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[Deathwatch] Glenn Quinn, actor, 32



"Angel" Actor Dies
Mon Dec 9,12:45 PM ET

By Josh Grossberg

Glenn Quinn, the Irish actor best known as the half-demon Doyle on
Angel, has apparently succumbed to demons of his own.

Quinn's body was found on December 3 at a North Hollywood home. Over
the weekend, authorities blamed his death on a "suspected overdose."
The coroner will make an official determination following an autopsy
and toxicology tests, with the final report due in a few weeks.

Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn was born on May 28, 1970, in
Dublin. He and his family relocated to the States in 1988.

He got his first break playing a pool shark in the Richard Marks video
"Satisfied" followed by a supporting role as a drummer in the 1991 John
Travolta vehicle Shout, in which Quinn shared an onscreen kiss with
then unknown Gwyneth Paltrow (news).

His biggest exposure came courtesy of Roseanne, where he played Mark
Healy, Becky Connor's slightly dim but likeable boyfriend and then
husband. His Roseanne stint lasted from 1990 until the ABC sitcom went
off the air in 1997.

All those years on Roseanne forced Quinn to hide his Irish accent.
However, he finally had an opportunity to show off his brogue while
stealing scenes as semi-demon Allan Francis Doyle opposite David
Boreanaz (news) and Charisma Carpenter (news) on the inaugural season
of Angel in 1999.

Quinn's tenure on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (news - Y! TV) spinoff
lasted just one season. He wound up getting written off the WB's
supernatural series for undisclosed reasons--creator Joss Whedon was
always vague about why the popular character was offed and fans had
clamored for Quinn's return ever since.

Before his Angel demise, Quinn spoke fondly of the role. "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," he once told the Irish Times, regarding his chance to break out
the accent.

The WB declined to issue a statement on Quinn's death.

Quinn's film credits include 1992's Dr. Giggles, Campfire Tales, Live
Nude Girls and most recently the indie release RSVP. His TV résumé
contains appearances on 1990's CBS sitcom Bagdad Café and ABC's 1992
medieval fantasy series Covington Cross with Ione Skye, as well as the
TV movies Call Me Anna, Silhouette and his last, the VH1-produced At
Any Cost. Quinn spent his non-acting downtime as a part-time rock 'n'
roller, playing the L.A. club scene with various bands.

He is survived by his mother, Bernadette, and two sisters, Sonya and
Louisa. According to his publicist, Quinn was memorialized in a private
funeral service Saturday.