Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Highest Rated: 82% Eve's Bayou (1997)

Lowest Rated: 41% Snake Eyes (1998)

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



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
78% 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
82% 90% Eve's Bayou Narrator $14.8M 1997
63% 80% The Devil's Advocate Jackie Heath (Character) $61M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rescuing Desire Van (Character) - 1996


24% 93% Almost Family Genevieve (Guest Star) 2019-2020
94% 82% Emergence Maria Wilkis (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ME Dr. Melinda Warner (Character),
dr. Melinda Warner (Guest Star)
2018-2019 2000-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Earth Rising Eunice Clayton (Character) 2018
81% 71% Dietland Julia (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 29% Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler Guest 2018
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Monica Graham (Guest Star) 2016-2018
97% 96% Better Call Saul Anita (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 89% Elementary Lily Cooper (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 64% Zoo Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
67% 87% The Red Road Marie Van Der Veen (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2015
No Score Yet 86% Chicago Fire Dr. Melinda Warner (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2014
94% 92% 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 The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet As the World Turns Unknown (Character) 2006-2008 2004
87% 84% 24 Alberta Green (Guest Star) 2002
71% 86% Sex and the City Eileen (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1998 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet NYPD Blue Lillian Fancy (Guest Star) 1996-1997 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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


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