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Aidan Quinn

Highest Rated:   92% The Playboys (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Reckless (1984)
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Birthplace:   Rockford, Illinois, USA
A leading actor of the stage and screen, Aidan Quinn specializes in portraying sensitive, intelligent characters. Easily recognizable thanks to his platitude-inspiring baby blues and classically handsome features, Quinn has long enjoyed a reputation as the thinking woman's fantasy fodder.Born in Chicago on March 8, 1959, to Irish immigrants, Quinn and his four siblings were raised in both the U.S. and their parents' native country. The family spent so much time in Ireland that Quinn had part of his high school education there, and he moved to Dublin in his late teens. While in Dublin, he tried to break into the local theatre scene; when that proved to be less than fruitful, Quinn returned to Chicago. There, he worked as a roofer and joined local acting companies. He acted in a number of productions and made his New York debut in an off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love. Quinn broke into film playing an angry young man who gets involved with faux "good girl" Daryl Hannah in James Foley's Reckless (1984). The film went largely ignored by both critics and audiences, and it wasn't until he starred in Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan the following year that Quinn began to attract notice. The recognition he earned for that film was nicely complemented during the same year by his acclaimed, Emmy-nominated portrayal of a gay lawyer with AIDS in An Early Frost, the first TV movie to deal directly with the subject of the virus.Quinn subsequently carved a niche for himself with strong portrayals in a series of disparate films throughout the '80s and '90s. He did some of his more memorable work in Barry Levinson's Avalon (1990), a family drama that saw him give a convincing portrayal of a Jewish father; The Playboys (1992), which cast him as an amorous Irish musician; Benny and Joon (1993), in which he played the long-suffering brother of a mentally unstable young woman (Mary Stuart Masterson); Legends of the Fall (1994), in which he portrayed wild man Brad Pitt's responsible older brother; and Neil Jordan's Michael Collins (1996), in which Quinn got to play against type as an ambitious IRA terrorist.In 1998, Quinn collaborated with brothers Paul and Declan, starring in and executive producing This Is My Father, a heartfelt drama set in Ireland. Featuring a script and direction by Paul, cinematography by Declan, and a touching, tender performance by Aidan as a shy, stumbling dirt farmer, the film earned moderately strong reviews, particularly from critics who felt that Quinn was finally acting in a film worth his mettle. The actor followed This is My Father with a return to mainstream Hollywood fare, starring as Annette Bening's husband in the thriller In Dreams and as an old high school friend of Meryl Streep's in Wes Craven's Music of the Heart, both released in 1999. He appeared in a pair of music-themed projects in 2000, playing Paul McCartney in the made-for-cable Two of Us, and the rural drama Songcatcher. He starred in the Project Greenlight feature Stolen Summer in 2002. He continued to get steady work in a diverse array of projects that include Cavedweller, Empire Falls, Dark Matter, and Wild Child. In 2010 he appeared as the President of the United States in the comic-book adaptation Jonah Hex, and the next year he had a major part in the fantasy family film The Greening of Whitney Brown. In 2012, Quinn nabbed a lead role on the TV series Elementary, playing police captain Tommy Gregson.In addition to his stable film career, Quinn has enjoyed a stable marriage to Elizabeth Bracco (sister of Lorraine Bracco) since 1987. They have one daughter.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blacklight
  • Gabriel Robinson
2022
11% Change in the Air
  • Moody
2018
24% Stay
  • Dermot
2014
26% Rushlights
  • Cameron Brogden
2013
No Score Yet The Last Keepers
  • John Carver
2013
29% Allegiance
  • Colonel Owens
2012
No Score Yet Christmas Rescue (The Horses Of Mcbride)
  • Matt Davidson
2012
8% Festival of Lights
  • Adem
2012
No Score Yet The Stand Up
  • Sandy
2012
13% If I Were You
  • Derek
$9.7k 2012
13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown
  • Henry Brown
2011
72% Sarah's Key
  • William Rainsferd
$7.7M 2011
57% The 5th Quarter
  • Steven Abbate
$0.4M 2011
55% Unknown
  • Martin B.
$63.7M 2011
54% Flipped
  • Richard Baker
$1.8M 2010
12% Jonah Hex
  • President Grant
$10.6M 2010
50% A Shine of Rainbows
  • Alec
2010
81% Handsome Harry
  • Professor Porter
2010
75% The Eclipse
  • Nicholas Holden
2010
No Score Yet Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright
  • Charlie Wright
2010
No Score Yet Prince and the Pauper
  • Actor
2009
41% Wild Child
  • Gerry
2008
40% Dark Matter
  • Reiser
2008
No Score Yet 32A
  • Frank Brennan
2007
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Sen. Henry Dawes
2007
76% Nine Lives
  • Henry
$0.2M 2005
No Score Yet Mayday
  • John Berry
2005
No Score Yet Empire Falls
  • David Roby
2005
No Score Yet Convicted
  • Frank Nitzche
2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated
  • Kerry Max Cook
2005
No Score Yet Proud
  • Commodore Alfred Lind
2004
No Score Yet Miracle Run
  • Doug Thomas
2004
No Score Yet Shadow of Fear
  • Det. Scofield
2004
26% Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
  • Harry Vardon
$2.6M 2004
No Score Yet Plainsong
  • Tom Guthrie
2004
No Score Yet See You In My Dreams
  • Joe
2004
No Score Yet Cavedweller
  • Clint
2004
No Score Yet Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
  • Benedict Arnold
2003
67% Song for a Raggy Boy
  • William Franklin
2003
64% Evelyn
  • Nick Barron
$1.4M 2002
36% Stolen Summer
  • Joe O'Malley
$0.2M 2002
74% Songcatcher
  • Tom
$1.7M 2001
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper
  • Miles
2001
No Score Yet Two of Us
  • Paul McCartney
2000
63% Music of the Heart
  • Brian
1999
75% This Is My Father
  • Executive Producer
  • Kieran O'Dea
1999
25% In Dreams
  • Paul Cooper
1999
21% Practical Magic
  • Gary
1998
No Score Yet Forbidden Territory: Search for Livingstone
  • Stanley
1997
60% The Assignment
  • Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez/Carlos
1997
24% Commandments
  • Seth Warner
1997
No Score Yet The Irish in America, Vol. II
  • Narrator
1997
No Score Yet The Irish in America, Vol. I
  • Narrator
1997
81% Looking for Richard
  • Richmond
1996
78% Michael Collins
  • Harry Boland
1996
No Score Yet Pacino - An Actor's Vision
  • Actor
1996
80% Haunted
  • David Ash
1995
50% The Stars Fell on Henrietta
  • Don Day
1995
No Score Yet The Irish in America
  • Actor
1995
58% Legends of the Fall
  • Alfred Ludlow
1994
38% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Capt. Walton
1994
64% Blink
  • Det. John Hallstrom
1994
No Score Yet Out of Ireland
  • Actor
1994
76% Benny & Joon
  • Benny Pearl
1993
No Score Yet A Private Matter
  • Bob
1992
92% The Playboys
  • Tom Casey
1992
No Score Yet Lies of the Twins
  • Jonathan/James
1991
57% At Play in the Fields of the Lord
  • Martin Quarrier
1991
85% Avalon
  • Jules Kaye
1990
32% The Handmaid's Tale
  • Nick
1990
No Score Yet Perfect Witness
  • Sam Paxton
1989
14% The Lemon Sisters
  • Frankie McGuinness
1989
67% Crusoe
  • Crusoe
1988
89% Stakeout
  • 'Stick' Montgomery
1987
67% The Mission
  • Felipe
1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Chris
1986
No Score Yet An Early Frost
  • Michael Pierson
1985
84% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Dez
$27.4M 1985
0% Reckless
  • Johnny Rourke
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Elementary
2012-2019
  • Director
  • Tobias "Toby" Gregson Tommy Gregson
  • Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% Prime Suspect
2011-2012
  • Lt. Kevin Sweeney
  • 2012
  • 2011
70% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Foster Klein
  • 2011
96% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2010
  • 2009
58% Canterbury's Law
2008
  • Matt Furey
  • 2008
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Ben Nicholson
  • 2007
54% The Book of Daniel
2006
  • Daniel Webster
  • 2006
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
  • Miller John Miller
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
  • Jeremy Bell
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Chris
  • 1987
No Score Yet Elementary
  • Tobias "Toby" Gregson Tommy Gregson

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