Quinton Aaron

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Quinton Aaron
Quinton Aaron 2010.jpg
Born 1984
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

Quinton Aaron (born 1984)[1] is an American actor whose first lead role was as Michael Oher in the 2009 film The Blind Side.

Early life[edit]

Aaron was born in The Bronx, New York City, and was raised in Augusta, Georgia, by his mother, the late Laura Aaron, who was the author of a book entitled Leave Me Alone (published by AuthorHouse under her alias L. A. Aaron). Quinton began singing at an early age. When he was 9, Quinton was baptized and joined the church choir as a mute singer,[clarification needed] where he often led songs. He made his acting debut in a Christmas play.

Career[edit]

Aaron made his film debut as "The lion guy" in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, starring Mos Def and Jack Black.[2] He has also appeared in Fighting with Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard and co-starred in an NYU thesis short film called Mr. Brooklyn with Al Thompson (Liberty Kid, A Walk to Remember), directed by Jason Sokoloff.

Aaron has appeared in two episodes of the TV show Law & Order (Season 17, episode "Bling" as a bodyguard and episode "Fallout" as a bouncer).[3]

He starred in his first lead role playing Michael Oher. Quinton starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in The Blind Side, released November 20, 2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film was adapted from Michael Lewis's 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which features the real-life story of Michael Oher. Oher had started in ten games as a guard during his first season with the Ole Miss Rebels, becoming a first-team freshman All American, and later an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

Aaron auditioned for the role of Michael Oher after his mother found out about the casting call online. Chosen as a finalist, he was flown in to Los Angeles for the final audition. Unsure whether he had been successful, he reached into his pocket on his way to the door and pulled out a card, telling director John Lee Hancock that he knew that it was a long shot for him to get the part but that he did security work and would love to do those services should they be needed for the film. Director Hancock said that he would keep it in mind.

On March 24, 2010, Aaron guest-starred with Jill Scott in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[4] On April 28, 2010, Quinton guest-starred in the "We All Saw This Coming" episode of Mercy. On April 4, 2011 Quinton guest-starred in the season finale of Harry's Law with his The Blind Side co-star Kathy Bates.

During the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Aaron participated in the Taco Bell Legends and Celebrities Softball Game as a victorious American Leaguer.

In May 2011, Quinton signed up for a guest role in the third season of the television series Drop Dead Diva.[5]

In April 2014, Quinton was kicked off of a US Airways one hour flight from Philadelphia, PA to Rochester, NY. The 6' 8", 550-lb actor usually travels in first class on most airlines, but this small aircraft offered only coach seating; because it was fully booked, Quinton was only able to purchase one seat. He was asked to leave the flight and take the next one, so the person sitting next to him could fit into their seat and meet TSA safety regulations (seat belt requirement for passengers). Quinton, while disappointed with how the situation was handled, has decided to use this incident as motivation towards losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle: "I live in California. I want to go to the beach in the summertime with a tank top on and have girls chasing me down the beach one day."

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2008 Be Kind Rewind The Lion King guy Debut
2009 The Blind Side Michael "Big Mike" Oher Nominated - Black Reel Award: Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards 2010 for Breakout Male Actor
Nominated - MTV Movie Awards 2010 for Best Breakout Star
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Damien Season 11 Episode 17 ("Disabled")
2011 Harry's Law Brian Jones
One Tree Hill Tommy Guest star, Season 8 Episode 14 "Holding Out For a Hero"
The Hard Times of RJ Berger Jamal, Security for Weezer Season 2, Episode 7
Drop Dead Diva Jacob Campbell Guest star, Season 3 Episode 12 "Bride-a-Palooza"
2013 Paranormal Movie Quinton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sragow, Michael (November 20, 2009). "Giant-size role for Quinton Aaron". The Baltimore Sun. "lthough Aaron was born in the Bronx in 1984, his mother moved him to Augusta, Ga., after elementary school...." 
  2. ^ www.highbeam.com Archived 15 February 2011 at WebCite
  3. ^ Sragow, Michael (2009-11-20). "Giant-size role for Quinton Aaron". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Jill Scott and Blind Side's Quinton Aaron Guest on SVU". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Quinton Aaron to guest in 'Drop Dead Diva'", 5 May 2011, IMDb.

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