Robins left the acting business after 1986. As an adult, he returned to show business as a writer and director. In 2000, he wrote and directed his first film, Dumped, which was released directly to video, and also wrote and directed Roomies in 2004. He wrote the 1999 movie Eating L. A. . Following the deaths of Dominique Dunne and Heather O'Rourke, Robins is the only surviving Poltergeist child actor, as well as the longest lived.