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
Empire Records (1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999),
Vertical Limit (2000), and the television series Prison
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 Awards and nominations
7 External links
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 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 on December
25, 2012, while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro. Their son, Oscar
Holly Marmet, was born on June 23, 2016.
On June 28, 2006, Tunney won her table in the eighth tournament series
of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, moving on to the final table. The
finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she finished second to Jason
Alexander, earning $200,000 ($243,000 today) for her charity of
choice, The Children's Health Fund. In August 2006, Tunney played in
World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the
online cardroom PokerRoom.com.
Riders of the Purple Sage
Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families
Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadi
End of Days
The Secret Lives of Dentists
Shadow of Fear
The Darwin Awards
The Burning Plain
The Two Mr. Kissels
See Girl Run
My All American
Perry Mason: The Case of Reckless Romeo
JFK: Reckless Youth
Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy
Law & Order
The Twilight Zone
Episode: "The End of the Beginning"
Awards and nominations
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MTV Movie Awards
Best Fight (shared with Fairuza Balk)
Independent Spirit Awards
Best Female Lead
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Favorite Actress – Action
Boston Film Festival
People's Choice Awards
Best New Series (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain
Yeoman and Tim Kang)
People's Choice Awards
Favorite Crime Drama TV (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti,
Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress 
Robin Tunney Biography (1972?-)". Film Reference.
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^ Burgerstein, Jonathan (March 1998). "Fly, Robin Hood, flyperpa".
Interview. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12.
^ a b Hughes, Scott (1999-12-05). "Robin Tunney's angst-ridden roles".
The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-06-24. ...her compulsion to
tackle tough parts range from her Irish-Catholic background...
^ "My Irish dad would pretend to be a gay hairdresser!". Independent.
March 19, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
^ "Robin Tunney:Biography". Movies MSN. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
^ a b Crowder, Courtney (2010-09-21). "Palos Heights native wears a
smile on CBS' 'Mentalist'".
Chicago Tribune. Retrieved
^ Weiner, Carey (March 22, 1998). "Up and Coming: Robin Tunney; a
young best actress takes the plunge in 'Niagara, Niagara'". The New
York Times. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved
December 28, 2010.
^ Zuckerman, Suzanne (May 2009). "Actress
Robin Tunney on How to Speak
Your Mind". Women's Health. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
^ Morrison, Mark (August 2010). "Robin's Green Shades". In Style
Magazine. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
^ Eggenberger, Nicole (February 5, 2013). "Exclusive: Robin Tunney,
the Mentalist star, engaged to Nicky Marmet". Us Weekly. Retrieved
February 18, 2013.
^ "Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved
11 December 2014.
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Christopher Lee – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the
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Angelina Jolie vs.
Brad Pitt – Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2006)
Gerard Butler vs.
Robert Maillet – 300 (2007)
Sean Faris vs.
Cam Gigandet –
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Robert Pattinson vs.
Cam Gigandet – Twilight (2009)
Beyoncé Knowles vs.
Ali Larter – Obsessed (2010)
Robert Pattinson vs.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard and
Xavier Samuel – The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011)
Jennifer Lawrence and
Josh Hutcherson vs.
Alexander Ludwig – The
Hunger Games (2012)
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth,
Scarlett Johansson and
Jeremy Renner vs.
Tom Hiddleston – The
Orlando Bloom and
Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs – The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug (2014)
Dylan O'Brien vs.
Will Poulter –
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner (2015)
Ryan Reynolds vs.
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Volpi Cup for Best Actress
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Jean Simmons (1948)
Olivia de Havilland
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Eleanor Parker (1950)
Vivien Leigh (1951)
Ingrid Bergman (1952)
Lilli Palmer (1953)
Maria Schell (1956)
Dzidra Ritenberga (1957)
Sophia Loren (1958)
Madeleine Robinson (1959)
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