Film and television star Aidan Quinn started his acting career on the Chicago stage and went on to play the title role in a modern-day, award-winning “Hamlet,” directed by Robert Falls. In New York, he starred on Broadway in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and off-Broadway in Sam Shepherd’s “Fool for Love” and “Lie of The Mind.” More recently, Aidan was seen off-Broadway in “The Exonerated” and “Salome,” directed by Estelle Parsons with Al Pacino. Aidan also performed “The Exonerated” at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, in Dublin and on London’s West End. Also, he starred at New York City’s Public Theater as Brutus alongside David Strathairn and Brian Dennehy in Richard Nelson’s “Conversation in Tusculum.”
Quinn’s television credits include the ground-breaking AIDS drama “An Early Frost” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination. Also, he starred opposite Marcia Gay Harden in “See You in My Dreams” which was based on the short stories of Sam Shepherd, and “Forbidden Territory: Stanley’s Search For Livingstone” alongside Nigel Hawthorne. Quinn starred in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Quinn has starred in more than 45 feature films, including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Stakeout,” “The Playboys,” “Avalon,” “Benny and Joon,” “Legends of The Fall,” “Michael Collins,” “The Assignment,” “Music of The Heart,” “Songcatcher,” “Sarah’s Key” and “Unknown.”
In Ireland, Quinn produced and starred in “This Is My Father,” written and directed by his brother Paul and filmed by his brother Declan, an award-winning cinematographer. Other films in Ireland include “Evelyn,” “Song for a Raggy Boy,” “32A” and “Shine of Rainbows.” Quinn also won the Irish Film and Television Award for Conor McPherson’s “Eclipse.”
Quinn was born in Chicago, Ill., and his birthday is March 8.