TV Actress of the Day: ROBIN TUNNEY


What She’s In: The Mentalist which airs Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Her Character: Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon

Why we like her: Robin Tunney has had a long career, and along the way has proved what a great actress she is. Today she stars in one of the most successful new show of 2008, The Mentalist, and we think that she proves every week why we like her so much.

Biography Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a car salesman father and a bartender mother. Tunney is Irish American; her father emigrated from Ireland and her mother is a first generation Irish-American. Tunney is Roman Catholic, and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Robin graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in the class of 1990. She then went on to study acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

At the age of eighteen, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring TV roles on Class of ’96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. Her breakthrough role was as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records before receiving the leading role as a Gothic witch in The Craft, alongside Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True. Robin shaved her head for her role in 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 starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 action film End of Days.
She starred in the House episode “Pilot” as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into dysphasia.
She starred as Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break.
She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008.
She stars opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series, “The Mentalist“, which debuted in September 2008. She will also appear in the upcoming comedy Passenger Side along side Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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