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Robyn Elaine Lively Johnson (born February 7, 1972) is an American actress. Lively is 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, Savannah, and Saving Grace.
Lively in November 2014
Robyn Elaine Lively
February 7, 1972
Powder Springs, Georgia, U.S.
|Relatives||Jason Lively (brother)|
Lori Lively (sister)
Eric Lively (half-brother)
Blake Lively (half-sister)
Robyn Lively was born into a family of actors in Powder Springs, Georgia; 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 her first husband Ronald Otis (Ronnie) Lively. Her siblings are sister Lori (born 1966) and brother Jason (born 1968), and her half-siblings are Eric (born 1981) and Blake (born 1987).
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 including Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster and Starman. She appeared in the feature films Wildcats, The Karate Kid Part III, Teen Witch, and Not Quite Human.
After she was cast as Jessica Andrews in The Karate Kid Part III in 1989, producers were forced to modify her role of protagonist Daniel LaRusso's new love interest because Lively was only 16 at the time of filming and still a minor, while Ralph Macchio was 27 (although his character Daniel is 18). This situation caused romantic scenes between Jessica and Daniel to be rewritten so that the pair only developed a close friendship.
At 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 she 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). Initially a member of Special Agent Gibbs' team, she never appeared in the spinoff series because at the time of Blackadder's debut, there was an overwhelming negative reaction to the character, and 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 and starred in the TV series Gortimer Gibbon's Life On Normal Street for Amazon Studios as Gortimer Gibbon's mother, Claire.
|1978||Summer of My German Soldier||Sharon Bergen||TV movie|
|1983||Boone||Amanda||Episode: "Words and Music"|
|1984||Knight Rider||Becky Phillips||Episode: "Race for Life"|
|1984||Punky Brewster||Lisa||Episode: "Punky Finds a Home: Part 2"|
Episode: "Punky Finds a Home: Part 3"
|1985||The New Leave It to Beaver||Tracy||Episode: "Steppin' Out"|
Episode: "Movin' On"
|1986||The Best of Times||Jaki|
|1986||Fuzzbucket||Stevie Gerber||TV movie|
|1986||Silver Spoons||Tammy||Episode: "The Beach House"|
|1986||Starman||Beth McGovern||Episode: "Like Father, Like Son"|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Kate||Episode: "Welcome to My Nightmare"|
|1987||Not Quite Human||Becky Carson||TV movie|
|1988||The Dictator||Reggie Domino||Episode: "1.1"|
|1988||Buckeye and Blue||Buckeye Thatcher|
|1989||Teen Witch||Louise Miller|
|1989||21 Jump Street||Helen Akkerly||Episode: Mike's P.O.V.|
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Jessica Andrews|
|1989||Not Quite Human II||Becky Carson||TV movie|
|1990||Teen Angel Returns||Cindy||TV series|
|1990||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Tracy Lee Summers||Episode: "G.A.G. Dance"|
|1990-1991||Twin Peaks||Lana Budding Milford||6 episodes|
|1991||ABC Afterschool Special||Melissa Harmon||Episode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter"|
|1991||Crazy from the Heart||Franny Peyton||TV movie|
|1991–1993||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Nurse Michele Farber||6 episodes|
|1992||In Sickness and in Health||Holly||TV movie|
|1992||Freshman Dorm||Molly Flynn||5 episodes|
|1993||Quantum Leap||Annie Wilkins||Episode: "Dr. Ruth"|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Nancy Stratemeyer||Episode: "Princeton, February 1916"|
|1993||Precious Victims||Wendy McBride||TV movie|
|1993||Against the Grain||Jill Clemons||3 episodes|
|1994–1995||Chicago Hope||Nurse Maggie Atkisson||8 episodes|
|1995||Dream a Little Dream 2||Rachel Holfield||Video|
|1996||The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father||Nancy Stratemeyer||TV movie|
|1996–1997||Savannah||Lane McKenzie Collins||34 episodes|
|1997||Early Edition||Jenny Sloane||Episode: "Jenny Sloane"|
|1997–1998||George and Leo||Casey Wagonman||21 episodes|
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Penelope Michaels||Episode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"|
|1999||The X-Files||Angela Schiff||Episode: "Field Trip"|
|1999||Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man||Laura Anders||TV movie|
|2000||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Sophie Calloway||Episode: "Thinking of You/Mama's Soup Pot/The Letter"|
|2000||Santa Who?||Claire Dreyer||TV movie|
|2002||The District||Jodi||Episode: "The Greenhouse Effect"|
|2002||Another Pretty Face||Andrea 'Andie' Chase||TV movie|
|2003||Crossing Jordan||Connie||Episode: "Pandora's Trunk: Part 1"|
|2003||JAG||NCIS Special Agent Vivian Blackadder||Episode: "Ice Queen"|
|2003||The Drew Carey Show||Erin||Episode: "A Speedy Recovery"|
|2003||American Dreams||Episode: "Another Saturday Night"|
Episode: "Can't Hold On"
|2004||Strong Medicine||Connie||Episode: "Positive Results"|
|2005||Mystery Woman: Snapshot||Madeline||TV movie|
|2005||CSI: NY||Sarah Myers||Episode: "Manhattan Manhunt"|
|2006||Nip/Tuck||Miss Hudson||Episode: "Willy Ward"|
|2007||7-10 Split||Diane Burke|
|2007||Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board||Carla||TV movie|
|2007||A Dance for Bethany||Abbey|
|2007||Cold Case||Miriam Gunden||Episode: "Running Around"|
|2007||Saving Grace||Darlene Dewey||Episode: "And You Wonder Why I Lie"|
|2008||The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change||Nancy Stratemeyer (uncredited)||Video|
|2008||Murder Dot Com (aka A Date With Murder)||Lauren|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Abby Corbin||Episode: "Paradise"|
|2008||30 Rock||Kelsey Winthrop||Episode: "Reunion"|
|2008||Saving Grace||Darlene Dewey||Episode: "Are You an Indian Princess?"|
Episode: "I Believe in Angels"
|2009||Alligator Point||Gina||TV movie|
|2010||The Mentalist||Sadie Harrington||Episode: "Red All Over"|
|2010||Letters to God||Maddy Doherty|
|2010||Psych||Michelle Barker||Episode: "Dual Spires"|
|2011||Who Is Simon Miller?||Meredith Miller||TV movie|
|2011||Fishers of Men||Macaire Leemaster||Post-production|
|2012||Longmire||Connie Mallery||Episode: "A Good Death is Hard to Find"|
|2014||Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street||Claire Gibbon||39 episodes|
|2015||Chasing Ghosts||Lydia Simmons||Straight to Video|
|2017||Small Town Crime||Deborah Nevile|
|2018||Hawaii Five-0||Helen Meech||Episode: "O na hoku o ka lani wale no kai 'ike i kahi o Pae"|
|2018||Code Black||Pamela Kessler||Episode: "Home Stays Home"|
|2019||The Good Doctor||Diane Monroe||Episode: "Risk and Reward"|
|2019||The Affair||Lauren||Episode: #5.2|
|2019||They Came Knocking||Val||Hulu Into the Dark Series|
|2019–present||Light as a Feather||Deb Brady||Recurring role (season 2-present)|
|2020||The Rookie||Mrs. Dayton||Episode: "Now and Then"|
|1993||Return to Zork||Fairy|
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1984||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Boone|
|1985||Best Young Actress - Guest in a Television Series||Knight Rider|
|1987||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama||Wildcats|
|1989||Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture||Teen Witch|
|1991||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special||ABC Afterschool Special (Episode: "The Less Than Perfect Daughter")|
- Filmreference.com: Robyn Lively
- "Biography for Robyn Lively". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- McAlpin Russell, Doris (1990). McAlpin(e) genealogies, 1730-1990: Alexander McAlpin of South Carolina and Georgia and his descendants, plus other McAlpin(e) families of North America. Gateway Press.
Ronald Otis Lively.
- Below the Belt Show (2017-10-25). "Below the Belt Show: Interview: Actress Robyn Lively from Teen Witch and Karate Kid III (10/25/17)". Player FM. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Robyn Lively.|
- Robyn Lively on IMDb
- Film Reference: Robyn Lively
- Hollywood.com: Robyn Lively at Archive.today (archived 2013-01-25)