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Born: June 6, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession:

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Living by the comedian's rule that nothing is sacred, stand-up comic Colin Quinn was unflinchingly honest when tackling controversial issues like politics and religion, while having no qualms about giving blow-by-blow details of his crazy sexual escapades. But it was that edgy, no-holds-barred approach to comedy - coupled with his trademark gravely voice and mush-mouthed delivery - that made Quinn stand out from the pack. He spent his early career writing for comedy shows like "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) before landing a highly coveted spot on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), taking over as host of "Weekend Update" in 1998. Unfortunately, Quinn was never fully comfortable in the anchor's seat and fans of the show found it difficult to accept him as Norm Macdonald's replacement. After a few failed attempts at hosting his own comedy talk show, Quinn found his footing on the series "The Colin Quinn Show" (Comedy Central, 2003-04), where, along with his comedy club cronies, he threw hilarious barbs at the world or at each other. In 2010, he embarked on his one-man Broadway show, "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short," which earned critical acclaim and went on to become an award-worthy HBO special. The...

Living by the comedian's rule that nothing is sacred, stand-up comic Colin Quinn was unflinchingly honest when tackling controversial issues like politics and religion, while having no qualms about giving blow-by-blow details of his crazy sexual escapades. But it was that edgy, no-holds-barred approach to comedy - coupled with his trademark gravely voice and mush-mouthed delivery - that made Quinn stand out from the pack. He spent his early career writing for comedy shows like "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) before landing a highly coveted spot on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), taking over as host of "Weekend Update" in 1998. Unfortunately, Quinn was never fully comfortable in the anchor's seat and fans of the show found it difficult to accept him as Norm Macdonald's replacement. After a few failed attempts at hosting his own comedy talk show, Quinn found his footing on the series "The Colin Quinn Show" (Comedy Central, 2003-04), where, along with his comedy club cronies, he threw hilarious barbs at the world or at each other. In 2010, he embarked on his one-man Broadway show, "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short," which earned critical acclaim and went on to become an award-worthy HBO special. The show served as another platform where the talented performer once again showcased his quick wit and uncompromising style of comedy.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Trainwreck (2015)
2.
 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
3.
 That's My Boy (2012)
4.
 Grown Ups (2010)
5.
 Harold (2008)
6.
 Crooked Lines (2003)
7.
 Windy City Heat (2003) Himself
8.
 Comedian (2002) Comedian
9.
 Night at the Roxbury, A (1998) Dooey
10.
 Who's the Man? (1993) Frankie Flynn
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1987:
Appeared as the announcer for MTV's "Remote Control"; also wrote for the show
1987:
Made feature film debut with a cameo role as a gift shop clerk in "3 Men and a Baby"
1988:
Played a homicide detective in "Married to the Mob"
1989:
Hosted the A&E stand-up showcase "Caroline's Comedy Hour"
1989:
Acted in and wrote the comedic short/music video "Going Back to Brooklyn" along with Ben Stiller
1993:
Wrote for FOX's hit sketch comedy series "In Living Color"
1995:
Joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and featured player; Quinn took over Norm Macdonald's anchor seat for the "Weekend Update" segment in January 1998
1998:
Made his Broadway debut with "Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake"
1998:
Cast in a supporting role in "A Night at the Roxbury"
2002:
Hosted the short-lived "The Colin Quinn Show" on NBC
2003:
Hosted and produced Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn"
2010:
Played Dickie Bailey, the childhood town rival to Lenny Feder (played by Adam Sandler) in "Grown Ups"
2010:
Appeared in a one-man, off-Broadway show titled, "Colin Quinn Long Story Short"; show moved to Broadway in October
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