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Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
(born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon
Teresa Lisbon
in the television series The Mentalist (2008–2015), as well as previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Empire Records
Empire Records
(1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999), Supernova and Vertical Limit
Vertical Limit
(2000), and the television series Prison Break (2005–06).


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a car salesman father and a bartender mother.[1][2] Tunney is Irish American;[3][4] her father was born in Straide, County Mayo, Ireland, while her maternal grandparents were from Clare Island.[5] Tunney grew up in Orland Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She was raised Roman Catholic,[4] attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the Chicago
Academy for the Arts in Chicago,[6] and resided in Palos Heights, also in the Chicago area.[7] She is a cousin of Chicago
Alderman Tom Tunney.[7] Career[edit] 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
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
Volpi Cup
at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
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
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
Simon Baker
in the CBS
drama series The Mentalist, playing Teresa Lisbon. Personal life[edit] Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1995;[8] they divorced in 2006. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik[9] but they called off their engagement by August 2010.[10] Tunney became engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012, while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.[11] Their son, Oscar Holly Marmet, was born on June 23, 2016.[12] 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 the World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker
after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom PokerRoom.com. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1992 Encino Man Ella

1995 Empire Records Debra

1996 The Craft Sarah Bailey

Riders of the Purple Sage Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne

1997 Julian Po Sarah

Niagara, Niagara Marcy

1998 Montana Kitty

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadi

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

2004 Paparazzi Abby Laramie

Shadow of Fear Wynn French

2005 The Zodiac Laura Parish

Runaway Carly

2006 Hollywoodland Leonore Lemmon

The Darwin Awards Zoe

Open Window Izzy

2008 August Melanie Hanson

The Burning Plain Laura

The Two Mr. Kissels Nancy Kissel

2009 Passenger Side Theresa

2012 See Girl Run Emmie

2015 My All American Gloria Steinmark

2018 Looking Glass Maggie


Year Title Role Notes

1992 Perry Mason: The Case of Reckless Romeo Sandra Turner Television film

1993 JFK: Reckless Youth Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy

Cutters Deborah 5 episodes

1994 Law & Order Jill Templeton Episode: "Mayhem"

2003 The Twilight Zone Edie Durant Episode: "Developing"

2004 House Rebecca Adler Pilot episode

2005–06 Prison Break Veronica Donovan (23 episodes)

2008–2015 The Mentalist Teresa Lisbon 151 episodes

2016 Love SLAA Woman Episode: "The End of the Beginning"

Awards and nominations[edit]

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Year Association Category Nominated work Result

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)[citation needed] The Mentalist Won

2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Crime Drama TV (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)[citation needed] The Mentalist Nominated

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress [13] Nominated


^ " Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
Biography (1972?-)". Film Reference.  ^ McGavin, Patrick Z (July 5, 1998). "It's All An Act". Chicago Tribune.  ^ 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 2010-10-15.  ^ 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
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.  ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2016/07/07/robin-tunney-welcomes-son-oscar-holly/ ^ "Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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MTV Movie Award for Best Fight

Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
vs. Bob Barker
Bob Barker
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore
(1996) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
vs. Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
– The Craft (1997) Will Smith
Will Smith
vs. Cockroach – Men in Black (1998) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
vs. Puffy the Dog – There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary
(1999) Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
vs. Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix
The Matrix
(2000) Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi
vs. Entire bar – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2001) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
vs. Hong Kong gang – Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2
(2002) Yoda
vs. Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
– Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2003) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama
– Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2004) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah
– Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2005) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
vs. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
– Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2006) Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
vs. Robert Maillet
Robert Maillet
– 300 (2007) Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
Never Back Down
Never Back Down
(2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
– Twilight (2009) Beyoncé
Knowles vs. Ali Larter
Ali Larter
– Obsessed (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
and Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel
– The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
and Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson
vs. Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig
– The Hunger Games (2012) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
and Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
vs. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
– The Avengers (2013) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
and Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly
vs. Orcs – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
vs. Will Poulter
Will Poulter
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
(2015) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
vs. Ed Skrein
Ed Skrein
- Deadpool (2016)

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Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Actress


Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1934) Paula Wessely
Paula Wessely
(1935) Annabella (1936) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1937) Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
(1938) Luise Ullrich
Luise Ullrich
(1941) Kristina Söderbaum
Kristina Söderbaum
(1942) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1947) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
(1950) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1951) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1952) Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
(1953) Maria Schell
Maria Schell
(1956) Dzidra Ritenberga (1957) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1958) Madeleine Robinson (1959) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1960) Suzanne Flon
Suzanne Flon
(1961) Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(1962) Delphine Seyrig
Delphine Seyrig
(1963) Harriet Andersson
Harriet Andersson
(1964) Annie Girardot
Annie Girardot
(1965) Natalya Arinbasarova
Natalya Arinbasarova
(1966) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1967) Laura Betti
Laura Betti


Darling Légitimus
Darling Légitimus
(1983) Pascale Ogier
Pascale Ogier
(1984) Valeria Golino
Valeria Golino
(1986) Kang Soo-yeon (1987) Isabelle Huppert/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1988) Peggy Ashcroft/ Geraldine James (1989) Gloria Münchmeyer
Gloria Münchmeyer
(1990) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(1991) Gong Li
Gong Li
(1992) Juliette Binoche/ Anna Bonaiuto
Anna Bonaiuto
(1993) Maria de Medeiros/ Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1994) Sandrine Bonnaire/Isabelle Huppert/ Isabella Ferrari
Isabella Ferrari
(1995) Victoire Thivisol (1996) Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
(1997) Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(1998) Nathalie Baye
Nathalie Baye
(1999) Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne
(2000) Sandra Ceccarelli (2001) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2002) Katja Riemann
Katja Riemann
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2007) Dominique Blanc
Dominique Blanc
(2008) Kseniya Rappoport
Kseniya Rappoport
(2009) Ariane Labed
Ariane Labed
(2010) Deanie Ip (2011) Hadas Yaron
Hadas Yaron
(2012) Elena Cotta
Elena Cotta
(2013) Alba Rohrwacher
Alba Rohrwacher
(2014) Valeria Golino
Valeria Golino
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

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