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Robin Tunney
Born June 19, 1972 (1972-06-19) (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992 ─ present
Spouse(s) Bob Gosse (1997–2006) (Divorced)
Andrew Dominik (2007–Present)

Robin Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is best known for her lead roles in the movie The Craft and the television series The Mentalist.


Early life

Tunney, who is the cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a car salesman father and a bartender mother.[1] Tunney is Irish American;[2] her father Pat emigrated from Ireland and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 1990. She then went on to study Art at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.


At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring TV 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, and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft. She shaved her head for Empire Records and had to wear a wig in The Craft.

In 1997, Tunney starred in 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 action film End of Days.

She starred in the pilot episode of House as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into dysphasia. She was credited as 'special guest star,'

She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters. Her only appearance outside of the first season was in the premiere episode of season two.

She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008.

Tunney is currently starring opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist. She appeared on the February 11, 2009 edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss Baker and the show.

Personal life

In 1997, Tunney married producer/director Bob Gosse. They separated in 2002.

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[citation needed]

In 2007, Tunney married Australian writer/director Andrew Dominik.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Encino Man Ella
1994 Law & Order Jill Templeton TV episode - "Mayhem"
1995 Empire Records Debra
1996 The Craft Sarah Bailey
1997 Julian Po Sarah
Niagara, Niagara Marcy Volpi Cup award for best actress
1998 Montana Kitty
1999 End of Days Christine York
2000 Vertical Limit Annie Garrett
Supernova Danika Lund
2001 Investigating Sex Zoe
2002 The Secret Lives of Dentists Laura
Cherish Zoe
2003 Abby Singer Herself (Cameo)
The In-Laws Angela Harris
The Twilight Zone Edie Durant TV episode - "Developing"
2004 Paparazzi Abby Laramie
House Rebecca Adler Pilot episode
2005 The Zodiac Laura Parish
Runaway Carly
2005 - 2006 Prison Break Veronica Donovan TV series -
2006 Hollywoodland Leonore Lemmon
The Darwin Awards Zoe
Open Window Izzy
2008 August Melanie
The Burning Plain Laura
The Mentalist Teresa Lisbon TV series - 2008-present
Passenger Side Theresa
The Two Mr. Kissels Nancy Kissel


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