Tanzanian-American Actress, Marin Elizabeth Hinkle was born on March 23, 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A popular TV actress known for her several roles, her best known include Judith Harper-Melnick on the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” as well as Judy Brooks on the ABC television drama “Once and Again”. She is the daughter of Margaret R. (Polga) Hinkle, a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and Rodney Hinkle, a college dean and teacher.
Her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, when she was four months old. After graduating from Newton South High School, she attended Brown University and New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 1991. Marin originally planned to be a professional ballerina, but at the age of 16, she had an ankle injury which permanently ended the possibilities. She then decided to take up acting.
Marin played Juliet opposite Jean Stapleton playing the Nurse at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC from JAN 25 – MAR 13, 1994 at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington DC.
On Broadway, she played Kuroko and was understudy for Miranda in The Tempest from Nov 01, 1995 – Dec 31, 1995 at the Broadhurst Theatre. She also played Sandra Markowitz in “A Thousand Clowns” from Jul 14, 1996 – Aug 10, 1996 at the Criterion Center Stage Right and then played Chrysothemis in Electra from Dec 03, 1998 – Mar 21, 1999 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
She began her TV career on the soap opera Another World. Marin has had several roles in films such as I’m Not Rappaport, Frequency, The Next Big Thing, I Am Sam and Dark Blue. She has also performed on the stage, for example in 2005 as Miss Julie, opposite Reg Rogers, in the 1888 play of that name by August Strindberg (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, New York). Marin has also appeared in the thriller genre, starring in the 2008 thrillers Quarantine and The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
She has made several guest appearances on different shows such as Spin City, Law & Order: SVU, Without a Trace, ER, House, and twice as different characters on Law & Order.
In 1998, Marin got married to Randall Sommer and they have a child.