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      Tamara Tunie

      Tamara Tunie

      Highest Rated: 83% Eve's Bayou (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 39% A Journal for Jordan (2021)

      Birthday: Mar 14, 1959

      Birthplace: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA

      Tamara Tunie was an award-winning American actress who enjoyed a prolific career on stage, film, and TV, but was perhaps best known for her long-running roles on "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1954-2010) and "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, 1999-). Born on March 14, 1959 in McKeesport, PA, Tunie grew up an only child in nearby Homestead. After earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, Tunie set off to Los Angeles to begin acting professionally. She found work quickly, making her TV debut on an episode of "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC, 1985-1988), and her film debut the next year, appearing first in "Sweet Lorraine" (1987), before taking on a small role in Oliver Stone's Oscar winning drama "Wall Street" (1987). Tunie was on a roll: she soon found the part that would sustain her for the next eight years, playing Jessica Griffin on the classic daytime soap opera "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1954-2010). During this time, Tunie also appeared in such films as "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (1989), and "Rising Sun" (1993), while guesting on the TV shows "Tribeca" (FOX, 1993), "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), and "SeaQuest DSV" (NBC, 1993-1996). After her initial run on "World" ended, Tunie continued to work on TV, making appearances on "Swift Justice" (UPN, 1996), "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). She worked twice with Al Pacino, appearing in his films "City Hall" (1996) and "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), while also acting in the likes of "Eve's Bayou" (1997), "The Peacemaker" (1997), "Snake Eyes" (1998), and "The Caveman's Valentine" (2001), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Around this time, Tunie first appeared on "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, 1999-), as medical examiner Melinda Warner, a character she would continue to reprise over the next two decades, eventually appearing in 170 episodes and counting. Speaking of reprising characters, Tunie shocked and delighted soap opera viewers when she returned to "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1954-2010), playing Jessica Griffin on and off again for the next nine years. Meanwhile, Tunie also enjoyed an arc on the first season of "24" (FOX, 2001-2010), won a Tony award for her performance in "Spring Awakening" (2007), produced and directed her first film, "See You in September" (2010), and co-starred with Denzel Washington in the drama "Flight" (2012). Most recently, Tunie could be seen in the Netflix romantic dramedy film "Irreplaceable You" (2018), and in a guest spot on the third season of "Better Call Saul" (AMC, 2015-).

      Highest rated movies

      Flight poster Flight The Devil's Advocate poster
      The Devil's Advocate
      The Caveman's Valentine poster
      The Caveman's Valentine
      Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody poster Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Snake Eyes poster
      Snake Eyes
      A Journal for Jordan poster A Journal for Jordan




      44% 92% Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Cissy Houston (Character) $23.4M 2022
      39% 95% A Journal for Jordan Penny Canedy (Character) $6.4M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Circle of Deception Detective Williams (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Passing On Executive Producer - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Only Choice Brenda (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 100% Fall to Rise Annika (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 43% Missed Connections Felicity (Character) - 2012
      77% 75% Flight Margaret Thomason (Character) $93.7M 2012
      No Score Yet 33% See You in September Director - 2010
      45% 52% The Caveman's Valentine Sheila (Character) $687.1K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Money Shot Michelle (Character) - 1999
      41% 35% Snake Eyes Anthea (Character) $55.6M 1998
      83% 89% Eve's Bayou Narrator $14.8M 1997
      64% 79% The Devil's Advocate Jackie Heath (Character) $61.0M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rescuing Desire Van (Character) - 1996


      46% 60% Cowboy Bebop Ana (Character) 2021
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ME Dr. Melinda Warner (Character),
      dr. Melinda Warner (Guest Star)
      2000-2015 2018-2021
      32% 93% Almost Family Genevieve (Guest Star) 2019-2020
      94% 83% Emergence Maria Wilkis (Guest Star) 2019
      79% 77% Black Earth Rising Eunice Clayton (Character) 2018
      81% 71% Dietland Julia (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 28% Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 83% Blue Bloods Monica Graham (Guest Star) 2016-2018
      98% 96% Better Call Saul Anita (Guest Star) 2017
      95% 88% Elementary Lily Cooper (Guest Star) 2016
      82% 64% Zoo Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      67% 87% The Red Road Marie Van Der Veen (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 86% Chicago Fire Dr. Melinda Warner (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      93% 91% The Good Wife Serafina Norvy (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet As the World Turns Unknown (Character) 2004 2006-2008
      87% 87% 24 Alberta Green (Guest Star) 2002
      70% 79% Sex and the City Eileen (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1998
      83% 83% NYPD Blue Lillian Fancy (Guest Star) 1994 1996-1997
      No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swift Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1986