Tunie in 2014
|Born||Tamara Renee Tunie
March 14, 1959
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Other names||Tamara Tunie Boquett|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Greg Bouquett (1988–1991; divorced)
Gregory Generet (1995–present; separated)
Tamara Renee Tunie (born March 14, 1959) is an American film, stage, and television actress, director, and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From 2000 to 2007 (and again briefly in 2009 and 2010), she appeared on both series simultaneously. Tunie has also appeared in film, most notably playing the key supporting role of Margaret Thomason in the 2012 film Flight.
Tunie was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Homestead, the daughter of Evelyn (née Hawkins) and James W. Tunie. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to her roles on As the World Turns, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she is also known for her recurring roles as Lillian Fancy in NYPD Blue (1994–1997) and as Alberta Green in the first season of Fox's 24. Tunie also guest-starred in many television series, including Spenser: For Hire, Tribeca, SeaQuest DSV, New York Undercover, Swift Justice, Feds, Chicago Hope, Sex and the City, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury "Survivor's Remorse".
Tunie worked twice with Al Pacino; she portrayed his press secretary in the 1996 film City Hall and the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the 1997 film The Devil's Advocate. Her other film credits include Wall Street (1987), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Rising Sun (1993), Eve's Bayou (1997), and The Peacemaker (1997).
In 2001, she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in film The Caveman's Valentine, based on George Dawes Green's novel of the same name, opposite Samuel L. Jackson. She won a Tony Award in 2007 for the production of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening and a Drama Desk Award.
|1989||Bloodhounds of Broadway||Cynthia Harris|
|1993||Rising Sun||Lauren Smith|
|1996||Quentin Carr||Detective||Short film|
|1996||City Hall||Leslie Christos|
|1996||Money Shot, TheThe Money Shot|
|1997||Eve's Bayou||Narrator (voice)|
|1997||Peacemaker, TheThe Peacemaker||Jody|
|1997||Devil's Advocate, TheThe Devil's Advocate||Mrs. Jackie Heath|
|2001||Caveman's Valentine, TheThe Caveman's Valentine||Sheila|
|2012||Missed Connections||Felicity Gray|
|2014||Fall to Rise||Annika||Filming|
|1996||Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault||Miss Marcus|
|2013||Captain Blackout||Jessica Winters||Post-production|
|2010||See You in September||Executive Producer and Director|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Nina||Episode: "Shadowsight"|
|1986–95, 2000–07, 2009, 2010||As the World Turns||Jessica Griffin||Nominated Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2003,2004)
Nominated Soap Opera Digest Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress (1995,2003)
|1989||Family Feud||Herself||Episode: "The Young & the Restless vs. As the World Turns"|
|1993||Tribeca||Tori||Episode: "The Box"
|1994–97||NYPD Blue||Lillian Fancy||Episode: "Up on the Roof" ('94)
Episode: "Good Time Charlie" ('94)
Episode: "Caulksmanship" ('96)
Episode: "Taillight's Last Gleaming" ('97)
Episode: "I Love Lucy" ('97)
|1995||SeaQuest DSV||Laura||Episode: "The Siamese Dream"
Also known as SeaQuest 2032
|1995-98||New York Undercover||Janice/Lana Brooks||Episode: ""Bad Girls" ('95 as Janice)
Episode: "Sign o' the Times" ('98 as Lana Brooks)
|1996||Swift Justice||Jessie McKenna||Episode: "Bad Medicine"|
|Law & Order||Caroline Bennett||Episode: "Deadbeat"|
|1997||Prince Street||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Feds||Martha Kershan||Episode: "Missing Pieces"|
|Chicago Hope||Lennie Gaghan||Episode: "Leggo My Ego"|
|1999||Sex and the City||Eileen||Episode: "The Cheating Curve"|
|2000||The American Experience||Self||Voice
Episode: "Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory"
|2000–present||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Melinda Warner||Recurring role (2000–2005, 2011–present)
Main cast member (2005–2011)
|2001||A Day's Work, a Day's Pay||Narrator||Documentary|
|2002||24||Alberta Green||Episode: "9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m."
Episode: "10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."
Episode: "11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m."
Episode: "12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m."
Episode: "1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m."
Episode: "2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m."
|2005||I Love the '90s: Part Deux||Herself||VH1 Documentary|
|Party Planner with David Tutera||Herself||Episode: "Tamara Tunie's Fire & Ice Party"|
|The Tony Danza Show||Herself||Episode: "#1.124"|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Dr. Melinda Warner||Episode: "Day"|
|2006||Black Sorority Project: The Exodus||Spirit||Documentary/voice|
|2008||After Hours with Daniel Boulud||Herself||Reality TV
|2009||Miss Universe 2009||Herself||Judge|
|2011||Days of Our Lives||Judge Weston||2 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Serafina Norvy||Episode: "Boom De Yah Da"|
|2013||Golden Boy||Mrs. Nevel||Episode: "Scapegoat"|
|2014–2015||The Red Road||Marie|
|2015||Chicago Fire||Dr. Melinda Warner||Crossover Episode with SVU ("We Called Her Jellybean")|
|2016||Elementary||Lily Cooper||Episode: "Alma Matters"|