Became known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 version of Star Trek, for which he won a Boston Society of Film Critics Award. He received additional acclaim for his starring roles in Smokin' Aces, This Means War, and Rise of the Guardians.
He briefly spent time in the United Kingdom studying English at the University of Leeds. He earned his debut role in ER in 2003.
He starred with Denzel Washington in a movie about a runaway train called Unstoppable.
His father appeared as Sergeant Joseph Getraer in CHiPs. His mother is also a former actor. He dated Actress Olivia Munn from 2009 to 2010, then, in 2015, he began a relationship with Actress Vail Bloom.
He appeared in Princess Diaries 2 with Anne Hathaway.