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.
Cause of death Heroin overdose
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, 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 Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland. He spent his childhood visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins in the United States and spent his teenage years in Cabinteely, County Dublin, Ireland.[1] As a teenager, he played drums in a rock band called Revival (alongside brothers Marc and Keith Lowry), who peaked at supporting Irish AOR Band Winter's Reign, and had a demo called 'How could I know'-Rock with BOC - BLB Radio played on the radio.[citation needed] He also acted in productions at small local theaters. Quinn attended Clonkeen College.[3] In 1988, he moved to the Long Beach, California area, with his mother and two sisters.


Quinn did commercials for Pepsi and Ray-Ban, appeared in the music video for the Richard Marx song "Satisfied," and had his first speaking line in the pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 after having endured eight separate auditions for the role of "Brandon Walsh" and then "Steve Sanders"[citation needed] (he 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 Quinn 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 series The Outsiders.[citation needed]

In 1991, Quinn had his first major role in a movie, Shout, which starred John Travolta and in which Quinn shared an on-screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow in her debut film.[4]

One of Quinn's more visible roles began in 1990 as the character Mark Healy, Becky Conner's boyfriend, and later husband, in Roseanne. He continued in his role as Mark Healy from 1990-1997 (Seasons 3-9).

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, after falling from his horse while shooting a scene.[citation needed]

In 1992, he starred alongside Holly Marie Combs in Dr. Giggles.[2] 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 R.S.V.P. (2002).

Personal life[edit]

In addition to acting, Quinn co-owned a nightclub called "Goldfingers" in Los Angeles, California.[5][1]


Quinn's body was found on the couch of a friend he was visiting in North Hollywood, California, on December 3, 2002.[6] Police and autopsy reports revealed that the cause of his death was an accidental overdose of heroin he had obtained from his Hollywood dealer.[7]


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


  1. ^ a b c d "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". The Guardian. December 21, 2002. 
  4. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2002-12-07). "Glenn Quinn, 32; Actor Was in TV Series 'Roseanne' and 'Angel'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  5. ^ Siegmund Cuda, Heidi (1997-02-13). "Dressing Up the Area : Goldfingers adds glitter to Hollywood.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Glenn Quinn: Actor". 2002-12-11. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  7. ^ Bobbin, Jay (April 30, 2006). "Young 'Roseanne' star died from OD". The Buffalo News. 

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