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Aidan Quinn Biography

Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • Parents immigrated to the U
  • S
  • from Ireland before he was born, but he spent most of his childhood split between Illinois and Ireland
  • Trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, IL, run by Jeremy Piven's father, Byrne, and made his stage debut opposite Byrne Piven in 1979 in The Man in 605
  • Made his film debut in the 1984 drama Reckless, but made his name a year later in Desperately Seeking Susan and the TV-movie An Early Frost
  • The 1998 romantic drama This Is My Father starred Aidan, was written and directed by his brother Paul, with cinematography by brother Declan and featured a cameo by his sister Marian
  • Brother-in-law of actress Lorraine Bracco
  • Works with several autism-related organizations; his daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with the disorder when she was a toddler


  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2000Sundance Film Festival-Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Dramatic): winner