“I think my being such a nomad let me into acting. I was always having to create a new image whenever we moved.” — Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1959. He is 54.
Born to an Irish American family, he grew up in Illinois ( in Chicago and Rockford) and in Ireland. His mother, Teresa, was a bookkeeper, his father, Michael, was a literature professor. Brothers Robert, Paul, and Declan and sister Marian round out the Quinn brood. He studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, Illinois and has a BFA in acting from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
After working on the stage in Chicago he made the jump to film in 1984 with the drama Reckless, but broke through with the comedy Desperately Seeking Susan in the role of Dez in 1985. The Television drama An Early Frost, in which Quinn plays a young man with AIDS, earned him his first Emmy nomination. The next year he played a small role in [one of my favorite movies of all time] The Mission. “…Quinn found a niche playing sensitive, intelligent male characters, often in supporting roles. Notable films include Avalon, Benny & Joon, Michael Collins and Practical Magic.” [Biography.com]
One film that was close to his heart was also a family affair. He plays Kieran O’Day in 1998’s This is My Father.
The film was written and directed by his brother Paul, brother Declan was the cinematographer, and sister Marian had a cameo.
Although having starred alongside “big names …and in some “big” films such as Legends of the Fall, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein… and Michael Collins he has managed to keep a fairly low profile. This is not something he’s unhappy about, since he likes to keep his private life private. [Aidan Quinn — The Biography]
“Celebrity” he says ” is not a thing to seek.” That’s not to say he doesn’t keep busy. Between films, television and the stage Quinn has performed regularly (averaging 3 or 4 projects a year) since he entered the business.
Recently he’s been in the movie Sarah’s Key and the US version of Prime Suspect. You can currently catch him in Elementary.