Robin Tunney


Date Of Birth

June 19, 1972


Robin Tunney is an Irish American actress who was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 19, 1972. She graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 1990, and continued her studies at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She pursued her interest in acting and moved to Los Angeles, California to make it in the entertainment business. She then obtained several recurring television roles, including some on Class of ’96, Life Goes On, Law & Order, and Dream On.

Tunney broke through the movie industry playing a suicidal teenager in the film Empire Records, as well as a powerful witch in the cult film The Craft. She underwent changes in her appearance for her roles, like shaving her head for Empire Records and wearing a wig in The Craft. Tunney soon got a major role on television’s Prison Break, playing the over-achieving Veronica Donovan on the Fox series. Her other TV appearances include House M.D., The Twilight Zone, and voicing characters on the animated Seth Green series Robot Chicken. She also landed the role of Teresa Lisbon on the series The Mentalist, and was cast in such films like August, Zodiac, and Runaway. Tunney was also able to land a part in the comedy Passenger Side, starring Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.

Place of Birth

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Robin Tunney



Fun Facts

-Since she actually shaved her head for her role of Debra in the movie Empire Records, Robin Tunney had to wear a wig while filming The Craft.

-In 2007, Tunney married Australian writer/director Andrew Dominik.

-She consumed an entire jar of mustard while on Oprah.


In 2006, Robin Tunney won the Festival Prize for Best Actress for Open Window.

In 1997, she shared an MTV Movie Award with Fairuza Balk for Best Fight for The Craft.

In 1997, she won a Volpi Cup for Best Actress for Niagara, Niagara.


2008-present The Mentalist (TV Series)
2012 See Girl Run
2009 Passenger Side
2008 The Two Mr. Kissels (TV Movie)
2008 The Burning Plain
2008 August
2007 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
2006 Hollywoodland
2005-2006 Prison Break (TV Series)
2006 The Darwin Awards
2006 Open Window
2005 The Zodiac
2005 Runaway
2004 House M.D. (TV Series)
2004 Shadow of Fear
2004 Paparazzi
2004 The Making of 'Paparazzi' (Video short)
2003/I The In-Laws
2003 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
2002 The Secret Lives of Dentists
2002 Intimate Affairs
2002 Cherish
2000 Vertical Limit
2000/I Supernova
1999 End of Days
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (TV Movie)
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (TV Movie)
1998 Montana
1997 Julian Po
1997 Niagara, Niagara
1996 The Craft
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage (TV Movie)
1995 Empire Records
1994 Law & Order (TV Series)
1993 Dream On (TV Series)
1993 J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (TV Movie)
1993 Cutters (TV Series)
1993 Class of '96 (TV Series)
1992 Encino Man
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (TV Movie)
1991 Frogs! (TV Movie)
1991 Life Goes On (TV Series)
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)




5' 4" (1.63 m)


"I was always brought up to say please and thank you and always tell the truth, and people were saying, 'Oh my God, what's going to happen with your character next year [on Prison Break]' and I wasn't allowed to say, so I felt really guilty because I was lying to all these people, including my neighbors. You know, the character had its run, and I was really happy to be part of a show that was so successful and that people loved so much, but there was really nothing else for her to do."

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