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Also Known As: Kathy Quinlan, Kathleen Denise Quinlan Died:
Born: November 19, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA Profession: actor

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Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Quinlan enjoyed a lengthy, diverse career that encompassed roles as an ingénue, romantic leading lady, supporting player, and on the rare occasion, formidable character actress. Audiences were given their first brief glimpse of her in George Lucas' sophomore effort, "American Graffiti" (1973), followed by more substantial parts that led to her first starring role in the affecting drama "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" (1977). She ably carried the Joe Dante-directed segment of the tragedy-plagued "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1983), and gave a devilishly seductive performance in the Jim Morrison biopic "The Doors" (1991). Quinlan elevated her status in director Ron Howard's NASA docudrama "Apollo 13" (1995) with a role that earned her critical raves. She had high-profile co-starring roles in features such as the thriller "Breakdown" (1997) and the space-horror movie "Event Horizon" (1997), as well as enjoyed a run as the star of her own legal drama with "Family Law" (CBS, 1999-2002). Quinlan occasionally revisited the horror genre with films such as the remake "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006), as well as periodic returns to television for work that included a run...

Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Quinlan enjoyed a lengthy, diverse career that encompassed roles as an ingénue, romantic leading lady, supporting player, and on the rare occasion, formidable character actress. Audiences were given their first brief glimpse of her in George Lucas' sophomore effort, "American Graffiti" (1973), followed by more substantial parts that led to her first starring role in the affecting drama "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" (1977). She ably carried the Joe Dante-directed segment of the tragedy-plagued "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1983), and gave a devilishly seductive performance in the Jim Morrison biopic "The Doors" (1991). Quinlan elevated her status in director Ron Howard's NASA docudrama "Apollo 13" (1995) with a role that earned her critical raves. She had high-profile co-starring roles in features such as the thriller "Breakdown" (1997) and the space-horror movie "Event Horizon" (1997), as well as enjoyed a run as the star of her own legal drama with "Family Law" (CBS, 1999-2002). Quinlan occasionally revisited the horror genre with films such as the remake "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006), as well as periodic returns to television for work that included a run on the final season of "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005-09). Versatility was truly the hallmark of Quinlan's impressive acting career; one in which she either led a production's cast or lent it invaluable support, each with an admirable artistic dexterity.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Horns (2014)
2.
 Cinema Verite (2011)
3.
 Elektra Luxx (2010)
4.
 Made of Honor (2008)
5.
 Poundcake (2008)
6.
 Humble Pie (2007)
7.
 Breach (2007)
8.
 Harm's Way (2007)
10.
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Raised in Mill Valley, California
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As a child, suffered from allergy-induced asthma
1972:
Appeared as diving double for Trish Van Devere in "One Is a Lonely Number"
1973:
Film acting debut, a one-line part in "American Graffiti"
1974:
TV acting debut, "Where Have All the People Gone?"
1977:
Starred in feature "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden"
1979:
New York stage debut "Taken in Marriage" at New York Shakespeare Festival; first time working with Dixie Carter; Meryl Streep also co-starred
1981:
Featured in busted ABC pilot for "She's in the Army Now"
1989:
Played recurring role on CBS TV series "Wolf"
1995:
Co-starred in "Apollo 13"; earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1997:
Co-starred with Kurt Russell in the surprise hit "Breakdown"
1998:
Starred along with Billy Crystal and basketball player Gherghe Muresan in "My Giant"
1998:
Cast as a mother seeking answers about a community health issue in "A Civil Action"
1999:
Starred in the CBS drama "Family Law", alongside Dixie Carter
2006:
Co-starred in a remake of the Wes Craven thriller, "The Hills Have Eyes"
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Education

Tamalpais High School: Mill Valley , California -

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companion:
Al Pacino. Actor. Together c. 1979-81.
husband:
Bruce Abbott. Actor. Born on July 28, 1954 in Portland, Oregon; previously married to Linda Hamilton with whom he also had a son; met in 1989 during the filming of "Trapped"; married in April 1994.

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father:
Robert Quinlan. TV sportscaster. Died in the 1980s.
mother:
Josephine Quinlan. Worked at The Presidio overseeing the gun supply.
step-son:
Dalton Abbott. Born on October 4, 1989; mother, Linda Hamilton.
son:
Tyler Quinlan Abbott. Born on October 17, 1990; father, Bruce Abbott.
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