Terry O'Quinn

Terry O'Quinn

Infobox actor

imagesize = 250px
caption = O'Quinn in 2008
birthname = Terrance Quinn
birthdate = birth date and age|1952|7|15
birthplace = Newberry, Michigan, United States
yearsactive = 1980-present
occupation = television, Stage and Film actor
emmyawards = Best Supporting Actor - Drama Series
2007 "Lost"
sagawards = Best Ensemble - Drama Series
2005 "Lost"
awards = Saturn Award - Best Supporting Actor (TV)
2004 "Lost"

Terrance "Terry" O'Quinn (born July 15, 1952) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor. He made his debut in a 1980 television movie called "F.D.R.: The Last Year", since then O'Quinn has had minor supporting roles in films and tv movies such as "All the Right Moves", "Silver Bullet", "Places in the Heart" and "Between Two Women". O'Quinn has had guest roles on tv shows such as "Miami Vice", "The Twilight Zone", "Tales of the Unexpected" and "Remington Steele".

O'Quinn became famous for playing the titular role of "The Stepfather" and "The Stepfather II", in 1996 O'Quinn was cast as Peter Watts in "Millennium" which ran for three seasons (1996-1999). In recent years, O'Quinn has been portraying John Locke on the popular ABC TV series "Lost", for which he won an Emmy Award in 2007 and had previously been nominated for in 2005.


Early life

Terry O'Quinn was born as Terrance Quinn at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and grew up in nearby Newberry, Michigan, one of 11 siblings. He attended Central Michigan University in city-state|Mount Pleasant|Michigan, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He changed his surname from Quinn to O'Quinn as another registered actor already had the name Terrance Quinn. [cite web|first=Rachel|last=Hatch| url = http://www2.iwu.edu/CurrentNews/newsreleases08/news_ActorVisitsIWU_308.shtml| title = TV Actor Terry O’Quinn Visits With Illinois Wesleyan Theatre Students |publisher=Illinois Wesleyan Theatre|date=2008-03-04 | accessdate =2008-08-06 ]


O'Quinn began acting in the 1970s during his time at Central Michigan University. He not only was an outstanding actor but also playwright/director. He wrote and directed the musical "Orchestrina". This musical featured five main characters: The Man (played by Jeff Daniels of "Dumb & Dumber"), The Boy (Harold Downs), The Woman (Ann O'Donnell), The Girl (Debbie Penwarden), and The Drunk (James Hilliker), plus a female and a male chorus (including Gary E. Mitchell, an actor now in Grand Rapids, Michigan). Starting in 1980, O'Quinn has appeared in various films such as "Silver Bullet", "Tombstone", "Heaven's Gate", "Young Guns", and as Howard Hughes in "The Rocketeer".

His early television roles include guest appearances on "Miami Vice" (episode "Give a Little, Take a Little"), "Earth 2", "Moonlighting", ' (episode "The Pegasus"), "The New Twilight Zone" (episode "Chameleon"), ' (episode "Hate Crimes"), and a recurring role as Rear Admiral Thomas Boone on "JAG".

O'Quinn made his breakthrough by appearing as the deranged serial killing title character in "The Stepfather". His acting performance was praised by film critic Roger Ebert, from the .

In 1996 O'Quinn started acting in a tv show called "Millennium", which was produced by Chris Carter. O'Quinn held this role for all three seasons of the series. Around 1995, O'Quinn made guest appearances in "The X-Files" and "Harsh Realm", also produced by Chris Carter, who also cast him in the film "". O'Quinn holds the distinction of having played four different characters within the extended "X-Files"/"Millennium" continuum (the two shows being classed together since both Lance Henriksen's character of Frank Black and Charles Nelson Reilly's character of Jose Chung have appeared in both shows).


After a string of recurring appearances on "Alias" (2002–2003), as the FBI Director Kendall, O'Quinn became a favorite of television producer J.J. Abrams. Following a seven-episode guest run on "The West Wing" in 2003–2004, O'Quinn received a call from Abrams indicating that the producer wanted to cast him in his new television drama "Lost" without any audition. In 2005 and 2007, O'Quinn received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his work as John Locke on "Lost". O'Quinn admitted on the TV Guide Channel that he did not have much faith in the series "Lost" at first, calling it "The Mysterious Gilligan's Island of Dr. Moreau". [cite web|url=http://www.flixster.com/actor/terry-oquinn|title=Terry O'Quinn|publisher=Flixster|accessdate=2008-08-06] On September 16 2007, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role in "Lost". In a "Tv.com" interview O'Quinn commented that the reason he felt comfortable playing this character is because he's a bit like him. [cite interview
first = Tiffany
interviewer = Terry O'Quinn, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim and Jack Bender
title = Jack Bender, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim & Terry O'Quinn (Exclusive Interview)
url = http://www.tv.com/video/7100/jack-bender-yunjin-kim-daniel-dae-kim-and-terry-oquinn-exclusive-interview?o=tv
program = "TV.com"
date = 2006-10-05
accessdate = 2008-08-06

Personal Life

O'Quinn has been married to his wife, Lori, for 25 years. Most of that time they lived in Reisterstown, Maryland, but after "Lost" began airing, the couple decided to follow the example of O'Quinn's co-stars and move to Hawaii, where the series is shot. The couple own a home in Hawaii and one in Maryland. They have two sons, Oliver and Hunter. O'Quinn is also a grandfather of one girl.


* "Masters of Science Fiction": "The Awakening" (2007)
* "Lost" (2004-present) ... as John Locke
* "NCIS" (2004) ... as Col. Will Ryan
* "JAG" (1995–2005) ... as Captain/Admiral Thomas Boone
* "The West Wing" (2003–2004) ... as General Nicholas Alexander, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Season 5)
* "Old School" (2003) ... as Goldberg (uncredited)
* "Alias" (2002–2003) ... as FBI Asst. Director Kendall
* "Hometown Legend" (2002) ... as Buster Shuler
* "The X-Files" episode " [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751250/ Trust no 1] " (2002) ... as Shadow man
* "American Outlaws" (2001) ... as Rollin H. Parker and Rain's Gopher
* "Roswell" episode "Michael, the Guys, and the Great Snapple Caper" (2001) ... as Carl (credited as "Terence Quinn")
* "Harsh Realm" (1999) ... as General Omar Santiago
* "" (1998) ... as Darius Michaud
* "Millennium" (1996–1999) ... as Peter Watts
* "My Stepson, My Lover" (1997) ... as Richard Cory
* "Primal Fear" (1996) ... as Bud Yancy
* "Diagnosis Murder" (1996) guest star ... as Dr. Ronald Trent
* "Earth 2" (1995) ... as Reilly
* "The X-Files" episode "Aubrey" (1995) ... as Lt. Brian Tillman
* "" episode "The Pegasus" (1994) ... Admiral Eric Pressman
* "Tales From The Crypt" episode "The Bribe" ... Inspector Martin Zeller
* "Tombstone" (1993) ... as Mayor John Clum
* "My Samurai (film) (1992) ... James McCrea
* "The Cutting Edge" (1992) ... as Jack Moseley
* "The Rocketeer" (1991) ... as Howard Hughes
* "Son of the Morning Star" (1991) ... as General Alfred Terry
* "Prisoners of the Sun" (Australia: "Blood Oath") (1990) ... as Maj. Beckett
* "Stepfather II" (1989) ... as Dr. Gene Clifford/The Stepfather
* "Blind Fury" (1989) ... as Frank Deveraux
* "Young Guns" (1988) ... as Alex McSween
* "Black Widow" (1987 film) as Bruce
* "The Stepfather" (1987) ... as Jerry Blake
* "SpaceCamp" (1986) ... as Launch Director
* "Mischief" (1985)....as Claude Harbrough
* "Silver Bullet" (1985) ... as Sheriff Joe Haller
* "Places in the Heart" (1984) ... as Buddy Kelsey
* "All the Right Moves" (1983) ... as Freeman Smith
* "The Doctors" (1981) ... as Dr. Jerry Dancy
* "Heaven's Gate" (1980) ... as Capt. Minardi


External links

* [http://www.TerryOQuinn.org Fansite] ------
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