Actress Robin Weigert is best known for playing the supporting role of Calamity Jane in the HBO television series “Deadwood” (2004-2006), from which she was nominated for Emmy, Prism and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance. She then portrayed a Mormon mother in the HBO critically acclaimed miniseries “Angels in America” (2003), which was directed by Mike Nichols. Her TV credits also include a regular role in “Life” (2007-2008), recurring roles in “Cold Case” (2004-2005), “Lost” (2007) and “Private Practice” (2009), as well as guest roles in popular TV series such as “Law & Order,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Numb3rs,” “ER” and “Without a Trace.” Weigert has appeared in a number of films since making her debut in the late 1990s, including Christopher Munch's “The Sleepy Time Gal” (2001), Steven Soderbergh's “The Good German” (2006), Susanne Bier's “Things We Lost in the Fire” (2007), Charlie Kaufman's “Synecdoche, New York” (2008), Rebecca Miller's “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009) and Steven Peros' “The Undying” (2009). Prior to her move to Los Angeles, Weigert collected extensive stage credits in New York City. Some of her notable work includes “Madame Melville” (earned a Drama Desk nomination and a Lucille Lortel nomination), “A Moon for the Misbegotten” (won a Theatre Critics Circle Award), “The Seagull” and “Noises Off.”
Tisch School of the Arts
Childhood and Family:
Robin Weigert was born on July 7, 1969, in Washington, D.C. She is of Jewish descent and graduated from Brandeis University in 1991 with a degree in drama. She went on to gain a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Following a decade long stage career in New York, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue more opportunities.
The Good German
Robin Weigert began as a stage actress in New York City and received award nominations for her performance in a Broadway production of “Madame Melville.” She picked up a Theatre Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Josie in a Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” She also starred as Poppy Norton-Taylor in a Broadway revival of “Noises Off” and portrayed Masha in Michael Frayn's “The Seagull,” which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. A former receptionist, Weigert also built up her 10 year stage career in New York City with appearances in a number of off-Broadway productions, including “The Three Sisters,” “Understudying Liev Schreiber,” “A Place at the Table,” “Hamlet,” “Goodnight,” “Children Everywhere,” “Arms and the Man” and “Pride's Crossing.”
Weigert made her first television performance in the PBS presentation of Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” (1998), which starred Helen Hunt as Viola and Kyra Sedgwick as Countess Olivia. The following year, she played Whitney in the low budget film “Heart to Heart.com,” which was directed by Roberto Monticello and written by David R. Nelson and Stanton Wood. The same year, she appeared in an episode of “Law & Order” called “Gunshow,” which marked her first appearance on the popular series. She was invited back to the NBC show in 2003 to appear in the episode “Seer.” Robin was also featured in the television film “Mary and Rhoda” (2000) and the Sundance premiered “The Sleepy Time Gal” (2001), opposite Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl and Amy Madigan. Impressed by her performance in the Central Park play “The Seagull,” director Mike Nichols cast Weigert in the HBO miniseries “Angels in America” (2003), which was based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by Tony Kushne. Starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Patrick Wilson, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright and Justin Kirk, the show earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.
In 2004, after guest starring in CBS' “Without a Trace,” Weigert scored a big break when she landed the regular role of Calamity Jane in the David Milch created historical drama series “Deadwood” (HBO, 2004-2006), opposite Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, Paula Malcomson, William Sanderson and Kim Dickens. During its three season run, the show earned praise from critics and won several Golden Globe awards. For her performance, Weigert received a 2004 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, a 2005 Prism nomination for Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline and a 2007 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. While working on the series, Weigert played Donna Traylor in an episode of “NYPD Blue” called “Traylor Trash” (2004), Tina Stewart in the “Judging Amy” episode “Conditional Surrender” (2004) and Dr. Valerie Dino in the episode “Committed” (2005) of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” In 2005, she portrayed the recurring role of Anna Mayes on the CBS drama series “Cold Case” (3 episodes). In addition, she appeared with Tim Hopper and Stephen Mailer in the 13 minute film “What I Came For” (2004), which was directed by Craig Marsden, and costarred with Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Tess Harper and Adrian Lee in the independent film “Loggerheads” (2005), for director/writer Tim Kirkman.
After the demise of “Deadwood,” Weigert appeared in episodes of “The Unit” (2006), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2006) and “Numb3rs” (2006). She then portrayed Rachel Carlson, the sister of Juliet Burke (played by Elizabeth Mitchell), in two episodes of the ABC science fiction series “Lost” (also 2006). The same year, Weigert landed the high profile role of Hannelore on the big screen adaptation of Joseph Kanon's novel “The Good German,” which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire, the drama received primarily negative reviews from critics and was a flop at the box office.
In 2007, Weigert returned to series television as a regular on the first season of the NBC series “Life,” which starred Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews. Playing Karen Davis in the show, she re-appeared in a single episode in the second season titled “Not for Nothing.” In December 2008, she portrayed Nicole in the hit medical drama series “ER” episode “The High Holiday.” From 2007 to 2008, Weigert also supported Halle Berry, Benicio del Toro and David Duchovny in the Sam Mendes produced, Susanne Bier directed movie “Things We Lost in the Fire,” which received generally favorable reviews from critics, and Tanner Blaze, Jordi Caballero, Dee Freeman and Jacqueline Harris in director/writer Aloura Melissa Charles' “Reservations.” She then portrayed Olive in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, “Synecdoche, New York,” which premiered in competition at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008, and was cast as the mother of Josh Hutcherson, Lydia, in “Winged Creatures” (2008), which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Roy Freirich.
Weigert next teamed up with Robin Wright, Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Maria Bello and Keanu Reeves in the dramatic film “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009), which was written and directed by Rebecca Miller, supported Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman and Kevin Bacon in the film “My One and Only” (2009), which was written by Charlie Peters and directed by Richard Loncraine, played Rachel in the family film “Cayman Went” (2009) and starred as Barbara Haughton in the thriller “The Undying” (2009), for director Steven Peros. She also appeared in the short films “Path Lights” and “Looking at Animals” (both also 2009). On the small screen, Weigert landed guest spots in “United States of Tara,” “The Cleaner” and “Private Practice” (all 2009). Recently, in March 2010, the actress played Eliza Green in the episode “Red Herring” of the CBS drama series “The Mentalist.”
Theatre Critics Circle: “A Moon for the Misbegotten”