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Actor Robin Dunne returns as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman in the third season of the popular sci fi series Sanctuary.
A native to Toronto, Canada, Dunne immersed himself in the acting scene early on, attending Etobicoke School of the Arts, a performing arts high school. He got his first major television role playing the troubled son of Judith Light in Against their Will: Women in Prison which led to pivotal roles in other TV movies including Brother’s Destiny, Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story, A Husband a Wife and Lover, Codebreakers and Roughing It, in which he played a young Mark Twain alongside James Garner.
In 2009, Dunne took on the lead role of Robin Hood in the television movie Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood. Dunne’s impressive film career began in 1998, when he landed a role in the John Woo produced blockbuster The Big Hit opposite Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips and Christina Applegate. Dunne’s other feature film credits include Jack and Jill vs The World (with Freddie Prinze Jr.), Borderline Normal, The Skulls 2, The Snow Walker, Species 3 and Just Friends. His television work include roles on Manchester Prep, Dawson’s Creek, CSI Miami, NCIS and Dead Like Me.
In 2005, Dunne co-wrote two Nickelodeon films, Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost and Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman. These films spawned a successful franchise that has led to his co-writing the third and fourth installments in the series, Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid and Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween. He has also co-authored the novels for Penguin Books.
His work on Sanctuary has received admirable attention. This year, Dunne took home top honours at the Leo Awards winning Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on Sanctuary. In 2009, he was nominated for a Gemini Award in the best leading role category.
Robin co-wrote the screenplay BFF which was bought by Wind Dancer Productions. The film is slated to shoot in 2010.
During Sanctuary’s most recent shooting hiatus, Robin took on a new challenge, producing and starring in the play Spike Heels in Los Angeles. The play ran to sold-out audiences and rave reviews. His love of theatre runs deep. He has also performed his one-man show Safe Place at the Alley Workshop Theatre in Toronto, as well as at the Writer’s Week Festival in Listowel, Ireland.
Dunne also goes the distance athletically, having run the LA Marathon two times, as well as the Toronto Marathon.