|Born||March 8, 1959|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an American actor who made his film debut in Reckless (1984). He has starred in over 80 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998), Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), Wild Child (2008) and Unknown (2011).
Quinn has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in An Early Frost (1985) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). He played Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson in the CBS television series Elementary (2012–2019).
Quinn was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish Catholic parents. He was raised in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as in Dublin and Birr, County Offaly, Ireland. His mother, Teresa, was a homemaker, but also worked as a bookkeeper and in the travel business, and his father, Michael Quinn, was a professor of English literature at Rock Valley College. When he was nineteen and working as a roofer, Quinn realized he wanted to become an actor. He trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop.
He has three brothers and a sister. His older brother, Declan Quinn, is a cinematographer, and his younger sister, Marian, is an actress, director and writer. His brother Paul, an actor and director, died in 2015 at the age of 55.
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). 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. He made a short, well received[opinion] 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.
In 1983, Quinn lost the role of Jesus Christ when Paramount Pictures dropped the distribution rights to the 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 the protagonist in the film Crusoe, finished in 1989.
During the 1990s, he appeared in Legends of the Fall, Benny & Joon, The Handmaid's Tale, Haunted and Practical Magic. He also starred in Michael Collins, Song for a Raggy Boy, This Is My Father, and Evelyn. He had a cameo appearance as the captain of a doomed Arctic vessel in the Francis Ford Coppola-produced adaptation of Frankenstein.
Quinn played the main character on the NBC drama The Book of Daniel in 2006. After the first three weeks of its run, the show was canceled, 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.
In 1987, Quinn married his Stakeout co-star Elizabeth Bracco (sister of actress Lorraine Bracco). They have two daughters: Mia (b. 1998) and Ava Eileen (b. 1989), who has autism. Ava appeared as the baby "David" in Avalon, and Mia played a ghost in The Eclipse. Former residents of Englewood, New Jersey, Quinn and his family now live in Palisades, Rockland County, New York, and Marbletown in the Catskills / Woodstock region of Ulster County, New York.
Quinn has participated in charity golf events for the East Lake Foundation, a community redevelopment program, and Samuel L. Jackson's "One for the Boys" campaign about testicular cancer awareness. In 2010, Quinn attended a premiere benefit screening of A Shine of Rainbows for the International Children's Media Center (ICMC) and The American Ireland Fund (AIF). In 1991, he read a segment from Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis as part of MTV's "Books: Feed Your Head" literacy promotion PSAs.
Quinn spoke at the 2003 "Night of Too Many Stars" gala benefiting The Autism Coalition. He was an honorary board member of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), which merged with Autism Speaks.
|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|
|1992||The Playboys||Tom Casey|
|1993||Benny & Joon||Benjamin 'Benny' Pearl|
|1994||Blink||Det. John Hallstrom|
|Mary Shelley's Frankenstein||Cpt. Robert Walton|
|Legends of the Fall||Alfred Ludlow|
|1995||The Stars Fell on Henrietta||Don Day|
|Haunted||Prof. David Ash|
|Lumière and Company||Himself||Short film: "John Boorman"|
|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|
|1999||In Dreams||Paul Cooper|
|Music of the Heart||Brian Turner|
|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||Frank Nitzche|
|Proud||Commodore Alfred Lind|
|2007||Dark Matter||Prof. Jacob Reiser|
|2008||Wild Child||Gerry Moore|
|2009||A Shine of Rainbows||Alec O'Donnell|
|The Eclipse||Nicholas Holden|
|Handsome Harry||Prof. Porter|
|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 5th Quarter||Steven Abbate|
|The Pilgrims: The Journey to a New World for Autism||Himself||Documentary|
|The Stand Up||Sandy Hardwick|
|The Greening of Whitney Brown||Henry Brown|
|2012||If I Were You||Derek|
|Allegiance||Lieutenant Colonel Owens|
|2013||The Last Keepers||John Carver|
|2014||Journey to Sundance||Himself||Documentary|
|2018||Change in the Air||Moody|
|2023||Daughter of the Bride||Bruce|
|TBA||Cry from the Sea||TBA|
|1981||American Dream||Scooter||Episode: "Casey's Romance"|
|1985||An Early Frost||Michael Pierson||Television film|
|1987||All My Sons||Chris Keller||Television film|
|1989||Perfect Witness||Sam Paxton||Television film|
|1991||Lies of the Twins||James McEwen/Jonathan McEwan||Television film|
|1992||A Private Matter||Bob Finkbine||Television film|
|1995||The Irish in America||Narrator||Voice; television film|
|Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America||Narrator||Voice; television film|
|1997||Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone||Henry Morton Stanley||Television film|
|2000||The Prince and the Pauper||Miles Hendon||Television film|
|Two of Us||Paul McCartney||Television film|
|The Young Messiah||Narrator||Voice; television film|
|2001||Night Visions||Jeremy Bell||Episode: "The Passenger List"|
|2003||Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor||Gen. Benedict Arnold||Television film|
|Freedom: A History of US||Mob Member/Philadelphia Press Editorial||2 episodes|
|2004||See You in My Dreams||Joe F. Brown||Television film|
|Plainsong||Tom Guthrie||Television film|
|Cavedweller||Clint Windsor||Television film|
|Miracle Run||Douglas Thomas||Television film|
|2004–2005||Third Watch||Lieutenant/Captain John Miller||5 episodes|
|2005||The Exonerated||Kerry Max Cook||Television film|
|Empire Falls||David Roby||2 episodes|
|Mayday||John Berry||Television film|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Daniel Webster||8 episodes|
|2007||Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee||Henry L. Dawes||Television film|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ben Nicholson||Episode: "Savant"|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Matthew 'Matt' Furey||5 episodes|
|The Prince of Motor City||Charlie Hamilton||Pilot|
|2010||White Collar||Prof. George Oswald||Episode: "Copycat Caffrey"|
|2011||Weeds||Foster 'Chuck' Klein||4 episodes|
|Prime Suspect||Lt. Kevin Sweeney||13 episodes|
|2012||The Horses of McBride||Matt Davidson||Television film|
|2012–2019||Elementary||Captain Thomas 'Tommy' Gregson||149 episodes|
|2014||From Tee to Green: The Story of Irish Golf||Narrator||Voice; 3 episodes|
|2019||The American Guest||Theodore Roosevelt||Main role|
|2021-2022||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Burton Lowe||Episodes: "The Five Hundredth Episode", "Confess Your Sins to be Free"|
|1979||The Man in 605||Jerry Green||Piven Theatre Workshop|
|The Irish Hebrew Lesson||Chicago|
|1984||Fool for Love||Eddie||Douglas Fairbanks Theater|
|1985||Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Wisdom Bridge Theatre|
|1985–1986||A Lie of the Mind||Frankie||Promenade Theatre|
|1988||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2003||The Exonerated||Kerry Max Cook||45 Bleecker Theater|
|2004||Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted||Dalton Trumbo||Westside Theatre|
|2005||The Exonerated||Kerry Max Cook||Queen's Hall|
Dublin Theatre Festival
|2008||Conversations in Tusculum||Brutus||The Public Theater|
Awards and nominations
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- Joe the Cigartainer (August 26, 2014). "Tag Archives: East Lake Foundation – Cigar Host". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- "One For The Boys Charity Golf Match". Getty Images. June 12, 2015.
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- "Books Feed Your Head Commercial 1991 with Aidan Quinn". YouTube. Keith Richardson. November 22, 2014. Archived from the original on January 14, 2019.
- "Night Of Too Many Stars Benefit For Autism Coalition". Getty Images. Mark Mainz. February 27, 2003.
- "Aidan Quinn Stars in Miracle Run". Autism Speaks. April 23, 2007. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- "Autism Speaks and The National Alliance for Autism Research Complete Merger". Autism Speaks. February 13, 2006.
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