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An Existential Affair
“Keep the dream alive.” Alex A. Quinn
Alex A. Quinn, the son of the late cinema legend and two time Academy
Award winning actor Anthony Quinn, started as a production assistant in
the 1990s before branching out to acting. One of W Magazine's
“Hollywood's Hottest Kids to Watch in 2002,” he has starred
in such films as “Starving Hysterical Naked” (2003),
“Last Goodbye” (2004), “An Existential Affair”
(2006), “Lake Dead” (2007), “Curse of Alcatraz”
(2007) and “Project x27” (2010). In 2007, he directed,
produced and wrote the short film “The Trip.”
Alex is divorced from wife Melissa. He is of Mexican and German descent.
Anthony Quinn's Son
Childhood and Family:
Alex A. Quinn was born Alexander Anthony Quinn on December 30, 1976, in
Beverly Hills, California. He is the son of the late screen legend,
Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 - June 3, 2001) and his companion,
Friedel Dunbar. His older brother, Sean Quinn (born February 7, 1973),
is a New Jersey real estate agent. He also has several siblings
from three of his father's legal marriages,
including actors Francesco Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn
and Valentina Quinn. Alex attended Crespi Carmelite High School in
Encino, California. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a
degree in Visual and Media Arts.
On December 15, 2000, Alex married Melissa Quinn. The couple have since divorced.
Alex A. Quinn began his career as a production assistant on the
television series “The Real World” (1992). He went on to
reprise the duty on the film “Jackie Brown” (1997), then
the TV series “Passions” (1999) and later the made for
television film “Fugly” (2007).
In late 2001, Alex was offered his first starring role in the
independent film “An Existential Affair,” opposite Martin
Landau and Gretchen Becker. Directed and written by Peggy Bruen, the
romance film eventually received a direct to video release in the USA
on October 17, 2006.
In 2002, Alex was named one of “Hollywood's Hottest Kids to Watch
in 2002” by W Magazine. Jack and Kelly Osbourne also made
the list. He joined Soap Stars Galen Gering and Eva Tamargo Lemus, Judy
Reyes, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and Liz Torres, as a
presenter at the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards at the Beverly
Hills Hotel. The same year, he also hosted the 13th Annual 2002 Fiesta
Broadway, Cinco de Mayo Gala.
In 2003, Alex co-starred with Billy Zane and Leslie Lewis Sword in the
drama film “Starving Hysterical Naked” (2003), focusing on
the lives of a group Beat Generation artists. It was directed and
written by Michael Bockman, and produced by Soly Haim. He also appeared
in the BBC “Living Famously” episode, called “Anthony
Quinn.” The same year, Alex wrote a tribute article on his
beloved father for a special Urban Latino Collector's Edition Issue,
which was released in August 2003.
Alex played the role of Gunner in the drama film “Last
Goodbye,” opposite Clementine Ford, Liam Dunaway O'Neill,
Christopher Rydell, Faye Dunaway and David Carradine. It was directed
by Jacob Gentry, and the screenplay was written by Jacob Gentry, based
on a novel by Patrick Kaye. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film
Festival in New York City on May 6, 2004 and later was screened at the
2004 Rome International Film Festival.
2005 saw Alex appear in E! Television's one hour Reality Show,
“Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive,” with Haley Giraldo (daughter
of rocker Pat Benatar), Kourtney Kardashian (daughter of music
mogul/attorney Robert Kardashian), Courtenay Semel (daughter of Yahoo!
CEO Terry Semel), Noah Blake (son of actor Robert Blake), Brittny
Gastineau (daughter of NY “glamourite” Lisa Gastineau and
of “The Gastineau Girls”), George Foreman III (son of boxer
George Foreman), Shana Ferrigno daughter of “The Hulk” Lou
Ferrigno), Manhattan's “It” boy Fabian Basabe and Honorable
Alexander Clifford (son of The 14th Baron The Lord Thomas Hugh John
Clifford of Chudleigh, Devon). He next guested on Tyra Banks' new hit
talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show” (2005), along with
Kourtney Kardashian, Brittny Gastineau, and Courtenay
In 2006, Alex starred with Daniel Venegas and Nubia Bolanos in
the direct to video “Clash,” directed and co-written by
Daniel Zirilli. He portrayed John and Conroy Hamilton in the
short films “Unspoken” and “Dumpster Diver”
(both 2006), respectively.
In 2007, Alex starred as Bill Welsh in the George Bessudo directed,
Daniel P. Coughlin written horror/thriller movie “Lake
Dead,” opposite Tara Gerard, Vanessa Viola and Kelsey Wedeen. He
also served as casting director. He also had a leading role
opposite Jessie Camacho and Candise Lakota in Daniel Zirilli's horror
film, “Curse of Alcatraz” (2007). Alex made his directorial
debut with the short/drama “The Trip” (2007), which he also
wrote and produced. The film starred Sarah Acosta, Silvana Arias and
Alex played the role of Billy Duran in the thriller film “Project
x27” (originally titled “The Devil Inside”, 2010).
The cast also included Danny Trejo, Elika Crespo, Sara Downing, rap
artist B Real, and Richmond Arquette.