Robert Kazinsky

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Robert Kazinsky
Rob Kazinsky by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kazinsky at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Robert John Appleby
Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
Years active 2002–present

Robert John Appleby, better known by the stage name Robert Kazinsky, is an English actor and model. He is best known for his appearances as Casper Rose in the Sky One drama Dream Team, Sean Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim, and Macklyn Warlow in the sixth season of HBO's True Blood in 2013. In 2016, he played the orc warchief Orgrim Doomhammer in Warcraft and had the lead role in the U.S. Fox TV series Second Chance.

Early life[edit]

Kazinsky was born Robert John Appleby in Haywards Heath, the son of Phyllis and Paul Appleby. He grew up in Brighton. He has an older brother, Michael. Kazinsky is Jewish, his parents are descended from immigrants from Poland and Russia.[1][2] He is a fluent speaker of Hebrew.[3] Kazinsky was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995 to 2000. He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kazinsky trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. He took his grandfather's middle name as his stage name.[4]


He has appeared in Israeli television commercials.[5] He made his acting debut in 2005 when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children's show The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. He then got a role in Sky One's football drama Dream Team where he played Casper Rose from late 2005 until 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series after Kazinsky announced his intention to leave.[4]

It was announced on 18 May 2006 that he would be playing Sean Slater in EastEnders,[6] and he made his first appearance on 22 August 2006 and his last appearance on 1 January 2009.

On 27 March 2007, Kazinsky was suspended from work on EastEnders for two months. A story in The People newspaper alleged that Kazinsky had bombarded a model with "obscene text messages and photographs." Kazinsky issued a statement apologising "for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute".[7]

It was announced on 18 January 2008 that Kazinsky would leave EastEnders. Speaking to This Morning on 31 July 2008, Kazinsky confirmed that he would not be pursuing a career in Hollywood but would instead begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic when he leaves EastEnders.

George Lucas offered him a part in his new Second World War fighter film Red Tails where Kazinsky plays a "pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades."[8]

On YouTube, Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video when they launched their own video channel on the website.

On 22 October 2010, it was announced that Kazinsky had been cast in the upcoming film The Hobbit. He would have played Fili, a member of the Company of Dwarves,[9] but in April 2011, Kazinsky resigned from the role due to personal reasons.[10]

On 9 January 2011 he guest starred in the US television drama Brothers & Sisters as Dr Rick Appleton.[11]

On 13 November 2012 it was announced he would join the cast of the sixth season of the US television fantasy drama True Blood in 2013.[12] In 2013, Kazinsky appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, as Chuck Hansen, an Australian Jaeger pilot.[13]

In 2015, he portrayed Guy in the science fiction film Siren.[14] In March 2015, he was cast in the leading role in the U.S. Fox drama series Second Chance.[15] His character, James "Jimmy" Pritchard, was a murdered elderly ex-cop who is genetically brought back to life as a man in his mid-30s with unusual powers. The series debuted in early 2016 to somewhat disappointing ratings.[16]

Kazinsky co-starred as Orgrim Doomhammer in the Warcraft film adaptation, which was released in May 2016.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Love Mikey Short
Cowboy Mark Short
2012 Red Tails Chester Barnes
2013 Pacific Rim Chuck Hansen
2015 Hot Pursuit Randy
Siren Guy
2016 Warcraft Orgrim Doomhammer


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Basil Brush Show Sven Garley Episode: "Basil's Brush with Fame"
2005–06 Dream Team Casper Rose 31 episodes
2006–09 EastEnders Sean Slater 254 episodes
2010 Law and Order: Los Angeles Ronnie Powell Episode: "Sylmar"
2010 Brothers and Sisters Dr Rick Appleton 2 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken George Jetson Voice
Episode: "Robot Fight Accident"
2013 True Blood Macklyn Warlow 9 episodes
2016 Second Chance Jimmy Pritchard (revived younger version) 11 episodes
2016 Face Off (season 10) ~ The Art of Warcraft Himself Guest judge

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Archon Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film/Television series
2006 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated EastEnders
2006 Villain of the Year Nominated
2007 Sexiest Male Nominated
2007 Villain of the Year Nominated
2007 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated
2007 Best Bad Boy Nominated
2008 All About Soap Awards Fittest Fella Nominated
2008 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Nominated
2008 Villain of the Year Nominated
2008 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Male Won
2008 Best Actor Won
2008 Best Bad Boy Nominated
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Most Popular Actor Nominated
2008 Sexiest Male Nominated
2008 Villain of the Year Nominated
2008 Soaper Star Awards Best Actor Won
2008 Best Bad Boy Nominated
2008 Sexiest Male Won
2009 EastEnders Awards Male Hottie Won
2009 All About Soap Awards Killer Secret Nominated
2009 Fatal Attraction Won
2009 British Soap Awards Best Actor Won
2009 Sexiest Male Nominated


  1. ^ Lennon, Simon (5 October 2008). "You're Being Such a Knob, Rob!". Daily Star. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Dan, Verbin (25 October 2010). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Charlotte (11 September 2006). "From Mid Sussex to Bad Boy of EastEnders". Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Web Chat: Robert Kazinsky". Harchester United. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jewish actor joins EastEnders", URL last accessed 8 January 2006
  6. ^ "A new man in town" BBC. URL last accessed 24 September 2006
  7. ^ "BBC soap suspends 'obscene' actor". BBC News. 8 January 2007. 
  8. ^ Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands... Retrieved on 14 May 2009
  9. ^ Tobin, Christian (22 October 2010). "Warner Bros confirms 'Hobbit' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rob Kazinsky quits 'The Hobbit'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Marsi, Steve (11 November 2010). "Rob Kazinsky to Guest Star on Brothers & Sisters". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  12. ^ True Blood casts ex-EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky Christian Tobion, Digital Spy, 13 November 2012
  13. ^ "Rob Kazinsky Pacific Rim". IGN. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Schwartz, Terri (27 August 2014). "Rob Kazinsky Talks Siren, Warcraft, and More!". Dread Central. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Miska, Brad (3 March 2015). "Rob Kazinsky, is set to play the monster in Fox’s "Frankenstein"". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  16. ^ La Vigna, Christopher (3 March 2015). ""PACIFIC RIM" Actor Rob Kazinsky Tapped as Fox’s "FRANKENSTEIN"". Fangoria. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Collura, Scott (4 December 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Schwartz, Terri (27 August 2014). "'Warcraft': Rob Kazinsky says Azeroth 'exceeds every expectation'". Zap2it. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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