Nick Robinson (American actor)

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Nick Robinson
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Robinson at TIFF, 2015
Born Nicholas John Robinson
(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 22)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Education Campbell Hall School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Nicholas John Robinson (born March 22, 1995)[1][2] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Zach Mitchell in Jurassic World, Joe Toy in The Kings of Summer, Ben Parish in The 5th Wave, and Ryder Scanlon on the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995 in Seattle, Washington,[2][3] as the oldest of five children, with the exception of two older half-siblings from his father's previous marriage.[4] His mother is Denise Podnar.[5] He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013.[6]


At age 11, Robinson made his professional acting debut in a stage version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.[7]

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."[8] 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.[7][9]

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 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.[10]

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' feature film-debut The Kings of Summer.[11] Filming began in July 2012 in the Cleveland, Ohio-area and ended August 2012.[12][13] 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 fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise which was ultimately released in 2015.[14] 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 second-highest-grossing film of 2015.[15]

Robinson played Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave, which was released 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.[16] He played the lead in the independent film Being Charlie, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival;[17] the film was released theatrically on May 6, 2016.

In March 2016, it was announced that Robinson will star in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal.[18] In 2017, he starred as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, also starring Amandla Stenberg.[19]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 CC 2010 CC's Father (Young)
2012 Frenemies Jake
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
The Cav Kid Punk Kid Short film
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2017 Everything, Everything Olly Bright
Krystal Taylor Ogburn
2018 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Simon Spier Post-Production[20]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon Main role, 89 episodes
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan Television film
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell Voice only
2015 Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell Voice only


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male The Kings of Summer Nominated
2015 Young Entertainer Awards Best Leading Young Actor – Feature Film Jurassic World Nominated


  1. ^ 5thWaveMovie (March 22, 2015). "The 5th Wave on Twitter: "Happy Birthday to #5thWaveMovie's Ben Parish, Nick Robinson!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2015-10-20 – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ a b "Nick Robinson". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Ryder Scanlon". ABC Family. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  4. ^ Stevens, Serita. "Newest Teen Heart Throb: Nick Robinson | Splash Magazines | Los Angeles". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Parenting Child Stars". Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Alexi in Bed with Nick Robinson". YouTube. 
  7. ^ a b Sari N. Kent. "Interview with Nick Robinson". Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Ryder Scanlon by Nick Robinson - Melissa & Joey -". Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  9. ^ "Local teen stars with former idols in new TV show". King5. July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  10. ^ "Disney Channel Original Movie "Frenemies" Buddies Up With 4.2 Million Total Viewers - Ratings". TV by the Numbers. January 17, 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 27, 2012). "‘Toy's House’ gets thesp trio". Variety. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  12. ^ O'Connor, Clint. "'Toy's House': Comedy shooting in Greater Cleveland features Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally". 
  13. ^ DuMound, Joanne. "Film crew arrives in Berea". 
  14. ^ "'Jurassic World' Nabs 'Kings of Summer' Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  15. ^ "2015 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  16. ^ Michael Patterson (August 22, 2015). "THE NEXT BIG THING: Nick Robinson". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Being Charlie". July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  18. ^ Michael Patterson (March 23, 2016). "William H. Macy's New Film to Feature Stars from American Horror Story, Daredevil and Jurassic World!". Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  19. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (July 20, 2016). "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
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