Who is Robert Capron?
Robert is an American actor, probably known best for his role as Rowley, Greg Heffley’s best friend, in the popular children’s film series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. Robert began his acting career at a young age and rapidly gained recognition for his performance in movies, but he’s also ventured into television, and has appeared in the popular crime series “Elementary”. Over his career, he has worked with renowned actors like Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn.
Early Life and Education
Robert Capron was born on 9 July 1998, in Providence, Rhode Island. The only child of his parents, Robert discovered his passion for acting at a young age, participating in school plays and local theater productions.
He attended the private Wheeler School, where he was noted for his exceptional acting talents. His breakthrough came at the age of 10 when he made his first film appearance. Recognizing his potential, his parents encouraged him to pursue an acting career while still balanced with his studies.
After matriculating high school, Robert went on to attend Brown University, a prestigious Ivy League institution. There, he studied film and media, furthering his knowledge of the industry that had already become a significant part of his life. Robert graduated in 2021, and has since began gaining more experience behind the scenes, as a writer and director, in addition to continuing his acting career.
Roles in Movies
Robert’s journey into the world of film began with a minor role in the romantic comedy movie “Bride Wars” in 2009. In the same year, he also appeared alongside Richard Gere in the drama “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”.
However, the role that shot Robert to fame was in the popular film series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” based on Jeff Kinney’s children’s book series of the same name. The film series centers on the character Greg Heffley, a middle-school student who often finds himself in awkward situations as he tries to become popular. Robert’s character, Rowley, is the naive and kind-hearted best friend of the main character.
Robert’s portrayal of Rowley began with the first film in 2010 and continued in two subsequent sequels: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” in 2011 and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” in 2012. All three movies were well-received, and the success of the series helped Robert establish himself as a rising star in Hollywood.
Apart from his work on “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, Robert ventured into the realm of fantasy in 2010, with his role in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, playing Young Dave, the child version of the film’s protagonist, Dave Stutler.
Robert also showcased his ability to adapt to different media and genres when he lent his voice to the character of Bob in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated film “Frankenweenie” in 2012.
Another standout role for Robert was in “Tarzan” (2013), in which he provided the voice for the younger version of the titular character.
In the same year, Robert also had a notable part in the family drama film “The Way, Way Back”, in which he played Kyle, providing comic relief in the film. His performance in this film once again highlighted his comedic timing and ability to add depth to supporting roles.
After taking a three-year break from acting, Robert returned to the silver screen with a role in the biographical comedy “The Polka King”, centered on Pennsylvanian polka legend Jan Lewan (played by Jack Black). Also in 2016, he took on one of the lead roles alongside Bailee Madison and Rachel Resheff in the family adventure film “Annebelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket”.
In the following years, he had roles in several short films, including “Growing Pains” (2020), and “Caffe Greco” (2021). As of 2023, Robert is set to star in the upcoming comedy-drama “Growing up Gorman”, written by Eric and Patricia Goren, and directed by Robin Hays.
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Roles in TV series
While Robert Capron made a name for himself with his roles in movies, his talent also extends to the small screen.
One of his earliest television roles was in the popular children’s anthology series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series”. He appeared in two episodes of the show, “Really You: Part 1” and “Really You: Part 2”, in 2011, then in the following year, he made an appearance in the sitcom “The Middle”, centered on a dysfunctional family from rural Ohio.
In 2014, Robert joined the cast of the Emmy-awarded crime drama “Elementary”, created by Robert Doherty as a modern adaptation of the tales of Sherlock Holmes. He made his debut in season three, playing the character Mason, a young college student helping Holmes solve cases using his computer skills. Robert made his last appearance in the series in 2018, and since hasn’t been featured in any new TV shows.
Awards and Nominations
For his outstanding work in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, Robert received a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actor in a Feature Film in 2011. He was also nominated for the same award in 2012 and 2013, along with a joint nomination for Best Young Ensemble Cast, showing consistent appreciation for his performance.
Writing and Directing Credits
In the recent years, Robert has been focusing more on launching his career as a screenwriter and director, while taking on fewer acting roles. He made his directorial debut in 2018, with the short drama “Anybody in There”, which starred Connie Crawford and Larry Davis. In 2023, he co-wrote another short film, “Vial”, starring Grayson Eddey as a recovering drug addict who’s fighting to keep custody of his son.
In addition, Robert was one of the producers on short movies “Facunda” (2016), and “Caffe Greco” (2021).
Robert is known for maintaining a low profile when it comes to his personal life. However, he’s shared that he cherishes his time at Brown University, where he balanced his acting career with his studies.
Despite his busy schedule, Robert makes time for his hobbies. He’s an avid reader and has a particular interest in fantasy novels. He also enjoys playing the guitar, and has shown an interest in music.
Interestingly, Robert is a fan of history, and often shares trivia with his friends and co-stars on set.
He’s a big fan of the cult-classic movie “The Room”, which became infamous for its confusing plot and poor acting performances. In 2019, he shared a photo on Instagram with the film’s director, producer and main star Tommy Wiseau, calling the experience ‘life changing’.
Robert’s successful career in both film and television has contributed to his impressive net worth, estimated to be close to $5 million as of August 2023. His continued work in the industry is likely to see this figure continue to rise.