Terrance Kevin Quinn
Date of birth:
July 15, 1952
of birth: Sault Ste. Marie,
Baltimore, Maryland, and Oahu, Hawaii
of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and Central Michigan University
10. He was the 7th born of 11 children.
Lori Quinn (1979–present)
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Life, Education, and Career
O'Quinn was born in War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie,
Michigan, on July 15, 1952. He lived with his parents in Rudyard,
Michigan, until he was 7. He then moved to Newberry, Michigan, and
lived in the Upper Peninsula until college. He also lived in Colorado
for a few years. He and his wife, Lori, met in Maryland while she
trained him how to ride horses for his first movie role in Heaven's
Gate. They lived in Maryland for 25 years, sold their house in
Reisterstown in 2005, and purchased a home in Hawaii, where LOST
is filmed. In 2006, Terry sold his house in Hawaii and purchased
another home in Baltimore County, Maryland.
broke into acting while attending Central Michigan University in the
early seventies, when he was dared by a friend to audition for a part
in Henry IV. He landed the part. He's said that it's hard to imagine
doing anything other than acting, but he might have considered music.
started his acting career in the late seventies. He performed on
CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, Maryland, where he appeared in such plays
as The Runner Stumbles and Ashes, The Shadow Box,
Watch on the Rhine, The Front Page,
About Nothing. Terry also
performed on Broadway in Foxfire
and The Curse of the Aching
Heart, as well as in the
off-Broadway play Richard III.
went on to become quite an accomplished actor in both television and
film. He is best known for his role as John Locke on the hit show LOST,
for which he won a 2007 Emmy Award as Outstanding
Supporting Actor. Terry is also well known for his roles as Peter
Watts in Millennium,
F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall in Alias,
Captain Thomas Boone in JAG,
Santiago in Harsh Realm.
He has an extensive list of guest
appearances on television shows, including The
West Wing, Law
and Order, and The X-Files.
Although his movie career
started in 1980 with the failed movie Heaven's
went on to star in many successful movies. Perhaps his most famous
was the cult classic The
Stepfather, in which he
psycho killer dad, Jerry Blake. He's also well known for films such
as Young Guns, The Rocketeer,
and The X-Files Movie.
The summer following the third season of LOST, Terry starred
in the short-lived science fiction TV show Masters
Fiction, in the episode
Received an Emmy nomination in 2005 for his role as John Locke on Lost.
Terry's advice to aspiring actors is to get
involved in local theatre, or an acting group, and to take any
added the "O" to his name when he joined his first actors'
union, Actors' Equity, because someone was already using his real
name, Terrance Quinn. Terry Quinn was taken as well. Even after the
name Terrance Quinn became available, he was encouraged by his family
to keep the "O." However, he has used Terrance Quinn in JAG
and The X-Files.
enjoys playing the guitar for fun and often joins his fellow LOST
castmates for a sing-along. He also enjoys hiking, biking, and
swimming. His favorite artist is Neil Young.
Terry has played
a role in more than 30 films and television shows. As a result, he
has been in more films and television shows than any other cast
member on LOST. Because of
his having previously worked with TV
producer J. J. Abrams on the hit show Alias,
he is one of the few
cast members of LOST who did
not have to audition. He has stated on
numerous occasions that John Locke is his favorite role thus far. He
has also stated that he did not do any research for the part of
Locke, nor has he studied up on the philosopher John Locke, whom his
character is based on. However, he has learned a lot about him from
members of The Fuselage,
the official LOST
forum, which he regularly visits.
are rumors that
Terry O'Quinn once worked as a bodyguard, was a golden gloves boxer,
has a black belt in karate, and served in the military. He has
discredited all of these rumors in communications with his fans at The
by Katya W. Sullivan