Robyn Lively

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Robyn Lively
Robyn Lively - November 2014 (cropped).jpg
Lively in November 2014
BornRobyn Elaine Lively
(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 42)
Powder Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Bart Johnson (m. 1999)
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Robyn Lively
Robyn Lively - November 2014 (cropped).jpg
Lively in November 2014
BornRobyn Elaine Lively
(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 42)
Powder Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Bart Johnson (m. 1999)

Robyn Elaine Lively (born February 7, 1972[1]) is an American actress. Lively is best known for her role in the film Teen Witch, as well as for her roles in the TV shows Doogie Howser, M.D., Twin Peaks and Saving Grace.

Early life[edit]

Born in Powder Springs, Georgia,[2] Lively began her career as a child actress. At age six, she made her screen debut in the television movie Summer of My German Soldier in 1978. Throughout the 1980s, she appeared in several television shows and movies including Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Wildcats with Goldie Hawn, The Karate Kid, Part III, and Not Quite Human.


Robyn is currently starring in the TV Series "Gortimer Gibbons, Life On Normal Street" for Amazon Studios. She plays Gortimer Gibbons mother. She is also starring in Michael Bay's film, "Ouija", in theaters now.

This Emmy Award nominated actress is best known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Saving Grace, Chicago Hope and her current role on "Gortimer Gibbons".

After being cast as Jessica Andrews in The Karate Kid III in 1989, producers were forced to drop the idea of her character being the new love interest for the films protagonist Daniel LaRusso. This was because Lively was only 17 at the time of filming and still a minor, while Ralph Macchio (LaRusso) was 27 (LaRusso's on-screen age for the film was 18). This caused scenes that called for Daniel and Jessica to romantically kiss to be re-written so that the pair only developed a close friendship.

At the age of 19, Lively was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as an insecure teen in the 1991 ABC Afterschool Special episode "Less Than Perfect Daughter".

In the 1990s, Lively had recurring roles on Twin Peaks, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Chicago Hope. In 1996, she appeared as Lane McKenzie, one of three lead characters in the short-lived WB drama Savannah.

In 2003, Lively played NCIS Special Agent Vivian Blackadder in the JAG episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" (the backdoor pilot for NCIS (TV series)). Initially a member of Special Agent Gibbs' team, she never appeared in the spin-off series due to the fact that at the time of Blackadder's debut, there was an overwhelming negative reaction to Blackadder and as such, Lively was dropped from the series.

In 2008, Lively appeared alongside Holly Hunter in an episode of Saving Grace and also had a role in Cold Case.

In 2010, she appeared alongside Twin Peaks costars in the Dual Spires episode of Psych.

Personal life[edit]

Robyn Lively and her husband Bart Johnson in 2011

Lively was born into a family of actors. Her mother, stepfather and all four siblings are, or have been, in the entertainment industry. She is the daughter of talent manager Elaine Lively (née McAlpin) and Elaine's first husband Ronnie Lively. Her siblings are sister Lori (born 1966) and brother Jason (born 1968), and her half-siblings are Blake (born 1987) and Eric (born 1981).[1]

Lively married fellow actor Bart Johnson on September 25, 1999.[1] The couple have three children: Baylen, Kate, and Wyatt Blake and reside in the Hollywood Hills.


1978Summer of My German SoldierSharon BergenTV movie
1983BooneAmandaEpisode: "Words and Music"
1984Knight RiderBecky PhillipsEpisode: "Race for Life"
1984Punky BrewsterLisaEpisode: "Punky Finds a Home: Part 2"
Episode: "Punky Finds a Home: Part 3"
1985New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to BeaverTracyEpisode: "Steppin' Out"
Episode: "Movin' On"
1986Best of Times, TheThe Best of TimesJaki
1986WildcatsAlice Needham
1986Fuzz BucketStevie GerberTV movie
1986Silver SpoonsTammyEpisode: "The Beach House"
1986StarmanBeth McGovernEpisode: "Like Father, Like Son"
1986Amazing StoriesKateEpisode: "Welcome to My Nightmare"
1987Not Quite HumanBecky CarsonTV movie
1988Dictator, TheThe DictatorReggie DominoEpisode: "1.1"
1988Buckeye and BlueBuckeye Thatcher
1989Teen WitchLouise Miller
1989The Karate Kid, Part IIIJessica Andrews
1989Not Quite Human IIBecky CarsonTV movie
1990Teen Angel ReturnsCindyTV series
1990Parker Lewis Can't LoseTracy Lee SummersEpisode: "G.A.G. Dance"
1990-1991Twin PeaksLana Budding Milford6 episodes
1991ABC Afterschool SpecialsMelissa HarmonEpisode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter"
1991Crazy from the HeartFranny PeytonTV movie
1991–1993Doogie Howser, M.D.Nurse Michele Farber6 episodes
1992In Sickness and in HealthHollyTV movie
1992Freshman DormMolly Flynn5 episodes
1993Quantum LeapAnnie WilkinsEpisode: "Dr. Ruth"
1993Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, TheThe Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesNancy StratemeyerEpisode: "Princeton, February 1916"
1993Precious VictimsWendy McBrideTV movie
1993Against the GrainJill Clemons3 episodes
1994–1995Chicago HopeNurse Maggie Atkisson8 episodes
1995Dream a Little Dream 2Rachel HolfieldVideo
1996Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father, TheThe Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with FatherNancy StratemeyerTV movie
1996–1997SavannahLane McKenzie Collins34 episodes
1997Early EditionJenny SloaneEpisode: "Jenny Sloane"
1997–1998George & LeoCasey Wagonman21 episodes
1998Love Boat: The Next Wave, TheThe Love Boat: The Next WavePenelope MichaelsEpisode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
1999X-Files, TheThe X-FilesAngela SchiffEpisode: "Field Trip"
1999Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless ManLaura AndersTV movie
2000Chicken Soup for the SoulSophie CallowayEpisode: "Thinking of You/Mama's Soup Pot/The Letter"
2000Santa Who?Claire DreyerTV movie
2002District, TheThe DistrictJodiEpisode: "The Greenhouse Effect"
2002Another Pretty FaceAndrea 'Andie' ChaseTV movie
2003Crossing JordanConnieEpisode: "Pandora's Trunk: Part 1"
2003JAGNCIS Special Agent Vivian BlackadderEpisode: "Ice Queen"
Episode: "Meltdown"
2003Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowErinEpisode: "A Speedy Recovery"
2003American DreamsEpisode: "Another Saturday Night"
2004American DreamsGraceEpisode: "Can't Hold On"
2004Strong MedicineConnieEpisode: "Positive Results"
2005Mystery Woman: SnapshotMadelineTV movie
2005CSI: NYSarah MyersEpisode: "Manhattan Manhunt"
2006Simon SaysLeanne
2006Nip/TuckMiss HudsonEpisode: "Willy Ward"
20077-10 SplitDiane Burke
2007Johnny Kapahala: Back on BoardCarlaTV movie
2007A Dance for BethanyAbbey
2007Cold CaseMiriam GundenEpisode: "Running Around"
2007Saving GraceDarlene DeweyEpisode: "And You Wonder Why I Lie"
2008Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change, TheThe Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of ChangeNancy Stratemeyer (uncredited)Video
2008Murder Dot ComLauren
2008Criminal MindsAbby CorbinEpisode: "Paradise"
200830 RockKelsey WinthropEpisode: "Reunion"
2008Saving GraceDarlene DeweyEpisode: "Are You an Indian Princess?"
2009Saving GraceDarlene DeweyEpisode: "I Believe in Angels"
2009Alligator PointGinaTV movie
2010Mentalist, TheThe MentalistSadie HarringtonEpisode: "Red All Over"
2010Letters to GodMaddy Doherty
2010PsychMichelle BarkerEpisode: "Dual Spires"
2011Who is Simon Miller?Meredith MillerTV movie
2011Fishers of MenMacaire LeemasterPost-production
2012LongmireConnie MalleryEpisode: "A Good Death is Hard to Find"
2014OuijaMrs. Galardi
Video games
1993Return to ZorkFairy

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1984Young Artist AwardNominatedBest Young Actress in a New Television SeriesBoone
1985Best Young Actress - Guest in a Television SeriesKnight Rider
1987Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or DramaWildcats
1989Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureTeen Witch
1991Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialABC Afterschool Special (Episode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter")


  1. ^ a b c Robyn Lively
  2. ^ "Biography forRobyn Lively". Retrieved September 4, 2012. 

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