Robyn Lively Biography: 10 facts, movies and TV shows, relationship with Blake Lively

Robyn Lively is Blake Lively half-sister and is known for her part in 1989 movies like Teen Witch, Wildcats, and The Karate Kid Part III.

While Robyn is also a movie and TV star herself, she is sadly known to many these days for her relationship with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. We attempt to map her career through this well-researched biography to rectify this error.

Here, you will see answers to high-search queries like the age difference between her and Blake Lively, her relationship with Ryan Reynolds, and her net worth. Also, you will learn who Robyn Lively is married to, and all of the movies and TV shows she appeared in. To begin, we have compiled a list of the biggest facts about her in the next section.

Top 10 facts about Robyn Lively

  1. Robyn Lively turned 50 in 2022 and has been credited for more than 30 movies and TV shows.
  2. She started acting at the ripe age of eleven, thanks to her parents, who were actively involved in the film industry at the time.
  3. Her biological father was Ronald Otis Lively, and he also gave birth to her older siblings, Lori and Jason.
  4. Meanwhile, after he and her mother, Elaine, divorced, Ernie Lively adopted Robyn and her siblings. Elaine would later give birth to Eric and Blake, making them her step-siblings.
  5. While you would learn more about her family in this article, you should know that they are (or were) all involved in the film industry.
  6. For her role as Jessica Andrews in the 1989 The Karate Kid Part III movie, the writers had to change the script from making her romantically involved with lead character Daniel LaRusso, to them being friends because the actor Ralph Macchio was 11 years older than her.
  7. Robyn, Lori, and Jason Lively appeared in the 1993 video game Return to Zork.
  8. She is married to actor Bart Johnson, and they appeared together in Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and as a couple in the PureFlix original movie, Strong Fathers Strong Daughters.
  9. Robyn Lively and Bart Johnson have three kids together, and they are practicing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  10. Sources say that her net worth is about $5 million in 2022.

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Early life

Robyn Lively young
Young Robyn Lively (in front)

Robyn Lively was born on February 7, 1972, as the third child of her father, Ronald Otis Lively, and mother, Elaine Lively. She was born in Powder Springs, Georgia, US. For undisclosed reasons, her biological parents divorced, and her mother remarried.

Her mother tied the knot with Ernie Lively in 1979, and he adopted Robyn and her siblings Jason (brother) and Lori (sister). Ernie and Elaine eventually had two more kids, Eric and Blake.

Thus, there were five children in the house while Robyn was growing up. They all became involved with the entertainment industry thanks to their parents. Here are some quick details about Robyn’s family members:

Elaine Lively (Mother)

Elaine Lively was a small-time actress during her youth and later adapted to become a talent manager. While names are not revealed, she allegedly worked with many of the big Hollywood actors of the 1980s, and she is well known in acting circles.

Ernie Lively (step-father)

We don’t know much about Robyn’s biological father, but there are so many details about her stepfather, Ernie Lively. He made his mark as an actor in the 1970s, and before his passing in 2021, he had been credited in more than 80 movies and TV shows. Some notable ones include his role as Sheriff John Teller in The X-Files, as Sergeant in American Pie 2, as Franz Vreeland in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise, and more. He passed in 2021 from cardiac complications.

Lori Lively (sister)

Lori is Robyn’s older sister, and she has been in a lot of popular TV series, albeit in small roles. Some of them include The MentalistTwo and a Half MenStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, and The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In addition to acting, she is also a designer and acting coach.

Jason Lively (brother)

Jason is four years older than Robyn, and he made his acting debut as a child. Since then, he has been in several projects like National Lampoon’s European VacationNight of the CreepsGhost Chase, and Maximum Force. He left his acting career to work as a computer scientist and later owned a mobile-roasted corn business. In 2015, he returned to acting.

Robyn, Lori, and Jason all starred in the 1993 video game Return to Zork.

Eric Lively (half-brother)

Eric Lively is the first child of Ernie and Elaine and the half-brother of Robyn. He made his acting debut as a baby and has starred in American PieSo Weird, SpeakThe L Word 24: RedemptionThe Client List, and A Madea Christmas.

Blake Lively (half-sister)

The age difference between Blake Lively and Robyn Lively is 15 years, and while this may be surprising for siblings, they don’t share the same father. Blake did not start her career as a child actress and only made her debut at 18. She has featured in several movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsElvis and AnabelleGossip GirlGreen LanternSavagesThe Age of Adaline, and she has appeared in several music videos.

Robyn is not related to Ryan Reynolds, but because he is married to her sister, Blake, they have all appeared in public together several times.

Robyn Lively Bio family
Robyn Lively family photo. Image Source: Daily Mail.

Career – Robyn Lively movies and TV shows

As a child actress

Robyn Lively started acting at the age of 11 with the role of Sharon Bergen in Summer of My German Soldier (1983). It was until 1984 before she starred again in a major project with her role as Becky Phillips in one episode of  Knight Rider and as Lisa in two episodes of Punky Brewster. She was nominated for Best Young Actress – Guest in a Television Series at the 1985 Young Artist Award for her part in Knight Rider.

The following year, she got to play Tracy in two episodes of The New Leave It to Beaver. 1986 proved to be a busy year for the young actress as she was featured in The Best of Times as Jaki, Wildcats as Alice Needham, Fuzzbucket as Stevie Gerber, Silver Spoons as Tammy, Starman as Beth McGovern, and Amazing Stories as Kate. Her Alice Needham outing was nominated for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film – Comedy or Drama at the 1987 Young Artist Award.

Robyn starred as Becky Carson in the 1987 comedy TV film Not Quite Human (and its 1989 sequel), as Reggie Domino in The Dictator (1988), and as Buckeye Thatcher in Buckeye and Blue (1988).

Karate Kid (1989) and Twin Peaks

Robyn Lively as Jessica Andres in The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
Robyn Lively as Jessica Andres in The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

She was cast as Jessica Andrews in The Karate Kid Part III (1989), but because she was 11 years younger than Ralph Macchio (who plays lead Daniel LaRusso) at the time, their romantic storyline was switched for a close friendship, according to an interview she later had. That same year, the actress featured in an episode of the American procedural TV show 21 Jump Street as Helen Akkerly. She also got to play Louise Miller in the fantasy comedy Teen Witch, which got her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.

Robyn Lively starred as Cindy in the Teen Angel Returns TV series and was featured in an episode of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose as Tracy Lee Summers. Between 1990 and 1991, she played Lana Budding Milford in two episodes of Twin Peaks, and her part as Melissa Harmon in one episode of ABC Afterschool Special earned her a Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special in 1991.

Adult roles from 1991

After 1991, Robyn was approaching 20 and started transitioning into adult roles. She played Nurse Michele Farber in six episodes of Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1991 to 1993. She was Holly in the 1992 TV movie In Sickness and in Health and Molly Flynn in five episodes of Freshman Dorm.

In 1993, the actress was in an episode of the sci-fi series Quantum Leap as Annie Wilkins, one episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as Nancy Stratemeyer (and reprised the role in the 1996 and 1999 TV movie versions), the TV movie Precious Victims as Wendy McBride, and three episodes of Against the Grain as Jill Clemons.

Robyn Lively held down a recurring role as Nurse Maggie Atkisson in 8 episodes of Chicago Hope between 1994 and 1995. She played Rachel Holfield in the direct-to-video film Dream a Little Dream 2 in 1995 and featured as Lane McKenzie Collins in 34 episodes of the soap opera Savannah between 1996 and 1997.

She played Jenny Sloane in an episode of the fantasy comedy series Early Edition in 1997 and Casey Wagonman in 20 episodes of George and Leo.

1999 to 2007

Just like her dad Ernie, she too had a part in one episode of the 1999 science fiction TV drama The X-Files as Angela Schiff. In the TV movie  Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man, she played Laura Anders and Sophie Calloway in one episode of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Robyn kept getting acting jobs consistently, and her career is well stacked with several big and small roles. She was Claire Dreyer in the 2000 TV movie Santa Who?, Jodi in one 2002 episode of the crime drama The District, and Andrea ‘Andie’ Chase in the 2002 TV movie Another Pretty Face.

She starred as NCIS Special Agent Vivian Blackadder in two episodes of the legal drama JAG, Erin in an episode of the sitcom  The Drew Carey Show, Connie in one episode of Strong Medicine, Madeline in the TV film Mystery Woman: Snapshot, Sarah Myers in an episode of CSI: NY, Leanne in the slasher film Simon Says, and Miss Hudson in one episode of Nip/Tuck.

In 2007, Robyn starred as Diane Burke in 7-10 Split, Carla in Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, Abbey in A Dance for Bethany, Miriam Gunden in Cold Case, and Darlene Dewey in Saving Grace. The following year, she was cast as Lauren in Murder Dot Com (aka A Date With Murder), Abby Corbin in one episode of Criminal Minds, Kelsey Winthrop in an episode of 30 Rock, and Darlene Dewey in two episodes of Saving Grace.

2009 to 2017

The actress played Gina in the 2009 TV movie Alligator Point. Then, she was cast as Sadie Harrington in one episode of The Mentalist, Maddy Doherty in Letters to God, and Michelle Barker in an episode of Psych, all in 2010. Her incredible work ethic continued in 2011 with her featuring as Meredith Miller in the TV movie Who Is Simon Miller?, Barbara in the drama film Sironia and Macaire Leemaster in Fishers of Men.

In 2012, she was featured as Connie Mallery in one episode of Longmire. Lively played Mrs. Galardi in the 2014 supernatural horror film Ouija and Claire Gibbon in 35 episodes of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.

Additionally, she was in 2015’s Chasing Ghosts as Lydia Simmons, 2017’s Small Town Crime as Deborah Neville, and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as Helen Meech.

Cobra Kai (2019) and Through the Glass Darkly (2020)

In 2018, she played Pamela Kessler in one episode of Code Black, and in 2019, she was featured in an episode of The Good Doctor as Diane Monroe.

She reprised her iconic Jessica Andrews role in one episode of Cobra Kai<span data-preserver-spaces=”true”> in 2019 and featured in Dwight in Shining Armor as Lady Ermingarde. The same year, she played Lauren in an episode of The Affair, Val in They Came Knocking, and Deb Brady in Light as a Feather Season 2.

As of 2020, she was featured as Mrs. Dayton in one episode of The Rookie, Nancy Frost in two episodes of All Rise, and Charlie in Through the Glass Darkly.

Personal life

Robyn Lively has been married to co-actor Bart Johnson since 1999. Johnson is well known for playing coach Jack Bolton in the High School Musical<span data-preserver-spaces=”true”> film series. He, too, began his career as a child actor, and together with Robyn, they appeared in Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. They also appear together as a couple in the PureFlix original movie, Strong Fathers Strong Daughters.


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Johnson and Lively have three children together; daughter Kate and sons Baylen and Wyatt Blake. The couple are practicing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a nontrinitarian church that was formally known as Mormon Church.

Social media

Robyn Lively is on Instagram as @robynlively and has 173,000 followers while her Twitter account @RobynLivey has about 6,275.

Robyn Lively net worth

Robyn Lively net worth is estimated to be $500,000 in 2022, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Meanwhile, another source claims that she is worth $4 million. We found yet another blog that estimates it to be worth $5 million.

From her several acting parts, it is not unlikely that she is a millionaire.


Robyn Lively net worth

Robyn has been quite the actress with over 30 acting credits so far in her career. With three kids, it makes sense that she only takes on as many projects as she can to spend time with her family. If her social media posts are anything to go by, she is living a relatively happy life. She is also cheerful and close to everyone in her large family.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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