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The Totally ’80s Parents of the ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Crew

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Alice Eve and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Alice Eve and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

If you're letting 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" be your guide to "Star Trek Into Darkness," you may be anticipating some hanky-panky between Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Eve appears in her skivvies, after all.

Aside from Pine and Eve's shared – and sordid – character history from "Star Trek" antiquity, they have another thing in common: Both have parents who were, like, totally recognizable actors from '80s television.

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Robert Pine in 'CHiPs'

Robert Pine in a 'CHiPs' publicity photo (Photo: Everett Collection)

Robert Pine played Sgt. Joseph Getraer in NBC's long-running cop drama "CHiPs." And on the other side of the pond in Britain, Sharon Maughan (Eve's mum) was the star of a popular '80s coffee commercial that eventually made its way to the U.S.

Chris Pine's dad played the sergeant in charge of the California Highway Patrol's Central Los Angeles Division from 1977 to 1983. On "CHiPs," Sgt. Getraer stuck close to the police station, but would go out on patrol every once in a while. At one point in the series, Robert Pine's character was the target of a hitman and nearly killed twice!

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Sharon Maughan, Alice Eve's mother

Sharon Maughan, Alice Eve's mother, during her coffee commercial days (Photo: Screengrab/Nescafe)

Maughan's turn at '80s television fame was much more romantic by comparison. In 1987 she became known as "the lady at the door," striking up a smoldering rapport with a male neighbor while asking him for some coffee for her dinner party. Known as the "Gold Blend couple" for Nescafé, they later took their soap opera-styled commercials to the States to represent the American version of the coffee brand – Taster's Choice. The commercials ran for a total of five years.

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Alice Eve, left, and her mother Sharon Maughan

Alice Eve, left, and her mother Sharon Maughan (Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage)

Both "Star Trek Into Darkness" actors Alice Eve and Chris Pine have certainly followed in the footsteps of their respective same-sex parents. And Pine has even been able to make certain career moves a family affair.

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Robert Pine on 'Star Trek' in 2002, left, and in 1996

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Chris Pine and Robert Pine

Chris and Robert Pine at the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Aside from "CHiPs," Robert Pine is a prolific television actor, working on more recent shows like "Bones," "Desperate Housewives," and "House M.D."

But it is some of his other work that may have proven to be the most relevant to his son: The elder Pine has appeared on "Star Trek" TV series twice – and as two separate characters. In 2002 he played a Vulcan captain on "Star Trek: Enterprise." And in 1996, he played a humanoid ambassador from a "warp capable" civilization of the planet Akritiri. For the latter role, Robert Pine wore ridging on his forehead denoting his species – a look only a "Star Trek" actor could pull off.

Both Pines also appeared in HBO's "Six Feet Under" – albeit in separate episodes.

Chris Pine's mother, Gwynne Gilford, was also an actress and Alice Eve's father, Trevor Eve, is a popular television star in Britain. And yes, both "Star Trek Into Darkness" actors were totally born in the '80s, too.




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