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Robin Riker

A third-generation actress on both sides of her family, Robin was born in a trunk. Actually, she was almost born in a taxi on the Brooklyn Bridge but traffic was good that day so she made her actual debut at Beth Israel hospital in New York City. Her parents, both professional actors, owned and ran legit theaters, in Aspen, Atlanta and Syracuse and had a very practical philosophy: "If you have children, use them." Consequently, Robin grew up on stage, backstage, in the box office and selling cookies in the lobby. Classically trained since the age of two, including several years with the prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Robin has split her time since between stage, film and television. Even after starring in countless T.V. series and films, the stage remains Robin's favorite version of soul food. Her television work includes starring roles as a series regular in six series, among them: The Gregory Hines Show (C.B.S.),Thunder Alley with Edward Asner (A.B.C.) the ground breaking SHOWTIME series, Brothers (two Ace Award nominations Best Actress in a comedy) two series for FOX including the cult classic comedy Get A Life, in which she played Chris Elliott's nemesis. One particular episode in which Chris and Robin play rival stars in a community theatre production, was named by T.V. Guide as "One of the fifty funniest T.V. moments of all time." Robin has had recurring roles in several popular series including Reba, Hung, and Boston Legal as well as guest starring roles on dozens of shows; playing Hector Elizondo's ex-wife on Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, Bones, Switched at Birth, Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, NCIS, and Justified, to name a few. TV movies include,This Magic Moment, Holly's Holiday and the mini series Gone But Not Forgotten opposite Brooke Shields. The Indie film,The Wedding Party will be making the rounds of the festival circuit soon and the John Sayles cult classic Alligator, in which Robin stars opposite Robert Forster is having a 'behind the scenes' DVD release in the near future. Her stage credits include, All My Sons with Neil Patrick Harris at The Geffen Playhouse, (Ovation nomination Best Supporting Actress), George Furth's play, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, and Sex at the Matrix (LA Weekly nomination Best Supporting Actress), Les Liaisons Dangereuses at The Blank Theatre (Ovation nomination Best Actress) Pied a Terre- (Off Broadway) Welcome to the Woods" (Off Broadway and part of the New York 400 Festival), Bernard Slade's I Remember You with Tony Danza at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, and The Kiss at City Hall at the Pasadena Playhouse, Cannibals, at the Zephyr Theatre and productions of Ladies Room in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her new book, A Survivors' Guide to Hollywood: How to Play the Game Without Losing Your Soul, has just been released and is available at Samuel French, Skylight Bookstore, and world-wide via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More info at

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Oct 2, 1952 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series M*A*S*H 1972-09-17
Latest Project:
Movie Killer Dream Home 2020-03-22
Known For
Poster of Read It and Weep
Poster of Bones
Poster of NCIS
Poster of Shaky Ground
Movie Killer Dream Home Beverly Maples 2020-03-22
Movie My Killer Client Mary 2019-04-06
Movie Psycho Granny Colleen 2019-05-18
Movie Saved by Grace Anne 2016-04-09
Movie This Magic Moment Maryellen Gable 2013-08-06
Movie The Famous Joe Project Unknown 2012-01-01
Movie Holly's Holiday Carol 2012-12-08
Series Last Man Standing Wanda 2011-10-11
Series Switched at Birth Michelle Natterson 2011-06-06
Series Austin & Ally Ms. Jackson 2011-12-02
Series Justified Deborah Jane 2010-03-16
Series Wizards of Waverly Place Linda Greybeck 2007-10-12
Series Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
Movie Read It and Weep Diana 2006-07-21
Movie Gone but Not Forgotten Nora Sloane / Samantha Reardon 2005-01-01
Series The Closer Barbara, Estelle Pope's Attorney 2005-06-13
Series Bones Nadia Blake 2005-09-13
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Series NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Movie The Stoneman Unknown 2002-01-19
Series What I Like About You Eileen 2002-09-20
Series One on One Unknown 2001-09-03
Series Reba Sue Montgomery 2001-10-05
Series Crossing Jordan Frances Pritchard 2001-09-24
Series Malcolm in the Middle Tina 2000-01-09
Series Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Don't Look Under the Bed Karen McCausland 1999-10-09
Movie Brink! Maddie 1998-08-28
Series V.I.P. Jessica Wirth 1998-09-26
Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Catherine Madison 1997-03-10
Series The Gregory Hines Show Unknown 1997-09-15
Series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Marigold 1996-09-27
Movie Christmas Every Day Aunt Carolyn Jackson 1996-11-30
Series Sliders First Lady Sela Williams 1995-03-22
Movie Dead Badge Joyce Deitz 1995-03-28
Movie In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful Catherine 1994-01-01
Series Thunder Alley Bobbi Turner 1994-03-09
Movie Stepmonster Denise Gore 1993-02-24
Series Diagnosis: Murder Claire 1993-10-29
Movie Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger Brenda 1992-08-05
Series Shaky Ground Unknown 1992-12-27
Series Get a Life Unknown 1990-09-23
Series Hard Time on Planet Earth Sullivan 1989-03-01
Series Doctor Doctor Unknown 1989-06-12
Series The Famous Teddy Z Unknown 1989-09-18
Series Misfits of Science Unknown 1985-10-04
Series Brothers Unknown 1984-07-13
Series Airwolf Dr. Karen Hansen 1984-01-22
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series The A-Team Amanda Huston 1983-01-23
Series The Fall Guy Unknown 1981-11-04
Movie Alligator Marisa 1980-07-02
Series Black Sheep Squadron 1st Nurse 1976-09-21
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17