Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn
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Aidan Quinn Biography

Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959 Rockford, Illinois, USA) is an Irish-American actor. Aidan Quinn was born in Rockford to devoutly Catholic, but rather itinerant parents, who raised him in Belfast, Dublin, Offaly, and other places on the island of Ireland. His father was a professor in literature and his mother a homemaker; he has an older brother, Declan Quinn, who is a noted cinematographer. Aidan Quinn got his start in the Chicago theatre at age 19. His first significant film role was in Reckless (1984), 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 TV movie An Early Frost, about a young lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on NBC on November 11, 1985) and co-starred such luminaries as Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and the late but not forgotten Sylvia Sidney. Quinn lost a major role when Paramount Pictures dropped the controversial Martin Scorsese movie The Last Temptation of Christ. When Universal Pictures picked up the film, the role went to Willem Dafoe. Since then, Quinn's roles have been mainly supporting roles in major studio films and leading roles in independent films, including appearances in The Handmaid's Tale (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998) and Song For a Raggy Boy (2003). Quinn is married to the actress Elizabeth Bracco, sister of actress Lorraine Bracco. Quinn was nominated in 1986 for an Emmy Award for lead actor in a miniseries or special for his performance in An Early Frost, but he lost to Dustin Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Death of a Salesman. Quinn later recalled in an interview that he felt relief when he lost, because he had stage fright that night and thought there would be many more nominations in his future, an assumption that did not prove accurate. In 2006, Quinn starred in the short lived drama The Book of Daniel which ran for 3 weeks on NBC (before being cancelled). Read Full Bio >>

Aidan Quinn Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2010 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film The Eclipse (2009). Won
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) (TV). Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) (TV). Nominated
2005 Gotham Awards Nine Lives (2005). Nominated
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Cavedweller (2004). Nominated

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Aidan Quinn Trivia

  • Was Paramount's choice to play Jesus Christ in their production of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) before a storm of controversy forced them to cancel their plans for the movie. Soon after, Universal picked up the movie with Willem Dafoe playing Christ.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
  • Brother of Declan Quinn and Paul Quinn
  • Daughters, with Elizabeth Bracco, Ava (b. 1989) and Mia (b. 1998).
  • After portraying Paul McCartney in a television movie, the two met by chance while staying at the same hotel and became real life friends.
  • Brother-in-law of actress Lorraine Bracco.
  • Brother of Marian Quinn
  • Father of Ava Eileen Quinn.
  • He auditioned at least twice for the Coen Bros. without being hired, so from then on, he said he refuses their audition requests.
  • Graduated from Rockford West High School in Rockford, Illinois.
  • Graduated from the prestigous DePaul University / Goodman Theater B.F.A. acting program.
  • Greatly known for his work in Theatre through out Chicago, most notibly at the Goodman Theater and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where his credits include Death of A Salesman and One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest.
  • Member of the world renowned Goodman Theater Acting Company in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Born on same day as Lucie Vondrackova.


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    "The Descendants" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Unknown" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Across The Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright" Los Angeles Screening - Arrivals

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    "Evelyn" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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