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Name: Aidan Quinn                                                                   
Born: 8 March 1959 Rockford, Illinois, U.S.                                         
Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish American                               
Aidan Quinn was born in Rockford, Illinois. He was raised in Chicago and             
Rockford by devoutly Catholic parents as well as in Dublin, Offaly, and other       
places in Ireland. His father was a professor in literature and his mother a         
homemaker. He has three brothers. His older brother Declan Quinn, is a noted         
cinematographer. Though a roofer by trade, Quinn got his start in the Chicago       
theater at age 19. He trained at Piven Theatre Workshop.                             
His first significant film role was in Reckless, followed by a breakthrough role     
in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character "Dez" (the love interest of the       
character played by Rosanna Arquette). Quinn next starred in the controversial       
TV movie An Early Frost, about a young lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on     
NBC on November 11, 1985) and co-starred such luminaries as Gena Rowlands, Ben       
Gazzara and Sylvia Sidney. He received his first Emmy Award nomination for the       
role which allowed him to gain recognition in Hollywood.                             
In 1988 Quinn lost the role of Jesus Christ when Paramount Pictures dropped the     
controversial Martin Scorsese movie The Last Temptation of Christ. When             
Universal Pictures picked up the film, the role went to Willem Dafoe.               
During the 1990s Quinn's career grew immensely. He found work alongside such         
Hollywood stars as Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon     
and Robert Duvall in The Handmaid's Tale. He continually starred in films that       
allowed him to return to his Irish roots, such as Michael Collins and Evelyn         
In 2000, Quinn portrayed Paul McCartney in the VH1 television drama, Two of Us.     
He later met McCartney at a hotel, and they became good friends. Quinn was able     
to gain his first regular television role as the lead in the short lived, and       
controversial NBC drama The Book of Daniel, in 2006 before being canceled after     
the first three weeks of its run. In 2007, Quinn received his second Emmy           
nomination for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.