Handsome Canadian player Robin Dunne amassed quite a varied selection of credits in numerous TV projects and a handful of films from family-aimed TV dramas to libido-driven direct-to-video projects. A veteran of Canadian television beginning in his teens, the brown-haired, blue-eyed player with boy-next-door good looks got early exposure in the States with Canada-lensed projects like the 1994 TV-movie "Against Their Will: Women in Prison" (ABC), the 1996 feature "The Road Home" and the series "My Life as a Dog" (aired on Showtime in the USA from 1997 to 1998). A 1998-2000 recurring role as the charmingly bookish Franz on PAX TV's "Little Men" won the actor some notice and fans thanks to the family drama's cult following. Also in 1998, Dunne had a supporting role in "The Big Hit," a Hong Kong action-influenced crime comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and executive produced by John Woo.
Dunne seemed poised to take his fame to another level in 1999 with the Fox drama "Manchester Prep," a series prequel to the popular "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" redux "Cruel Intentions" (1998). Dunne was cast as Sebastian Valmont in the controversial show, which followed the main characters through their early high school days. Scrapped by the network despite a particularly vociferous round of early buzz, "Manchester Prep" was recycled into the direct-to-video feature "Cruel Intentions 2" (2000), an R-rated release complete with badly-inserted explicit language and gratuitous nudity. The actor bounced back with a somewhat memorable recurring role on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1999-2000), playing Joey (Katie Holmes)'s college-age suitor. a brainy looker who still couldn't compete with the charms of Pacey (Joshua Jackson).
In 2001 Dunne surfaced with several TV-movie appearances, including two supporting roles on Lifetime ("Criminal Intent: The Wandering Soul Murders" and "Criminal Intent: A Colder Kind of Death") and a featured turn as an ill-fated lottery winner in the USA Network thriller "Class Warfare." The following year the actor took on two other notable TV-movie roles, starring in the drama "Borderline Normal" (USA Network) and playing the young Samuel Clemens in the Hallmark Channel's biopic "Mark Twain's Roughing It." That same year Dunne starred in the direct-to-video sequel "The Skulls 2" and returned to series television with a regular role as Alex, a gay twentysomething, on UPN's edgy, cinema verite ensemble comedy/drama "As If" (2002), based upon the successful British series of the same name.
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Featured in the ABC TV-movie "Against Their Will: Women in Prison"
Had a minor role in the sensationalistic Fox biopic "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story"
Played a runaway orphan in "The Road Home", an adventure inspired by Boys' Town
Appeared in the CBS TV-movie drama "A Husband, a Wife, and a Lover"
Had a recurring role on the PAX TV period drama series "Little Men"
Had a supporting role in the action feature "The Big Hit"
Starred as Sebastian Valmont in "Manchester Prep", a TV-series prequel to the hit film "Cruel Intentions"; series scrapped by Fox before airing, retooled as the direct-to-video feature "Cruel Intentions 2" (2000)
Played the brother of a drug-addicted teen (Jonathan Jackson) in the cautionary ABC TV-movie "Trapped in a Purple Haze"
Featured in the CBS TV-movie "Jewel"
Had supporting roles in the TV-movies "Criminal Instinct: The Wandering Soul Murders" and "Criminal Instinct: A Colder Kind of Death", CTV productions aired on Lifetime in USA
Featured in the cable TV-movies "Au Pair II" (Fox Family) and "Class Warfare" (USA Network)
Was a regular on the UPN midseason replacement series "As If"
Starred in the direct-to-video sequel "The Skulls 2"
Starred in the USA Network TV-movie "Borderline Normal"
Played the young Sam Clemens in the Hallmark Channel miniseries "Mark Twain's Roughing It"