Francesco Quinn

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Francesco Quinn
BornFrancesco Daniele Quinn
(1963-03-22)March 22, 1963
Rome, Italy
DiedAugust 5, 2011(2011-08-05) (aged 48)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Years active1985–2011
Spouse(s)Julie McCann
(1992 – 2011; his death)
ParentsAnthony Quinn (deceased)
Iolanda Addolori
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Francesco Quinn
BornFrancesco Daniele Quinn
(1963-03-22)March 22, 1963
Rome, Italy
DiedAugust 5, 2011(2011-08-05) (aged 48)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Years active1985–2011
Spouse(s)Julie McCann
(1992 – 2011; his death)
ParentsAnthony Quinn (deceased)
Iolanda Addolori

Francesco Daniele Quinn (March 22, 1963 – August 5, 2011) was an Italian-born film and television actor. The first son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori (Anthony Quinn's second wife), Francesco is perhaps best known for his breakout role as Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon (1986). However, his first major role in television was in the prime-time series Quo Vadis? (1985 TV mini-series). His final role was the voice of the Autobot, Dino (Mirage) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Early years[edit]

Francesco Quinn was born in Rome, Italy, the son of Anthony Quinn and second wife Iolanda Addolori, a noted costume designer to whom Anthony Quinn was married for 31 years.[1] Quinn had Mexican, Irish, and Italian ancestry.



Quinn appeared in many feature films including the New York Independent Film Festival winner Placebo Effect. He acted with his father in several films, including A Star For Two with Lauren Bacall. The two Quinns also had the opportunity to share the role of Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, son and father playing the character as a young and old man.

Quinn sometimes played moody, dangerous characters, such as vampire Vlad Tepes in the 2003 direct to video alt-historical thriller Vlad, and wandering warrior Thane Le Mal in the short film The Gnostic. Like his father, Quinn also appeared in historical dramas, playing such roles as Latino Captain Salamanca in Steven Spielberg’s mini-series Into the West (2005) and a lead role in TNT's Rough Riders (1997) (TV). One of Quinn's earliest roles was as Marcus Vinicius in the 1985 mini-series Quo Vadis?, co-starring with some major film actors of the 1980s.

More recent examples of Quinn's work include Park, which won the audience award at 2007 CineVegas, and the short film Muertas, starring Golden Globe-winner America Ferrera. In 2007, he appeared as Ruben Vega in the Academy Award-nominated short film The Tonto Woman, adapted from the Elmore Leonard short story.


From 1999 to 2001, Francesco appeared on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Nina Webster's boyfriend, Tomas del Cerro, and was nominated for an ALMA Award (an award reserved for Latino/a performers) as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera for his work as Tomas Del Cerro, an aloof writer from New York.

Quinn has also appeared extensively in television guest-star roles in crime and thriller dramas. He was lead guest star in an episode of JAG (1995). On CBS's The Fugitive, Quinn played Victor Gutierrez, a DEA agent with an edge, and he has played the recurring role of Islamic terrorist Syed Ali on Fox's series 24. Other TV guest starring roles have occurred in Criminal Minds, ER, CSI: Miami, The Glades, Navy NCIS, Alias, Crossing Jordan, In the Heat of the Night, Miami Vice, Red Shoe Diaries, The Handler, Soldier of Fortune, Good vs. Evil, Vengeance Unlimited, and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Quinn also portrayed the final criminal/villain, Guillermo Beltran, in the long-running F/X series, The Shield. In 2008, Quinn joined Luke Perry and C. Thomas Howell in the western film A Gunfighter's Pledge.

Quinn was one of the earlier working actors to branch out into contributing to video games with his role as a main character in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999). In 2010–2011, he took part in the second season of the Italian TV series Il commissario Manara.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Quinn's marriage to Irish American Julie McCann, niece of Belfast snooker champion, Alex Higgins, ended in divorce. They resided in Sherman Oaks, California, with their twin children Max and Michela.[3]


Quinn died on August 5, 2011, in Malibu after experiencing what was believed to be a heart attack while running with his son, Max.[4][5][6] Quinn has ten surviving siblings, including Alex, Antonia, Catalina, Christina, Danny, Duncan, Lorenzo Quinn, Ryan, Sean, and Valentina Quinn. His eldest sibling, Christopher, drowned in 1941, aged two.

Athletic pursuits[edit]

Quinn pursued sports such as skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, free diving, road cycling, mountain biking, and actively raced motocross and street bikes. Quinn also was an avid motorcycler, and was a spokesman for The Motorcycle Industry Council and Honda. He was fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Quinn was a contestant on Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge on CMT, until he was sidelined with a broken rib after being stomped on by a Level 2 bull.



1988Love DreamPeter Janson
The FavoriteAdult Mahmud
Indio (it)Daniel Morell
Casablanca ExpressCaptain Franchetti
1990The Old Man and the SeaSantiago as a Young ManTV movie
1991A Star for TwoYoung Gabriel Todd
Murder BluesJohn Reed
1992JudgmentJimmy Sollera
1993Deadly RivalsBunny Wedman
1995The Dark DancerRamone
Top DogMark Curtains
Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend PassTommyVideo
1996Cannes ManFrank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky
1997Deadly RansomLuis Mendes
Rough RidersRafael CastilloTV movie.
1998Nowhere LandWalfredo
Placebo EffectZac
2000The TranslatorJean-Paul Esselen
2001Almost a WomanDon Carlos
2003VladVlad Țepeș
2006Man vs. MondayJuan Carlos
Cut OffAgent Jones
ParkSmoldering Park Worker
2007The Tonto WomanRuben Vega
The GnosticWarrior
Afghan KnightsAmad
2008Danny FrickePablo Vicente
A Gunfighter's PledgeSheriffTV movie
Broken PromiseSantos
Hell RideMachete
2009Four Single FathersDom
2010Conflict of InterestRon Garcia
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonMirage/Dino (voice)
2013Roma nudaBernard Jovanni


1985Quo Vadis?Marcus ViniciusTV mini-series.
1987Miami ViceFrancesco Cruz"God's Work"
1992Red Shoe Diaries"Double or Nothing"
The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesFrancois"Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal"
In the Heat of the NightRamon Salazar"Sanctuary"
1997Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Ramon Boharo"La Mano Negra"
JAGKabir Atef6 episodes (1997–2002)
1998Vengeance UnlimitedCol. Oscar Ponce"Security"
2000G vs EAgent Shaw"Ambulance Chaser"
The Young and the RestlessTomas del Cerro31 episodes (2000–2001)
2002AliasMinos Sakkoulas"The Confession"
Crossing JordanThe Lead Cuban"For Harry, with Love & Squalor"
200324Syed Ali5 episodes.
The HandlerDetective Lopez"Hardcore"
2004NCISGunnery Sgt. Freddie Alvarez"One Shot, One Kill"
ERDr. Alfonso Ramirez"Time of Death"
CSI: MiamiFidel"Murder in a Flash"
2005Into the WestCaptain SalamancaTV mini-series.
Criminal MindsMichael Russo"Natural Born Killer"
2006NCISLuis Romero"Once a Hero"
2008The ShieldBeltran2 episodes
2010 - 2011The GladesEduardo Garcia2 episodes
2011Zen (TV series)Gilberto Nieddu3 episodes


  1. ^ "Francesco Quinn Biography (1962-)". FilmReference. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cast 'Il Commissario Manara 2'". MyMovies. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biography for: Francesco Quinn". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Dennis Hevesi (August 10, 2011). "Francesco Quinn, Actor in ‘Platoon,’ Dies at 48". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Schlosser, Kurt (7 August 2011). "Anthony Quinn's son dies at 48". Today/MSNBC The Scoop. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Staff writers (August 7, 2011). "Actor Francesco Quinn dead at 48". UPI. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 

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