Nick Robinson (American actor)

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Nick Robinson
Born Nicholas John Robinson
(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 20)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Alma mater NYU (deferred)[1]
Occupation American actor
Years active 2006–present

Nicholas John "Nick" Robinson[2] (born March 22, 1995) is an American actor. He currently co-stars as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Mel Burke, in the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey.[3] He played the protagonist, Joe Toy, in The Kings of Summer (2013), directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In 2015, Robinson played Zach Mitchell in the sci-fi adventure film, Jurassic World. He is set to star in the 2016 book adaptation The Fifth Wave as Ben Parish.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Seattle, Washington,[4] the oldest of five children, though he also has two older half-siblings from his father's previous marriage.[5] At age nine his parents enrolled him in a local children's theater group called Broadway Bound. He attended Seattle Preparatory School.


At age 11, Robinson made his professional acting debut in a stage version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.[6] Robinson continued to perform in regional theater productions throughout the Seattle-area, including To Kill A Mockingbird, Mame, and A Thousand Clowns.

In 2008, a theater friend suggested to Robinson's parents that Nick should meet with legendary Hollywood talent scout, Matt Casella, who said of Robinson, "He's a real kid, with an extraordinary talent and gift, not to mention a smart, good natured, creative kid with a great smile. Nick is ready for LA."[3] Casella then recommended him to a few agencies and eventually signed with The Savage Agency in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for Robinson, the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike was in full swing so he and his parents returned to Washington where he continued to perform on stage in and around Seattle.[6][7]

In 2009, after only his second television audition, Robinson landed the role of Ryder Scanlon, nephew of Melissa Joan Hart's character on the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey.

In 2011, while on hiatus from Melissa & Joey, Robinson began filming of the Disney Channel original movie Frenemies with fellow Disney stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya of “Shake It Up.” Robinson played the role of Jake Logan. Frenemies premiered on January 13, 2012, on the Disney Channel.[8]

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts feature film-debut The Kings of Summer.[9] Filming began in May 2012 in the Cleveland, Ohio-area and ended August 2012.[10][11] The film, which premiered in select locations on May 31, 2013, is about a group of three outcast teens who decide one summer to leave home and live on their own in the nearby woods. He also guest-starred in the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Rowland Smith, a young thief who has stolen part of Nucky Thompson's (Steve Buscemi) underground liquor shipments. The episode, entitled “Blue Bell Boy,” aired October 7, 2012. During the summer of 2012, Robinson began starring in a series of television commercials for Cox Communications entitled "Buffer Time is Bonding Time." A new series of commercials began airing in October 2012. Robinson co-starred with Ty Simpkins in 2015's Jurassic World, playing a pair of brothers whom visit their aunt at Jurassic World.[12] Jurassic World became the highest grossing film of 2015.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 CC 2010 Young CC's father Credited as Nick J. Robinson
2010 Displaced Kid with towel
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan Disney Channel Original Movie
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy Lead role
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
2015 Being Charlie Charlie Lead role
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish Post-production; lead role


Year Title Role Notes
2010–15 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon Series regular
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith Guest star

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell


Year Venue Title Role
2006 ACT Theatre A Christmas Carol Turkey Boy
2007 Intiman Playhouse To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch
2008 5th Avenue Theatre Mame Patrick Dennis
2009 Intiman Playhouse A Thousand Clowns Nick Burns
2010 Village Theatre Lost in Yonkers Arty

Awards and nominations[edit]

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 The Kings of Summer Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male Nominated


  1. ^ "Nick Robinson on David Letterman". 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Ryder Scanlon by Nick Robinson - Melissa & Joey -". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Ryder Scanlon". ABC Family. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  5. ^ Stevens, Serita. "Newest Teen Heart Throb: Nick Robinson | Splash Magazines | Los Angeles". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  6. ^ a b Sari N. Kent. "Interview with Nick Robinson". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  7. ^ 2:25 p.m. PDT July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19). "Local teen stars with former idols in new TV show". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Disney Channel Original Movie "Frenemies" Buddies Up With 4.2 Million Total Viewers - Ratings". 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  9. ^ Jeff Sneider (2012-06-27). "‘Toy’s House’ gets thesp trio". Variety. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  10. ^ O'Connor, Clint. "'Toy's House': Comedy shooting in Greater Cleveland features Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally". 
  11. ^ DuMound, Joanne. "Film crew arrives in Berea". 
  12. ^ 'Jurassic World' Nabs 'Kings of Summer' Actor
  13. ^ [2]

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