Nick Robinson (American actor)

Nicholas John Robinson (born March 22, 1995)[1] is an American actor. As a child, he appeared in a 2008 stage production of A Christmas Carol and Mame, after which he starred in the television sitcom Melissa & Joey (2010–2015). He went on to play a supporting role in the science fiction adventure 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), Love, Simon (2018), and Native Son (2019). In 2020, Robinson co-starred in the FX miniseries A Teacher.

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

(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 26)
EducationCampbell Hall School
Alma materNew York University
Years active2007–present

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

Early lifeEdit

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995, in Seattle, Washington.[1][3][4] He has four younger siblings.[5] His mother is Denise Podnar.[6] He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013.[7] He was accepted to New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and attended in the summer to work on another season of Melissa & Joey.


Robinson made his professional acting debut at the age of eleven with a role in a 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, the 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; 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 October 2013, Robinson was cast in Jurassic World, which was released in 2015.[12] He played one of a pair of brothers who visit their aunt 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 titular lead in independent film Being Charlie, a semi-autobiographical feature about director Rob Reiner's relationship with his son, 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]

In 2018, Robinson starred as the titular 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.[17] 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.[18]

In June 2018, it was announced he would star in the film adaptation of the novel Weetzie Bat.[19] In 2019, he co-starred in the third film version of Richard Wright's Native Son.[20]

In 2020, Robinson co-starred in the FX miniseries A Teacher,[21] and he narrated his DM responses to the protagonist of Love, Victor, a Love, Simon spinoff TV series on Hulu, and appeared in two episodes of the show.[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
2017 Kong: Skull Island Bar guest #2 Cameo
Everything, Everything Olly Bright
Krystal Taylor Ogburn
2018 Love, Simon Simon Spier
2019 Native Son Jan Erlone
Strange but True Phillip Chase
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Stu Beckell
2021 Silk Road Ross Ulbricht


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon Main role
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2020–present Love, Victor Simon Spier Narrator; guest (Episodes: "Boys' Trip" and "Close Your Eyes"); also producer[24][25]
2020 A Teacher Eric Walker Main role;[26] miniseries
2021 Maid Sean Main role[21]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
2015 Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell


Year Title Role Venue
2007 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Intiman Playhouse
A Christmas Carol Ensemble ACT Theatre
2008 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 nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male The Kings of Summer Nominated [27]
2015 Young Entertainer Awards Best Leading Young Actor – Feature Film Jurassic World Nominated [28]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Everything, Everything Nominated [29]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Won [30]
Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award Love, Simon Won [31]
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award Love, Simon Won [32]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Love, Simon Won [33]
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Love, Simon Nominated [34]
People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated [35]
The Comedy Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Love, Simon Nominated [36]


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  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. Archived from the original on January 23, 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". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. 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. ^ Lang, Brent (9 March 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ "How 'Love, Simon' Helped Nick Robinson Talk To His Brother About Coming Out". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy, Nick Robinson & Sasha Lane Star In 'Weetzie Bat' Film Adaptation". Deadline. July 11, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 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. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 28, 2020). "Nick Robinson To Star Opposite Margaret Qualley In Netflix's Dramedy Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie". Deadline. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  22. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2020-06-15). "'Love, Victor': A Coming-Out Story That Doubles As A Corrective". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  23. ^ VanArendonk, Kathryn (2020-06-17). "In Love, Victor, a Spinoff Pushes Back Against Its Origin Story". Vulture. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  24. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (April 11, 2019). "Love, Simon Series Coming to Disney+". TVLine. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  25. ^ Petski, Denise (2019-08-15). "'Love, Simon': Michael Cimino Leads Cast Of Disney+ Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  26. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (November 7, 2019). "FX to Produce Programming for Hulu". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  27. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2013)". Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  28. ^ "Young Entertainer Awards Submissions 2015". Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  29. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 13, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: 'Wonder Woman', 'Beauty And The Beast', 'Riverdale' Among Honorees". Deadline. enske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  30. ^ Atkinson, Katie (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  31. ^ "HRC to Honor Actor Nick Robinson with the Ally for Equality Award - Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign.
  32. ^ "Maui Now: Nick Robinson to Receive 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award".
  33. ^ Evans, Greg (June 22, 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  34. ^ "The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announces their mid season film award nominees". EIN News. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  35. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  36. ^ "Press Academy". November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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