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Short Info

Net Worth$9 million
Date Of BirthMarch 8, 1959
SpouseElizabeth Bracco
MarkBold light blue eyes
FactParents are Michael and Teresa Quinn.

Aidan Quinn was born on March 8, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish immigrants. His father, Michael, was a professor of English at the College of DuPage, and his mother, Teresa, was a homemaker. He has four siblings: brothers Declan and Niall, and sisters Aileen and Marian. He attended Catholic schools in Chicago before moving to Rockford, Illinois, where he graduated from high school in 1977.

He began his acting career in regional theater in the United States and Canada. His first film role was in the 1981 film Reckless, followed by a role in the 1982 film The Outsiders. He gained wider recognition with his role in the 1984 film The Bounty, and later starred in such films as The Mission (1986), The Equalizer (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic (1998), Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), and Unknown (2011).

Quinn has also appeared in many television films and series, including An Early Frost (1985), Lace (1984), The Equalizer (1985-1989), Ballykissangel (1996-1999), and Elementary (2012-2016). He has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards.

He married Elizabeth Bracco in 1987, with whom he has two daughters: Mia and Ava. The couple divorced in 2001. He married his second wife, Karen Kaulitzke, in 2009. They have one son together: Aidan Jr.

Quinn has a net worth of $20 million. He earns a salary of $75 thousand per episode of Elementary.

General Info

Full NameAidan Quinn
Net Worth$9 million
Date Of BirthMarch 8, 1959
Height1.83 m
EducationAuburn High School


SpouseElizabeth Bracco
ChildrenAva Eileen Quinn, Mia Quinn
ParentsTeresa Quinn, Michael Quinn
SiblingsDeclan Quinn, Paul Quinn, Marian Quinn, Robert Quinn


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Satellite Award for Be...
MoviesLegends of the Fall, Benny & Joon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Unknown, Practical Magic, Wild Child, The Assignment, Michael Collins, Flipped, Reckless, The Playboys, Songcatcher, Music of the Heart, The Mission, An Early Frost, This Is My Father, Stakeout, The Eclipse, At Play in the Fields of the L...
TV ShowsPrime Suspect, Canterbury's Law, The Book of Daniel, Elementary, 5. God's Will, 4. Withdrawal, 3. Assignation

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#Marks / Signs
1Bold light blue eyes
2Deep resonant voice


1(1994 quote in Movieline Magazine) My thing about looking good is that it should be the character. If I'm playing a character who's concerned about his body-an athlete, say-I'll get in shape. If I'm playing a character who doesn't or wouldn't, I don't. I almost never get in shape for a movie, even though I know it would be a good career move. I hate seeing movies where a poor fuckin' sharecropper in the '30s takes his shirt off and he's fuckin' cut, with a washboard stomach and perfectly chiseled muscles that no farmer would ever have, that you can only get from intensive workouts with a trainer, isolating muscles. It drives me crazy! On the other hand, if you're a leading man and you're good-looking, it's definitely a good career thing to do."
2[on The Lemon Sisters (1989)] It's not a good movie. But it was a fun part. Carol Kane is a friend of mine and she kept begging me to do it. So, I basically did it as a favor to her.
3(1994 quote) I would love, more than anything, to do an out-and-out farce with huge physical energy. Just because you're from the minimalist school, it doesn't mean you can't go big. I enjoy humor, and it's something I've gotten very little chance to explore. I don't get offered those parts. And if I don't get offered a part, I don't get a part. Ever.
4[on filming At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)] That was an unbelievably difficult and...challenging experience. I don't regret it. But I don't know if I'd go back into it willingly again. It wasn't the jungle - I loved the jungle. We were three months over schedule, and it was a true Heart of Darkness experience in terms of what was happening on the set every day. And what was happening to the movie. And what was happening to the director. And what was happening to the relations between people.
5(1994 quote on why he believes he's not a bigger star) A lot of it is my fault, because it doesn't interest me. And I break the rules all the time: I should be doing this one, and instead I do The Playboys (1992). I don't care if one's going to be a commercial hit-this I don't like, and this I like. You do have to think career wise sometimes in this business, but I think I think enough about my career. I make a tremendous amount of money, and I'm very well respected. I just don't get the consideration that big stars get as far as scripts go, or as far as input goes.
6(On filming Songcatcher (2000) in North Carolina) It was fantastic. I would play my guitar on the porch every night after work. I'd have a couple of glasses of wine, a cigar and sing a few songs. I loved it. I get a yearning in my bones for places I lived and worked, like Ireland, the Amazon jungle and now North Carolina. These places are imprinted on your psyche forever.
7"Well, when I first got sent the script to The Assignment (1997), I thought, 'Why don't they offer this to Andy Garcia?' And it turned out they did. I said, 'Oh, OK'. I had a little bit of a question of 'How the hell am I gonna be believable?' Or 'Will it be that much of a question in the audience's mind that I'm supposed to be Venezuelan?' So, we went with the brown contacts for Carlos and darkened my skin, worked with a good dialogue coach. And then when I heard Andy Garcia was playing an Irish cop in Sidney Lumet's movie [Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)], I stopped worrying about it. But that's one of the great things about being an actor. We get to play dress up. And that's what this movie was for me. Wigs, beards, mustaches, dialogues. Intrigue. It was a tremendous amount of hard work, but fun work for me".
8There was one moment in high school where I thought, "Maybe I'll take an acting class." And I walked in and saw all the quote unquote theatre people and I went, "Oh God," and walked out. But later, when I was 19, I actually took an acting class and I was very much smitten with it.
9I'm not a city kind of guy. I'm happiest when I'm tromping through the woods. That's why I don't live in Los Angeles. Being physically away from Hollywood probably loses me a few jobs, but the best ones seek me out.
10"I was on this remote island a thousand miles off the coast of Kenya. The island didn't have electricity, but some people had generators, and I went to someone's house and there was a video of Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) playing. I think it was the only frigging television on the whole island. That was very bizarre".
11I think my being such a nomad let me into acting. I was always having to create a new image whenever we moved.
12I like the level of fame that I have. You get nice tables in restaurants sometimes, but fame isn't something that I find comfortable.


1Has English and Irish ancestry.
2Has appeared in the "Books: Feed Your Head" literacy campaign for MTV, directed by Neil Burger and also featuring such actors as Sherilyn Fenn and Timothy Hutton.
3Was close friends with Natasha Richardson, his co-star in The Handmaid's Tale (1990). She named him as co-executor of estate in her will (2005).
4Parents are Michael and Teresa Quinn.
5Brother of Robert Quinn, Paul Quinn, Declan Quinn and Marian Quinn.
6Greatly known for his work in theatre throughout Chicago, most notably in Robert Falls' production of "Hamlet". He now works in New York theater.
7Attended and graduated from Rockford West High School in Rockford, Illinois.
8Father of Ava Eileen Quinn, who played the baby "David" in her father's movie Avalon (1990).
9Uncle of Margaux Guerard and Stella Keitel.
10Brother-in-law of actress Lorraine Bracco.
11After portraying Paul McCartney in a television movie, the two met by chance while staying at the same hotel and became real life friends.
12Daughters, with Elizabeth Bracco, Ava Eileen Quinn (born 1989) and Mia Quinn (born 1998).
13Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
14Was Paramount's choice to play Jesus Christ in their production of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) before a storm of controversy forced them to cancel their plans for the movie. Soon after, Universal picked up the movie with Willem Dafoe playing Christ.




Song for a Raggy Boy2003William Franklin
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor2003TV MovieGen. Benedict Arnold
Freedom: A History of Us2003TV Series documentaryMob Member / Philadelphia Press Editorial
Evelyn2002Nick Barron
Stolen Summer2002Joe O'Malley
Night Visions2001TV SeriesJeremy Bell (segment "The Passenger List")
Two of Us2000TV MoviePaul McCartney
Songcatcher2000Tom Bledsoe
The Prince and the Pauper2000TV MovieMiles Hendon
Music of the Heart1999Brian Turner
In Dreams1999Paul Cooper
Practical Magic1998Gary Hallet
This Is My Father1998/IKieran O'Day
Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone1997TV MovieHenry Morton Stanley
The Assignment1997Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez Carlos
Commandments1997Seth Warner
Michael Collins1996Harry Boland
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryRichmond
Haunted1995Prof. David Ash
The Stars Fell on Henrietta1995Don Day
Legends of the Fall1994Alfred Ludlow
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein1994Captain Robert Walton
Blink1993Detective John Hallstrom
Benny & Joon1993Benny Pearl
A Private Matter1992TV MovieBob Finkbine
The Playboys1992Tom Casey
At Play in the Fields of the Lord1991Martin Quarrier
Lies of the Twins1991TV MovieJames McEwan / Jonathan McEwan
Books: Feed Your Head1991TV Mini-Series shortMan reciting 'The Metamorphosis'
Avalon1990Jules Kaye
The Handmaid's Tale1990Nick
The Lemon Sisters1989Frankie McGuinness
Perfect Witness1989TV MovieSam Paxton
Stakeout1987Richard 'Stick' Montgomery
American Playhouse1987TV SeriesChris Keller
The Mission1986Felipe Mendoza
An Early Frost1985TV MovieMichael Pierson
Desperately Seeking Susan1985Dez
Reckless1984Johnny Rourke
Change in the Air2016post-productionMoody
The Gettysburg Address2016Documentary post-productionTheodore Parker (voice)
Elementary2012-2016TV SeriesCaptain Thomas Gregson / Captain Gregson
Stay2013/IDermot Fay
Rushlights2013Cameron Brogden
The Last Keepers2013John Carver
The Horses of McBride2012TV MovieMatt Davidson
Allegiance2012/ILieutenant Colonel Owens
Prime Suspect2011-2012TV SeriesLieutenant Kevin Sweeney
If I Were You2012Derek
The Greening of Whitney Brown2011Henry Brown
The Stand Up2011Sandy
Weeds2011TV SeriesCEO
Unknown2011/IMartin B
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright2010VideoCharlie Wright
Festival of Lights2010Adem
Elle s'appelait Sarah2010William Rainsferd
White Collar2010TV SeriesProfessor George Oswald
Flipped2010/IRichard Baker
Jonah Hex2010President Grant
The 5th Quarter2010Steven Abbate
A Shine of Rainbows2009Alec
Handsome Harry2009Prof. Porter
The Eclipse2009Nicholas Holden
The Prince of Motor City2008TV MovieCharlie Hamilton
Wild Child2008Gerry Moore
Canterbury's Law2008TV SeriesMatt Furey
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2007TV SeriesBen Nicholson
32A2007Frank Brennan
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee2007TV MovieHenry Dawes
Dark Matter2007/IJacob Reiser
The Book of Daniel2006TV SeriesDaniel Webster
Mayday2005TV MovieJohn Berry
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-SeriesDavid Roby
Third Watch2004-2005TV SeriesLieutenant John Miller Captain Miller
The Exonerated2005TV MovieKerry Max Cook
Nine Lives2005Henry
Proud2004Commodore Alfred Lind
Return to Sender2004/IFrank Nitzche
Shadow of Fear2004Detective Scofield
Miracle Run2004TV MovieDouglas Thomas
See You in My Dreams2004TV MovieJoe F. Brown
Cavedweller2004Clint Windsor
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius2004Harry Vardon
Plainsong2004TV MovieTom Guthrie


This Is My Father1998/Iexecutive producer


Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary short special thanks
Big Night1996special thanks


Bad IQ2016Documentary filmingHimself
Elementary - Season 4: The Sign of Fourth2016Video shortHimself
Elementary - Season 4: Villainy!2016Video shortHimself
Elementary: Season 3 - Partners in Crime2015ShortHimself
From Tee to Green: The Story of Irish Golf2014TV Series documentaryNarrator
Elementary: Season 2 - Second Chapter: Inside Elementary2014Video documentary shortHimself
Journey to Sundance2014DocumentaryHimself
A Holmes of Their Own2013Video shortHimself
Holmes Sweet Holmes2013Video shortHimself
Muide Éire2011Documentary
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2011TV SeriesHimself
Unknown: The Story2011Video shortHimself
Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero2011Video shortHimself
Unknown: What Is Known?2011Video shortHimself
Vine Talk2011TV SeriesHimself
The Pilgrims2010DocumentaryHimself
Xposé2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
All*Star Cup 20062006TV MovieHimself - Team USA
The View2002-2006TV SeriesHimself
About 'Return to Sender'2006Video shortHimself / Actor
Today2006TV SeriesHimself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: John Cassavetes Award
Irish Film and Television Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Late Late Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Night of Too Many Stars2003TV MovieHimself
Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary shortHimself
Song for a Raggy Boy: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary shortHimself / William Franklin
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself
Project Greenlight2001-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Messiah XXI2000DocumentaryNarrator
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-1999TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999TV SeriesHimself
Where Music Meets Film: Live from Sundance1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Irish in America1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Lumière et compagnie1995Documentary segment "John Boorman"
Out of Ireland1995TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Moviewatch1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Various
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Books: Feed Your Head1991TV Mini-Series shortHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1990TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Working in the Theatre1986TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

In Liu of Watson2013Video shortCaptain Thomas Gregson
Set Tour with Lucy Liu2013Video shortCaptain Thomas Gregson
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron1995TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a FilmThe Eclipse (2009)
2000Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticSongcatcher (2000)

Nominated Awards

2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or MovieBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceNine Lives (2005)
2005Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleCavedweller (2004)
2005IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Feature FilmReturn to Sender (2004)
2003IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a FilmSong for a Raggy Boy (2003)
2003Audience AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Film
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Comedy/RomancePractical Magic (1998)
1999IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Male RoleThis Is My Father (1998)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesA Private Matter (1992)
1991CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesPerfect Witness (1989)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialAn Early Frost (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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