Quinn at the premiere of Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
March 8, 1959 |
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Bracco (m. 1987)|
Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an American actor. He made his film debut in 1984 in Reckless. His films include Desperately Seeking Susan, The Mission, Stakeout, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, Frankenstein, and Michael Collins.
Early life 
Quinn was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish parents. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic and raised in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as in Dublin and Birr, County Offaly, in Ireland. His mother, Teresa, was a homemaker, and also worked as a bookkeeper and in the travel business, and his father, Michael Quinn, was a professor of literature. He has three brothers and a sister. His older brother, Declan Quinn, is a noted cinematographer. Though a roofer by trade, Quinn got his start in the Chicago theater at age 19. He trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop.
His first significant film role was in Reckless, followed by a breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character "Dez" (the love interest of the character played by Rosanna Arquette). He made a short impressive contribution as Robert De Niro's brother in The Mission. He played escaped convict Richard "Stick" Montgomery in the action comedy Stakeout opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. Quinn next starred in the controversial television film An Early Frost, about a young gay lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on NBC on November 11, 1985 and co-starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Sylvia Sidney). He received his first Emmy Award nomination for the role which allowed him to gain recognition in Hollywood.
In 1988 Quinn lost the role of Jesus Christ when Paramount Pictures dropped the controversial Martin Scorsese movie The Last Temptation of Christ. When Universal Pictures picked up the film, the role went to Willem Dafoe. In the meantime, Quinn starred as protagonist in the film Crusoe, finished in 1989.
During the 1990s Quinn's career grew immensely. He found work alongside such Hollywood stars as Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon, Robert Duvall in The Handmaid's Tale and John Gielgud in Haunted. He continually starred in films that allowed him to return to his Irish roots, such as Michael Collins, Song for a Raggy Boy, This Is My Father, and Evelyn. He played a small cameo as the captain of a doomed Arctic vessel in the Francis Ford Coppola-produced adaptation of Frankenstein.
In 2000, Quinn portrayed Paul McCartney in the VH1 television drama, Two of Us. He later met McCartney at a hotel, and they became good friends. Quinn was able to gain his first regular television role as the lead in the short lived and controversial NBC drama The Book of Daniel, in 2006. The show was canceled after the first three weeks of its run, and its last five episodes never aired. In 2007, Quinn received his second Emmy nomination for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Quinn currently co-stars in the CBS television series Elementary.
Personal life 
Quinn is married to the actress Elizabeth Bracco, sister of actress Lorraine Bracco. They have two daughters: Ava (b. 1989), who has been diagnosed with autism, and Mia (b. 1998), who appeared as a ghost in the supernatural love story film The Eclipse.
|1985||Desperately Seeking Susan||Dez|
|1986||The Mission||Felipe Mendoza|
|1987||Stakeout||Richard 'Stick' Montgomery|
|1990||The Handmaid's Tale||Nick|
|The Lemon Sisters||Frankie McGuinness|
|1991||At Play in the Fields of the Lord||Martin Quarrier|
|Lies of the Twins||James McEwan / Jonathan McEwan|
|1992||The Playboys||Tom Casey|
|1993||Benny & Joon||Benjamin 'Benny' Pearl|
|1994||Blink||Det. John Hallstrom|
|Frankenstein||Cpt. Robert Walton|
|Legends of the Fall||Alfred Ludlow|
|1995||The Stars Fell on Henrietta||Don Day|
|Haunted||Prof. David Ash|
|1996||Looking for Richard||Richmond|
|Michael Collins||Harry Boland|
|The Assignment||Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez/Carlos|
|1998||This Is My Father||Kieran O'Day||Also Executive Producer|
|Practical Magic||Officer Gary Hallet||Blockbuster Entertainment Award (nominated)|
|1999||In Dreams||Paul Cooper|
|Music of the Heart||Brian Turner|
|2000||Songcatcher||Tom Bledsoe||Sundance Film Festival Award (won)|
|Two of Us||Paul McCartney||VH1 television film|
|2002||Stolen Summer||Joe O'Malley|
|2003||Song for a Raggy Boy||William Franklin|
|2004||Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius||Harry Vardon|
|Shadow of Fear||Detective Scofield|
|Return to Sender (alternate title: Convicted)||Frank Nitzche||IFTA Awards (nominated-4Xs)|
|Proud||Commodore Alfred Lind|
|2005||Nine Lives||Henry||Gotham Awards (nominated)|
|2009||A Shine of Rainbows||Alec|
|The Eclipse||Nicholas Holden|
|The 5th Quarter||Steven Abbate|
|Festival of Lights||Adem|
|Jonah Hex||President Ulysses S. Grant|
|Sarah's Key||William Rainsferd|
|Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright||Charlie Wright|
|The Stand Up||Sandy Hardwick|
|2012||Starving Artist||Man ordering whitebait|
|1985||An Early Frost||Michael Pierson||NBC television film
Nominated for an Emmy Award
|1987||All My Sons||Chris Keller||Television film|
|1989||Perfect Witness||Sam Paxton||HBO television film|
|1991||Lies of the Twins||James McEwan/Jonathan McEwan||Television film|
|1992||A Private Matter||Bob Finkbine||HBO television film|
|1997||Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone||Henry Morton Stanley||Television film|
|2000||See You in My Dreams||Joe F. Brown||Television film|
|The Prince and the Pauper||Miles Hendon||Television film|
|Two of Us||Paul McCartney||VH1 television film|
|2001||Night Visions||Jeremy Bell||Episode: "The Passenger List"|
|2003||Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor||Gen. Benedict Arnold V||A&E television film|
|2004||Plainsong||Tom Guthrie||CBS television film|
|Cavedweller||Clint Windsor||Showtime Network television film
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
|Miracle Run||Douglas Thomas||Lifetime Movie Network television film|
|2005||The Exonerated||Kerry||CourtTV television film|
|Empire Falls||David Roby||HBO miniseries|
|Mayday||John Berry||CBS television film|
|2004–05||Third Watch||Lieutenant/Captain John Miller||Episodes: "Alone Again, Naturally", "Last Will and Testament", The Hunter, Hunted", "The Greatest Detectives" and "Goodbye to Camelot"|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Daniel Webster|
|2007||Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee||Henry L. Dawes||HBO television film
Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ben Nicholson||Episode: "Savant"|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Matthew "Matt" Furey|
|2010||White Collar||Criminology Professor George Oswald||Episode: Copycat Caffrey|
|2011||Weeds||Foster "Chuck" Klein||Showtime original series: Season 7|
|Prime Suspect||Lt. Kevin Sweeney||NBC original series: Season 1|
|2012||Elementary||Tobias "Toby" Gregson||CBS original series: Season 1, main cast|
- Tauber, Michelle (April 9, 2004). "Aidan Quinn: The quiet man". The Independent. Retrieved May 25, 2010. "Quinn never abandoned his own religion, though, however much he despised its authorities. Quinn is, just, more American than Irish."
- Aidan Quinn Biography – Biography.com
- Fischer, Paul. "Aidan Quinn". Cranky Critic. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
- October 06, 2009 (October 6, 2009). "Death Notice: TERESA QUINN - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- Piven Theatre Workshop – Alumni of the Workshop
- The Mighty Quinn
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