Tunney in 2013
|Born||(1972-06-19) June 19, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Spouse(s)||Bob Gosse (m. 1997–2006)|
Robin Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist (2008–2015), as well as previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Empire Records (1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999), Supernova and Vertical Limit (2000), and the television series Prison Break (2005–2006).
Tunney was 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 (with a shaved head) and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft.
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.
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 also starred opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist, playing Teresa Lisbon.
Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1995; they divorced in 1997. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik but they called off their engagement by August 2010.
On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown season eight, 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, earning $200,000 for The Children’s Health Fund. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom PokerRoom.com.
|1996||The Craft||Sarah Bailey|
|1996||Riders of the Purple Sage||Elizabeth ‘Bess’ Erne|
|1998||Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families||Melvina ‘Malka’ Csizmadi|
|1999||End of Days||Christine York|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Annie Garrett|
|2002||The Secret Lives of Dentists||Laura|
|2003||Abby Singer||Herself (cameo)|
|2003||The In-Laws||Angela Harris|
|2004||Shadow of Fear||Wynn French|
|2005||The Zodiac||Laura Parish|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Zoe|
|2008||The Burning Plain||Laura|
|2008||The Two Mr. Kissels||Nancy Kissel|
|2012||See Girl Run||Emmie|
|2015||My All American||Gloria Steinmark|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of Reckless Romeo||Sandra Turner||Movie|
|1993||JFK: Reckless Youth||Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy||Movie|
|1994||Law & Order||Jill Templeton||Episode: “Mayhem“|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Edie Durant||Episode: “Developing“|
|2004||House||Rebecca Adler||Pilot episode|
|2005–2006||Prison Break||Veronica Donovan||Season 1, and the season 2 episode “Manhunt” (23 episodes)|
|2008–2015||The Mentalist||Teresa Lisbon||151 episodes|
|2016||Love||SLAA Woman||Episode: “The End of the Beginning”|
2017 LOOKING GLASS MAGGIE
Awards and nominations
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|1997||MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight (shared with Fairuza Balk)||The Craft||Won|
|1997||Volpi Cup||Best Actress||Niagara, Niagara||Won|
|1999||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Niagara, Niagara||Nominated|
|2001||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actress – Action||Vertical Limit||Nominated|
|2006||Boston Film Festival||Festival Prize||Open Window||Won|
|2009||People’s Choice Awards||Best New Series (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)||The Mentalist||Won|
|2015||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Crime Drama TV (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)||The Mentalist||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress ||Nominated|