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Robin Tunney

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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Jun 19, 1972 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Life Goes On 1989-09-12
Latest Project:
Movie Horse Girl 2020-01-27
Known For
Poster of Looking Glass
Poster of End of Days
Poster of Empire Records
Poster of JFK: Reckless Youth
Movie Horse Girl Agatha Kaine 2020-01-27
Series The Fix Maya Travis 2019-03-18
Movie Looking Glass Maggie 2018-02-16
Movie Monster Party Roxanne Dawson 2018-11-02
Series Insatiable Brandylynn Huggens 2018-08-10
Movie My All American Gloria Steinmark 2015-11-13
Movie Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery Self 2013-10-11
Movie See Girl Run Emmie 2013-04-26
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Movie Passenger Side Theresa 2009-10-28
Series The Mentalist Teresa Lisbon 2008-09-23
Movie August Melanie Hanson 2008-05-16
Movie The Burning Plain Laura 2008-11-07
Movie The Two Mr. Kissels Nancy Keeshin 2008-11-15
Movie The Darwin Awards Zoe 2006-07-05
Movie Hollywoodland Leonore Lemmon 2006-08-31
Movie Open Window Izzy 2006-09-01
Movie Runaway Carly 2005-04-26
Series Prison Break Veronica Donovan 2005-08-29
Movie The Zodiac Laura Parish 2005-07-31
Movie Paparazzi Abby Laramie 2004-09-03
Series House Rachel Adler 2004-11-16
Movie Shadow of Fear Wynn French 2004-09-14
Movie The In-Laws Angela Harris 2003-05-23
Movie Abby Singer Herself 2003-10-28
Movie Intimate Affairs Zoey 2002-04-18
Movie Cherish Zoe 2002-01-17
Series The Twilight Zone Edie Durant 2002-09-18
Movie The Secret Lives of Dentists Laura 2002-09-09
Movie Supernova Danika Lund 2000-01-14
Movie Vertical Limit Annie Garrett 2000-12-08
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Unknown 1999-03-30
Movie End of Days Christine York 1999-11-24
Movie Montana Kitty 1998-01-16
Movie Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadia 1998-01-01
Movie Niagara, Niagara Marcy 1998-03-20
Movie Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Merri Coffman 1998-10-04
Movie Julian Po Sarah 1997-09-05
Movie Riders of the Purple Sage Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne 1996-01-21
Movie The Craft Sarah Bailey 1996-05-03
Movie Empire Records Debra 1995-09-22
Series Class of '96 Unknown 1993-01-19
Series JFK: Reckless Youth Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy 1993-11-21
Series Cutters Deborah Hart 1993-06-11
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Sandra Turner 1992-05-05
Movie Encino Man Ella 1992-05-22
Movie Frogs! Hannah 1991-01-01
Series Law & Order Jill Templeton 1990-09-13
Series Life Goes On Unknown 1989-09-12