Robert Kazinsky

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Robert Kazinsky
Robert Kazinsky 2013.jpg
Kazinsky at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Robert John Appleby
(1983-11-18) November 18, 1983 (age 31)
Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
Occupation
Years active 2002–present

Robert Kazinsky (born Robert John Appleby; 18 November 1983) is an English film, stage and television actor and model. He is best known for his appearances as Casper Rose in the Sky One drama Dream Team, Sean Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, Chuck Hansen in Guillermo Del Toro's film "Pacific Rim" and Macklyn Warlow in the sixth season of HBO's True Blood in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Kazinsky was born in Haywards Heath, the son of Phyllis and Paul Appleby, and grew up in Brighton. He has an older brother, Michael. Kazinsky is Jewish (his parents are descended from immigrants from Poland and Russia).[1][2] He is a fluent speaker of Hebrew.[3] He was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995-2000. Kazinsky was expelled from both Hove Park School and later, his college.[4] He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kazinsky trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. He took his grandfather's middle name as his stage name.[5]

Career[edit]

He has appeared in Israeli television commercials.[6] He made his acting debut in 2005 when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children's show The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. He then got a role in Sky One's football drama Dream Team where he played Casper Rose from late 2005 until 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series after Kazinsky announced his intention to leave.[7]

It was announced on 18 May 2006 that he would be playing Sean Slater in EastEnders,[8] and he made his first appearance on 22 August 2006 and his last appearance on the 1 January 2009.

On 27 March 2007, Kazinsky was suspended from work on EastEnders for two months. A story in The People newspaper alleged that Kazinsky had bombarded a model with "obscene text messages and photographs." Kazinsky issued a statement apologising "for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute".[9]

It was announced on 18 January 2008 that Kazinsky would leave EastEnders. Speaking to This Morning on 31 July 2008, Kazinsky confirmed that he would not be pursuing a career in Hollywood but would instead begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic when he leaves EastEnders.

George Lucas offered him a part in his new Second World War fighter film Red Tails where Kazinsky plays a "pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades."[10]

On YouTube, Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video when they launched their own video channel on the website.

On 22 October 2010, it was announced that Kazinsky had been cast in the upcoming film The Hobbit. He would have played Fili, a member of the Company of Dwarves,[11] but in April 2011, Kazinsky resigned from the role due to personal reasons.[12]

On 9 January 2011 he guest starred in the US television drama Brothers & Sisters as Dr Rick Appleton.

On 13 November 2012 it was announced he would join the cast of the sixth season of the US television fantasy drama True Blood in 2013.[13] In 2013, Kazinsky appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, as Chuck Hansen, an Australian Jaeger pilot.

On 4 December 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Kazinsky would be joining the cast of Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March 2016.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Kazinsky is a close friend of many of his Dream Team co-stars, including: Jamie Lomas, Kara Tointon, Ricky Whittle, Danny Husbands, Junior Nunoo, Julie Healy, and Lauren Gold.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Love Mikey Short
Cowboy Mark Short
2012 Red Tails Chester Barnes
2013 Pacific Rim Chuck Hansen
Siren Guy
2016 Warcraft Orgrim Doomhammer Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Basil Brush Show Sven Garley Episode: "Basil's Brush with Fame"
2005–06 Dream Team Casper Rose 31 episodes
2006–09 EastEnders Sean Slater 254 episodes
2010 Law and Order: Los Angeles Ronnie Powell Episode: "Sylmar"
2010 Brothers and Sisters Dr Rick Appleton 2 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken George Jetson Voice
Episode: "Robot Fight Accident"
2013 True Blood Macklyn Warlow 9 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film/Television series
2006 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2006 British Soap Awards Villain of the year Nominated EastEnders
2007 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2007 British Soap Awards Villain of the year Nominated EastEnders
2007 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2007 Inside Soap Awards Best Bad Boy Nominated EastEnders
2008 All About Soap Awards Fittest Fella Nominated EastEnders
2008 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2008 British Soap Awards Villain of the year Nominated EastEnders
2008 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Male Won EastEnders
2008 Inside Soap Awards Best Actor Won EastEnders
2008 Inside Soap Awards Best Bad Boy Nominated EastEnders
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Most Popular Actor Nominated EastEnders
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Villain of the Year Nominated EastEnders
2008 Soaper Star Awards Best Actor Won EastEnders
2008 Soaper Star Awards Best Bad Boy Nominated EastEnders
2008 Soaper Star Awards Sexiest Male Won EastEnders
2009 Eastenders Awards Male Hottie Won EastEnders
2009 All About Soap Awards Killer Secret Nominated EastEnders
2009 All About Soap Awards Fatal Attraction Won EastEnders
2009 British Soap Awards Best Actor Won EastEnders
2009 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lennon, Simon (2008-10-05). "YOU’RE BEING SUCH A KNOB, ROB!". Daily Star. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ Dan, Verbin (2010-10-25). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  3. ^ http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/mid/FROM-MID-SUSSEX-TO-BAD.1761205.jp
  4. ^ "[1]"
  5. ^ "[2]"retrieved on 09/08/08
  6. ^ "Jewish actor joins EastEnders", TotallyJewish.com. URL last accessed 2006-01-08
  7. ^ "[3]" Retrieved on 09/08/08
  8. ^ "A new man in town" BBC. URL last accessed 2006-09-24
  9. ^ "BBC soap suspends 'obscene' actor". BBC News. 8 January 2007. 
  10. ^ Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands... Retrieved on 14/05/2009
  11. ^ Tobin, Christian (22 October 2010). "Warner Bros confirms 'Hobbit' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a316162/rob-kazinsky-quits-the-hobbit.html
  13. ^ True Blood casts ex-EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky Christian Tobion, Digital Spy, 13 November 2012
  14. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "[4]"

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