Robin Riker


A third-generation actress on both sides of her family, Robin was born in a trunk. Actually, she was almost born in a taxi on the Brooklyn Bridge but traffic was good that day so she made her actual debut at Beth Israel hospital in New York City. Her parents, both professional actors, owned and ran legit theaters, in Aspen, Atlanta and Syracuse and had a very practical philosophy: "If you have children, use them." Consequently, Robin grew up on stage, backstage, in the box office and selling cookies in the lobby. Classically trained since the age of two, including several years with the prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Robin has split her time since between stage, film and television. Even after starring in countless T.V. series and films, the stage remains Robin's favorite version of soul food.

Her television work includes starring roles as a series regular in six series, among them: The Gregory Hines Show (C.B.S.),Thunder Alley with Edward Asner (A.B.C.) the ground breaking SHOWTIME series, Brothers (two Ace Award nominations Best Actress in a comedy) two series for FOX including the cult classic comedy Get A Life, in which she played Chris Elliott's nemesis. One particular episode in which Chris and Robin play rival stars in a community theatre production, was named by T.V. Guide as "One of the fifty funniest T.V. moments of all time." Robin has had recurring roles in several popular series including Reba, Hung, and Boston Legal as well as guest starring roles on dozens of shows; playing Hector Elizondo's ex-wife on Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, Bones, Switched at Birth, Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, NCIS, and Justified, to name a few. TV movies include,This Magic Moment, Holly's Holiday and the mini series Gone But Not Forgotten opposite Brooke Shields. The Indie film,The Wedding Party will be making the rounds of the festival circuit soon and the John Sayles cult classic Alligator, in which Robin stars opposite Robert Forster is having a 'behind the scenes' DVD release in the near future.

Her stage credits include, All My Sons with Neil Patrick Harris at The Geffen Playhouse, (Ovation nomination Best Supporting Actress), George Furth's play, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, and Sex at the Matrix (LA Weekly nomination Best Supporting Actress), Les Liaisons Dangereuses at The Blank Theatre (Ovation nomination Best Actress) Pied a Terre- (Off Broadway) Welcome to the Woods" (Off Broadway and part of the New York 400 Festival), Bernard Slade's I Remember You with Tony Danza at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, and The Kiss at City Hall at the Pasadena Playhouse, Cannibals, at the Zephyr Theatre and productions of Ladies Room in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Her new book, A Survivors' Guide to Hollywood: How to Play the Game Without Losing Your Soul, has just been released and is available at Samuel French, Skylight Bookstore, and world-wide via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More info at

2002: The Stoneman
2019: Colleen - Psycho Granny
1980: Dr. Marisa Kendall - Alligator
1999: Karen McCausland - Don't Look Under the Bed
2016: Anne - Saved by Grace
1998: Maddie - Brink!
2019: Mary - My Killer Client
1993: Denise Gore - Stepmonster
1992: Brenda - Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger
1996: Aunt Carolyn Jackson - Christmas Every Day
2013: Maryellen Gable - This Magic Moment
2012: Carol - Holly's Holiday
1994: Catherine - In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful
2006: Diana - Read It and Weep
Joyce Deitz - Dead Badge

1984: Murder, She Wrote
1995: First Lady Sela Williams - Sliders
2000: Malcolm in the Middle
2006: Big Love
2004: Boston Legal
1985: Misfits of Science
1989: The Famous Teddy Z
1984: Brothers
1994: Bobbi Turner - Thunder Alley
2002: Eileen - What I Like About You
1997: Catherine Madison - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2001: One on One
2001: Sue Montgomery - Reba
1972: M*A*S*H
2005: The Closer
1983: Amanda Huston - The A-Team
2003: Cold Case
2001: Crossing Jordan
1984: Highway to Heaven
1989: Doctor Doctor
2003: NCIS
1990: Get a Life
1981: The Fall Guy
2011: Wanda - Last Man Standing
1999: Family Law
1992: Shaky Ground
1997: The Gregory Hines Show
2010: Deborah Jane - Justified
2011: Michelle Natterson - Switched at Birth
1996: Marigold - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1976: 1st Nurse - Baa Baa Black Sheep
1984: Dr. Karen Hansen - Airwolf
1989: Sullivan - Hard Time on Planet Earth
2007: Linda Greybeck - Wizards of Waverly Place