Glenn Quinn

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Glenn Quinn
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Born Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn
(1970-05-28)May 28, 1970
Dublin, Ireland
Died December 3, 2002(2002-12-03) (aged 32)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–2002

Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn (May 28, 1970 – December 3, 2002) was an Irish actor in television and film, known for playing Mark Healy in the American sitcom Roseanne, and Doyle, a half-demon, on the 1999–2004 television series Angel, a spin-off series of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland. He spent his childhood in America and his teenage years in Cabinteely, County Dublin, Ireland. As a teenager, he played drums in a rock band called Revival (who peaked at supporting Irish AOR Band Winter's Reign and also had a demo played on the radio 'How could I know'-Rock with BOC - BLB Radio). He also acted in productions at small local theaters. Quinn attended Clonkeen College.

Quinn moved to the Long Beach area of California in 1988 with his mother, Bernadette, and two sisters, Sonya and Louisa. His older brother Ciaran, whose existence he was unaware of, lives in Donabate, Ireland, and was recently reunited with their mother and two sisters. Glenn worked odd jobs at power plants, restaurants, and more before deciding to pursue an acting career.

Career[edit]

Quinn did commercials for Pepsi and Ray-Ban, appeared in the music video for the Richard Marx song "Satisfied," he had his first speaking line in the pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 after having endured eight separate auditions for the roles of both "Brandon Walsh" and then "Steve Sanders." Having lost out to Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering, respectively, casting director Johanna Ray gave him a small role with two lines in the pilot, but Glenn was barely visible in the final broadcast version. His first substantial speaking part was as a guest-star in an episode of the short-lived The Outsiders.

In 1991, Quinn had his first major role in a movie, Shout, which starred John Travolta and in which he shared an on-screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow in her debut film. One of Quinn's more visible roles began in 1990 as the character Mark Healy, Becky Conner's boyfriend, and later husband, in Roseanne. Quinn took on the role as youngest son Cedric on the 1992 US and UK TV series Covington Cross. While shooting the series in England, he suffered a serious injury to his back falling from his horse while shooting a scene.[citation needed] In 1992 he starred alongside Holly Marie Combs in Dr. Giggles.[2] Also in 1992, Glenn's management was approached by Robert Redford who was then casting A River Runs through It and expressed interest in Glenn reading for the role opposite Brad Pitt. At the time Glenn was tired from working non-stop for over a year and had planned to go on a fishing trip with his uncle, and as nothing could dissuade his intention to take that short break, the role went to Craig Sheffer. In 1997, he played dual roles in the horror anthology film Campfire Tales.

After seven years using an American accent on Roseanne, Quinn was pleased producers made Doyle on Angel Irish because it would allow him to use his native accent. In an interview with The Irish Times, Quinn said of his accent, "I've been hiding it for so long that it's amazing to have some freedom. It was like putting on an old pair of shoes. It's bringing my soul back to life."[1] His last film work was in 2002's R.S.V.P..

Personal life[edit]

In addition to acting, he also co-owned a nightclub called "Goldfingers" in Los Angeles, California.

Death[edit]

Quinn's body was found on the couch of a friend he was visiting in North Hollywood, California on December 3, 2002.[3] Police and autopsy reports revealed that the cause of his death was an accidental heroin overdose.[4] He was 32 years old.

Filmography[edit]

List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shout Alan
1992 Dr. Giggles Max Anderson
1995 Live Nude Girls Randy Conzini
1997 Campfire Tales Scott Anderson/Paramedic #1 Segments: "The Locket" and "The Campfire"
1998 Some Girl Jeff
2002 R.S.V.P. Prof. Hal Evans
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Party Jock #1 Television program
Episode: "Class of Beverly Hills"
1990 Bagdad Café Johnny Television program
Episode: "Not Enough Cooks"
1990 Call Me Anna George Chakiris ABC television film
1990 Silhouette Darren Lauder Television film
1990–1997 Roseanne Mark Healy Television program
TV Land Awards (nominated)
1992 Covington Cross Cedric Grey Television program
1999 Jesse Sean Television program
Episode: "The Mischievous Elf"
1999 Angel Allen Francis Doyle Television program
9 episodes (credited for 10)
2000 At Any Cost Ben Tarowe VH1 television film
List of video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Voice only
1997 Outlaws 'Rattlesnake' Dick Farmer Voice only
1997 Curse of Monkey Island, TheThe Curse of Monkey Island Pirate #5 Voice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dublin-born actor who found fame in the US". The Irish Times. December 28, 2002. 
  2. ^ a b Hayward, Anthony (2002-12-18). "Obituary: Glenn Quinn". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Glenn Quinn: Actor". variety.com. 2002-12-11. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  4. ^ Bobbin, Jay (April 30, 2006). "Young 'Roseanne' star died from OD". The Buffalo News. 

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