Nick Robinson (American actor)

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Nick Robinson
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Robinson promoting Love, Simon in 2018
Nicholas John Robinson

March 22, 1995 (age 25)
EducationCampbell Hall School
Alma materNew York University[1]
Years active2006–present

Nicholas John Robinson (born March 22, 1995) is an American actor. As a child, he appeared in the 2008 stage productions of A Christmas Carol and Mame, following which he starred in the television sitcom Melissa & Joey (2010–2015). He went on to play a supporting role in the film Jurassic World (2015), and took on lead roles in several teen dramas, including The Kings of Summer (2013), The 5th Wave (2015), Everything, Everything (2017), and Love, Simon (2018).

In 2018, Robinson was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Hollywood & Entertainment category.[2]

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995 in Seattle, Washington.[1][3][4] He has four younger siblings and two older half-siblings from his father's previous marriage.[5] His mother is Denise Podnar.[6] He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013.[7] He was accepted to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies but deferred his first year to work on another season of Melissa & Joey.


Robinson made his professional acting debut at the age of eleven with a role in the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol.[8] Talent scout Matt Casella recommended him to a few agencies and Robinson was eventually signed with the Los Angeles-based Savage Agency. Because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Robinson's family moved back to Washington where he continued to perform on stage in and around Seattle.[8][9]

In 2010, Robinson was cast in the role of Ryder Scanlon, nephew of Melissa Joan Hart's character on the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey, playing the character until its cancellation 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; Robinson played the role of Jake Logan. Frenemies premiered in January 2012, on the Disney Channel.[10]

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer.[11] He also guest-starred in the episode "Blue Bell Boy," during the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He also began appearing in a series of television commercials for Cox Communications entitled "Buffer Time is Bonding Time."

In late 2013, Robinson was cast in Jurassic World, which was 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. He played Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave, which was released in January 2016. These roles made him unavailable for multiple episodes of the final season of Melissa & Joey, but he returned for the final three episodes.[13]

He played the lead in the independent film Being Charlie, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival;[14] the film was released theatrically in 2016.

In 2017 he starred in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal,[15] and as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name.[16]

Robinson was one of the many actors who auditioned for the role of Han Solo for Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story before the part was cast to Alden Ehrenreich.[17]

In 2018, Robinson starred as Simon Spier in the gay coming out teen drama film Love, Simon. The film was considered ground-breaking because it was the first major studio film to focus on a gay, teenage romance.[18] Robinson's performance as Simon garnered critical acclaim. After reading the script, Robinson revealed that he broke his own rule to no longer play high schoolers because he saw the cultural importance of the film.[19]

In 2019, he co-starred in the third film version of Richard Wright's Native Son.[20] In June 2018, it was announced he will star in the film adaptation of the novel Weetzie Bat.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 CC 2010 CC's Father (Young) Short film
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
2015 The Cav Kid Punk Kid Short film
2015 Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
2017 Kong: Skull Island Bar Guest #2 Cameo
2017 Everything, Everything Olly Bright
2017 Krystal Taylor Ogburn Also known as Drunk On Love
2018 Love, Simon Simon Spier
2019 Native Son Jan Erlone HBO film
2019 Strange but True Phillip Chase
TBA Silk Road Ross Ulbricht Post-production
TBA Shadow in the Cloud TBA Post-production
TBA The Language of Flowers Grant Pre-Production
TBA Weetzie Bat Max Announced


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon ABC Family Main role, 89 episodes
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith HBO Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2020 Love, Victor[22][23] Simon Spier (Narrator) Hulu Main role; Also producer
2020 A Teacher Eric Tull FX on Hulu[24] Main role; 10 episode

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell (Voice)
2015 Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell (Voice)


Year Title Role Location
2007 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Intiman Playhouse
A Christmas Carol Ensemble ACT Theatre
2008 Mame Patrick Dennis 5th Avenue Theatre
2009 A Thousand Clowns Nick Burns Intiman Playhouse
2010 Lost in Yonkers Arty Kurnitz Village Theatre
2019 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Shubert Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Everything, Everything Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale)[25] Love, Simon Won
Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award [26] Won
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award [27] Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star[28] Won
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale)[28] Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Mid-Season Film Awards Best Actor[29] Nominated
44th People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018[30] Nominated
The Comedy Movie Star of 2018[31] Nominated
2019 23rd Satellite Awards Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Major, Independent or International)[32] Nominated


  1. ^ a b @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. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (November 20, 2018). "Nick Robinson: 10 Questions With The 30 Under 30 Star". Forbes. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nick Robinson". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  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. ^ "Parenting Child Stars". Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  7. ^ "Alexi in Bed with Nick Robinson". YouTube.
  8. ^ a b Sari N. Kent. "Interview with Nick Robinson". Archived from the original on 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  9. ^ "Local teen stars with former idols in new TV show". King5. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 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. ^ "'Jurassic World' Nabs 'Kings of Summer' Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  13. ^ Michael Patterson (August 22, 2015). "THE NEXT BIG THING: Nick Robinson". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  14. ^ "Being Charlie". July 24, 2015. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  15. ^ Patterson, Michael (March 23, 2016). "William H. Macy's New Film to Feature Stars from American Horror Story, Daredevil and Jurassic World!". Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (July 20, 2016). "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  17. ^ Reyes, Mike. "10 Actors Who Have Already Auditioned To Play Han Solo". Cinema Blend. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  18. ^ Lang, Brent (9 March 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  19. ^ "How 'Love, Simon' Helped Nick Robinson Talk To His Brother About Coming Out". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Nick Robinson reveals how he landed the role of Simon in Love, Simon and more!". YouTube. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  21. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy, Nick Robinson & Sasha Lane Star In 'Weetzie Bat' Film Adaptation". Deadline. July 11, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  22. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (April 11, 2019). "Love, Simon Series Coming to Disney+". TVLine. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (2019-08-15). "'Love, Simon': Michael Cimino Leads Cast Of Disney+ Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  24. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (November 7, 2019). "FX to Produce Programming for Hulu". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  25. ^ Atkinson, Katie (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "HRC to Honor Actor Nick Robinson with the Ally for Equality Award - Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign.
  27. ^ "Maui Now: Nick Robinson to Receive 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award".
  28. ^ a b Evans, Greg (June 22, 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  29. ^ "The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announces their mid season film award nominees". EIN News. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  30. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  31. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  32. ^ "Press Academy". November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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