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Nick Robinson (American actor)

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 science fiction film Jurassic World (2015), and took on lead roles in several teen dramas, including The Kings of Summer (2013), The 5th Wave (2016), Everything, Everything (2017), and Love, Simon (2018).

Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson in an interview in 2018.png
Robinson promoting Love, Simon in 2018
Born Nicholas John Robinson
(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 23)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Education Campbell Hall School
Alma mater New York University[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

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Early lifeEdit

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995 in Seattle, Washington.[1][2][3] He has four younger siblings and 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] 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.

CareerEdit

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.[7] 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.[7][8]

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.[9]

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

He played the lead in the independent film Being Charlie, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival;[13] the film was released theatrically in 2016.

In 2017 he starred in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal,[14] and as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name.[15]

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 romance.[16] 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 believed so much in the importance of the film.[17]

In March 2018, it was reported that he had been signed onto a new film version of Richard Wright's Native Son.[18]

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
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
The Cav Kid Punk Kid Short film
Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
2017 Everything, Everything Olly Bright
Krystal Taylor Ogburn
2018 Love, Simon Simon Spier
2019 Strange but True Phillip Post-production
2019 Native Son Jan Erlone Post-production
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"


Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell Voice only
2015 Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell Voice only
Theater
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

Awards and nominationsEdit

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)[19] Love, Simon Won
Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award [20] Won
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award [21] Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star[22] Won
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale)[22] Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Mid-Season Film Awards Best Actor[23] Nominated
44th People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018[24] Pending
The Comedy Movie Star of 2018[25] Pending

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "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". Lasplash.com. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  5. ^ "Parenting Child Stars". parentmap.com. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  6. ^ "Alexi in Bed with Nick Robinson". YouTube.
  7. ^ a b Sari N. Kent. "Interview with Nick Robinson". TheCelebrityCafe.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 27, 2012). "'Toy's House' gets thesp trio". Variety. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  11. ^ "'Jurassic World' Nabs 'Kings of Summer' Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  12. ^ Michael Patterson (August 22, 2015). "THE NEXT BIG THING: Nick Robinson". moviepilot.com. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  13. ^ "Being Charlie". TIFF.net. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  14. ^ Michael Patterson (March 23, 2016). "William H. Macy's New Film to Feature Stars from American Horror Story, Daredevil and Jurassic World!". moviepilot.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (July 20, 2016). "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  16. ^ Lang, Brent (9 March 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ "How 'Love, Simon' Helped Nick Robinson Talk To His Brother About Coming Out". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Nick Robinson reveals how he landed the role of Simon in Love, Simon and more!". YouTube. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  19. ^ Atkinson, Katie (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  20. ^ Campaign, Human Rights. "HRC to Honor Actor Nick Robinson with the Ally for Equality Award - Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign.
  21. ^ "Maui Now: Nick Robinson to Receive 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award".
  22. ^ a b Evans, Greg (June 22, 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  23. ^ "the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announces their mid season film award nominees". EIN News. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  25. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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