Aidan Quinn

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Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Quinn at the premiere of Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born(1959-03-08) March 8, 1959 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bracco (m. 1987)
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Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Quinn at the premiere of Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born(1959-03-08) March 8, 1959 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bracco (m. 1987)

Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish-American actor. He made his film debut in 1984 in Reckless. His films include Desperately Seeking Susan, The Mission, Stakeout, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, Frankenstein, The Handmaid's Tale, and Michael Collins.

He currently plays Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson in the CBS television series Elementary.

Early life[edit]

Quinn was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish parents.[1][2] He was brought up as a Roman Catholic[1] and raised in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as in Dublin and Birr, County Offaly, in Ireland. His mother, Teresa, was a homemaker, and also worked as a bookkeeper and in the travel business, and his father, Michael Quinn, was a professor of literature.[3][4] He has three brothers and a sister. His older brother, Declan Quinn, is a noted cinematographer while his younger sister Marian is an actress, director and writer.[5] Though a roofer by trade, Quinn got his start in the Chicago theater at age 19. He trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop.[6]


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[edit]

Quinn is married to the actress Elizabeth Bracco, sister of actress Lorraine Bracco. They have two daughters: Ava (b. 1989) and Mia (b. 1998),[7] who appeared as a ghost in the supernatural love story film The Eclipse.



1984RecklessJohnny Rourke
1985Desperately Seeking SusanDez
1985An Early FrostMichael Pierson1986 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special (nominated)
1986Mission, TheThe MissionFelipe Mendoza
1987StakeoutRichard 'Stick' Montgomery
1990Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's TaleNick
Lemon Sisters, TheThe Lemon SistersFrankie McGuinness
AvalonJules Kaye
1991At Play in the Fields of the LordMartin Quarrier
Lies of the TwinsJames McEwan / Jonathan McEwan
1992Playboys, TheThe PlayboysTom Casey
1993Benny & JoonBenjamin 'Benny' Pearl
1994BlinkDet. John Hallstrom
FrankensteinCpt. Robert Walton
Legends of the FallAlfred Ludlow
1995Stars Fell on Henrietta, TheThe Stars Fell on HenriettaDon Day
HauntedProf. David Ash
1996Looking for RichardRichmond
Michael CollinsHarry Boland
1997CommandmentsSeth Warner
Assignment, TheThe AssignmentLt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez/Carlos
1998This Is My FatherKieran O'DayAlso Executive Producer
Practical MagicOfficer Gary HalletBlockbuster Entertainment Award (nominated)
1999In DreamsPaul Cooper
Music of the HeartBrian Turner
2000SongcatcherTom BledsoeSundance Film Festival Award (won)
Two of UsPaul McCartneyVH1 television film
2002Stolen SummerJoe O'Malley
EvelynNick Barron
2003Song for a Raggy BoyWilliam Franklin
2004Bobby Jones: Stroke of GeniusHarry Vardon
Shadow of FearDetective Scofield
Return to Sender (alternate title: Convicted)Frank NitzcheIFTA Awards (nominated-4Xs)
ProudCommodore Alfred Lind
2005Nine LivesHenryGotham Awards (nominated)
2007Dark MatterReiser
32AFrank Brennan
2008Wild ChildGerry Moore
2009Shine of Rainbows, AA Shine of RainbowsAlec
Eclipse, TheThe EclipseNicholas Holden
5th Quarter, TheThe 5th QuarterSteven Abbate
Handsome HarryPorter
Festival of LightsAdem
Jonah HexPresident Ulysses S. Grant
Sarah's KeyWilliam Rainsferd
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie WrightCharlie Wright
2011UnknownMartin B.
Stand Up, TheThe Stand UpSandy Hardwick
2012Starving ArtistMan ordering whitebait
2013The Last KeepersJohn
RushlightsCameron Brogden
StayDermot2014 Genie Awards (nominated)
2015The Gettysburg AddressTheodore Parker (voice)


1985Early Frost, AnAn Early FrostMichael PiersonNBC television film
Nominated for an Emmy Award
1987All My SonsChris KellerTelevision film
1989Perfect WitnessSam PaxtonHBO television film
1991Lies of the TwinsJames McEwan/Jonathan McEwanTelevision film
1992Private Matter, AA Private MatterBob FinkbineHBO television film
1997Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for LivingstoneHenry Morton StanleyTelevision film
2000See You in My DreamsJoe F. BrownTelevision film
Prince and the Pauper, TheThe Prince and the PauperMiles HendonTelevision film
Two of UsPaul McCartneyVH1 television film
2001Night VisionsJeremy BellEpisode: "The Passenger List"
2003Benedict Arnold: A Question of HonorGen. Benedict Arnold VA&E television film
2004PlainsongTom GuthrieCBS television film
CavedwellerClint WindsorShowtime Network television film
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
Miracle RunDouglas ThomasLifetime Movie Network television film
2005The ExoneratedKerry Max CookCourtTV television film
Empire FallsDavid RobyHBO miniseries
MaydayJohn BerryCBS television film
2004–05Third WatchLieutenant/Captain John MillerEpisodes: "Alone Again, Naturally", "Last Will and Testament", The Hunter, Hunted", "The Greatest Detectives" and "Goodbye to Camelot"
2006Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of DanielDaniel Webster
2007Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeHenry L. DawesHBO television film
Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBen NicholsonEpisode: "Savant"
2008Canterbury's LawMatthew "Matt" Furey
2010White CollarCriminology Professor George OswaldEpisode: Copycat Caffrey
2011WeedsFoster "Chuck" KleinShowtime original series: Season 7
Prime SuspectLt. Kevin SweeneyNBC original series: Season 1
2012-ElementaryThomas "Tommy" GregsonCBS original series: Season 1-2, main cast


  1. ^ a b Tauber, Michelle (April 9, 2004). "Aidan Quinn: The quiet man". The Independent. Retrieved May 25, 2010. Quinn never abandoned his own religion, though, however much he despised its authorities. Quinn is, just, more American than Irish. 
  2. ^ Aidan Quinn Biography –
  3. ^ Fischer, Paul. "Aidan Quinn". Cranky Critic. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ October 06, 2009 (October 6, 2009). "Death Notice: TERESA QUINN - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Marian Quinn IMDB #
  6. ^ Piven Theatre Workshop – Alumni of the Workshop
  7. ^ The Mighty Quinn

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