Tamara Tunie is a multi-talented American actress, film producer, and director, best known for her roles in movies and TV series including Black Earth Rising, Flight, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She came into the limelight following her role in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns where she starred as attorney Jessica Griffin. The charming actress began her acting career in 1986 and has been active in the Hollywood industry for over three decades and counting. As a result of her wonderful performances, Tamara has recorded several awards in her name. Read on as we take you through her biography and other interesting facts you need to know below.
Tamara Tunie Bio – Age and Ethnicity
Tamara Tunie was born on the 14th day of March 1959 in McKeesport City of Pennsylvania in the United States of America. She was born to Afro-American parents James Tunie and his wife Evelyn. Tamara holds an American nationality and is of American, European, and African-American heritage. She spent her early years in McKeesport where she completed her basic education. Afterward, she enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University where she got a B. A. in Musical Theatre. While at Carnegie Mellon, Tamara featured in several musicals and Broadway productions organized by the school. She graduated as one of the best students in her class.
Career and Rise to Fame
The amazing actress made her first film appearance in 1986 when she played the role of Nina in a crime drama series Spenser: For Hire alongside Robert Urich and Avery Brooks. The following year, the actress made her big-screen debut while appearing in two films – Sweet Lorraine and Wall Street in 1987. Her top-notch work ethics helped her to land bigger roles in high profile movies subsequently.
Tamara Tunie got her breakout role in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns where she played the recurring role of attorney Jessica Griffin from 1987 to 2009. She also starred in the police procedural drama NYPD Blue portraying Lillian Fancy from 1994 to 1997. She joined the cast of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the year 2000. There she starred as Dr. Melinda Warner alongside Christopher Meloni and Ice-T, until 2018.
Additionally, the actress has also played remarkable roles in a good number of movies since the inception of her career. She portrayed Jody in the 1997 American political thriller The Peacemaker alongside George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. She also followed it up with a role in The Devil’s Advocate where she co-starred Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino in the same year. Later in 2001, she portrayed Shiela in the mystery-drama film The Caveman’s Valentine along with Samuel L. Jackson. Her brilliant performance in the film fetched her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best actress.
The actress also appeared alongside Denzel Washington, playing the role of Margaret Thomason in Robert Zemeckis’ 2012 movie Flight. Her other notable movies include Irreplaceable You, Bad Vegan, and the Teleportation Machine, Snake Eyes, Rising Sun, Missed Connections, and City Hall, etc.
The highlight of her other TV series includes Black Earth Rising, Dietland, Blue Bloods, Zoo, The Red Road, Days of Our Lives, Chicago Fire, and her current series Better Call Saul. Others are Tribeca, Swift Justice, New York Undercover, Chicago Hope, Sex and the City, etc.
Net Worth: How Much is Tamara Tunie Worth?
The Afro-American actress has been successful in her acting career and has made huge wealth from her movies and TV series. Tamara is currently living a lavish lifestyle and her net worth is pegged at $8 million. She made her wealth from salaries from TV series as well as other business endeavors.
Her Husband and Children
While the actress has garnered huge fame through her appearance in movies and TV series; she is not so successful when it comes to matters of the heart. Tamara Tunie has been married twice and equally divorced twice. Her first marriage was with a man named Greg Bouquett. Greg is an Afro-American attorney based in Georgia in the United States. The pair got hitched in 1989 and after three years, they went their separate ways citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce. Their divorce process was finalized in 1991 and they didn’t have any kids from their marriage.
After their divorce, Tamara later fell in love with an American Jazz musician named Gregory Generet and the duo tied the knot in 1995. The amazing couple kept their relationship sailing for about twenty years. When things started going awry, the couple decided to go their separate ways. Tamara and Gregory finalized their divorce in 2005 and the duo didn’t have any kids from the marriage. Since their divorce, Tamara has decided to keep her personal life under the shades; hence, there is no news of her subsequent relationships. Apparently, the actress is still single; she doesn’t have a husband or children.