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Robin Tunney

1972-06-19 Chicago, Illinois, USA

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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


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Monster Party Roxanne Dawson 2018-11-02
Looking Glass Maggie 2018-02-16
My All American Gloria Steinmark 2015-11-13
See Girl Run Emmie 2013-04-26
Passenger Side Theresa 2009-10-28
The Two Mr. Kissels Nancy Keeshin 2008-11-15
The Burning Plain Laura 2008-11-07
August Melanie Hanson 2008-05-16
The Darwin Awards Zoe 2006-07-05
Open Window Izzy 2006-09-01
Hollywoodland Leonore Lemmon 2006-08-31
The Zodiac Laura Parish 2005-07-31
Runaway Carly 2005-04-26
Shadow of Fear Wynn French 2004-09-14
Paparazzi Abby Laramie 2004-09-03
The In-Laws Angela Harris 2003-05-23
Abby Singer Herself 2003-10-28
The Secret Lives of Dentists Laura 2002-09-09
Intimate Affairs Zoey 2002-04-18
Cherish Zoe 2002-01-17
Supernova Danika Lund 2000-01-14
Vertical Limit Annie Garrett 2000-12-08
End of Days Christine York 1999-11-24
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Merri Coffman 1998-10-04
Niagara, Niagara Marcy 1998-03-20
Montana Kitty 1998-01-01
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadia 1998-01-01
Julian Po Sarah 1997-09-05
The Craft Sarah Bailey 1996-05-03
Riders of the Purple Sage Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne 1996-01-21
Empire Records Debra 1995-09-22
Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Sandra Turner 1992-05-05
Encino Man Ella 1992-05-22
Frogs! Hannah 1991-01-01