J. C. Quinn

J.C. Quinn
Born (1940-11-30)November 30, 1940
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died February 10, 2004(2004-02-10) (aged 63)
Years active 1978-2000

J.C. Quinn (November 30, 1940 – February 10, 2004) was an American film and theatre actor. His acting career included stage, television and film television roles.


Born in Philadelphia, Quinn relocated to New York City to study acting. He spent 17 years there, active in stage productions, before moving to Hollywood to act in films. With his rugged facial features and gravelly voice, Quinn was Elmo, a cook in the 1985 movie Vision Quest with Matthew Modine. The downtrodden Elmo gives his "That Six Minutes" speech (about the meaning all events have in the grand scheme of life), which inspires Modine's character, Louden Swain, to pursue his Vision Quest.

Quinn's television credits include appearances on Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, Dawson's Creek, and Cheers. Quinn died in a car crash in Mexico on February 10, 2004.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Shorter
1983 Silkwood Curtis Schultz
1984 C.H.U.D.
Solomon Northup's Odyssey Mr. Tibeats TV movie
1985 Vision Quest Elmo
1986 At Close Range Boyd
Maximum Overdrive Duncan Keller
Heartbreak Ridge Quartermaster Sgt.
1987 Barfly Jim
1989 Turner & Hooch Walter Boyett
The Abyss Arliss 'Sonny' Dawson
Gross Anatomy Papa Slovak
The Preppie Murder Jack Dorian TV movie
1990 Days of Thunder Waddell
Megaville Mr. Newman
1992 The Babe Jack Dunn
1995 The Prophecy Burrows
1997 Buried Alive II Curtis
Deceiver Priest
1998 Primary Colors Uncle Charlie
Digging to China Minister
2000 Animal Factory Ivan McGhee
Across the Line Mr. Harmon
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