Glenn Quinn

Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn (May 28, 1970 – December 3, 2002) was an Irish actor. While he was best known for his portrayal of Mark Healy on the popular '90s family sitcom Roseanne, Quinn also amassed a large fan base for his portrayal of Doyle, a half-demon, on Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[1][2]

Glenn Quinn
Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn

(1970-05-28)May 28, 1970
Dublin, Ireland
DiedDecember 3, 2002(2002-12-03) (aged 32)
Cause of deathHeroin overdose
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, California, U.S.
Years active1990–2002

Early life

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 1970, the son of Murty Quinn, a musician and singer with the Miami Showband who enjoyed seven #1 hits in the '60s and '70s, and his wife, Bernadette Quinn (nee Brady).[3] He was raised in Cabinteely, a suburb of Dublin, and attended Clonkeen College.[1][4] He emigrated from Ireland to the United States with his mother and two sisters, Sonja and Louisa, in 1988, when he was still just a teenager, with the family settling in Los Angeles, California.[4] Quinn had a third sibling, a brother Ciaran, whom he never knew existed as the boy had been placed for adoption.[5]


Quinn did commercials for Pepsi and Ray-Ban, appeared in the music video for the Richard Marx song "Satisfied," and had his first speaking line in the pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 after having endured eight separate auditions for the role of "Brandon Walsh" and then "Steve Sanders"[6] (played by Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering, respectively). Casting director Johanna Ray gave him a small role with two lines in the pilot, but Quinn was barely visible in the final broadcast version.

In 1991, Quinn had his first major role in the movie Shout, which starred John Travolta and in which Quinn shared an on-screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow in her debut film.[7]

One of Quinn's more visible roles began in 1990 as the character Mark Healy, Becky Conner's boyfriend and later husband, in Roseanne. He continued in this role until the show ended in 1997 (seasons 3–9). In 2018, the fourth episode of the revived show's tenth season was dedicated to the memory of Quinn.

Quinn took on the role as youngest son Cedric on the 1992 U.S. and UK TV series Covington Cross.

In 1992, he starred alongside Holly Marie Combs in Dr. Giggles.[2] In 1997, he played dual roles in the horror anthology film Campfire Tales.

After seven years using an American accent on Roseanne, Quinn was pleased producers made Doyle on Angel Irish because it would allow him to use his native accent. In an interview with The Irish Times, Quinn said of his accent, "I've been hiding it for so long that it's amazing to have some freedom. It was like putting on an old pair of shoes. It's bringing my soul back to life."[1] His last film work was in R.S.V.P. (2002).


On December 3, 2002, Quinn's body was found at a friend's home in North Hollywood, California.[8] An autopsy found that Quinn had died as the result of a heroin overdose.[9] In the months leading up to his death, Quinn had reportedly been struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. His issues with substance abuse started in 1987. Unable to maintain sobriety, he was eventually bought out as owner of Goldfingers nightclub in Los Angeles, California. [10][1][11][12] Quinn neither married nor had any children.


List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shout Alan
1992 Dr. Giggles Max Anderson
1995 Live Nude Girls Randy Conzini
1997 Campfire Tales Scott Anderson/Paramedic #1 Segments: "The Locket" and "The Campfire"
1998 Some Girl Jeff
2002 R.S.V.P. Prof. Hal Evans
List of television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Party Jock #1 Episode: "Class of Beverly Hills"
Bagdad Café Johnny Episode: "Not Enough Cooks"
Call Me Anna George Chakiris Television movie
Silhouette Darren Lauder Television movie
1990–1997 Roseanne Mark Healy 74 episodes, mentioned in reboot.
1992 The Jackie Thomas Show Mark Healy Episode: "The Joke"
Covington Cross Cedric Grey 13 episodes
1997–2002 Fair City Joshua St. John 5 episodes
1999 Jesse Sean Episode: "The Mischievous Elf"
1999 Angel Allen Francis Doyle 9 episodes (plus archival footage in a 2002 and 2004 episode)
2000 At Any Cost Ben Tarowe Television movie
List of video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Voice only
1997 Outlaws 'Rattlesnake' Dick Farmer Voice only
The Curse of Monkey Island Pirate #5 Voice only


  1. "Dublin-born actor who found fame in the US". The Irish Times. December 28, 2002.
  2. Hayward, Anthony (2002-12-18). "Obituary: Glenn Quinn". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  3. Reed, Christopher (2002-12-21). "Obituary: Glenn Quinn". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. "Glenn Quinn". The Guardian. December 21, 2002.
  5. "The tragic closing act of Hollywood hero Glenn Quinn -". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. "The tragic closing act of Hollywood hero Glenn Quinn". Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  7. McLellan, Dennis (2002-12-07). "Glenn Quinn, 32; Actor Was in TV Series 'Roseanne' and 'Angel'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  8. "Glenn Quinn: Actor". 2002-12-11. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  9. Bobbin, Jay (April 30, 2006). "Young 'Roseanne' star died from OD". The Buffalo News.
  10. Siegmund Cuda, Heidi (1997-02-13). "Dressing Up the Area : Goldfingers adds glitter to Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  11. "The tragic closing act of Hollywood hero Glenn Quinn -". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  12. "Celebs who quietly passed away without you knowing | KiwiReport". KiwiReport. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
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