Maxwell Jenkins

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Maxwell Jenkins
Maxwell Jenkins by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jenkins in March 2018
Born (2005-05-03) May 3, 2005 (age 16)
Years active2013–present

Maxwell Jenkins (born May 3, 2005) is an American actor who is known for his roles in Betrayal and Sense8.[1] In 2016, he played the role of Ryan Jensen in A Family Man.[1] Since 2018, he has appeared as Will Robinson in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 television series.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Jenkins is the son of Jeff Jenkins, a former Ringling clown, and Julie Greenberg. They are the co-founders and directors of the Chicago-based Midnight Circus, whose proceeds help fund general improvements for the Chicago parks the circus is hosted in.[5] Jenkins began performing with the circus at age three,[6] performing acts like tightwire walking, juggling, and playing mandolin.

Jenkins started his acting career in ABC's Betrayal at age eight in 2013.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2013-2014 Betrayal Oliver Recurring role;
12 episodes
2015 Sense8 Young Will Recurring role;
8 episodes
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Ryan Griggs Episode: 'I Do'
2015 Chicago Fire J.J. Guest role;
2 episodes
2018–present Lost in Space Will Robinson Main role;
20 episodes
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation (2019)


Year Title Role Notes
2016 A Family Man Ryan Jensen
2020 Joe Bell Joseph Bell


  1. ^ a b Verhoeven, Beatrice (November 12, 2014). "Gerard Butler's 'The Headhunter's Calling' Casts Maxwell Jenkins (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-09-20). "Toby Stephens To Topline 'Lost in Space' Netflix Remake, Maxwell Jenkins To Co-Star". Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Phelan, Zehra (11 April 2018). "Exclusive: Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall & Taylor Russell on playing the Robinson Kids in Lost in Space". Hey Guys. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Ahr, Michael. "Lost in Space: 'Too Good Not To Develop'". Den of Geeks. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Knight, Meribah (September 15, 2011). "Just Children, but Training for the Center Ring". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b "From the Circus Ring to Outer Space: Maxwell Jenkins". Midnight Circus. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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