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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 19, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actress, model

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Though she suffered from a few disappointments early in her career, actress Robin Tunney held fast to her drive and determination to become a well-established film and television performer. After making her start in several local productions in her native Chicago, Tunney moved west to Los Angeles, where she began working almost immediately, though in less-than-ideal fare like "Encino Man" (1992). But a few years later, she was capturing attention with a breakthrough performance as a suicidal teen in "Empire Records" (1995), which led to higher-profile roles in "The Craft" (1996) and "The End of Days" (1999). While appearing in blockbuster films, Tunney had her biggest impact on the small screen, landing a prominent starring gig on the first season of "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005- ), which she followed with a leading role on the hit crime procedural "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008- ). While not a household name, Tunney nonetheless earned a reputation as a capable actress who managed to build a viable career despite her early setbacks.

Though she suffered from a few disappointments early in her career, actress Robin Tunney held fast to her drive and determination to become a well-established film and television performer. After making her start in several local productions in her native Chicago, Tunney moved west to Los Angeles, where she began working almost immediately, though in less-than-ideal fare like "Encino Man" (1992). But a few years later, she was capturing attention with a breakthrough performance as a suicidal teen in "Empire Records" (1995), which led to higher-profile roles in "The Craft" (1996) and "The End of Days" (1999). While appearing in blockbuster films, Tunney had her biggest impact on the small screen, landing a prominent starring gig on the first season of "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005- ), which she followed with a leading role on the hit crime procedural "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008- ). While not a household name, Tunney nonetheless earned a reputation as a capable actress who managed to build a viable career despite her early setbacks.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Passenger Side (2009)
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 August (2008)
5.
 Open Window (2007)
6.
 Darwin Awards (2006)
7.
 Hollywoodland (2006) Cast
8.
 Zodiac, The (2006)
9.
 Runaway (2005)
10.
 Paparazzi (2004) Abby Laramie
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared as a child performer in commercials
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Appeared in stage productions in Chicago
1991:
At age 18, moved to Los Angeles
1991:
TV debut in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, "But He Loves Me"
1992:
Made TV-movie debut in NBC's "Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo"
1993:
Had a recurring role on the short-lived FOX series, "Class of '96"
1993:
Made regular series debut on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Cutters"
1994:
Feature film debut, "Encino Man"
1995:
Played a suicidal teenager in "Empire Records"
1996:
First leading role in a feature, "The Craft"
1997:
Breakthrough screen role in "Niagara, Niagara"
1999:
Played a virgin pursued by Satan in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, "End of Days"
2000:
Starred as a mountain climber who becomes trapped in an ice cave in "Vertical Limit"
2002:
Earned rave reviews for her work in "Cherish"
2003:
Appeared in the comedy, "The Secret Lives of Dentists"
2004:
Cast in "Paparazzi" about a celebrity who turns the tables on a persistent photographer; produced by Mel Gibson
2005:
Played Michael Scofield's attorney on the first season of "Prison Break" (FOX)
2006:
Co-starred with Justin Chambers in the thriller, "Zodiac"
2006:
Played actor George Reeves' fiancie and aspiring starlet, Leonore Lemmon in "Hollywoodland"
2008:
Cast as Agent Teresa Lisbon in the CBS series, "The Mentalist"
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Education

St. Ignatius College Prepatory High School: Chicago , Illinois -
Chicago Academy for the Arts: Chicago , Illinois -
Second City Players Workshop: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

"I don't know if casting directors go ,'Hey, we've got another suicide, let's call Robin Tunney.' It's weird, but they're all different and I guess it gives the characters some kind of power ... At least I play women who are strong enough to take the power INTO THEIR OWN HANDS! And KILL themselves! So many women in films should just shoot themselves in the head anyway, because they're not really there for any reason." --Robin Tunney commenting on her roles in Movieline, July 1997.

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husband:
Bob Gosse. Producer, director. Together from 1996; formerly dated actor Parker Posey; directed Tunney in "Niagara, Niagara"; married on October 4, 1997.

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