Aidan Quinn

Actor, Producer, Hot-tar roofer
An actor known for the depth and intensity of his performances, Aidan Quinn eschewed the typical leading man roles in favor of complex characters in projects he found artistically appealing, rather than commercially ... Read more »
Born: 03/07/1959 in Rockford, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

Elementary 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Stay 2014 (Movie)

Dermot (Actor)

The Art of Love 2014 (Movie)

John Carver (Actor)

Tracing Iris 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

If I Were You 2013 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

Rushlights 2013 (Movie)

Cameron Brogden (Actor)

Allegiance 2012 (Movie)

Lt. Col. Owens (Actor)

Festival Of Lights 2012 (Movie)

Adem (Actor)

Prime Suspect 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Project Greenlight 2001 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Stand Up 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sarah's Key 2011 (Movie)

William Rainsferd (Actor)

The 5th Quarter 2011 (Movie)

Steven Abbate (Actor)

The Greening of Whitney Brown 2011 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Unknown 2011 (Movie)

Martin B (Actor)

Weeds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Shine of Rainbows 2010 (Movie)

Alec (Actor)

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

Richard Baker (Actor)

Handsome Harry 2010 (Movie)

Professor Porter (Actor)

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

President Grant (Actor)

The Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Nicholas Holden (Actor)

White Collar 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Child 2009 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

32A 2008 (Movie)

Frank Brennan (Actor)

Canterbury's Law 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Matter 2008 (Movie)

Jacob Reiser (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadow of Fear 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Book of Daniel 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

End Game 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Proud 2005 (Movie)

Commodore Alfred Lind (Actor)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

Harry Vardon (Actor)

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Return to Sender 2003 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Evelyn 2002 (Movie)

Nick Barron (Actor)

Song for a Raggy Boy 2002 (Movie)

William Franklin (Actor)

Stolen Summer 2002 (Movie)

Joe O'Malley (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Songcatcher 2001 (Movie)

Tom Bledsoe (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

Paul Cooper (Actor)

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

Brian Sinclair (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Kieran O'Day (Actor)

Practical Magic 1998 (Movie)

Gary Hallet (Actor)

Commandments 1997 (Movie)

Seth Warner (Actor)

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

David Ash (Actor)

The Assignment 1997 (Movie)

Annibal Ramirez/Carlos (Actor)

The Irish in America 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Richmond (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Harry Boland (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Out of Ireland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

Don Day (Actor)

Blink 1994 (Movie)

Detective John Hallstrom (Actor)

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

Alfred Ludlow (Actor)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

Captain Walton (Actor)

Benny & Joon 1993 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Playboys 1992 (Movie)

Tom Casey (Actor)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

Martin Quarrier (Actor)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

Jules Kaye (Actor)

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

The Lemon Sisters 1990 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Crusoe 1989 (Movie)

Crusoe (Actor)

Journey to Survival 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All My Sons 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Stakeout 1987 (Movie)

Richard "Stick" Montgomery (Actor)

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

Felipe (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Dez (Actor)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

Johnny Rourke (Actor)

A Private Matter (TV Show)

Actor

An Early Frost (TV Show)

Actor

Cavedweller (TV Show)

Actor

Lies of the Twins (TV Show)

Actor

Mayday (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Run (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Plainsong (TV Show)

Actor

See You in My Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

Two of Us (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Biography

An actor known for the depth and intensity of his performances, Aidan Quinn eschewed the typical leading man roles in favor of complex characters in projects he found artistically appealing, rather than commercially attractive. After honing his craft in the theaters of Chicago, Quinn auditioned for and won his first feature film role - the lead in the romantic melodrama "Reckless" (1984). Even as he continued to perform on stage, he added to his screen credits with a charming turn in the quirky romantic comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and a daring portrayal of an AIDS victim in the made-for-TV drama "An Early Frost" (NBC, 1985). Quinn was endearing as a Baltimore family patriarch in "Avalon" (1990) and played put-upon brothers in films such as "Benny & Joon" (1993) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994). He was affecting as a doomed Irish farmer in love with an underage girl in "This is my Father" (1998), and as a troubled priest on the short-lived series "The Book of Daniel" (NBC, 2005-06). Never content to be confined to a single genre or character type, Quinn moved with ease from low-key family fare like the coming-of-age drama "Flipped" (2010) to the adrenaline-fueled action of "Unknown" (2011), continuing a career that highlighted diversity over publicity.

Relationships

Elizabeth Bracco

Wife
Sister of actress Lorraine Bracco met in 1984 and later co-starred in "Stakeout" (1987) married in 1987

Lorraine Bracco Actor

Sister-In-Law

Ava Quinn

Daughter
Born in 1989 mother, Elizabeth Bracco

Mia Quinn

Daughter
Born in 1998 mother, Elizabeth Bracco

Declan Quinn

Brother
Born c. 1957 filmed "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) and "This Is My Father" (1998)

James Quinn

Brother
Younger

Paul Quinn

Brother
Born c. 1960 helmed "This Is My Father" (1998) starring Aidan

Marian Quinn

Sister
Younger

EDUCATION

Attended high school in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Chicago, Illinois

Columbia College

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2010

Appeared in the Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox

2010

Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name

2008

Cast in the murder drama, "Dark Matter" loosely based on the 1991 University of Iowa shootings

2007

Cast as Henry Dawes in the HBO Films original movie, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2005

Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2005

Cast in the ensemble drama "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize winning novel

2004

Cast opposite Kyra Sedgwick in the drama "Cavedweller"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination

2004

Had a four-part stint as a tough police lieutenant brought in to clean up the Anti-Crime squad on "Third Watch" (ABC)

2003

Had lead role of Major Benedict Arnold in the A&E telefilm "Traitor: Benedict Arnold"

2002

Cast in "Stolen Summer"; winner of Project Greenlight's competition partly sponsored by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

1999

Starred in "This Is My Father"; written and directed by brother Paul and shot by brother Declan

1999

Re-teamed with Jordan for the psychological thriller "In Dreams"

1999

Played Meryl Streep's lover in Wes Craven's departure from horror, "Music of the Heart"

1998

Cast as the detective investigating a murder who succumbs to Sandra Bullock's charms in "Practical Magic"

1997

Played dual role of Carlos the Jackal and the US Navy doppelganger sent to destroy him in "The Assignment"

1996

Portrayed Harry Boland, friend and romantic rival to "Michael Collins" in Neil Jordan's biopic of the Irish freedom fighter

1995

Co-starred with Duvall in "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"

1994

Starred alongside Brad Pitt and Henry Thomas as the sons of Anthony Hopkins in "Legends of the Fall"

1994

Provided voice for Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The History of Baseball"

1994

Re-teamed with Madeleine Stowe for "Blink"

1993

Supported Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson in "Benny & Joon"

1992

Appeared opposite Robin Wright in the Irish-set "The Playboys"

1991

Acted opposite Tom Berrenger in Hector Babenco's "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"

1991

Played identical twins in USA movie "Lies of the Twins"

1990

Met Robert Duvall acting in "The Handmaid's Tale"

1990

Co-starred in Barry Levinson's autobiographical "Avalon"; played character based on Levinson's father

1988

Had title role in the film "Crusoe" a retelling of Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"

1988

Played Stanley Kowalski in a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1987

Portrayed Madeleine Stowe's murderous boyfriend in John Badham's "Stakeout"

1987

Starred in the PBS "American Playhouse" production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"

1986

Stage directing debut at helm of John Turturro's "A Worker's Life" at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre

1986

Put in extrememly brief but authentic appearance in "The Mission" before being murdered by his brother (Robert De Niro)

1985

Played unwitting projectionist in "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1985

TV-movie debut, playing a gay man infected with the AIDS virus, in NBC's "An Early Frost"; received an Emmy nomination

1984

Film acting debut as motorcycle-riding rebel in "Reckless" co-starring Daryl Hannah

1983

Acted in Off-Broadway production of "Fool for Love"

1978

Returned to Chicago at age 19

Moved back and forth between Ireland and Illinois while growing up

Professional stage debut in Chicago production of "The Man in 605"

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm lucky. I can make really interesting films much of the time with interesting people yet be anonymous - have a private life. I'd like to have the choice of the better roles, but they just don't come along that much unless you're in the top echelon of the actors in competition for the really good scripts. But in the end it doesn't really matter. I make a tremendous living. I get to work on really interesting, really different kinds of roles and still have a family life and some aspect of privacy, which a lot of those guys don't." - Quinn to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 1997

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In October 2003, Quinn was charged with drunk driving, after police pulled him over for erratic driving. Quinn was in Maine shooting the HBO movie "Empire Falls"

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