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Robin Tunney



Born June 19th, 1972, actress Robin Tunney became known in the 1990s for her work in a number of teen and independent films. A native of Chicago's South Side, where she attended Catholic high school, Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. She spent her summers performing in such stage productions as Bus Stop and Agnes of God. At the age of 18, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, where she began finding work on various television shows.



The actress made her screen debut in the 1992 Brendan Fraser/Pauly Shore comedy Encino Man. She had her first lead role in the teen ensemble film Empire Records (1995), playing a suicidal record store employee who announces her presence in the film by walking into the store and shaving her head. A year later, Tunney starred as a member of a group of high school misfits who use witchcraft to take revenge on their tormenters in The Craft. Sort of a Sixteen Candles meets Carrie, the film proved to be a cult hit, particularly with teenage girls.



Tunney subsequently made her name in independent dramas and mainstream films alike, doing particularly strong work in Niagara Niagara, earning the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for Best Actress, for her portrayal of a young woman with Tourette's Syndrome. In 1999, she entered into the realm of bloated budgets and equally bloated plot premises, starring as Satan's intended bride alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days. That same year, she played a 22nd century paramedic in Supernova, a sci-fi thriller that had her racing against time to escape from an exploding star. After braving icy mountains in the adventure nail-biter Vertical Limit (2000) Tunney would turn-up as a fantasy prone animator placed under house arrest after the mysterious hit and run death of a police officer in the comedy thriller Cherish (2002).



In the wake of The In-Laws, Tunney would carry an impressive collection of independent thrillers including Paparazzi, Runaway, and The Zodiac, with a continuing role on the popular television drama Prison Break serving well to offer steady employment while letting her chose her film roles as she saw fit. A supporting role in frequent television director Allen Coulter's feature debut Hollywoodland found Tunney joining an impressive cast that included Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins, and Adrien Brody to explore the mysterious last days of television Superman George Reevs.



Tunney became most recognizable for her starring role on The Mentalist as CBI Senior Special Agent Teresa Lisbon, who leads the Special Crime Unit and works directly with the show's protagonist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). The Mentalist first aired in 2008 on CBS and ran through 2015.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
33% My All American
  • Gloria Steinmark
2015
No Score Yet See Girl Run
  • Emmie Barker
2013
94% Passenger Side
  • Theresa
2010
No Score Yet Runaway (Runaway Boys)
  • Carly
2009
36% The Burning Plain
  • Laura
2009
No Score Yet The Two Mr. Kissels
  • Nancy Kissel
2008
36% August
  • Melanie
2008
68% Hollywoodland
  • Leonore Lemmon
2006
20% Open Window
  • Izzy
2006
25% The Darwin Awards
  • Actor
2006
26% The Zodiac
  • Laura Parish
2006
18% Paparazzi
  • Abby Laramie
2004
No Score Yet Shadow of Fear
  • Wynn French
2004
No Score Yet Whale in Montana
  • Actor
2004
85% The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Laura
2003
34% The In-Laws
  • Angela Harris
2003
No Score Yet Fever
  • Actor
2003
51% Cherish
  • Zoe
2002
No Score Yet Investigating Sex
  • Zoe
2002
65% Bread and Roses
  • Herself (uncredited)
2001
48% Vertical Limit
  • Annie Garrett
2000
10% Supernova
  • Danika Lund
2000
11% End of Days
  • Christine
1999
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet
  • Merri Coffman
1999
No Score Yet Montana
  • Kitty
1998
50% Niagara, Niagara
  • Marcy
1998
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Families
  • Malka Csizmadia
1998
No Score Yet Julian Po
  • Sarah
1997
50% The Craft
  • Sarah
1996
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne, Oldring's Masked Rider : Daughter
1996
23% Empire Records
  • Debra
1995
No Score Yet JFK: Reckless Youth
  • Kathleen `Kick' Kennedy
1993
16% Encino Man
  • Ella
1992
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo
  • Sandra Turner
1992
No Score Yet Frogs!
  • Hannah
1992
No Score Yet Montana, (Nothing Personal)
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Teresa Lisbon
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Rebecca Adler
No Score Yet Prison Break
2005-2009
  • Veronica Donovan
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Jill Templeton
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Edie

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