Nov. 19th, 1976
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Robin Dunne (born November 19, 1976) is a Canadian actor who is mainly known for having had numerous leading roles in sequels throughout his career, and lately for his role as Doctor Will Zimmerman in the science fiction Television series, Sanctuary.
He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and attended The Etobicoke School of the Arts. Dunne's mother is a native the Dublin Ireland. It is this link that has given him such an affinity to the country, the love of Guinness and also assisted him produce a pitch perfect Irish accent. Dunne is very proud of his Irish ancestry.
Dunne amassed quite a varied selection of credits in numerous TV projects and a handful of films from family-aimed TV dramas to libido-driven direct-to-video projects. A veteran of Canadian television beginning in his teens, the brown-haired, blue-eyed player with boy-next-door good looks got early exposure in the States with Canada-lensed projects like the 1994 TV-movie Against Their Will: Women in Prison (ABC), the 1996 feature The Road Home and the series My Life as a Dog (aired on Showtime in the USA from 1997 to 1998). A 1998-2000 recurring role as the charmingly bookish Franz on PAX TV's Little Men won the actor some notice and fans thanks to the family drama's cult following. Also in 1998, Dunne had a supporting role in The Big Hit, a Hong Kong action-influenced crime comedy starring 'Mark Wahlberg' and executive produced by John Woo.
Dunne seemed poised to take his fame to another level in 1999 with the Fox drama Manchester Prep, a series prequel to the popular Les Liaisons Dangereuses redux Cruel Intentions (1998). Dunne was cast as Sebastian Valmont in the controversial show, which followed the main characters through their early high school days. Scrapped by the network despite a particularly vociferous round of early buzz, Manchester Prep was recycled into the direct-to-video feature Cruel Intentions 2 (2000), an R-rated release complete with badly-inserted explicit language and gratuitous nudity. The actor bounced back with a somewhat memorable recurring role on Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1999-2000), playing Joey (Katie Holmes)'s college-age suitor. a brainy looker who still couldn't compete with the charms of Pacey (Joshua Jackson).
In 2001 Dunne surfaced with several TV-movie appearances, including two supporting roles on Lifetime (Criminal Intent: The Wandering Soul Murders and Criminal Intent: A Colder Kind of Death) and a featured turn as an ill-fated lottery winner in the USA Network thriller Class Warfare. The following year the actor took on two other notable TV-movie roles, starring in the drama Borderline Normal (USA Network) and playing the young Samuel Clemens in the Hallmark Channel's biopic Mark Twain's Roughing It. That same year Dunne starred in the direct-to-video sequel The Skulls 2 and returned to series television with a regular role as Alex, a gay twentysomething, on UPN's edgy, cinema verite ensemble comedy/drama As If (2002- ), based upon the successful British series of the same name.
Around 2001 to April 2002 he married actress 'Heidi Lenhart', but divorced under pressures of living in Hollywood.
- Has worked with Actor/Director Charles Martin Smith three times. In "The Road Home", Hallmark's "Roughing it" and "The Snowwalker".
- Appears in four direct-to-video sequels of movies: _Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (V)_ (qv), _The Skulls II (2002) (V)_ (qv), _American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002) (V)_ (qv) and _Species III (2004) (V)_ (qv).
- Attended Etibicoke School of The Arts High School in Toronto, Ontario.