Robert Oliveri

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Robert Oliveri
Born Robert Dane Oliveri
(1978-04-28) April 28, 1978 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–1994

Robert Dane Oliveri (born April 28, 1978) is a former American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Nick Szalinski in the 1989 Disney film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award and a Saturn Award. He reprised the role in the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and the 3D film, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. He is also known as Kevin, Winona Ryder's little brother, in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands.

Early life[edit]

Robert Dane Oliveri was born in Los Angeles, California. He has one older brother, Erick, and a younger brother, Christopher. His mother, Pattie, divorced his father, remarried another man, and had three other children. He grew up in Lynbrook, New York with his mother where he attended St. Raymond's Catholic School in East Rockaway, New York. He and his brother, Erick, once starred together in a Stovetop Stuffing commercial. This began his future acting career.


At age nine, Oliveri starred as Paul Bard in an episode of ABC Afterschool Special. Two years later he made a guest appearance on Friday the 13th: The Series, based on the film franchise, as Mike Carlson. That same year, he starred as Young Nelson in the television movie, Ask Me Again. Also that year, he landed the role of Nick Szalinski, the son of Rick Moranis's character in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

For his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award and a Saturn Award. In 1990, Oliveri starred as Danny Flocken in the pilot of The Flockens, a show about raising four boys, which also starred Miriam Flynn and Bruce McGill as the parents. The show was not picked up and dismissed. He starred in an episode of Monsters and then landed the role of Kevin in Edward Scissorhands with Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.

He later starred in an episode of ABC Weekend Special as Ryan in Ralph S. Mouse. The next year, Oliveri reprised his role as Nick Szalinski in 1992's Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. His character had matured since the previous film and took a liking to Mandy Park, which was Keri Russell's film debut. Oliveri was asked to reprise his role as Szalinski again two years later for the 3D science fiction film, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, that opened at Epcot in 1994 and closed in 2010. It was later added to Disneyland's Tomorrowland section in California, but it closed in 2010 there, too.

Personal life[edit]

Oliveri quit acting after Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and graduated from School of the Holy Child in Old Westbury, New York in 1996. He became a freshman that year at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. Oliveri currently lives in Florida with his wife and his two children.



Year Film Role Notes
1989 Ask Me Again Young Nelson Supporting role
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Nick Szalinski Main role
1990 Edward Scissorhands Kevin Boggs Supporting role
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nick Szalinski Main role
1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Nick Szalinski Main role


Year Title Role Notes
1987 ABC Afterschool Special Paul Bard Episode: "Supermom's Daughter"
1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Mike Carlson Episode: "The Playhouse"
1990 The Flockens Danny Flocken Pilot
1985 Monsters Roy Barton Episode: "Mr. Swlabr"
1985 ABC Weekend Special Ryan Episode: "Ralph S. Mouse"

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