American actor Francesco Quinn (born in Rome, Italy, in 1962) is probably best known in the breakout role as the underground drug king Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Platoon (1986), but like his father, the celebrated Anthony Quinn, he is an actor of many faces. His handy acting style has earned him countless television guest roles, including as DEA agent Victor in CBS’s “The Fugitive” (2001), Kabir Atef in “JAG” (1997-2002) and the desperado Syed Ali on Fox’s “24” (2003). For his role as Tomas Del Cerro, an aloof writer from New York, on the successful daytime soap ”Young and the Restless” (1999-2001), Quinn was nominated for an ALMA Award.
Off camera, Quinn is an accomplished athlete. He loves extreme sports like windsurfing, skiing, free diving and snowboarding. And you’ll never see him without a bike. He mountain bikes, road cycles at least 300 miles a week, and actively races motorcross and street bikes. Also a passionate motorcycler, he is the spokesperson of The Motorcycle Industry Council and Honda.
On a more private note, Quinn has been spent his life outside the limelight with his wife of 15 years, Julie, and his twins, Michela and Max.
Childhood and Family:
Francesco Daniele Quinn was born on March 22, 1962, in Rome, Italy, to Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori, a well-known designer to whom his dad would stay married for thirty-one years. He is the brother of Valentina Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn, Danny Quinn and Alex A. Quinn.
In 1992, Francesco married Julie McCann, the “love of his life and soul mate.” The two have twin children, Max and Michela. The family currently resides in Los Angeles. An expert world traveler, Francesco speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently.
Son of the legendary actor Anthony Quinn, Francesco Quinn commenced his career at age 23, when he landed a supporting role in the miniseries “Quo Vadis?,” as Marcus Vinicius. His breakout role came in the following year when Oliver Stone had him play the underground drug lord Rhah in the Academy Award-winning war feature Platoon. Costarring opposite Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Forest Whitaker, Quinn’s success subsequently put the actor on the spotlight.
Quinn then could be seen in such movies as Love Dream (1988), Judgement (1989), Indio (1989), Stradivari (1989), The Favorite (1989), Casablanca Express (1989) and Murder Blues (1990) before making his television film debut in 1990’s The Old Man and the Sea, in which he portrayed his father’s young version character, Santiago. The two rejoined a year later for the drama/romance feature A Star For Two (1991), also starring Lauren Bacall. After guest roles in “Red Shoe Diaries,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and “In the Heat of the Night” (all 1992), he returned to films in Deadly Rivals (1993, opposite Andrew Stevens), The Dark Dancer and Top Dog (both 1995), Cannes Man (1996) and Deadly Ransom (1997). He also starred as Rafael Castillo in the TNT TV-film Rough Riders (1997). 1998 saw the versatile actor have the leading role of Zac in the New York Independent Film Festival winner Placebo Effect, directed by Alejandro Seri, and support Dina Mayer and Peter Dobson in the thriller Nowhere Land. The
same year, he also made a guest appearance on the TV series “Vengeance Unlimited.”
It was in 1999 that Quinn eventually found TV success. He was cast as Tomas Del Cerro, a cold writer from New York, in the CBS hottest soap “Young and the Restless,” a role that brought him a 2000 ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera. He stayed with the show until 2001. During his significant tenure on “Y&R,” Quinn continued to pursue other projects, including costarring in the short film The Translator (2000), with Molly Ringwald, and appearing in a 2000 episode of “Good vs Evil.”
Next, Quinn guest starred in such shows as the CBS “The Fugitive” (2001), as Victor Gutierrez, a DEA agent with an edge, “Alias” (2002), “Crossing Jordan” (2002), “The Handler” (2003), “CSI: Miami” (2004), “ER” (2004) and “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2004). He also played recurring roles Kabir Atef on “JAG,” an assignment he had from 1997 to 2002, and the villain Syed Ali on Fox’s “24” (2003). Returning to historical drama, Quinn took on the role of Latino Captain Salamanca in Steven Spielberg’s mini-series “Into the West” (2005).
In 2006, Quinn was featured along side Amanda Brooks, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Malcolm McDowell, Faye Dunaway and Anne Archer in the action/drama film Cut Off, and appeared with William Baldwin and Izabella Miko in the comedy/drama Park, directed and written by Kurt Voelker. Presently, he has completed the adventure/horror film Afghan Knights, for director Allan Harmon.
Quinn is schedule to portray Rafael on the upcoming Buttermilk Sky (2007). The drama/family film will star Tim Abell, Kyle Chavarria and Rance Howard.