Robin Tunney

Robin Tunney

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    • June 19th, 1972
Robin Jessica Tunney (born June 19, 1972, height 5' 4" (1,63 m)) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist (2008–present), as well as previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Empire Records (1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999), and Vertical Limit (2000), and the 2005–06 series Prison Break. Early life: Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father, and a bartender mother. Tunney is Irish American; her father was born in Straide, County Mayo, Ireland, while her maternal grandparents were from Clare Island. Tunney grew up in Orland Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She was raised Roman Catholic, attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, and resided in Palos Heights, also in the Chicago area. She is a cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney. Career: At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring television roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. She gave her breakthrough performance as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft. In 1997, Tunney starred in her husband at the time Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 supernatural action film End of Days. She starred in the pilot episode of House as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into aphasia; she was credited as a "special guest star". She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters, and left the show after the premiere episode of the second season. She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008. Tunney is currently starring opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist, playing Teresa Lisbon. Personal life: Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1997; they divorced in 2006. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik but they called off their engagement by August 2010. Tunney became engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012 while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown's eighth season, finishing ahead of Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick, moving on to the final cut. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she competed against Jason Alexander, Michael Ian Black, Ida Siconolfi, and Keegan-Michael Key. Tunney came in second, behind Alexander. She played for The Children's Health Fund, which received $200,000 for her efforts. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom


Acting (31 Credits)

2020Horse Girl as Agatha Kaine
2019The Fix as Maya Travis
2018Looking Glass as Maggie
2018Monster Party as Roxanne Dawson
2015My All-American as Gloria Steinmark
2012See Girl Run as Emmie
2009Passenger Side as Theresa
2008The Two Mr. Kissels as Nancy Keeshin
2008August as Melanie Hanson
2008The Burning Plain as Laura
2008The Mentalist as Teresa Lisbon
2006Open Window as Izzy
2006Hollywoodland as Leonore Lemmon
2006The Darwin Awards as Zoe
2005The Zodiac as Laura Parish
2004Paparazzi as Abby Laramie
2004Shadow of Fear as Wynn French
2003The In-Laws as Angela Harris
2002Cherish as Zoe
2002The Secret Lives of Dentists as Laura
2001Intimate Affairs as Zoey
2000Vertical Limit as Annie Garrett
2000Supernova as Danika Lund
1999End of Days as Christine York
1998Montana as Kitty
1997Niagara, Niagara as Marcy
1997Julian Po as Sarah
1996The Craft as Sarah Bailey
1996Riders of the Purple Sage as Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne
1995Empire Records as Debra
1992Encino Man as Ella


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