Robin Tunney

Actress, Model
Though she suffered from a few disappointments early in her career, actress Robin Tunney held fast to her drive and determination to become a well-established film and television performer. After making her start in ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

My All American 2015 (Movie)

Gloria Steinmark (Actor)

The Mentalist 2008 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

See Girl Run 2013 (Movie)

Emmie (Actor)

The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

August 2008 (Movie)

Melanie Hanson (Actor)

Passenger Side 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prison Break 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prison Break: Season 2 Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Shadow of Fear 2007 (Movie)

Wynn (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywoodland 2006 (Movie)

Leonore Lemmon (Actor)

The Zodiac 2006 (Movie)

Laura Parish (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paparazzi 2004 (Movie)

Abby Laramie (Actor)

Runaway 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

Angela Harris (Actor)

The Secret Lives of Dentists 2003 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cherish 2002 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Investigating Sex 2000 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

Danika Lund (Actor)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

Annie Garrett (Actor)

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

Christine York (Actor)

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Niagara, Niagara 1998 (Movie)

Marcy (Actor)

Julian Po 1997 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The Craft 1996 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Empire Records 1995 (Movie)

Debra (Actor)

Profiles 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cutters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Encino Man 1992 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Frogs! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

But He Loves Me 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

JFK: Reckless Youth (TV Show)

Actor

Montana (TV Show)

Actor

Open Window (TV Show)

Actor

Riders of the Purple Sage (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Mr. Kissels (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she suffered from a few disappointments early in her career, actress Robin Tunney held fast to her drive and determination to become a well-established film and television performer. After making her start in several local productions in her native Chicago, Tunney moved west to Los Angeles, where she began working almost immediately, though in less-than-ideal fare like "Encino Man" (1992). But a few years later, she was capturing attention with a breakthrough performance as a suicidal teen in "Empire Records" (1995), which led to higher-profile roles in "The Craft" (1996) and "The End of Days" (1999). While appearing in blockbuster films, Tunney had her biggest impact on the small screen, landing a prominent starring gig on the first season of "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005- ), which she followed with a leading role on the hit crime procedural "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008- ). While not a household name, Tunney nonetheless earned a reputation as a capable actress who managed to build a viable career despite her early setbacks.

Relationships

Bob Gosse Producer

Husband
Gosse directed Tunney in "Niagara, Niagara" (1997) Married Oct. 4, 1997 Divorced Jan. 26, 2006

Nicky Marmet

Companion
Engaged Christmas Day 2012

Patrick Tunney

Father
Emigrated from Ireland

Cathy Tunney

Mother
First generation Irish-American

EDUCATION

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago , Illinois

St. Ignatius College Prepatory High School

Chicago , Illinois

Second City Players Workshop

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2008

Cast as Agent Teresa Lisbon in the CBS series, "The Mentalist"

2006

Co-starred with Justin Chambers in the thriller, "Zodiac"

2006

Played actor George Reeves' fiancie and aspiring starlet, Leonore Lemmon in "Hollywoodland"

2005

Played Michael Scofield's attorney on the first season of "Prison Break" (FOX)

2004

Cast in "Paparazzi" about a celebrity who turns the tables on a persistent photographer; produced by Mel Gibson

2003

Appeared in the comedy, "The Secret Lives of Dentists"

2002

Earned rave reviews for her work in "Cherish"

2000

Starred as a mountain climber who becomes trapped in an ice cave in "Vertical Limit"

1999

Played a virgin pursued by Satan in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, "End of Days"

1997

Breakthrough screen role in "Niagara, Niagara"

1996

First leading role in a feature, "The Craft"

1995

Played a suicidal teenager in "Empire Records"

1994

Feature film debut, "Encino Man"

1993

Made regular series debut on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Cutters"

1993

Had a recurring role on the short-lived FOX series, "Class of '96"

1992

Made TV-movie debut in NBC's "Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo"

1991

TV debut in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, "But He Loves Me"

1991

At age 18, moved to Los Angeles

Appeared in stage productions in Chicago

Appeared as a child performer in commercials

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't know if casting directors go, 'Hey, we've got another suicide, let's call Robin Tunney.' It's weird, but they're all different and I guess it gives the characters some kind of power. At least I play women who are strong enough to take the power INTO THEIR OWN HANDS! And KILL themselves! So many women in films should just shoot themselves in the head anyway, because they're not really there for any reason." - Tunney commenting on her roles in Movieline magazine, July 1997

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