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Robin Riker
Los Angeles Presence
June 18, 2008 to Present
At A Glance
Two months after her arrival in Hollywood, a television producer, who was a regular patron of the hamburger stand, decided to produce a story on the aspiring actress for his weekly magazine show. A few weeks later, Robin had 15 minutes of the most coveted tool an aspiring film actress can have in her arsenal: actual, professionally produced and shot FILM on herself! She hasn't stopped working since. Being able to say you have an agent and film on yourself only two short months after arriving in town was an amazing gift. "I certainly can’t call it an accomplishment," says Robin. "It was as though my immediate good luck was God’s way of saying ‘Okay here are a couple of signs that you made the right choice. Now… learn patience."

Robin had been acting on stage since the age of two. She was 'born in a trunk'. (Actually she was almost born in a taxi on the Brooklyn Bridge, but that's another story.) The 'trunk' part refers to her parents, professional actors, who owned and ran theatres. Robin grew up on stage, back stage, in the box office and selling cookies in the lobby. Even after starring in many TV series, films and countless episodics, the stage remains Robin's favorite version of soul food.

The family business took Robin all around the US. From the day she was born until she moved to Los Angeles, she never spent more than two and a half years in one place. The gypsy style of life has served her well as an artist whose calling requires an understanding of human nature, its frailties and of the many ways people try to connect with each other. As a child, Robin performed for two seasons with the prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival. As a teenager, she played in several theatres in upstate New York. She interrupted her schooling to travel in Europe (there’s that gypsy again!) and after finishing a production of The Cherry Orchard in Northern California, Robin packed her bags, drove to Mexico for 2 weeks and then on to Hollywood, arriving with only a couple of head shots, an old convertible and $45.00 in cash. She had her mind set for a career in film and television and the time was now!

Within a few weeks of her arrival, Robin had an agent, the job at the hamburger stand and a great boss, Larry, who allowed her the flexibility needed for auditions. The tiny stand at the corner of Sunset and Vine was frequented by record and television producers, musicians and directors. Larry, cook and owner, kept telling the customers, "She's an actress. She's fabulous!" which is a tribute to Larry's psychic powers since he’d never seen Robin perform anything other than the act of making change. When Larry sold the stand he went to work at the commissary at Warner Brothers Studios where he handed out Robin's pictures to producers and directors whom he knew. Within two weeks, Robin had her first job on national television.

She appeared throughout the episode but the speaking part of the role was so small that Robin had to audition by reading ANOTHER CHARACTER’S LINES! In her first national appearance Robin played the illustrious role of "Girl Robber." Never the less, she saw this as another amazing blessing and further proof that her choice to come to Hollywood had been a good one.

Not long after, she landed a starring role in a film that became a cult classic, Alligator, written by John Sayles. Robin is constantly receiving calls from family and friends about that movie. "It seems that at all hours of the day, somewhere in the world, Alligator is on television!"

Other films in which she starred include the title role in the comedy. Stepmonster, Disney's Brink and Don't Look Under the Bed and Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger with Gregory Harrison. Films had to be squeezed in between her work as a series regular which, when it finally started coming, kept coming.

One series, of which she is particularly proud, is the ground breaking Showtime comedy Brothers which ran for five years and for which she was nominated twice for ACE AWARDS as 'Best Actress in a Comedy Series." She starred as Ed Asner's daughter in Thunder Alley, Chris Elliott's nemesis in the cult classic Get a Life (an episode of which in which Chris and Robin are 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"). She starred as Matt Frewer's beleagured wife in "Shaky Ground" and as the late Gregory Hines’ best friend in The Gregory Hines Show.
Acting Portfolio
TELEVISION
The Bold and the Beautiful
Beth Logan
June 18, 2008 to Present

Big Love
2007

Pandemic
Sarah Adams Caplan
2007

The Closer
Barbara
2006

Read It and Weep
Diana
2006

Boston Legal
Candi Springtime
2006

Twenty Good Years
Helen
2006

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Saleena Lockhart
2005

Strong Medicine
Elizabeth Perry
2004

L.A. Dragnet
Wanda Hanson
2004

Crossing Jordan
Frances Pritchard
2004

Cold Case
Doreen Denova
2004

Gone But Not Forgotten
Nora Sloane/Samantha Reardon
2004

Reba
Sue Montgomery
2002-2003

Exit 9
Lynne
2003

What I Like About You
Eileen
2002

One on One
Connie
2002

Family Law
2001

Dead Last
Bunny Cahill
2001

Six Feet Under
Chloe Yorkin
2001

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
2001

Malcolm in the Middle
Tina
2001

Days of Our Lives
Maureen Lockhart
2000

Manhattan, AZ
Dr. Charles

2000

Any Day Now
2000

Emeril
Nora Lagasse
2000

Don't Look Under the Bed
Karen McCausland
1999

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
Aunt Elaine McGillicutty
1999

Sliders
Sela Williams
1999

V.I.P.
Jessica Wirth
1999

Clueless
Bev
1998

Brink!
Maddie Brinker
1998

The Gregory Hines Show
Nicole Moran
1997-1998

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Catherine Madison
1997

Christmas Every Day
Carolyn Jackson
1996

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Marigold
1996

Murder, She Wrote
Colleen Seller
1996

Thunder Alley
Bobbi Turner
1994-1995

Diagnosis Murder
Det. Claire Van Sickle
1994

Shaky Ground
Helen Moody
1992-1993

Get a Life
Sharon Potter
1990-1992

The Famous Teddy Z
Eileen Meisner
1990

Doctor Doctor
Barbara
1990

Without Her Consent
Marcia
1990

Empty Nest
Janet Majors
1989

Hard Time on Planet Earth
Sullivan
1989

Brothers
Kelly Hall
1984-1988

Riptide
Gloria Burghoff
1985-1986

Highway to Heaven
Sherri Johnson
1985

Misfits of Science
Sarah
1985

Airwolf
Karen Hansen
1984

Moffett's Ghost
Karen Hansen
1984

The Fall Guy
Leslie Tyler
1983

The Rousters
1983

The A-Team
Amanda Huston
1983

The Greatest American Hero
Nancy Ratner
1981

The Rockford Files
Kathlene O'Meara
1979

Fantasy Island
Fran
1979

Welcome Back, Kotter
Sexy Nurse
1977

M*A*S*H
Nurse Perry
1977

Black Sheep Squadron
First Nurse
1976
Acting Portfolio
FILM
The Stoneman
Dr. Anna Weston
2002

Mars and Beyond
Lt. Fiona Boggs
2000

A Reason to Believe
Constance
1995

Dead Badge
Joyce Deitz
1995

In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful
Catherine
1994

Stepmonster
Denise Gore
1993

Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a Stranger
Brenda
1992

Alligator
Marisa Kendall
1980
Awards & Acclaim
CableACE Awards Nomination, Actress in a Comedy Series for Brothers [1984, 1986]
Vital Statistics
DATE OF BIRTH: October 2, 1952
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
News Archives
News Archive: Robin Riker hired to bring Beth Logan back to B&B. [Jun 16, 2008]
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