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    • Aidan greatly admires actress, Merly Streep.

    • Nominations and Awards:


      • In 2000 Aidan & Co. won the Special Jury Prize for outstanding ensemble performance - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival for: Songcatcher (2000).

      • In 2005 Aidan was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for: Cavedweller (2004).


      • In 2003 Aidan was nominated for the IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Film for: Song for a Raggy Boy (2003).


      • In 2005 Aidan was nominated for the IFTA Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film for: Return to Sender (2004).


      • In 2005 Aidan & Co. were nominated for the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast for: Nine Lives (2005).


      • In 1986 Aidan was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for: An Early Frost (1985).


      • In 1999 Aidan was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance
      for: Practical Magic (1998).

    • Quinn was a recipient of the Theatre World Award in 1988 for A Streetcar Named Desire.

    • Quinn's favorite film is This My Father.

    • Quinn starred in sister Marion Quinn's 32A in 2007. The film was named Best First Feature at the 19th Galway Film Fleadh.

    • Aidan starred in the movie Michael Collins (1996) which was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes.

    • Aidan was seriously considered for the lead role of Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill but the role went to Matthew McConaughey instead.

    • Aidan grew up both in the US and Ireland.

    • The Quinn family's 2nd home is a 18th century cottage in upstate New York.

    • Aidan met his wife, Elizabeth Bracco, in a New York restaurant in 1984.

    • Aidan made his stage debut in 1978; he appeared in the play, The Man In 605.

    • Aidan was actually Paramount's first 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.

    • Aidan was born on same day as Lucie Vondrackova.

    • Aidan is a member of the world renowned Goodman Theater Acting Company in Chicago, Illinois.

    • Aidan graduated from the prestigous DePaul University / Goodman Theater B.F.A. acting program.

    • Aidan graduated from Rockford West High School in Rockford, Illinois.

    • Aidan auditioned at least twice for the Coen Bros. without being hired, so from then on, he said he refuses their audition requests.

    • Aidan is the brother of actress Marian Quinn.

    • Aidan is the brother-in-law of actress Lorraine Bracco.

    • After portraying Paul McCartney in a television movie, Aidan met Paul by chance while staying at the same hotel and they have since became friends.

    • Aidan was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.

    • Aidan is 5' 11½" (1.82 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Quinn: (On working with Madonna) That was the most asked question of my career until about fifteen years ago and I thought it had gone away. The funny thing about that question is that I never worked with her. My scenes are with Rosanna Arquette. That's why it's funny to me that it's the most asked question of my career because it never happened.

    • Quinn: You should learn to be happy with what you have. Besides, the fact that I'm not a huge star has allowed me to pick and choose the roles I want to do, not the ones some person sitting in a studio office thinks I should do.

    • Quinn: (On meeting Madonna on the set of Desperatly Seeking Susan) I told her that I had never heard of her. I was kind of well-known as an actor then. And she turned to me and said, 'I've never heard of you either'.

    • Aidan Quinn: 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 playing. I think it was the only frigging television on the whole island. That was very bizarre.

    • Aidan Quinn: I'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.

    • Aidan Quinn: There 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.

    • Aidan Quinn: Well, when I first got sent the script to The Assignment, 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 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], 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."

    • Aidan Quinn: I think my being such a nomad let me into acting. I was always having to create a new image whenever we moved.

    • Aidan Quinn: I like the level of fame that I have. You get nice tables in restaurants sometimes, but fame isn't something that I find comfortable.

    • Aidan Quinn: I'm not particularly a career-oriented guy. I'm lucky. I can make really interesting films much of the time with interesting people yet be anonymous, have a private life. But, I'd like to have the choice of the better roles.

    • Aidan Quinn: I don't care about my career particularly. And the more I don't, the more work comes my way.

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