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Nicholas John "Nick" Robinson (born March 22, 1995) is an American actor. As a child, he appeared in stage productions of A Christmas Carol and Mame (both in 2008), following which he starred in the television sitcom Melissa & Joey (2010–2015). He went on to play a supporting role in the highly successful 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), and Everything, Everything (2017). In 2018, Robinson starred as the titular protagonist Simon Spier in the romantic comedy-drama film Love, Simon.

Personal life

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995 in Seattle,Washington, as the oldest of seven children. He has two older half-siblings from his father's previous marriage. His mother is Denise Podnar. He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013. While being known for portraying the gay titular character in Love, Simon, Robinson stated on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he is straight, but that his younger brother is gay and came out to him during the film's production.

Career

At age 11, Robinson made his professional acting debut in a stage version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

In 2008, a theater friend suggested to Robinson's parents that Nick should meet with legendary Hollywood talent scout, Matt Casella, who said of Robinson, "He's a real kid, with an extraordinary talent and gift, not to mention a smart, good natured, creative kid with a great smile. Nick is ready for LA." Casella then recommended him to a few agencies and eventually signed with The Savage Agency in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for Robinson, the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike was in full swing so he and his parents returned to Washington where he continued to perform on stage in and around Seattle.

In 2009, after only his second television audition, Robinson landed the role of Ryder Scanlon, nephew of Melissa Joan Hart's character on the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey, where he acted until the show concluded 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 of Shake It Up; Robinson played the role of Jake Logan. Frenemies premiered on January 13, 2012, on the Disney Channel.

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' feature film-debut The Kings of Summer. Filming began in July 2012 in the Cleveland, Ohio-area and ended August 2012. He also guest-starred in the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Rowland Smith, a young thief who has stolen part of Nucky Thompson's (Steve Buscemi) underground liquor shipments. The episode, entitled "Blue Bell Boy," aired October 7, 2012. During the summer of 2012, Robinson began starring in a series of television commercials for Cox Communications entitled "Buffer Time is Bonding Time." A new series of commercials began airing in October 2012.

In late 2013, Robinson was cast in Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise which was ultimately released in 2015. He co-starred with Ty Simpkins, playing a pair of brothers who visit their aunt played by Bryce Dallas Howard at Jurassic World. Jurassic World went on to become the second-highest-grossing film of 2015.

Robinson played Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave, which was released in January 2016. Robinson's roles in both Jurassic World and The 5th Wave resulted in his character being written out of Melissa & Joey for multiple episodes of the show's final season. With sporadic appearances throughout, he returned for the final three episodes. He played the lead in the independent film Being Charlie, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival; the film was released theatrically on May 6, 2016.

In March 2016, it was announced that Robinson would star in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal. In 2017, he starred as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, also starring Amandla Stenberg.

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

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 CC 2010 CC's Father (Young) Short film
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
Strange but True Phillip Post-production
2019 Native Son Filming
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"
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan Television film
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 nominations

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) Love, Simon Won
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Love, Simon Won
2018 People's Choice Awards Male Movie Star of 2018

Comedy Movie Star of 2018

Love, Simon Nominated

Nominated

Trivia

  • While still living in Seattle, Nick's parents put him into a theatre program called Broadway Bound, which is eventually what got him discovered as an actor.
  • His favorite film of all time is The Big Lebowski.
  • Nick was accepted into New York University in 2013, shortly prior to his High School graduation from Campbell Hall, but deferred his first year to work on another season of Melissa & Joey.
  • Nick was one of the main actors considered to play Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars, but the role eventually went to Ansel Elgort.
  • He is close friends with his The 5th Wave co-star, Maika Monroe.
  • Nick's younger brother is gay, and came out during production of Love, Simon[1].


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