Robert John Appleby (born 18 November 1983), known professionally as Robert Kazinsky, is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Casper Rose in the Sky One drama Dream Team, the Don in Captain Marvel, Sean Slater in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim, and Macklyn Warlow in the sixth season of HBO's True Blood. In 2016, he played Orgrim Doomhammer in Warcraft and Jimmy Pritchard in the Fox television series Second Chance.
Robert John Appleby
18 November 1983
Kazinsky was born Robert John Appleby in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England on 18 November 1983. Kazinsky is Jewish. He is also a fluent speaker of Hebrew. 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.
He adopted his grandfather’s surname “Kazinsky” when he began his acting career. Kazinsky appeared in Israeli television commercials before he started acting. He made his acting debut in 2005, when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children's programme The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. Kazinsky then got a role in Sky One's football drama series Dream Team, in which he played Casper Rose from late 2005 to 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series, after he announced his intention to leave.
Kazinsky next played Sean Slater in EastEnders; he made his first appearance on 22 August 2006. 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". Kazinsky announced he would be leaving the show in October 2008 and made his last appearance in the show on 1 January 2009. On YouTube, Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video when they launched their own video channel on the website.
He made his film debut in 2012 when director George Lucas offered him a part in his World War II film Red Tails, in which Kazinsky plays a "pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades." In October 2010, Kazinsky was cast in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 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 on the drama series Brothers & Sisters as Dr Rick Appleton.
On 13 November 2012, Kazinsky joined the cast of the sixth season of the fantasy drama series True Blood, which premiered in 2013. That same year, Kazinsky appeared in Guillermo del Toro's science-fiction monster film Pacific Rim, as Chuck Hansen, an Australian Jaeger pilot.
In March 2015, he was cast in the leading role in the Fox drama series Second Chance. His character, 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 2016. Due to low ratings, it was cancelled after one series.
Kazinsky co-starred as Orgrim Doomhammer in the fantasy adventure film Warcraft, based on the video game of the same name which was released in May 2016. An avid World of Warcraft player, Kazinsky credits the game with giving him self-confidence during a period in which he would be harassed and attacked by people who confused him for the Sean Slater character.
On 17 January 2019, it was announced that Kazinsky would reprise his role of Sean Slater for a guest appearance. He returned to EastEnders for a brief stint which commenced on 26 April 2019. Kazinsky returned for a further one-off appearance in the episode broadcast on 1 November 2021.
|2012||Red Tails||Chester Barnes|
|2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Fili||Uncredited|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Chuck Hansen||as Rob Kazinsky|
|2018||Mute||Rob||as Rob Kazinsky|
|2019||For Love or Money||Mark|
|2019||Captain Marvel||Biker (The Don)|
|2022||The Gray Man||Perini|
|2005||The Basil Brush Show||Sven Garley||Episode: "Basil's Brush with Fame"|
|2005–2006||Dream Team||Casper Rose||30 episodes|
|2006–2009, 2019, 2021–2022||EastEnders||Sean Slater||Series regular|
|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||Himself||Guest judge|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda||Archon||Voice|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||EastEnders||Nominated|
|2006||Villain of the Year||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 Bad Boy||Nominated|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Most Popular Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Villain of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2008||Best Bad Boy||Nominated|
|2009||EastEnders Awards||Male Hottie||Won|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Killer Secret||Nominated|
|2009||British Soap Awards||Best Actor||Won|
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- Dan, Verbin (25 October 2010). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
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- "Look at EastEnders' Sean Slater now!". May 2015.
- "BBC soap suspends 'obscene' actor". BBC News. 8 January 2007.
- "EastEnders' Sean Slater to make dramatic Christmas exit". 14 October 2008.
- "Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands..." March 2009. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 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. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Marsi, Steve (11 November 2010). "Rob Kazinsky to Guest Star on Brothers & Sisters". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Christian Tobion (13 November 2012). "True Blood casts ex-EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky". Digital Spy.
- "Rob Kazinsky Pacific Rim". IGN. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- 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.
- "'Second Chance' canceled at Fox". EW.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- 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.
- Team Coco (29 January 2016), Robert Kazinsky: "World Of Warcraft" Saved My Life - CONAN on TBS, archived from the original on 14 December 2021, retrieved 7 July 2020
- "EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky defends surprise comeback as Sean Slater". www.whatsontv.co.uk. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Lee, Jess (17 January 2019). "EastEnders shock comeback for Sean Slater as Rob Kazinsky returns". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 January 2019.