Born: May 28, 1970
Died: December 3, 2002 (at age 32)
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn (May 28, 1970 - December 3, 2002) was an Irish actor. While he was best known for his portrayal of Mark Healy on the popular '90s family sitcom Roseanne, Quinn also amassed a large fan base for his portrayal of Doyle, a half-demon, on Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 1970, the son of Murty Quinn, a musician and singer with the Miami Showband who enjoyed seven #1 hits in the '60s and '70s, and his wife, Bernadette Quinn (nee Brady). He was raised in Cabinteely, a suburb of Dublin, and attended Clonkeen College. He emigrated to the United States with his mother and two sisters, Sonja and Louisa, in 1988, when he was still just a teenager, with the family settling in Los Angeles, California. Quinn had a third sibling, a brother Ciaran, whom he never knew existed as the boy had been placed for adoption.
Quinn did commercials for Pepsi and Ray-Ban, appeared in the music video for the Richard Marx song "Satisfied," and had his first speaking line in the pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 after having endured eight separate auditions for the role of "Brandon Walsh" and then "Steve Sanders" (played by Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering, respectively). Casting director Johanna Ray gave him a small role with two lines in the pilot, but Quinn was barely visible in the final broadcast version. His first substantial speaking part was as a guest star in an episode of the short-lived series The Outsiders.
One of Quinn's more visible roles began in 1990 as the character Mark Healy, Becky Conner's boyfriend and later married to the replacement Becky, in Roseanne. He continued in his role as Mark Healy from 1990-1997 (Seasons 3-9).
Quinn took on the role as youngest son Cedric on the 1992 U.S. and UK TV series Covington Cross. While shooting the series in England, he suffered a serious injury to his back after falling from his horse while shooting a scene.
In 1992, he starred alongside Holly Marie Combs in Dr. Giggles. In 1997, he played dual roles in the horror anthology film Campfire Tales.
After seven years using an American accent on Roseanne, Quinn was pleased producers made Doyle on Angel Irish because it would allow him to use his native accent. In an interview with The Irish Times, Quinn said of his accent, "I've been hiding it for so long that it's amazing to have some freedom. It was like putting on an old pair of shoes. It's bringing my soul back to life." His last film work was in R.S.V.P. (2002).
On December 3, 2002, Quinn's body was found at a friend's home in North Hollywood, California. An autopsy found that Quinn had died as the result of an accidental heroin overdose. In the months leading up to his death, Quinn had reportedly been struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. His issues with substance abuse started in 1997, with the breakdown of his parents' marriage and, unable to maintain sobriety, he was eventually bought out of a nightclub he'd owned, called Goldfingers in Los Angeles, California, for begging money from customers and causing fights. Quinn neither married nor had any children.
|1992||Dr. Giggles||Max Anderson|
|1995||Live Nude Girls||Randy Conzini|
|1997||Campfire Tales||Scott Anderson/Paramedic #1||Segments: "The Locket" and "The Campfire"|
|2002||R.S.V.P.||Prof. Hal Evans|
|1990||Beverly Hills, 90210||Party Jock #1||Episode: "Class of Beverly Hills"|
|1990||Bagdad Café||Johnny||Episode: "Not Enough Cooks"|
|1990||Call Me Anna||George Chakiris||Television movie|
|1990||Silhouette||Darren Lauder||Television movie|
|1990-1997||Roseanne||Mark Healy||74 episodes|
|1992||The Jackie Thomas Show||Mark Healy||Episode: "The Joke"|
|1992||Covington Cross||Cedric Grey||13 episodes|
|1997-2002||Fair City||Joshua St. John||5 episodes|
|1999||Jesse||Sean||Episode: "The Mischievous Elf"|
|1999-2002||Angel||Allen Francis Doyle||10 episodes|
|2000||At Any Cost||Ben Tarowe||Television movie|
|1996||Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter||Voice only|
|1997||Outlaws||'Rattlesnake' Dick Farmer||Voice only|
|1997||Curse of Monkey Island, TheThe Curse of Monkey Island||Pirate #5||Voice only|