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Francesco Quinn

Francesco Quinn
Born Francesco Daniele Quinn
(1963-03-22)March 22, 1963
Rome, Italy
Died August 5, 2011(2011-08-05) (aged 48)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart Attack
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–2011
Spouse(s) Valentina Castellani-Quinn (until his death)
Julie McCann (divorced)
Children 2
Parent(s) Anthony Quinn (deceased)
Iolanda Addolori

Francesco Daniele Quinn (March 22, 1963 – August 5, 2011) was an Italian-born film and television actor. The first son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori (Anthony Quinn's second wife), Francesco is perhaps best known for his breakout role as Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon (1986). However, his first major role in television was in the prime-time mini-series Quo Vadis?. His final role was the voice of the Autobot Dino (Mirage) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


  • Early years 1
  • Career 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Television 2.2
  • Personal life 3
    • Death 3.1
    • Athletic pursuits 3.2
  • Filmography 4
    • Films 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Francesco Quinn was born in Rome, Italy, the son of Anthony Quinn and second wife Iolanda Addolori, a noted costume designer to whom Anthony Quinn was married for 31 years.[1] Quinn had Mexican, Irish, and Italian ancestry.



Quinn appeared in many feature films including the New York Independent Film Festival winner Placebo Effect. He acted with his father in several films, including A Star For Two with Lauren Bacall. The two Quinns also had the opportunity to share the role of Santiago in the 1990 mini-series The Old Man and the Sea, son and father playing the character as a young and old man.

Quinn sometimes played moody, dangerous characters, such as vampire Vlad Tepes in the 2003 direct to video alt-historical thriller Vlad, and wandering warrior Thane Le Mal in the short film The Gnostic. Like his father, Quinn also appeared in historical dramas, playing such roles as Latino Captain Salamanca in Steven Spielberg’s mini-series Into the West (2005) and a lead role in TNT's Rough Riders (1997) (TV). One of Quinn's earliest roles was as Marcus Vinicius in the 1985 mini-series Quo Vadis?, co-starring with some major film actors of the 1980s.

More recent examples of Quinn's work included Park, which won the audience award at 2007 CineVegas, and the short film Muertas, starring Golden Globe-winner America Ferrera. In 2007, he appeared as Ruben Vega in the Academy Award-nominated short film The Tonto Woman, adapted from the Elmore Leonard short story.


From 1999 to 2001, Francesco appeared on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Nina Webster's boyfriend, Tomas del Cerro, and was nominated for an ALMA Award (an award reserved for Latino/a performers) as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera for his work as Tomas Del Cerro, an aloof writer from New York.

Quinn has also appeared extensively in television guest-star roles in crime and thriller dramas. He was lead guest star in an episode of JAG (1995). On CBS's The Fugitive, Quinn played Victor Gutierrez, a DEA agent with an edge, and he has played the recurring role of Islamic terrorist Syed Ali on Fox's series 24. Other TV guest starring roles have occurred in Criminal Minds, ER, CSI: Miami, The Glades, Navy NCIS, Alias, Crossing Jordan, In the Heat of the Night, Miami Vice, Red Shoe Diaries, The Handler, Soldier of Fortune, Good vs. Evil, Vengeance Unlimited, and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. Quinn also portrayed the final criminal/villain, Guillermo Beltran, in the long-running F/X series, The Shield. In 2008, Quinn joined Luke Perry and C. Thomas Howell in the western film A Gunfighter's Pledge.

Quinn was one of the earlier working actors to branch out into contributing to video games with his role as a main character in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999). In 2010–2011, he took part in the second season of the Italian TV series Il commissario Manara.[2]

Personal life

Quinn's marriage to Irish Julie McCann, niece of Belfast snooker champion, Alex Higgins, ended in divorce. They resided in Sherman Oaks, California, with their twin children Max and Michela.[3]


Quinn died on August 5, 2011, in Malibu after experiencing what was believed to be a heart attack while running up a street with his son, Max. [4][5][6] Quinn has ten surviving siblings, including Alex, Antonia, Catalina, Christina, Danny, Duncan, Lorenzo Quinn, Ryan, Sean, and Valentina Quinn. His eldest sibling, Christopher, drowned in 1941, aged two.

Athletic pursuits

Quinn pursued sports such as skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, free diving, road cycling, mountain biking, and actively raced motocross and street bikes. Quinn also was an avid motorcycler, and was a spokesman for The Motorcycle Industry Council and Honda. He was fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Quinn was a contestant on Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge on CMT, until he was sidelined with a broken rib after being stomped on by a Level 2 bull.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Platoon Rhah
1988 Love Dream Peter Janson
1989 Stradivari Alessandro
The Favorite Adult Mahmud
Indio Daniel Morell
Casablanca Express Captain Franchetti
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Santiago as a Young Man TV movie
1991 A Star for Two Young Gabriel Todd
Murder Blues John Reed
1992 Judgment Jimmy Sollera
1993 Deadly Rivals Bunny Wedman
1995 The Dark Dancer Ramone
Top Dog Mark Curtains
Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass Tommy Video
1996 Cannes Man Frank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky
1997 Deadly Ransom Luis Mendes
Rough Riders Rafael Castillo TV movie.
1998 Nowhere Land Walfredo
Placebo Effect Zac
2000 The Translator Jean-Paul Esselen
2001 Almost a Woman Don Carlos
2003 Vlad Vlad Țepeș
2006 Man vs. Monday Juan Carlos
Cut Off Agent Jones
Park Smoldering Park Worker
2007 The Tonto Woman Ruben Vega
The Gnostic Warrior
Muertas Carlos
Afghan Knights Amad
2008 Danny Fricke Pablo Vicente
A Gunfighter's Pledge Sheriff TV movie
Broken Promise Santos
Hell Ride Machete
2009 Four Single Fathers Dom
2010 Conflict of Interest Ron Garcia
Rollers Quinn Completed
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Mirage/Dino (voice)
2013 Roma nuda Bernard Jovanni


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Quo Vadis? Marcus Vinicius TV mini-series.
1987 Miami Vice Francesco Cruz "God's Work"
1992 Red Shoe Diaries "Double or Nothing"
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Francois "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal"
In the Heat of the Night Ramon Salazar "Sanctuary"
1997 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Ramon Boharo "La Mano Negra"
JAG Kabir Atef 6 episodes (1997–2002)
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Col. Oscar Ponce "Security"
2000 G vs E Agent Shaw "Ambulance Chaser"
The Young and the Restless Tomas del Cerro 31 episodes (2000–2001)
2002 Alias Minos Sakkoulas "The Confession"
Crossing Jordan The Lead Cuban "For Harry, with Love & Squalor"
2003 24 Syed Ali 5 episodes.
The Handler Detective Lopez "Hardcore"
2004 NCIS Gunnery Sgt. Freddie Alvarez "One Shot, One Kill"
ER Dr. Alfonso Ramirez "Time of Death"
CSI: Miami Fidel "Murder in a Flash"
2005 Into the West Captain Salamanca TV mini-series.
Criminal Minds Michael Russo "Natural Born Killer"
2006 NCIS Luis Romero "Once a Hero"
2007 Tinseltown Arturo
2008 The Shield Beltran 2 episodes
2010 - 2011 The Glades Eduardo Garcia 2 episodes
2011 Zen (TV series) Gilberto Nieddu 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Francesco Quinn Biography (1962-)". FilmReference. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "'"Cast 'Il Commissario Manara 2. MyMovies. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biography for: Francesco Quinn". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Dennis Hevesi (August 10, 2011). "Francesco Quinn, Actor in ‘Platoon,’ Dies at 48". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Schlosser, Kurt (7 August 2011). "Anthony Quinn's son dies at 48". Today/MSNBC The Scoop. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Staff writers (August 7, 2011). "Actor Francesco Quinn dead at 48". UPI. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 

External links

  • Francesco Quinn at the Internet Movie Database
  • QuickTime-viewable copy of Francesco Quinn as The Gnostic
  • The Tonto WomanL.A. Times article "Quinn Begins Again" on Oscar-nominated
  • Francesco Quinn at Find a Grave
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