Robin Tunney

Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On (1989), Class of '96 (1993) (recurring)...

Born on June 19, 1972

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Height 1.63m / 5' 4"

Biography

Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On (1989), Class of '96 (1993) (recurring), Law & Order (1990), HBO's Dream On (1990) and the ABC mini-series J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993), in which she played "Kit Kennedy". The Craft (1996) was Tunney's first film lead though she has appeared in many supporting roles.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Raspy voice

Trivia

She had to wear a wig during the production of The Craft (1996) because she shaved her head for her role in Empire Records (1995), which was filmed a year earlier.

Has played a character named Zoe three times.

Was voted #59 on "The 2000 Maxim Hot 100: Maxim's Hottest Babes of 2000".

Robin's earliest passion was basketball, a dream that ended when she severely injured her knee in her freshman year in high school, requiring reconstructive surgery.

Was voted under "The 25 Sexiest Women of 2005 - #15: Robin Tunney" in Celebrity Sleuth (USA).

Was voted in "Maxim Hot 100 2001: #81" May 2001.

Irish American; her father emigrated from Ireland and her mother is a first generation Irish-American.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father and a bartender mother, and grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

Is best friends with Indie Rocker Liz Phair.

Grew up with Lara Flynn Boyle and attended high school together at the prestigious Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Quotes

I was always brought up to say please and thank you and always tell the truth, and people were saying, "Oh my God, what's going to happen with your character next year [on Prison Break (2005)]?' and I wasn't allowed to say, so I felt really guilty because I was lying to all these people, including my neighbors. You know, the character had its run, and I was really happy to be part of a show that was so successful and that people loved so much, but there was really nothing else for her to do.

I gotta tell you, I like to play the cards. I don't have any time anymore like I used to. When I was unemployed sometimes I would be at the casino in the middle of the day. One of my favorite moments on the The Mentalist was when we did an episode we shot at a casino in Los Angeles. The [assistant director] came up to me and said, "Wait till you see the people in there. Total degenerate gamblers. It's terrifying." And I went to sit and play some hands at lunch and I knew like five people [laughs]. It's fun. You have to be completely engaged. But it's an incredibly chauvinist game. I played in it and didn't think about the implications at the time.

[about shaving her head for "Empire records"] I was a child model and my mom would never let me do anything I wanted like cut my hair or get my ears pierced or any of those phases. I was 21 and for the first time I did something I was dying to do. I had always wanted to do something aberrant like that. I loved having it for a while, but by the end everyone saying "Excuse me, sir" was kind of annoying. I wasn't thinking about it in terms of some sort of feminist stance. I thought that if you were going to do it, the opportunity of doing it on film was also pretty cool.

You know, I think my attitude would have stopped me a little bit. I always had a stance like, you know, fuck Maxim. You know, I was supposed to be on the cover and my publicist set up the shoot behind my back and I was like, "There is no fucking way I am wearing my underpants on the cover of a magazine; they can go fuck themselves." Sexuality in that way and women using it has been around for forever, but it seems now with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, it seems that now in order to be successful you need to look like you want to have sex with every guy. I don't get it.

Spouses

Bob Gosse Bob Gosse October 04, 1997 - January 26, 2006 (divorced)

Filmography

Life Goes On Life Goes On Mary(1episode,1991)
Dream On Dream On Marybeth(1episode,1993)
Law & Order Law & Order JillTempleton(1episode,1994)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself-Guest(1episode,1998)
Encino Man  Encino Man  Ella
Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo  Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo  SandraTurner
Cutters Cutters DeborahHart(5episodes,1993)
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth J.F.K.: Reckless Youth Kathleen'Kick'Kennedy(2episodes,1993)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Herself-Guest(1episode,2015)
Empire Records  Empire Records  Debra
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself-Guest(2episodes,2000-2002)
The Craft  The Craft  SarahBailey
Riders of the Purple Sage  Riders of the Purple Sage  ElizabethErne
Julian Po  Julian Po  Sarah
Niagara, Niagara  Niagara, Niagara  Marcy
End of Days  End of Days  ChristineYork
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families  Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families  Melvina'Malka'Csizmadia(segment"MalkaCsizmadia")
The Witching Hour  The Witching Hour  Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Herself-Guest(1episode,2004)
Bread and Roses  Bread and Roses  Herself-PartyGuest(uncredited)
Bread and Roses  Bread and Roses 
Intimate Affairs  Intimate Affairs  Zoe
1997 MTV Movie Awards  1997 MTV Movie Awards  Herself
1998 MTV Movie Awards  1998 MTV Movie Awards  Herself
Cherish  Cherish  Zoe
Last Call with Carson Daly Last Call with Carson Daly Herself-Guest(1episode,2006)
The In-Laws  The In-Laws  AngelaHarris
HBO First Look HBO First Look Herself(2episodes,2000-2006)
Сумеречная зона Сумеречная зона EdieDurant(1episode,2003)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards  2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards  Herself
Lo + plus Lo + plus Herself-Guest(1episode,2001)
Shadow of Fear  Shadow of Fear  WynnFrench
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself-Guest(1episode,2009)
Conjuring 'The Craft'  Conjuring 'The Craft'  Herself
Abby Singer  Abby Singer  Herself
Celebrity Poker Showdown Celebrity Poker Showdown Herself(2episodes,2006)
House House RebeccaAdler(1episode,2004)
Hollywoodland  Hollywoodland  LeonoreLemmon
The Darwin Awards  The Darwin Awards  Zoe
Robot Chicken Robot Chicken CaroleDemas/...(1episode,2007)
Prison Break Prison Break VeronicaDonovan(23episodes,2005-2006)
Allen Allen VeronicaDonovan
And Then There Were 7 And Then There Were 7 VeronicaDonovan
Cell Test Cell Test VeronicaDonovan
End of the Tunnel End of the Tunnel VeronicaDonovan
English, Fitz or Percy English, Fitz or Percy VeronicaDonovan
Odd Man Out Odd Man Out VeronicaDonovan
Sleight of Hand Sleight of Hand VeronicaDonovan
Tweener Tweener VeronicaDonovan
Episode dated 20 December 2000 Episode dated 20 December 2000 Herself-Guest
Episode dated 12 June 2002 Episode dated 12 June 2002 Herself-Guest
Developing Developing EdieDurant
The Key The Key VeronicaDonovan
J-Cat J-Cat VeronicaDonovan
Flight Flight VeronicaDonovan
Tournament 8, Game 5 Tournament 8, Game 5 Herself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Herself-Guest(1episode,2010)
CBS Schoolbreak Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Brooke(1episode,1991)
Chelsea Lately Chelsea Lately Herself-Guest(1episode,2009)
The Burning Plain  The Burning Plain  Laura
The Mentalist The Mentalist TeresaLisbon(151episodes,2008-2015)
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards  The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards  Herself
Crimson Casanova Crimson Casanova TeresaLisbon
Bloodshot Bloodshot TeresaLisbon
Russet Potatoes Russet Potatoes TeresaLisbon
Red John's Footsteps Red John's Footsteps TeresaLisbon
The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter TeresaLisbon
Red Badge Red Badge TeresaLisbon
Live from Studio Five Live from Studio Five Herself(1episode,2010)
Cut, Good: The Making of 'Runaway'  Cut, Good: The Making of 'Runaway'  Herself
Blood Money Blood Money TeresaLisbon
Red All Over Red All Over TeresaLisbon
The Blood on His Hands The Blood on His Hands TeresaLisbon
Red Hot Red Hot TeresaLisbon
The Talk The Talk Herself-Guest(2episodes,2011-2015)
Bloodsport Bloodsport TeresaLisbon
Rhapsody in Red Rhapsody in Red TeresaLisbon
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand TeresaLisbon
Blinking Red Light Blinking Red Light TeresaLisbon
Fugue in Red Fugue in Red TeresaLisbon
The Redshirt The Redshirt TeresaLisbon
His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts TeresaLisbon
Cheap Burgundy Cheap Burgundy TeresaLisbon
Cherry Picked Cherry Picked TeresaLisbon
The Meredith Vieira Show The Meredith Vieira Show Herself-Guest(1episode,2015)
The Great Red Dragon The Great Red Dragon TeresaLisbon
Nothing Gold Can Stay Nothing Gold Can Stay TeresaLisbon
The Greybar Hotel The Greybar Hotel TeresaLisbon
Black Market Black Market TeresaLisbon
Tom Petty: Swingin'  Tom Petty: Swingin' 
Love Love Waverly(1episode,2016)
The End of the Beginning The End of the Beginning Waverly
Allison Janney/Robin Tunney/Candace Nelson Allison Janney/Robin Tunney/Candace Nelson Herself-Guest
Nothing But Blue Skies Nothing But Blue Skies TeresaLisbon
Blue Bird Blue Bird TeresaLisbon
Forest Green Forest Green TeresaLisbon
Black Hearts Black Hearts TeresaLisbon
Silver Wings of Time Silver Wings of Time TeresaLisbon
Violets Violets TeresaLisbon
Black Helicopters Black Helicopters TeresaLisbon
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