Nick Robinson (American actor)

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Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson September 2015.jpg
Born Nicholas John Robinson
(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 20)[1]
Seattle, Washington, United States
Alma mater NYU (deferred)[2]
Occupation American actor
Years active 2006–present

Nicholas John "Nick" Robinson (born March 22, 1995) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Seattle, Washington,[3] the oldest of five children, though he also has two older half-siblings from his father's previous marriage.[4]


At age 11, Robinson made his professional acting debut in a stage version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.[5]

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."[6] 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.[5][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, where he acted until the show concluded in 2015.

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] 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.

In late 2013, Robinson was cast in Jurassic World, the long awaited fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise which was ultimately released in 2015.[12] He co-starred with Ty Simpkins, playing a pair of brothers who visit their aunt played by Bryce Dallas Howard at Jurassic World. Jurassic World went on to become the highest grossing film of 2015.[13]

He was also cast as Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave which is due for release in January 2016. Robinson's roles in both Jurassic World and The 5th Wave resulted in his character being written out of Melissa & Joey for multiple episodes of the show's final season. With sporadic appearances throughout, he returned for the final three episodes.[14] He was also cast as the lead in upcoming independent film Being Charlie which premieres at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[15]



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/ Zombie 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
2015 Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Cav Kid Thief Cameo appearance


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


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