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Overview (4)

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA
Birth NameTerrance Quinn
Nickname Mister Ten Thirteen
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Terrance Quinn (born July 15, 1952), known professionally as Terry O'Quinn, is an American actor. He played John Locke on the TV series Lost, the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II, and Peter Watts in Millennium, which ran for three seasons (1996-1999). He has also hosted Mysteries of The Missing on The Science Channel.

O'Quinn was born at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, one of 11 siblings, and grew up in nearby Newberry, Michigan. He is of Irish descent, and was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He changed his surname from Quinn to O'Quinn as another registered actor already had the name Terrance Quinn.

In the 1970s he came to Baltimore to act in the Center Stage production of Tartuffe. He remained at Center Stage for some years and often appeared with the late Tana Hicken, most notably as Benedick to her Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. His first movie role was in Heaven's Gate.

O'Quinn began acting in the 1970s during his time at Central Michigan University. He not only was an actor but also playwright/director. He wrote and directed the musical Orchestrina. This musical featured five main characters: The Man (played by Jeff Daniels), 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. He was roommates at CMU with actor Brad Slaight.

Starting in 1980, O'Quinn has appeared in various feature films such as Silver Bullet, Tombstone, Heaven's Gate, Young Guns, alongside Rutger Hauer in Blind Fury, and as Howard Hughes in The Rocketeer.

O'Quinn also appeared in the Canadian horror movie, Pin (1988) alongside British-born Canadian actor, David Hewlett.

His early television roles include guest appearances on Miami Vice (episode "Give a Little, Take a Little"), Moonlighting, Star Trek: The Next Generation (episode "The Pegasus"), The Twilight Zone (1985 revival; episode "Chameleon"), Homicide: Life on the Street (episode "Hate Crimes"), a recurring role on Earth 2, another recurring role as Captain (& later Rear Admiral) Thomas Boone on JAG, as well as Colonel Will Ryan in episode 15 of season 1 on the JAG spin-off series NCIS (episode "Enigma").

Around 1995, O'Quinn made guest appearances in The X-Files and Harsh Realm, produced by Chris Carter, who also cast him in the film The X-Files: Fight The Future and then once again in the final season. In 1996 O'Quinn started acting in the television series Millennium as Peter Watts, also produced by Chris Carter. O'Quinn held this role for all three seasons of the series. 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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Lori O'Quinn (November 1979 - 2012) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Soft soothing voice
Bald head and bold blue eyes
Quiet reserved but charming manner

Trivia (21)

Is good friends with 1013 Productions' Chris Carter, having appeared in most of his work: as a guest star in two episodes of The X-Files (1993), a supporting role in The X Files (1998) and recurring roles on Harsh Realm (1999) and Millennium (1996).
Grew up in Newberry, Michigan and was raised Roman Catholic.
He elongated his last name to "O'Quinn" from his real name of "Quinn" to distinguish himself from another person named Terry Quinn already acting in films.
Has been balding since his early 20s and has appeared with a partially or entirely shaved head in most of his films.
Has been experienced in percussion since high school.
Has had roles in both of J.J. Abrams's hit television series Alias (2001) and Lost (2004).
Not many know that he is a talented guitarist and singer. He is a particularly big fan of Neil Young and can apparently do a dead-on impression of him.
Although always friendly onset, he keeps private and mysterious habits apart from his younger Lost (2004) co-stars, who often get together for wild parties when not shooting. He keeps this enigmatic aura so they will regard him similarly to the way they regard his mysterious character Locke.
Is one of the few cast members of Lost (2004) who did not have to audition, because his former collaborator (from Alias (2001)) J.J. Abrams thought of O'Quinn for the part of Locke before the actor was even offered it.
Has two sons: Oliver Quinn (b. 1984) and Hunter Quinn (b. 1986).
Attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Attended and graduated from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
In an episode of Lost (2004), his character Locke's parents were played by Kevin Tighe and Swoosie Kurtz, who are both only eight years O'Quinn's senior.
Has appeared in episodes of two different series with the same name. Both Millennium (1996) and Lost (2004) have had episodes featuring O'Quinn called "Walkabout".
Has an Irish Terrier named Reggie.
Was the chief architect for the infamous "Locke" baseball field designed mostly in part for the Three Village Little League.
Actually learned how to properly throw and handle knives for his role on Lost (2004).
His brother Thomas Anthony Quinn is also an actor, who acts and teaches theatre in central Illinois.
He is one of eleven children.
Has English and Irish ancestry.
Although he played Chris Nash's father in Mischief (1985), he is only nine years his senior in real life.

Personal Quotes (8)

It looks like a camera on a stick. - when asked what the "monster" from Lost (2004) looks like.
I so rarely turned down a role, that I can't say I have any regrets in that regard. There were many roles that I would rather not have done, but having a home and family requires that we sometimes do things we would rather not. I have done a few roles that I've never watched, and if I happen to be flicking through channels and one pops up, I quickly move on. It's hard enough to sustain some self confidence without being reminded of things we'd rather not revisit but, in the end, it comes with the territory.
I don't think I could play a character that I couldn't relate to somehow. I'm not unfamiliar with frustration, anger, shame, helplessness and a load of other emotions that make up our psycho-soup. I try to focus on that frustration, that sense of unfairness, and multiply it.
I've told the producers that I miss the old John Locke. I wish he hadn't found those damn buttons sometimes. But these ups and downs reflect everybody's. You can't always choose the way things go. That's life.
We did "Silver Bullet" (1985) in Wilmington, North Carolina. With Gary Busey. Oh, my goodness. [Laughs.] He said, "Let's go out and play football out on the beach!" And I said, "Okay." He said, "Okay, I'll meet you down there in five minutes!" I went down there and waited an hour, and he never showed up. And I said, "What happened to you yesterday?" He said, "What?" I said, "We were gonna play football!" He said, "We were?" I said, "Yeah!" That was before the accident. So he was always that guy!
The Stepfather was the first time I sort of carried a film, or led in a film, and doing it was fun, and I felt very special. Afterwards, though, I was terrified. I just thought, "Wow, this is basically going to be about me. If this film is a success or a failure, a lot of it's on me!" They released the film just here and there and now and then, and it got critical acclaim, but it was never much of a success in terms of box office. A lot of people watched it after the fact. It's sort of a cult thing. I still have people mention that to me from time to time.
[When asked if anything specific stands out about playing Peter Watts on Millennium] Not really, no. Not so much. I remember Lance [Henriksen] hated exposition. He hated it! [Laughs.] And every time, he'd say, "Terry can say that. Let him say that!" He had trouble with his lines. But he could run the gamut from being the funniest guy you ever heard to one of the moodiest, that you'd just stay away from. But a riveting actor. I don't remember too much else, though. See, Peter to me is, like, one of those un-character guys. You don't know who he is. So many people I've played-and maybe it's because I bring it to it-are kind of undefinable, whether they're wearing the white hat or the black hat, whether they're good or bad. He was just one of the first of those.
"Lost" was great. I'm glad I took it. I mean, I never doubted I would: I had to have a job! I had been unemployed for a good, long while before J.J. called me. I was in Maryland, at home, when he called. He said, "I've got a role for you if you're interested." And I said, "I'm interested!" And he said, "Well, it shoots in Hawaii..." I said, "I'll take it!" And he said, "Well, it's about this..." I said, "Look, okay, go ahead and take your time and talk to me, but I'll tell you: I'll take it." [Laughs.]

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