Kazinsky at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Robert John Appleby
18 November 1983
Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
Robert Kazinsky (born Robert John Appleby; 18 November 1983) is a British film, stage and television 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 Guillermo Del Toro's film 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.
Kazinsky was born in Haywards Heath, the son of Phyllis and Paul Appleby, and grew up in Brighton. He has an older brother, Michael. Kazinsky is Jewish (his parents are descended from immigrants from Poland and Russia). He is a fluent speaker of Hebrew. Kazinsky was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995 to 2000. Kazinsky was expelled from both Hove Park School and later, his college. 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.
He has appeared in Israeli television commercials. 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.
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".
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.
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, but in April 2011, Kazinsky resigned from the role due to personal reasons.
On 9 January 2011 he guest starred in the US television drama Brothers & Sisters as Dr Rick Appleton.
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. In 2013, Kazinsky appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, as Chuck Hansen, an Australian Jaeger pilot.
In 2015, he portrayed Guy in the science fiction film Siren. In March 2015, he was cast in the leading role in the U.S. Fox drama series Second Chance. 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 and, as of February 2016, airs on Friday evenings following another Fox sci-fi series, Sleepy Hollow.
|2012||Red Tails||Chester Barnes|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Chuck Hansen|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|2006||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2006||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||Inside Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||All About Soap Awards||Fittest Fella||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Most Popular Actor||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Villain of the Year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Sexiest Male||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||Eastenders Awards||Male Hottie||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Killer Secret||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Fatal Attraction||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||British Soap Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
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- Dan, Verbin (25 October 2010). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
- Taylor, Charlotte (11 September 2006). "From Mid Sussex to Bad Boy of EastEnders". Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Exclusive: Ask Robert Kazinsky". Harchester United. October 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Web Chat: Robert Kazinsky". Harchester United. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Jewish actor joins EastEnders", TotallyJewish.com. URL last accessed 8 January 2006
- "A new man in town" BBC. URL last accessed 24 September 2006
- "BBC soap suspends 'obscene' actor". BBC News. 8 January 2007.
- Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands... Retrieved on 14 May 2009
- Tobin, Christian (22 October 2010). "Warner Bros confirms 'Hobbit' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
- "Rob Kazinsky quits 'The Hobbit'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- True Blood casts ex-EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky Christian Tobion, Digital Spy, 13 November 2012
- "Rob Kazinsky Pacific Rim". IGN. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Schwartz, Terri (27 August 2014). "Rob Kazinsky Talks Siren, Warcraft, and More!". Dread Central. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Miska, Brad (3 March 2015). "Rob Kazinsky, is set to play the monster in Fox’s "Frankenstein"". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- La Vigna, Christopher (3 March 2015). ""PACIFIC RIM" Actor Rob Kazinsky Tapped as Fox’s "FRANKENSTEIN"". Fangoria. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- Collura, Scott (4 December 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Schwartz, Terri (27 August 2014). "'Warcraft': Rob Kazinsky says Azeroth 'exceeds every expectation'". Zap2it. Retrieved 27 August 2014.