Jun. 19th, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Robin Jessica Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress.
Born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father, and a bartender mother. Tunney is Irish American; her father was born in Straide, County Mayo, Ireland, while her maternal grandparents were from Clare Island. Tunney grew up in Orland Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She was raised Roman Catholic, attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, and resided in Palos Heights, also in the Chicago area. She is a cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney.
At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring television roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. She gave her breakthrough performance as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records (1995) and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft (1996).
In 1997, Tunney starred in (her husband at the time) Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' in the 1999 supernatural action film End of Days.
Tunney is known for her previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Supernova and Vertical Limit (2000).
She starred in the pilot episode of House as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into aphasia; she was credited as a "special guest star". She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters, and left the show after the premiere episode of the second season. She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008. Tunney is starring opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist (2008-present), playing Teresa Lisbon.
Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse (October 4, 1997); they divorced in (2006). In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik but they called off their engagement by August 2010. Tunney became engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet (December 25, 2012) while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown's eighth season, finishing ahead of Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick, moving on to the final cut. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she competed against Jason Alexander, Michael Ian Black, Ida Siconolfi, and Keegan-Michael Key. Tunney came in second, behind Alexander. She played for The Children's Health Fund, which received $200,000 for her efforts. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom PokerRoom.com.
- She had to wear a wig during the production of _The Craft (1996)_ (qv) because she shaved her head for her role in _Empire Records (1995)_ (qv), which was filmed a year earlier.
- Grew up with 'Lara Flynn Boyle' (qv) and attended high school together at the prestigious Chicago Academy for the Arts.
- 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' (qv).