J. C. Quinn

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.

J.C. Quinn
John James Quinn Jr.

(1940-11-30)November 30, 1940
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedFebruary 10, 2004(2004-02-10) (aged 63)
Years active1978–2000


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.[citation needed]

Quinn died in a car crash in Juarez, Mexico on February 10, 2004. He was 63 and had appeared in over 50 feature films.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 On the Yard Luther
1979 Firepower Dunn Uncredited
Night-Flowers Eddie Flynn
1980 Brubaker Barber
Gloria Riverside Drive Man #4
Times Square Simon
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Shorter
Silkwood Curtis Schultz
1984 C.H.U.D. Murphy
Solomon Northup's Odyssey Mr. Tibeats 1 episode
Places in the Heart Texas Voice #1 Voice
Violated Kevin McBane
1985 Vision Quest Elmo
1986 At Close Range Boyd
Maximum Overdrive Duncan Keller
Twisted Sheriff
Heartbreak Ridge Quartermaster Sgt.
1987 Barfly Jim
1988 Blanc de Chine Mayotte
Priceless Beauty Willy
Big Business Garth Ratliff
1989 Happy Together Dad
Turner & Hooch Mr. Walter "Walt" Boyett
The Abyss Arliss 'Sonny' Dawson
Wired Comedy Coach
The Preppie Murder Jack Dorian TV movie
Gross Anatomy Papa Slovak
1990 Days of Thunder Waddell
Prayer of the Rollerboys Jaworsky
Megaville Mr. Newman
1992 The Babe Jack Dunn
CrissCross Jetty
1993 The Program Joe's Father
1994 Pontiac Moon Bartender
1995 The Prophecy Burrows
1996 God's Lonely Man Clarence
Getting Away with Murder Detective Stanley
Bastard Out of Carolina Officer
Hit Me Fred Bascomb
1997 Buried Alive II Curtis
Digging to China Minister
Deceiver Priest
1998 Primary Colors Uncle Charlie
2000 Animal Factory Ivan McGhee
Across the Line Mr. Harmon
Track Down Sgt. Tom Janks

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