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Born to Irish immigrant parents in Rockford, Ill., on March 8, 1959, Aidan Quinn grew up in both the U.S. and Ireland, and graduated from Chicago's DePaul University with a B.F.A. in acting.

A member of Chicago's Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatre acting companies, Quinn made his film debut as a rebellious youth in 1984's Reckless. The next year, he starred opposite Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan and in the first AIDS-themed telefilm, An Early Frost (for which he earned his first Emmy nod). He became increasingly visible in such films as Stakeout and The Mission and Crusoe.

Since the 1990s, Quinn has alternated between feature films (such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Legends of the Fall and Music of the Heart) and numerous roles in works for television, including 2007's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie that garnered him another Emmy nod.

Aidan Quinn in The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

1990 R

This chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel envisions a future in which most women are sterile and right-wing fundamentalists rule. A powerful couple forces the still-fertile Kate (Natasha Richardson), who sought an escape, to be their handmaid.The Commander (Robert Duvall) and his barren wife (Faye Dunaway) call on Kate to produce their heir, and unless she can deliver for them, Kate faces exile ... and possibly death.

  • Aidan Quinn in Unknown Unknown
  • Aidan Quinn in Elementary Elementary
  • Aidan Quinn in Evelyn Evelyn
  • Aidan Quinn in The Mission The Mission
  • Aidan Quinn in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Aidan Quinn in Legends of the Fall Legends of the Fall
  • Aidan Quinn in Flipped Flipped
  • Aidan Quinn in The 5th Quarter The 5th Quarter
  • Aidan Quinn in The Last Keepers The Last Keepers
  • Aidan Quinn in Sarah's Key Sarah's Key
  • Aidan Quinn in Benny and Joon Benny and Joon
  • Aidan Quinn in Practical Magic Practical Magic
  • Aidan Quinn in The Greening of Whitney Brown The Greening of Whitney Brown
  • Aidan Quinn in Out of Ireland: Emigration Into America Out of Ireland: Emigration Into America
  • Aidan Quinn in Music of the Heart Music of the Heart
  • Aidan Quinn in Michael Collins Michael Collins
  • Aidan Quinn in Songcatcher Songcatcher
  • Aidan Quinn in Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius
  • Aidan Quinn in Convicted Convicted
  • Aidan Quinn in Stay Stay
  • Aidan Quinn in Desperately Seeking Susan Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Aidan Quinn in Looking for Richard Looking for Richard
  • Aidan Quinn in Cavedweller Cavedweller
  • Aidan Quinn in The Exonerated The Exonerated
  • Aidan Quinn in An Early Frost An Early Frost
  • Aidan Quinn in Stakeout Stakeout
  • Aidan Quinn in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Aidan Quinn in Blink Blink
  • Aidan Quinn in Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
  • Aidan Quinn in Shadow of Fear Shadow of Fear
  • Aidan Quinn in Nine Lives Nine Lives
  • Aidan Quinn in Dark Matter Dark Matter
  • Aidan Quinn in Perfect Witness Perfect Witness
  • Aidan Quinn in A Private Matter A Private Matter
  • Aidan Quinn in Empire Falls Empire Falls
  • Aidan Quinn in The Book of Daniel The Book of Daniel
  • Aidan Quinn in Canterbury's Law Canterbury's Law
  • Aidan Quinn in Wild Child Wild Child
  • Aidan Quinn in The Eclipse The Eclipse
  • Aidan Quinn in Handsome Harry Handsome Harry
  • Aidan Quinn in Across the Line Across the Line
  • Aidan Quinn in Allegiance Allegiance
  • Aidan Quinn in If I Were You If I Were You
  • Aidan Quinn in Rushlights Rushlights