Mike Quinn (puppeteer)
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Mike Quinn (born in 1964) is an English actor, animator, and puppeteer. He is also known as Mike Quinby, Michael E. Quinn, and Michael Quinn.
Early life and career
Quinn, who hails from London, began puppeteering at age eight, with a magic act for his family.
In 1977, Quinn regularly visited the set of The Muppet Show with his homemade puppets, eventually meeting Jim Henson. Through his visits, he learned more about puppeteering and received encouragement from Jim Henson and his co-workers.
After leaving school in 1980, Quinn joined The Jim Henson Company and worked on the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper puppeteering in crowd scenes and acting as a double for various main Muppet characters. Quinn later designed and built the Podlings for The Dark Crystal, where he also performed the Skeksis Slave Master SkekNa (who was voiced by David Buck).
During the filming of Return of the Jedi, Quinn (and Kathryn Mullen) were assistant puppeteers to Frank Oz in his performance of Yoda . He also performed the role of Nien Nunb in Return Of the Jedi. Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, Quinn joined forces with fellow puppeter David Barclay, creating Ultimate Animates, a production company specializing in new building and performing techniques for internal and external puppet productions.
From 1987 to 2004, Mike Quinn was engaged to fellow puppeteer Karen Prell. From 2005 to present, married to Jerri Quinn. He is also a relative of Mia Farrow since Mike's grandmother was the first cousin of Mia Farrow's mother Maureen O'Sullivan.
|1981||The Great Muppet Caper||Additional Muppets|
|1982||The Dark Crystal||SkekNa||Performer|
|1983||Return of the Jedi||Nien Nunb and various roles||Yoda (assistant performer)|
|The Tale of the Bunny Picnic||Bulbous, Mayor Bunnyparte||Voice|
|1992||The Muppet Christmas Carol||Undertaker||Voice, Performer of Miss Piggy and Fonzie Bear|
|1996||Muppet Treasure Island||Additional Muppets|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Additional Muppets||Credited as Michael Quinn|
|2011||The Muppets||Additional Muppets|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Additional Muppets|
|2015||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Nien Nunb|
|2017||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Nien Nunb|||
|1983–87||Fraggle Rock||Gobo Fraggle and various|
|1987||Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories||Brown Gosling||Credited as Mike Quinby|
|1988||The Storyteller||Devil||Episode: "The Soldier and Death" puppeteer|
|1989||The Ghost of Faffner Hall||Riff||13 episodes|
|1994||The Secret Life of Toys||Various|
|2017||The Muppets Take the Bowl||Additional Muppet Performer||Live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10|
- Dreamchild - Puppeteer
- Jurassic Park III - Animator
- Little Shop of Horrors - Puppeteer
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones - Animator
- Toy Story 2 - Animator
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Puppeteer (UK)
- Jason Ward (25 October 2015). "Star Wars Legend Mike Quinn returns as Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!". makingstarwars.net. Making Star Wars. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- B. Alan Orange (5 February 2016). "Nien Nunb Will Return in 'Star Wars 8'". movieweb.com. MovieWeb. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Alan Orange (5 February 2016). "Nien Nunb Will Return in 'Star Wars 8'". movieweb.com. MovieWeb. Retrieved 12 February 2016.