Robin Tunney

Robin Jessica Tunney (born June 19, 1972, height 5' 4" (1,63 m)) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist (2008–present), as well as previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Empire Records (1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999), and Vertical Limit (2000), and the 2005–06 series Prison Break. Early life: 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. Career: 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 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 ...

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Empire Records (1995)

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Debi Mazar  •  Maxwell Caulfield  •  Liv Tyler

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Moyle
CAST:  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Debi Mazar  •  Maxwell Caulfield  •  Liv Tyler

Encino Man (1992)

High school misfits Stoney and Dave discover a long-frozen primeval man buried in their back yard. But the thawed-out Link—as the boys have named him—quickly becomes a wild card in the teens' already zany southern California lives. After a shave and some new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Pauly Shore  •  Megan Ward

High school misfits Stoney and Dave discover a long-frozen primeval man buried in their back yard. But the thawed-out Link—as the boys have named him—quickly becomes a wild card in the teens' already zany southern California lives. After a shave and some new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Pauly Shore  •  Megan Ward

End of Days (1999)

On 28 December 1999, the citizens of New York City are getting ready for the turn of the millennium. However, Satan decides to crash the party by coming to the city, inhabiting a man's body, and searching for his chosen bride—a 20-year-old woman named Christine ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Robin Tunney  •  Udo Kier

On 28 December 1999, the citizens of New York City are getting ready for the turn of the millennium. However, Satan decides to crash the party by coming to the city, inhabiting a man's body, and searching for his chosen bride—a 20-year-old woman named Christine ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Robin Tunney  •  Udo Kier

Hollywoodland (2006)

The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a little of George ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Coulter
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Diane Lane  •  Ben Affleck  •  Bob Hoskins

The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a little of George ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Coulter
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Diane Lane  •  Ben Affleck  •  Bob Hoskins

Paparazzi (2004)

A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Abascal
CAST:  Cole Hauser  •  Robin Tunney  •  Dennis Farina  •  Daniel Baldwin

A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Abascal
CAST:  Cole Hauser  •  Robin Tunney  •  Dennis Farina  •  Daniel Baldwin

Supernova (2000)

Set in the 22nd century, when a battered salvage ship sends out a distress signal, the seasoned crew of the rescue hospital ship Nova-17 responds. What they find is a black hole--that threatens to destroy both ships--and a mysterious survivor whose body quickly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sholder  •  Walter Hill
CAST:  James Spader  •  Angela Bassett  •  Robert Forster  •  Lou Diamond Phillips

Set in the 22nd century, when a battered salvage ship sends out a distress signal, the seasoned crew of the rescue hospital ship Nova-17 responds. What they find is a black hole--that threatens to destroy both ships--and a mysterious survivor whose body quickly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sholder  •  Walter Hill
CAST:  James Spader  •  Angela Bassett  •  Robert Forster  •  Lou Diamond Phillips

The Craft (1996)

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A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them -- be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Fleming
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Neve Campbell  •  Robin Tunney  •  Rachel True

A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them -- be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Fleming
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Neve Campbell  •  Robin Tunney  •  Rachel True

Vertical Limit (2000)

Trapped near the summit of K2, the world's second-highest mountain, Annie Garrett radios to base camp for help. Brother Peter hears Annie's message and assembles a team to save her and her group before they succumb to K2's unforgiving elements. But, as Annie lays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Chris O'Donnell  •  Robin Tunney  •  Bill Paxton  •  Izabella Scorupco

Trapped near the summit of K2, the world's second-highest mountain, Annie Garrett radios to base camp for help. Brother Peter hears Annie's message and assembles a team to save her and her group before they succumb to K2's unforgiving elements. But, as Annie lays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Chris O'Donnell  •  Robin Tunney  •  Bill Paxton  •  Izabella Scorupco

The Darwin Awards (2006)

After botching the capture of a notorious serial killer, idiosyncratic detective Michael Burrows loses his job with the San Francisco Police. He becomes an investigator for an insurance company and joins forces with a cynical field agent to probe suspicious and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Finn Taylor
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Ty Burrell  •  Josh Charles  •  Kevin Dunn

After botching the capture of a notorious serial killer, idiosyncratic detective Michael Burrows loses his job with the San Francisco Police. He becomes an investigator for an insurance company and joins forces with a cynical field agent to probe suspicious and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Finn Taylor
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Ty Burrell  •  Josh Charles  •  Kevin Dunn

Riders of the Purple Sage (1996)

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DIRECTION:  Charles Haid
CAST:  Ed Harris  •  Amy Madigan  •  Henry Thomas  •  G. D. Spradlin

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DIRECTION:  Charles Haid
CAST:  Ed Harris  •  Amy Madigan  •  Henry Thomas  •  G. D. Spradlin

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (1998)

Two compassionate stories about two remarkable families who risk everything to help Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.  (more)

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CAST:  Michael Rapaport  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Robin Tunney  •  Tim Matheson

Two compassionate stories about two remarkable families who risk everything to help Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.  (more)

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CAST:  Michael Rapaport  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Robin Tunney  •  Tim Matheson

See Girl Run (2013)

What happens when a 30-something woman allows life's "what ifs" to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nate Meyer
CAST:  Robin Tunney  •  Adam Scott  •  Jeremy Strong  •  William Sadler

What happens when a 30-something woman allows life's "what ifs" to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nate Meyer
CAST:  Robin Tunney  •  Adam Scott  •  Jeremy Strong  •  William Sadler

Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992)

Sleazy talk show host Ted Mayne writes a tell-all book, which enrages and embarrasses several very prominent women. One of them, actress Roxanne Shield, loses her composure during an interview and winds up making a televised death threat. Of course, when Ted is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian I. Nyby II
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Geraldo Rivera

Sleazy talk show host Ted Mayne writes a tell-all book, which enrages and embarrasses several very prominent women. One of them, actress Roxanne Shield, loses her composure during an interview and winds up making a televised death threat. Of course, when Ted is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian I. Nyby II
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Geraldo Rivera

Open Window (2006)

The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mia Goldman
CAST:  Joel Edgerton  •  Cybill Shepherd  •  Robin Tunney  •  Elliott Gould

The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mia Goldman
CAST:  Joel Edgerton  •  Cybill Shepherd  •  Robin Tunney  •  Elliott Gould

Passenger Side (2009)

Two brothers spend the day driving around Los Angeles county looking for the meaning of their lives, or cheap street drugs, depending on who you happen to believe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Bissonnette
CAST:  Adam Scott  •  Joel Bissonnette  •  Robin Tunney  •  Gale Harold

Two brothers spend the day driving around Los Angeles county looking for the meaning of their lives, or cheap street drugs, depending on who you happen to believe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Bissonnette
CAST:  Adam Scott  •  Joel Bissonnette  •  Robin Tunney  •  Gale Harold

The Two Mr. Kissels (2008)

Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the surface lie resentments and secrets that will eventually be their horrible undoing  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bianchi
CAST:  John Stamos  •  Anson Mount  •  Robin Tunney  •  Gretchen Egolf

Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the surface lie resentments and secrets that will eventually be their horrible undoing  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Bianchi
CAST:  John Stamos  •  Anson Mount  •  Robin Tunney  •  Gretchen Egolf

Shadow of Fear (2004)

When a young man accidentally kills someone, he is plunged into a rich man's world of blackmail, betrayal, adultery and ...murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rich Cowan
CAST:  Matthew Davis  •  James Spader  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Peter Coyote

When a young man accidentally kills someone, he is plunged into a rich man's world of blackmail, betrayal, adultery and ...murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rich Cowan
CAST:  Matthew Davis  •  James Spader  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Peter Coyote

Julian Po (1997)

Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good. After bothering him for a while, he blurts out in frustration, that he is there to kill himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Wade
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Robin Tunney  •  Michael Parks  •  Cherry Jones

Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good. After bothering him for a while, he blurts out in frustration, that he is there to kill himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Wade
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Robin Tunney  •  Michael Parks  •  Cherry Jones

The Burning Plain (2008)

A trailer is burning in the middle of a plain. The bodies of two adulterous lovers are found. Scenes from both families, before and after the dramatic events, suggest an unusual connection between them. But what is their secret?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guillermo Arriaga
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Kim Basinger  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Joaquim de Almeida

A trailer is burning in the middle of a plain. The bodies of two adulterous lovers are found. Scenes from both families, before and after the dramatic events, suggest an unusual connection between them. But what is their secret?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guillermo Arriaga
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Kim Basinger  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Joaquim de Almeida

Cherish (2002)

After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Finn Taylor
CAST:  Robin Tunney  •  Brad Hunt  •  Liz Phair  •  Tim Blake Nelson

After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Finn Taylor
CAST:  Robin Tunney  •  Brad Hunt  •  Liz Phair  •  Tim Blake Nelson
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