Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn

Born: March 8, 1959
Age: 65
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an American actor, who made his film debut in Reckless (1984). He has starred in over 50 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Frankenstein (1994), Blink (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998), and Unknown (2011).

Quinn has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in An Early Frost (1985) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). He currently plays Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson in the CBS television series Elementary.



His first significant film role was in Reckless, 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 television film An Early Frost, about a young gay lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on NBC on November 11, 1985 and co-starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Sylvia Sidney). He received his first Emmy Award nomination for the role which allowed him to gain recognition in Hollywood. He made a short impressive contribution as Robert De Niro's brother in The Mission. He played escaped convict Richard "Stick" Montgomery in the action comedy Stakeout opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez.

In 1983 Quinn lost the role of Jesus Christ when Paramount Pictures dropped the Martin Scorsese movie The Last Temptation of Christ. When Universal Pictures picked up the film, the role went to Willem Dafoe. In the meantime, Quinn starred as protagonist in the film Crusoe, finished in 1989.

During the 1990s, he appeared in Legends of the Fall, Benny & Joon, The Handmaid's Tale, Haunted and Practical Magic. He also starred in Michael Collins, Song for a Raggy Boy, This Is My Father, and Evelyn. He played a small cameo as the captain of a doomed Arctic vessel in the Francis Ford Coppola-produced adaptation of Frankenstein.

In 2000, Quinn portrayed Paul McCartney in the VH1 television drama, Two of Us.

Quinn appeared in the 2005 movie The Exonerated a true story about people on death row who had been freed in which Quinn played Kerry Max Cook.

Quinn played the main character on the NBC drama The Book of Daniel, in 2006. The show was canceled after the first three weeks of its run, and its last five episodes never aired. In 2007, Quinn received his second Emmy nomination for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

In 2010, he played the important cameo role of William Rainsferd in the French-made film, Sarah's Key, a powerful story set during World War II, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.

He starred as "Dermot" opposite Taylor Schilling (Abby) in the Canadian-Irish drama film Stay (2013).

Quinn currently co-stars in the CBS Television series Elementary.

Personal life

In 1987, Quinn married his Stakeout co-star, Elizabeth Bracco (sister of actress Lorraine Bracco). They have two daughters: Mia (b. 1998) and Ava Eileen (b. 1989), who has autism. Ava appeared as the baby "David" in Avalon, and Mia played a ghost in The Eclipse. Former residents of Englewood, New Jersey, Quinn and his family now live in Palisades, Rockland County, New York and Marbletown in the Catskills / Woodstock region of Ulster County, New York.

As an avid sports fan, Quinn supports the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, Michael Jordan, Rory McIlroy, and Roger Federer.


Quinn has participated in charity golf events for the East Lake Foundation, a community redevelopment program, and Samuel L. Jackson's "One for the Boys" campaign about testicular cancer awareness. In 2010, Quinn attended a premiere benefit screening of A Shine of Rainbows for the International Children's Media Center (ICMC) and The American Ireland Fund (AIF). In 1991, he read a segment from Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis as part of MTV's "Books: Feed Your Head" literacy promotion PSAs.

Quinn spoke at the 2003 "Night of Too Many Stars" gala benefiting The Autism Coalition. He was an honorary board member of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), which merged with Autism Speaks.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Reckless Johnny Rourke
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Dez
1986 Mission, TheThe Mission Felipe Mendoza
1987 Stakeout Richard 'Stick' Montgomery
1989 Crusoe Crusoe
1990 Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's Tale Nick
Lemon Sisters, TheThe Lemon Sisters Frankie McGuinness
Avalon Jules Kaye
1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Martin Quarrier
1992 Playboys, TheThe Playboys Tom Casey
1993 Benny & Joon Benjamin 'Benny' Pearl
1994 Blink Det. John Hallstrom
Frankenstein Cpt. Robert Walton
Legends of the Fall Alfred Ludlow
1995 Stars Fell on Henrietta, TheThe Stars Fell on Henrietta Don Day
Haunted Prof. David Ash
Lumière and Company Short film: "John Boorman"
1996 Looking for Richard Richmond
Michael Collins Harry Boland
1997 Commandments Seth Warner
Assignment, TheThe Assignment Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez / Carlos
1998 This Is My Father Kieran O'Day Also Executive Producer;
Nominated - Irish Film and Television Award
Practical Magic Officer Gary Hallet Nominated - Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1999 In Dreams Paul Cooper
Music of the Heart Brian Turner
2000 Songcatcher Tom Bledsoe Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
2002 Stolen Summer Joe O'Malley Production chronicled in Project Greenlight
Evelyn Nick Barron
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy William Franklin Nominated - IFTA Award
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Harry Vardon
Shadow of Fear Detective Scofield
Return to Sender Frank Nitzche Alternate title: Convicted;
Nominated - IFTA Award
Proud Commodore Alfred Lind
2005 Nine Lives Henry Nominated - Gotham Award
2007 Dark Matter Prof. Jacob Reiser
32A Frank Brennan
2008 Wild Child Gerry Moore
2009 Shine of Rainbows, AA Shine of Rainbows Alec
Eclipse, TheThe Eclipse Nicholas Holden IFTA Award
Handsome Harry Prof. Porter
2010 Flipped Richard Baker
Festival of Lights Adem
Jonah Hex President Ulysses S. Grant
Sarah's Key William Rainsferd
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright Charlie Wright
The 5th Quarter Steven Abbate
The Pilgrims: The Journey to a New World for Autism Himself
2011 Unknown Martin B.
Stand Up, TheThe Stand Up Sandy Hardwick
The Greening of Whitney Brown Henry Brown
Muide Éire Himself Alternate title: We Are Ireland
2012 If I Were You Derek
Allegiance Lieutenant Colonel Owens Alternate title: Recalled
2013 The Last Keepers John Carver
Rushlights Cameron Brogden
Stay Dermot Fay
2014 Journey to Sundance Himself
2015 The Gettysburg Address Theodore Parker Voice

2016: THE MOVIE: AshoNeo (a youtuber)


Year Title Role Notes
1985 An Early Frost Michael Pierson NBC TV film;
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award
1987 All My Sons Chris Keller PBS TV film, presented in American Playhouse
1989 Perfect Witness Sam Paxton HBO TV film
1991 Lies of the Twins James / Jonathan McEwan USA TV film
1992 Private Matter, AA Private Matter Bob Finkbine HBO TV film;
Nominated - CableACE Award
1994 Ken Burns' Baseball Himself / Various PBS miniseries;
2 episodes
1995 The Irish in America Narrator A&E Biography TV film
Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America Narrator TV film
1997 Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone Henry Morton Stanley ABC TV film
2000 The Prince and the Pauper Miles Hendon Hallmark TV film
Two of Us Paul McCartney VH1 TV film
The Young Messiah Narrator RTÉ TV film;
Alternate title: The Messiah XXI
2001 Night Visions Jeremy Bell Ep. 1.1: "The Passenger List"
Project Greenlight Himself The making of Season 1 winner, Stolen Summer;
5 episodes
2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor Gen. Benedict Arnold V A&E TV film
Freedom: A History of US Mob Member / Philadelphia Press Editorial PBS miniseries;
2 episodes
2004 See You in My Dreams Joe F. Brown CBS TV film
Plainsong Tom Guthrie CBS TV film
Cavedweller Clint Windsor Showtime TV film;
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award
Miracle Run Douglas Thomas LMN TV film
2004-05 Third Watch Lt. / Captain John Miller 5 episodes
(Season 6)
2005 The Exonerated Kerry Max Cook CourtTV film
Empire Falls David Roby HBO miniseries;
2 episodes
Mayday John Berry CBS TV film
2006 Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel Daniel Webster Lead role;
8 episodes
All*Star Cup Himself (Team USA) Celebrity golf event in Wales
(Series 2)
2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Henry L. Dawes HBO TV film;
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award, OFTA Award, Satellite Award
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ben Nicholson Ep. 9.4: "Savant"
2008 Canterbury's Law Matthew 'Matt' Furey Main cast;
5 episodes
The Prince of Motor City Charlie Hamilton ABC drama pilot
2010 White Collar Prof. George Oswald Ep. 2.3: "Copycat Caffrey"
2011 Weeds Foster 'Chuck' Klein 4 episodes
(Season 7)
Prime Suspect Lt. Kevin Sweeney Main cast;
13 episodes
2012 The Horses of McBride Matt Davidson CTV film
2012-present Elementary Captain Thomas 'Tommy' Gregson Main cast;
96 episodes
2014 From Tee to Green: The Story of Irish Golf Narrator Setanta Sports miniseries;
3 episodes


Year Production Role Venue / Notes
1979 The Man in 605 Jerry Green Performance Community Theater, Chicago;
Produced and directed by Byrne Piven at the Piven Theatre Workshop
Scheherazade Chicago, IL
The Irish Hebrew Lesson Chicago, IL;
Written by Wolf Mankowitz
1984 Fool for Love Eddie Douglas Fairbanks Theater, NY
1985 Hamlet Prince Hamlet Wisdom Bridge Theatre, IL;
Directed by Robert Falls
1985-1986 A Lie of the Mind Frankie Promenade Theatre, NY
1988 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Broadway - Circle in the Square Theatre, NY;
Theatre World Award recipient
2003 The Exonerated Kerry Max Cook 45 Bleecker Theater, Bleecker Street, NY;
Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA
2004 Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted Dalton Trumbo Westside Theatre (Downstairs), NY
2005 The Exonerated Kerry Max Cook Queen's Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2006 Riverside Studios, West End of London;
Dublin Theatre Festival
2008 Conversations in Tusculum Brutus The Public Theater, NY

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1986 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special An Early Frost Nominated
1988 Theatre World Award A Streetcar Named Desire Won
1993 CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries A Private Matter Nominated
1999 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Male Role This Is My Father Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy / Romance Practical Magic Nominated
2000 Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize For Ensemble Cast Songcatcher Won
2003 Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actor in a Film - Public Vote N/A Nominated
Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actor in a Film - Jury Award Song for a Raggy Boy Nominated
2005 Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actor in a Feature Film Return to Sender (aka Convicted) Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Cavedweller Nominated
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nine Lives Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Nominated
Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2010 Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Film The Eclipse Won

Aidan Quinn supports the following charitable cause: Autism.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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