American actress Robin Riker is well known for playing waitress Kelly Hall on the Showtime sitcom “Brothers” from 1984 to-1987, from which she picked up two CableACE nominations. She also had regular roles on television sitcoms such as “Get a Life” (Fox, 1990-1992), Shaky Ground” (Fox, 1992-1993), “Thunder Alley” (ABC, 1994-1995), “The Gregory Hines Show” (CBS, 1997-1998) as well as on the daytime dramas “Days of Our Lives” (2000, as Maureen “Bonnie” Lockhart) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2008-2010, as Beth Logan). Riker's film credits include “Alligator” (1980), “Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger” (1992), “A Reason to Believe” (1995), “Dead Badge” (1999), “The Stoneman” (2002) and “Spiritual Warriors” (2007). Riker was nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of Sue Bayliss in the Geffen Playhouse production of Arthur Miller's “All My sons.”
Ms. Riker has been married twice. She is currently married to Evan A. Nesbitt.
Childhood and Family:
Robin Riker was born on October 2, 1952, in New York City, New York. In 1987, she married writer/actor William Hasley, but they later divorced. She then married cameraman Evan A. Nesbitt.
Robin Riker launched her professional acting career in 1976, when she landed a guest spot on the Stephen J. Cannell drama series “Black Sheep Squadron.” She continued to appear in episodes of TV shows such as “M*A*S*H” (1977, as Nurse Perry), “ Welcome Back, Kotter” (1977, as sexy nurse), “Fantasy Island” (1979, as Fran) and “The Rockford Files” (1979, as Kathlene O'Meara) before making her feature film acting debut as reptile expert Marisa Kendall in “Alligator,” a 1980 monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayle. The film earned praise from critics despite having small budget.
In early 1980s, Riker made guest appearances in “The Greatest American Hero” (1981, as Nancy Ratner), “ The A-Team” (1983, as Amanda Huston), “The Rousters” (1983), “The Fall Guy” (1983, as Leslie Tyler), “Airwolf” (1984, as Dr. Karen Hansen), “Misfits of Science” (1985, as Sarah), and played Connie Kokoorium in the comedy series “Herndon” (1983), starring Michael Richards as the titular character, and directed by Garry Marshall.
Riker, however, did not receive her big break until she was cast in the regular role of waitress Kelly Hall on the Showtime sitcom “Brothers”(1984-1989), opposite Robert Walden, Paul Regina, Brandon Maggart and Philip Charles MacKenzie. During her tenure on the show (from 1984 to 1987), she was nominated for CableACE in the category of Actress in a Comedy Series twice in 1987 and 1988. While working on “Brothers,” Riker also had a recurring role in “Riptide” (1985-1986, Gloria Burghoff) and “Highway to Heaven” (1985, as Sherri Johnson). She closed out the decade with guest appearance in “ Hard Time on Planet Earth” (1989, as Sullivan) and “Empty Nest” (1989, as Janet Majors).
In 1990, Riker returned to series TV as a regular on the Fox sitcom “Get a Life,” playing Chris Elliott's friend's wife and enemy, Sharon. She remained on the show throughout its two season run from September 23, 1990 to March 8, 1992. Also in 1990, the actress made her TV movie debut opposite Melissa Gilbert, Scott Valentine and Barry Tubb in “Without Her Consent,” where she played Marcia, starred in the short film “ Writer's Block,” directed by Fred Gallo, and guest starred in “Doctor Doctor” and “The Famous Teddy Z.”
After “Get a Life” came to an end, Riker was cast as Matt Frewer's wife, Helen, on the sitcom “Shaky Ground.” The show ran for a season of 17 episode from December 27, 1992 to May 23,1993. She next joined the cast of the ABC sitcom “Thunder Alley” (1994-1995) in the role of Gil Jones's daughter, Bobbi Turner, replacing Diane Venora in the role. In the meantime, Riker also co-starred with Gregory Harrison, Lisa Pescia and Morton Downey Jr. in the thriller movie “Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger” (1992), helmed by Adam Simon, with Alan Thicke, Molly Cheek and Billy Corben in the direct to video “Stepmonster” (1993), directed by Jeremy Stanford, and with Barry Bostwick, Matt McCoy and Lesley-Anne Down in “In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful” (1994), directed by Catherine Cyran. She also appeared as Claire in an episode of “Diagnosis Murder” called “Many Happy Returns” (1994).
Riker next landed a supporting role on the drama film “A Reason to Believe” (1995), starring Jay Underwood, Allison Smith and Danny Quinn and directed and written by Douglas Tirola, was cast as Aunt Carolyn Jackson in the made for TV film “ Christmas Every Day” (1996), opposite Robert Hays, Erik von Detten and Bess Armstrong, and worked with Steve Oedekerk, Kristian Alfonso and John Mendoza in the TV film “steve.oedekerk.com” (1997). She also made guest appearances in the popular shows “Murder, She Wrote” (1996, as Colleen Sellers), “ Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1996, as Marigold) and “ Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997, as Catherine Madison) before landing the role of Nicole Moran, Alex (played by Mark Tymchyshyn)'s former wife, on the short lived CBS sitcom “The Gregory Hines Show” (1997-1998), starring Gregory Hines as Ben Stevenson. Created by Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin, the show premiered on September 19, 1997 and ended its run on February 27, 1998 after 15 episodes aired. The remaining of the 1990s saw the actress guest star in “Clueless” (1998), “V.I.P.” (1999), “Sliders” (1999) and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show” (1999) as well as appear in the films “Brink!” (1998, TV), “Dead Badge” (1999, as Joyce Deitz), and “ Don't Look Under the Bed” (1999, TV).
Entering the new millennium, Riker joined the cast of the NBC daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in the role of Maureen “Bonnie” Lockhart. She portrayed Lt. Fiona Boggs in the short film “Mars and Beyond” (2000), Dr. Anna Weston in the action/horror movie “The Stoneman” (2002), opposite Pat Morita and Christopher Atkins, Lynne in the TV film “Exit 9” (2003), with Alex D. Linz and Ian Gomez, and Nora Sloane/Samantha Reardon in the telepic “Gone But Not Forgotten” (2005), starring Brooke Shields, Lou Diamond Phillips and Scott Glenn. Riker landed a number of guest spots during the first half of the 2000s, such as “Emeril” (2000, as Nora Lagasse), “ Any Day Now” (2000), “ “Manhattan, AZ” (2000), “Malcolm in the Middle” (2001, as Tina), “ Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” (2001), “Six Feet Under” (2001), “Dead Last” (2001, as Bunny Cahill), “ Family Law” (2001), “One on One” (2002, as Connie), “What I Like About You” (2002), “ Cold Case” (2004, as Doreen Denova), “ Crossing Jordan” (2004, as Frances Pritchard), “ L.A. Dragnet” (2004, as Wanda Hanson), “Strong Medicine” (2004, as Elizabeth Perry) and “NCIS” (2005, as Saleena Lockhart). She had the recurring role of Sue Montgomery on “Reba” (2 episodes, 2002-2003).
Riker landed a supporting role in the Disney Channel telepic “Read It and Weep” (2006), directed by Paul Hoen with a screenplay adapted from a Julia DeVillers book by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio, and was featured as a reporter in “Spiritual Warriors” (2007), an adventure /science fiction movie directed by David Raynr and starring Robert Easton, Jsu Garcia and Shyla Marlin. From June 2008 to April 2010, she portrayed Elizabeth “Beth” Logan in the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Riker could also be seen in episodes of “Twenty Good Years” (2006), “Boston legal” (2006, as Candy Springtime), “The Closer” (2006, as Barbara, Estelle Pope's Attorney), “Big Love” (2007), “ The Glades” (2010, as Jody Cargill) and “Bones” (2010, as Nadia Blake).
Recently, Riker made guest appearances in “Svetlana” and “ Wizards of Waverly Place” (both 2011). She has completed filming a small role in Alexander Cartio's comedy film, “ Convincing Clooney,” which is set to be released in 2011. She will play Carrie in the upcoming drama film “The Famous Joe Project,” directed and penned by Eli Rarey.