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Also Known As: Terrance O'Quinn, Terrance Quinn Died:
Born: July 15, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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Throughout his decades-long career, intense character actor Terry O'Quinn made his mark playing men of determination - everything from law officers and military men to captains of business. Following his film debut in "Heaven's Gate" (1980), O'Quinn moved back and forth with ease between film and television, landing roles in TV movies like "Right to Kill?" (ABC, 1985) and "R vs. Wade" (NBC, 1989), while appearing in features like Stephen King's "Silver Bullet" (1985) and "Young Guns" (1988). He achieved cult popularity with "The Stepfather" (1987) and "The Stepfather 2" (1989), playing a sociopathic killer who murders his family. O'Quinn had noted supporting roles in studio films as well, playing Howard Hughes in "The Rocketeer" (1991) and Mayor Clum in "Tombstone" (1993) before landing a regular role as a mysterious ex-FBI agent on the mystery drama series, "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99). But after a recurring role as FBI Director Kendall on "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), O'Quinn became a favorite of series creator J.J. Abrams, who asked the actor to join the ensemble cast of the mystery sci-fi hit, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). For six seasons, the actor captivated viewers as the faith-based Locke, who routinely...

Throughout his decades-long career, intense character actor Terry O'Quinn made his mark playing men of determination - everything from law officers and military men to captains of business. Following his film debut in "Heaven's Gate" (1980), O'Quinn moved back and forth with ease between film and television, landing roles in TV movies like "Right to Kill?" (ABC, 1985) and "R vs. Wade" (NBC, 1989), while appearing in features like Stephen King's "Silver Bullet" (1985) and "Young Guns" (1988). He achieved cult popularity with "The Stepfather" (1987) and "The Stepfather 2" (1989), playing a sociopathic killer who murders his family. O'Quinn had noted supporting roles in studio films as well, playing Howard Hughes in "The Rocketeer" (1991) and Mayor Clum in "Tombstone" (1993) before landing a regular role as a mysterious ex-FBI agent on the mystery drama series, "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99). But after a recurring role as FBI Director Kendall on "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06), O'Quinn became a favorite of series creator J.J. Abrams, who asked the actor to join the ensemble cast of the mystery sci-fi hit, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). For six seasons, the actor captivated viewers as the faith-based Locke, who routinely butted heads with his other castaways while earning his place among fans as one of the most intriguing and popular characters on the series. At long last, O'Quinn had risen from a relatively unknown supporting player to a major Emmy Award-winning star.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Phenomenon II (2003) Jack Hatch
3.
 Hometown Legend (2002) Buster Schuler
4.
 Locket, The (2002) Casey
5.
 WW3 (2001)
6.
 American Outlaws (2001) Rollin Parker
7.
 Semper Fi (2001)
8.
 Rated X (2000) J R Mitchell
9.
 X-Files, The (1998) Darius Michaud
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Wrote and directed the musical, "Orchestrina"
1980:
Made his debut in the television movie, "F.D.R."
1980:
Made his feature film debut in "Heaven's Gate"
1981:
Portrayed Dr. Jerry Dancy on the NBC soap opera, "The Doctors"
1984:
Co-starred in "Places in the Heart"
1985:
Co-starred in John Erman's "An Early Frost" (NBC)
1987:
Played the main character in the horror film, "The Stepfather"
1987:
Played opposite Bonnie Bedelia in Erman's "When the Time Comes"
1989:
Featured in the NBC TV-movie, "Roe vs. Wade"
1991:
Co-starred in Erman's "The Last To Go"
1995:
Played the recurring role of Reilly on NBC's "Earth 2"
1996:
Co-starred in Gregory Hoblit's feature directorial debut, "Primal Fear"
1999:
Had a regular role on the short-lived Fox drama, "Harsh Realm"
2001:
Cast in a villainous role in "American Outlaws"
2003:
Played Luke Wilson's boss in the comedy, "Old School"
2004:
Cast as the mystical patriarch, John Locke, on "Lost" (ABC); earned an Emmy (2005, 2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2011:
Joined the second season of CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" in a recurring role as a Navy Seal Lt. Commander
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Education

University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -
Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant , Michigan - 1975

Notes

O'Quinn and his wife home teach their two sons.

"It would be nice to think about more doors opening, to be able to pick and choose roles," O'Quinn freely admits. "But I'm not anxious to go anywhere else right now. I could do this for a while."---O'Quinn on where his role in the drama "Lost" might lead him to CNN.com, March 2, 2005.

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wife:
Lori O'Quinn. Horse trainer.

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son:
Oliver O'Quinn. Born c. 1980.
son:
Hunter O'Quinn. Born c. 1982.

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