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Aidan Quinn is a versatile Irish- American actor, who likes to work more for the fun of it rather than making money

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BirthdayMarch 8, 1959
NationalityAmerican
FamousMillionaires, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateIllinois
SpousesElizabeth Bracco
SiblingsDeclan Quinn, Marian Quinn, Paul Quinn, Robert Quinn
Known asAidan T. Quinn
Childrens Ava Eileen Quinn, Mia Quinn
Universities
  • Auburn High School
Birth PlaceChicago
ReligionCatholicism
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherMichael Quinn
MotherTeresa Quinn
Net Worth$9 Million as of Nov 10,2016
Sun SignPisces
Born inChicago
Famous asActor

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Who is Aidan Quinn?

Hailing from a middle class family, Aidan Quinn went on to become a Hollywood actor. With his natural flair for acting, the charismatic actor has established himself in the industry by catering to a variety of roles. Apart from portraying the good guy in movies like ‘Avalon’ or ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, he also impersonated a most wanted fugitive in his movie the ‘Assignment’. Having co-starred with some of the big names of the movie industry like Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson, Johny Depp and Pierce Brosnan in movies like ‘Legend of the Fall’, ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘Evelyn’, the actor likes to remain inconspicuous. The intelligent and sensitive characters he portrays have become his forte. The actor initially worked as a roofer, before discovering his passion for acting. Trying out his luck in theatres at Dublin, he moved out to Chicago when he realised work was hard to come by in the city. He started taking lessons in acting at the ‘Piven Theatre Workshop’. His portrayals of a gay lawyer in the NBC Drama ‘An Early Frost’ and a man on a death row in ‘The Exoneration’ are a few examples of the actor’s versatility. Though mostly seen in supporting roles, this actor has a slew of works to his credit. With an acting career spanning almost 30 years, his net worth is apparently estimated at $9 million. Aidan is also associated with a charity ‘Age UK’, which is involved with helping the elderly throughout the United Kingdom

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Childhood & Early Life

Aidan was one of the five children born to the Irish couple Teresa and Michael Quinn on March 8, 1959, in the US state of Illinois, a place where the couple had migrated. While Teresa worked as a bookkeeper with a travel agency, father Michael taught English literature.

As children Aidan and his four siblings quite frequently shuttled between Illinois, Chicago and their parent’s native homes in Dublin and County Offaly.

Career

Though the family moved to Birr when Aidan was only 13 years old, he moved back to Dublin. He was working as a roofer in the city during his late teens when he realised his passion for acting.

He shifted base from Dublin to Chicago in 1978, and started training at the ‘Piven Theatre Workshop’. Enacting in the play ‘The Man in 605’ marked his stage debut.

'Scheherazade' and 'The Irish Hebrew Lesson' are some of his other stage performances, before Quinn made his New York debut with the off-Broadway production ‘Fool for Love’, directed by American playwright Sam Shepard in 1983.

The movie ‘Reckless’, which released in the year 1984, saw the launch of Aidan Quinn as an actor. He played the role of an angry young man in this love story.

Though his role in ‘Reckless’ went unnoticed, his next movie ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ which came out in the year 1985, brought him recognition. He shared the screen space with renowned actresses Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in this comedy drama. He also was seen in the acclaimed television film ‘An Early Frost’ the same year.

Following his role in Sam Shepard’s play ‘A Lie of the Mind’, Aidan was cast in the lead role by playwright Robert Falls for ‘Modern-day Hamlet’ in 1985. The play was performed at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago.

In 1986, Aidan was seen in the movie ‘The Mission’, where he enacted the role of Robert Di Niro’s brother. Di Noro’s character kills Aidan in the movie after he finds him cheating.

The 1987 crime comedy ‘Stakeout’ saw Aidan playing the role of an escaped prison convict. He starred opposite actors Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez in the movie.

After portraying supporting roles in various movies, he was cast in the lead role in the 1988 flick ‘Crusoe’. Aiden’s character finds himself stranded in an island after surviving a ship-wreck, and the story is a narration of how he manages to survive till help arrives.

In the Barry Levinson directed 1990’s movie ‘Avalon’, this actor portrayed the role of a son divided between his orthodox mother and a modern wife. The Jewish family immigrates to the US around the beginning of the 20th century, and the story revolves around how the family evolves stronger in the face of many adversities.

This renowned actor played the role of a flirtatious musician in the 1992 movie ‘The Playboys’, which garnered acclaim from the critics as well as the audiences.

In the 1993 Johnny Depp starrer ‘Benny and Joon’, Aidan played the character of Benny who takes care of his mentally unstable sister after the death of their parents.

The 1994 movie ‘Legends of the Fall’ saw Aidan portraying the character of a Native American. The eldest of the three brothers, Aidan’s character is the responsible one who tries to prevent a feud from rising among the brothers.

He plays the character of an Irish Republican leader Harry Boland in the biopic ‘Michael Collins’ directed by Neil Jordan in 1996.

In the 1997 spy-thriller ‘The Assignment’, Aidan plays a double role. One of the characters portrayed by him is a terrorist, and the other is a CIA Agent. The plot revolves around CIA’s plan to capture the terrorist with the help of the CIA Agent.

’This Is My Father’ is a harrowing tale of two lovers, who got separated owing to a fateful turn of events, written and directed by Paul Quinn and photographed by Declan Quinn. The movie also features Aidan in the role of an Irish farmer, who is in love with a pretty seventeen year old girl hailing from a middle class family. He is also the executive producer of this film which was released in 1998.

In the 1999 thriller ‘In Dreams’, Aidan plays the character of the husband of the female protagonist. In the same year, he was also seen in the Wes Craven's movie ‘Music of the Heart’as Meryl Streep's friend.

In 2000 he featured in the rural drama ‘Song catcher’ wherein he enacted the role of a mountaineer teaching folk music. He was also cast in the role of legendary English singer-composer Paul McCartney in the television drama ‘Two of Us’ in the same year.

Quinn portrayed the character of Kerry Max Cook in the 2005 film ‘The exonerated’. The movie narrates the true story of people who are freed after being sentenced to the death row.

‘The Book of Daniel’, the NBC drama revolving around Christians and the Christian faith, aired in the year 2006, featured Aidan as the main lead. The show was dropped after being aired for three weeks, amidst much controversy among the Christian community.

Aidan appeared in a cameo role in the William Rainsferd movie ‘Sarah’s Key’ in 2010. The movie was set against the backdrop of World War II.

The actor also played a negative role in the movie ‘Unknown’ in the year 2011. He enacted the role of an assassin who plots to kill a scientist in this flick.This acclaimed artist was seen in the 2013 movie ‘Stay’, alongside Taylor Schilling. The movie was adapted from an Aislinn Hunter novel of the same name.

The actor appeared as Captain Thomas Gregson in the Television Drama Series ‘Elementary’. Broadcasted under the CBS television network in 2014, the series is a modern take on Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

’The Gettysburg Address’ is a documentary being written and produced by Sean Conant, expected to come out in 2015. Aidan voices the character of ‘Theodore Parker’ in this documentary.

Major Works

Aidan portrayed the character of a homo-sexual lawyer afflicted with HIV in the 1985 NBC Drama ‘An Early Frost’, the first major Television film which directly addressed the sensitive subject of AIDS. His role was highly appreciated earned him a nomination for the ‘Emmy’ Awards.

Awards & Achievements:

His performance as a gay lawyer who has been diagnosed with HIV in the Television drama earned him a nomination with the Emmy Awards.

His second nomination came for his performance in the television movie ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ which was an adaptation of Dee Brown’s book of the same name. He portrayed the character of US Senator Henry L. Dawes in the feature film.

Personal Life & Legacy:

The actor has been in a steady relation with actress Elizabeth Bracco and the couple have been married since 1st September, 1987.

They have two daughters Ava and Mia. Ava, their elder daughter is an autistic child. Mia made an appearance in the 2009 movie ‘The Eclipse’ in which she was a ghost.

Quinn’s elder brother Declan (cinematographer) and his younger siblings Marian (actress) and Paul (writer/director) too are a part of the film fraternity. His other sibling James works as a landscaper in L.A.

Trivia:

The actor was to feature in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ but was replaced by William Defoe before shooting for the movie commenced

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Aidan Quinn biography timelines

  • // 8th Mar 1959
    Aidan was one of the five children born to the Irish couple Teresa and Michael Quinn on March 8, 1959, in the US state of Illinois, a place where the couple had migrated. While Teresa worked as a bookkeeper with a travel agency, father Michael taught English literature.
  • // 1978
    He shifted base from Dublin to Chicago in 1978, and started training at the ‘Piven Theatre Workshop’. Enacting in the play ‘The Man in 605’ marked his stage debut.
  • // 1983
    'Scheherazade' and 'The Irish Hebrew Lesson' are some of his other stage performances, before Quinn made his New York debut with the off-Broadway production ‘Fool for Love’, directed by American playwright Sam Shepard in 1983.
  • // 1984
    The movie ‘Reckless’, which released in the year 1984, saw the launch of Aidan Quinn as an actor. He played the role of an angry young man in this love story.
  • // 1985
    Though his role in ‘Reckless’ went unnoticed, his next movie ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ which came out in the year 1985, brought him recognition. He shared the screen space with renowned actresses Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in this comedy drama. He also was seen in the acclaimed television film ‘An Early Frost’ the same year.
  • // 1985
    Following his role in Sam Shepard’s play ‘A Lie of the Mind’, Aidan was cast in the lead role by playwright Robert Falls for ‘Modern-day Hamlet’ in 1985. The play was performed at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago.
  • // 1985
    Aidan portrayed the character of a homo-sexual lawyer afflicted with HIV in the 1985 NBC Drama ‘An Early Frost’, the first major Television film which directly addressed the sensitive subject of AIDS. His role was highly appreciated earned him a nomination for the ‘Emmy’ Awards.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, Aidan was seen in the movie ‘The Mission’, where he enacted the role of Robert Di Niro’s brother. Di Noro’s character kills Aidan in the movie after he finds him cheating.
  • // 1987
    The 1987 crime comedy ‘Stakeout’ saw Aidan playing the role of an escaped prison convict. He starred opposite actors Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez in the movie.
  • // 1st Sep 1987
    The actor has been in a steady relation with actress Elizabeth Bracco and the couple have been married since 1st September, 1987.
  • // 1988
    After portraying supporting roles in various movies, he was cast in the lead role in the 1988 flick ‘Crusoe’. Aiden’s character finds himself stranded in an island after surviving a ship-wreck, and the story is a narration of how he manages to survive till help arrives.
  • // 1990
    In the Barry Levinson directed 1990’s movie ‘Avalon’, this actor portrayed the role of a son divided between his orthodox mother and a modern wife. The Jewish family immigrates to the US around the beginning of the 20th century, and the story revolves around how the family evolves stronger in the face of many adversities.
  • // 1992
    This renowned actor played the role of a flirtatious musician in the 1992 movie ‘The Playboys’, which garnered acclaim from the critics as well as the audiences.
  • // 1993
    In the 1993 Johnny Depp starrer ‘Benny and Joon’, Aidan played the character of Benny who takes care of his mentally unstable sister after the death of their parents.
  • // 1994
    The 1994 movie ‘Legends of the Fall’ saw Aidan portraying the character of a Native American. The eldest of the three brothers, Aidan’s character is the responsible one who tries to prevent a feud from rising among the brothers.
  • // 1996
    He plays the character of an Irish Republican leader Harry Boland in the biopic ‘Michael Collins’ directed by Neil Jordan in 1996.
  • // 1997
    In the 1997 spy-thriller ‘The Assignment’, Aidan plays a double role. One of the characters portrayed by him is a terrorist, and the other is a CIA Agent. The plot revolves around CIA’s plan to capture the terrorist with the help of the CIA Agent.
  • // 1998
    ’This Is My Father’ is a harrowing tale of two lovers, who got separated owing to a fateful turn of events, written and directed by Paul Quinn and photographed by Declan Quinn. The movie also features Aidan in the role of an Irish farmer, who is in love with a pretty seventeen year old girl hailing from a middle class family. He is also the executive producer of this film which was released in 1998.
  • // 1999
    In the 1999 thriller ‘In Dreams’, Aidan plays the character of the husband of the female protagonist. In the same year, he was also seen in the Wes Craven's movie ‘Music of the Heart’as Meryl Streep's friend.
  • // 2000
    In 2000 he featured in the rural drama ‘Song catcher’ wherein he enacted the role of a mountaineer teaching folk music. He was also cast in the role of legendary English singer-composer Paul McCartney in the television drama ‘Two of Us’ in the same year.
  • // 2005
    Quinn portrayed the character of Kerry Max Cook in the 2005 film ‘The exonerated’. The movie narrates the true story of people who are freed after being sentenced to the death row.
  • // 2006
    ‘The Book of Daniel’, the NBC drama revolving around Christians and the Christian faith, aired in the year 2006, featured Aidan as the main lead. The show was dropped after being aired for three weeks, amidst much controversy among the Christian community.
  • // 2009
    They have two daughters Ava and Mia. Ava, their elder daughter is an autistic child. Mia made an appearance in the 2009 movie ‘The Eclipse’ in which she was a ghost.
  • // 2010
    Aidan appeared in a cameo role in the William Rainsferd movie ‘Sarah’s Key’ in 2010. The movie was set against the backdrop of World War II.
  • // 2011 To 2013
    The actor also played a negative role in the movie ‘Unknown’ in the year 2011. He enacted the role of an assassin who plots to kill a scientist in this flick.This acclaimed artist was seen in the 2013 movie ‘Stay’, alongside Taylor Schilling. The movie was adapted from an Aislinn Hunter novel of the same name.
  • // 2014
    The actor appeared as Captain Thomas Gregson in the Television Drama Series ‘Elementary’. Broadcasted under the CBS television network in 2014, the series is a modern take on Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’.
  • // 2015
    ’The Gettysburg Address’ is a documentary being written and produced by Sean Conant, expected to come out in 2015. Aidan voices the character of ‘Theodore Parker’ in this documentary.

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Aidan Quinn's FAQ

  • What is Aidan Quinn birthday?

    Aidan Quinn was born at 1959-03-08

  • Where is Aidan Quinn's birth place?

    Aidan Quinn was born in Chicago

  • What is Aidan Quinn nationalities?

    Aidan Quinn's nationalities is American

  • Who is Aidan Quinn spouses?

    Aidan Quinn's spouses is Elizabeth Bracco

  • Who is Aidan Quinn siblings?

    Aidan Quinn's siblings is Declan Quinn, Marian Quinn, Paul Quinn, Robert Quinn

  • Who is Aidan Quinn childrens?

    Aidan Quinn's childrens is Ava Eileen Quinn, Mia Quinn

  • What was Aidan Quinn universities?

    Aidan Quinn studied at Auburn High School

  • What is Aidan Quinn's religion?

    Aidan Quinn's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Aidan Quinn?

    Aidan Quinn's height is 183

  • Who is Aidan Quinn's father?

    Aidan Quinn's father is Michael Quinn

  • Who is Aidan Quinn's mother?

    Aidan Quinn's mother is Teresa Quinn

  • What is Aidan Quinn's sun sign?

    Aidan Quinn is Pisces

  • How famous is Aidan Quinn?

    Aidan Quinn is famouse as Actor