Robyn Lively

Robyn Lively

Lively in November 2014
Born Robyn Elaine Lively
(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972
Powder Springs, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Bart Johnson (m. 1999)
Children 3
Parent(s) Elaine Lively
Ronnie Lively
Relatives Ernie Lively (stepfather)
Jason Lively (brother)
Lori Lively (sister)
Eric Lively (half-brother)
Blake Lively (half-sister)

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, Savannah, and Saving Grace.

Early life

Born in Powder Springs, Georgia,[2] 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 (Ronald Otis Lively).[3] 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 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 and Punky Brewster. She appeared in the feature films Wildcats, The Karate Kid Part III, and Not Quite Human.

After being cast as Jessica Andrews in The Karate Kid Part III in 1989, producers were forced to modify her role of being the new love interest for the film's protagonist Daniel LaRusso. This change 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 situation 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). 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. She starred in the TV series Gortimer Gibbon's Life On Normal Street for Amazon Studios. She played Gortimer Gibbon's mother.

Personal life

Robyn Lively and her husband Bart Johnson in 2011

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


Year Title Role Notes
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 New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to Beaver Tracy Episode: "Steppin' Out"
Episode: "Movin' On"
1986 Best of Times, TheThe Best of Times Jaki
1986 Wildcats Alice Needham
1986 Fuzz Bucket 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 Dictator, TheThe Dictator Reggie Domino Episode: "1.1"
1988 Buckeye and Blue Buckeye Thatcher
1989 Teen Witch Louise Miller
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 Specials 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 Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, TheThe 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 Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father, TheThe 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 & Leo Casey Wagonman 21 episodes
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Penelope Michaels Episode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
1999 X-Files, TheThe 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 District, TheThe 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"
Episode: "Meltdown"
2003 Drew Carey Show, TheThe 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 Simon Says Leanne
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 Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change, TheThe Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Winds of Change Nancy Stratemeyer (uncredited) Video
2008 Murder Dot Com 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 Mentalist, TheThe 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 Sironia Barbara Post-production
2011 Fishers of Men Macaire Leemaster Post-production
2012 Longmire Connie Mallery Episode: "A Good Death is Hard to Find"
2014 Ouija Mrs. Galardi
2014 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Grace Gibbon 14 episodes
2015 Chasing Ghosts Lydia Simmons Straight to Video
Video games
Year Title Role
1993 Return to Zork Fairy

Award nominations

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")


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