushed about his father being contracted under Universal and paid to act and take horseback riding lessons.

Chris raved about Robert starring in classics like "The Love Boat," "The Virginian," and "Gunsmoke." The younger actor seemed in awe of his father's achievements in the sphere, noting how he even featured in "The Graduate" with Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross!

Robert Pine at the premiere of "Bolivar" on August 31, 2022, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Robert Pine at the premiere of "Bolivar" on August 31, 2022, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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Besides Chris, Gilford and her husband are also parents to an adult daughter named Katherine "Katie." She was born in 1972 and dabbled a little in acting like most of her family, but current reports show that she's since quit.

In 1977, Katherine did voice-over work for "Heavy Gear," a video game. Back in the day, she also appeared on an episode of "The Love Boat: The Next Wave." She also starred alongside her famous father in the "CHiPS '99" reboot, which became her final role.

In 2023, Robert and Gilford celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary. Even after so many years together, they seemed very much in love during their Derby appearance.

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