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Was Paramount's choice to play Jesus Christ in their production of "Last Temptation of Christ" 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.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
Brother of Declan Quinn and Paul Quinn
Daughters with Bracco, Ava (b. 1989) and Mia (b. 1998).
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Handsome, sensitive leading man with pale blue eyes, introduced to moviegoers as a James Dean wannabe in his debut film, Reckless (1984). He made more of an impression the following year as the nominal male lead in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and won critical kudos as an AIDS victim in the landmark telefilm An Early Frost (also 1985), which made it clear that this was an actor worth watching. Born to Irish immigrant parents in Chicago, his family moved back and forth from the U.S. to Ireland during his youth, and only after holding a variety of odd jobs did Quinn decide to focus on acting. He amassed some stage experience in Chicago and New York, and has matured into one of the screen's most interesting and intelligent young actors. His other credits include The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Crusoe (1988, in the title role), The Handmaid's Tale, The Lemon Sisters, Avalon (all 1990, in the last as a young Jewish patriarch), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), The Playboys (1992, which brought him back to Ireland), A Private Matter (1992, telefilm, opposite Sissy Spacek), Benny & Joon (1993), Blink, Legends of the Falland Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (all 1994).