Terry O'Quinn in 2008.
July 15, 1952
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lori O'Quinn (m. 1979)|
Terry O'Quinn (born Terrance Quinn on July 15, 1952) is an American character actor, most famous for playing John Locke on the TV series Lost. O'Quinn became known for playing the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II and was cast in 1996 as Peter Watts in Millennium, which ran for three seasons (1996–1999).
O'Quinn was born as Terrance Quinn at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, one of 11 siblings, and grew up in nearby Newberry, Michigan. He is of Irish descent, and was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He changed his surname from Quinn to O'Quinn as another registered actor already had the name Terrance Quinn.
In the 1970s he came to Baltimore to act in the Baltimore regional theater play Tartuffe. He was cast in his first movie role Heaven's Gate, but it required horse riding. O'Quinn took riding lessons from Lori Binkley at Wood Gait Farm in northwest Baltimore County. He took on the role of Captain Minardi in Heaven's Gate, a Western that starred a slew of big names like Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges and John Hurt. The movie failed, and is one of the biggest box-office bombs of all time: grossing $3 million on a $44 million budget. However out of the experience O'Quinn married Lori in 1979. They have sons Oliver and Hunter. They raised their boys in Reisterstown before selling the house and moving to Hawai'i in 2004. In 2013, The Baltimore Sun reported that O'Quinn was spotted at a Towson, Maryland, bagel store called Towson Hot Bagels where he told people in the store that he now lives in Timonium, Maryland.
O'Quinn began acting in the 1970s during his time at Central Michigan University. He not only was an outstanding actor but also playwright/director. He wrote and directed the musical Orchestrina. This musical featured five main characters: The Man (played by Jeff Daniels), The Boy (Harold Downs), The Woman (Ann O'Donnell), The Girl (Debbie Penwarden), and The Drunk (James Hilliker), plus a female and a male chorus.
Starting in 1980, O'Quinn has appeared in various feature films such as Silver Bullet, Tombstone, Heaven's Gate, Young Guns, alongside Rutger Hauer in Blind Fury, and as Howard Hughes in The Rocketeer.
His early television roles include guest appearances on Miami Vice (episode "Give a Little, Take a Little"), Moonlighting, Star Trek: The Next Generation (episode "The Pegasus"), The Twilight Zone (1985 revival; episode "Chameleon"), Homicide: Life on the Street (episode "Hate Crimes"), a recurring role on Earth 2, and a recurring role as Rear Admiral Thomas Boone on JAG as well as Colonel Will Ryan in episode 15 of season 1 on JAG's spin-off series, "NCIS (TV series)" (episode "Enigma").
O'Quinn made his breakthrough by appearing as the deranged serial-killing title character in The Stepfather. His acting performance was praised by film critic Roger Ebert, from the Chicago Sun Times, who commented: "'The Stepfather' has one wonderful element: Terry O'Quinn's performance". O'Quinn was nominated for both a Saturn Award and an Independent Spirit Award for his performance. A sequel was released, two years after the first movie, but it wasn't as much of a success as the first movie. It grossed almost a million dollars less at the box office. It was never explained why O'Quinn wasn't in the third installment of the series, in which the stepfather character was portrayed by Robert Wightman.
Around 1995, O'Quinn made guest appearances in The X-Files and Harsh Realm, produced by Chris Carter, who also cast him in the film The X-Files: Fight The Future and then once again in the final season. In 1996 O'Quinn started acting in the television series Millennium as Peter Watts, also produced by Chris Carter. O'Quinn held this role for all three seasons of the series. O'Quinn holds the distinction of having played four different characters within the extended X-Files/Millennium continuum (the two shows being classed together since both Lance Henriksen's character of Frank Black and Charles Nelson Reilly's character of Jose Chung have appeared in both shows).
The Stepfather films
In 1987 and 1989, Terry played the main character and antagonist in the horror films The Stepfather and The Stepfather II. The franchise spawned a second sequel; however, Terry did not star in the third and final movie. In the first film, Terry plays the role of a deranged serial killer going by the name "Jerry Blake" (his character's real name and identity are never revealed to the audience), who is obsessed with having the ideal family. When the widowed mother and daughter do not comport with his expectations, he spirals into a spell of madness and attempts to brutally murder them. In the second, he escapes from the asylum in which he is placed and steals the identity of a man named Gene Clifford after reading his obituary in a local newspaper.
O'Quinn was approached by director of the 2009 reboot of The Stepfather, Nelson McCormick, to make a cameo appearance in the film, but according to the producers O'Quinn turned down the offer.
After a string of recurring appearances on Alias (2002–2003), as the FBI Director Kendall, O'Quinn became a favorite of television producer J.J. Abrams. Following a seven-episode guest run on The West Wing in 2003–2004, O'Quinn received a call from Abrams indicating that the producer wanted to cast him in his new television drama Lost without any audition. In 2005 O'Quinn received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his work as John Locke on the series Lost. O'Quinn admitted on the TV Guide Channel that he did not have much faith in Lost at first, calling it "The Mysterious Gilligan's Island of Dr. Moreau". The show, however, became one of the most popular on television, and on September 16, 2007 he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role, and was nominated again for an Emmy for the role in 2010, which he did not win. In a Tv.com interview O'Quinn commented that the reason he felt comfortable playing this character is because he's a bit like him.
|1980||Heaven's Gate||Capt. Minardi|
|1981||The Doctors||Dr. Jerry Dancy|
|1983||All the Right Moves||Freeman Smith|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Buddy Kelsey|
|Mrs. Soffel||Detective Buck McGovern|
|1985||Silver Bullet||Sheriff Joe Haller|
|1986||Between Two Women||Dr. Wallace|
|1987||The Stepfather||Jerry Blake||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
|1988||Young Guns||Alex McSween|
|Blind Fury||Frank Deveraux|
|Stepfather II||Dr. Gene Clifford|
|The Forgotten One||Bob Anderson|
|1990||Blood Oath||Major Beckett|
|1991||Son of the Morning Star||General Alfred Terry|
|The Rocketeer||Howard Hughes|
|Company Business||Colonel Pierce Grissom|
|1992||The Cutting Edge||Jack Moseley|
|My Samurai||James McCrea|
|1993||Tombstone||Mayor John Clum|
|Born Too Soon||Dr. Friedman|
|Visions of Murder||Admiral Truman Hager||Television movie|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Judge Hilburn|
|Primal Fear||Bud Yancy|
|1997||My Stepson, My Lover||Richard Cory|
|Breast Men||Hersch Lawyer|
|Shadow Conspiracy||Frank Ridell|
|1998||The X-Files: Fight the Future||Darius Michaud|
|2000||Rated X||J.R. Mitchell|
|2001||American Outlaws||Rollin H. Parker|
|2002||Hometown Legend||Buster Shuler|
|The Locket||Casey Keddington|
|Phenomenon II||Military officer Jack Hatch||Television movie|
|2011||Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story||Mark Miller|
|1984||Miami Vice||Richard Cain||Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Dr. Curt Lockridge||Episode: "Chameleon"|
|Remington Steele||Chuck McBride||Episode: "Coffee, Tea or Steele"|
|1987||Moonlighting||Bryant Wilbourne||Episode: "Take a Left At the Altar"|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Vincent Novak||Episode: "You're Driving Me Crazy"|
|1992||L.A. Law||Nick Moats||Episode: "Beauty and the Breast"|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Inspector Martin Zeller||Episode: "The Bribe"|
|1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Admiral Eric Pressman||Episode: "The Pegasus"|
|Earth 2||Reilly||6 episodes|
|1995||The X-Files||Lt. Brian Tillman||Episode: "Aubrey"|
|1995–2002||JAG||Thomas Boone||10 episodes|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Dr. Ronald Trent||Episode: "The Murder Trade"|
|1996–1999||Millennium||Peter Watts||41 episodes|
|1999–2000||Harsh Realm||General Omar Santiago||9 episodes|
|2001||Roswell||Carl||Episode: "Michael, the Guys, and the Great Snapple Caper"|
|2002||The X-Files||Shadow Man||Episode: "Trust No 1"|
|2002–2004||Alias||FBI Asst. Director Kendall||18 episodes|
|2003–2004||The West Wing||General Nicholas Alexander||7 episodes|
|2004||NCIS||Col. Will Ryan||Episode: "Enigma"|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Gordon Buchanan||Episode: "Mis-Labeled"|
|2004–2010||Lost||John Locke/The Man in Black||95 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series (2007, 2009–11)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2005, 2010)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2006, 2008, 2011)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Villain
|2011–2013, 2015||Hawaii Five-0||Commander Joe White||13 episodes|
|2012–2013||Falling Skies||Arthur Manchester||3 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
|2012||666 Park Avenue||Gavin Doran||13 episodes|
|2014||Gang Related||Sam Chapel||12 episodes|
|Phineas and Ferb||Professor Mystery (voice)||Episode: "Lost in Danville"|
|2015||Full Circle||Jimmy Parerra||6 episodes|
- interview with miriam o'callaghan
- Loudermilk, Suzanne. "Lost and Found". Baltimore magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
He's come a long way, literally and figuratively, from his days in small-town Newberry, MI, where he was one of 11 children in a close-knit, Irish-Catholic family.
- Hatch, Rachel (2008-03-04). "TV Actor Terry O’Quinn Visits With Illinois Wesleyan Theatre Students". Illinois Wesleyan Theatre. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
- http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/people/2010/05/lost-and-found Lost And Found May 2010
- "Locke and bagels: Terry O'Quinn breakfasting in Towson". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
- Ebert, Roger (1987-03-02). "The Stepfather". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- "The Stepfather". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
- "The Stepfather 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
- Thomas J. Wright (director), Vince Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz (writers). "Millennium". The X-Files. Season 7. Episode 5. Fox.
- Darin Morgan (director and writer). "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense". Millennium. Season 2. Episode 9. Fox.
- Elavksy, Cindy (2012-03-05). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Interview: Never Back Down's Amber Heard". Cinemablend. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- "How Dylan Walsh makes the new Stepfather a killer remake". Sci-Fi Wire. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
- "Terry O'Quinn". Flixster. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
- O'Quinn, Tiffany (2006-10-05). Jack Bender, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim & Terry O'Quinn (Exclusive Interview). Interview with Terry O'Quinn, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim and Jack Bender. TV.com. Retrieved 2008-08-06.