Born in Dublin Ireland on May 28th 1970, Glenn Quinn moved along with his mother and two sisters to Long Beach California in 1988. He was certainly proud of his Irish heritage – he had ‘Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever) tattooed on his right shoulder and a Harp on his left. Following a series of odd jobs Glen decided to try his hand at acting and met with success quite promptly. His first role was playing a pool shark in the Richard Marx video ‘Satisfied’. His first film was ‘Shout’ (1991) with John Travolta -- in which Glenn had the honor of giving teen-ingénue Gwyneth Paltrow her first on-screen kiss!

However, his big break was being cast as Mark Healy on ‘Roseanne’. For the role he worked with a speech and dialogue coach to get rid of his brogue. What was initially meant to be a single appearance turned into a seven-year stint on the hit series – 1990-97. From there he worked tirelessly, at one point even working on a second series ‘Covington Cross’ (as Cedric) simultaneously with ‘Roseanne’, which meant commuting between England and LA!

Other projects quickly followed. He was George (‘West Side Story’) Chakiris in the Patty Duke TV-movie bio ‘Call Me Anna’. He supported Faye Dunaway with his role as Darren Lauder in the thriller ‘Silhouette’. The Irish hunk also costarred in the 1992 horror flick ‘Dr Giggles’ (“The Doctor is out…of his mind!”) as Max Anderson. If you haven’t seen it this one is written and directed by Manny Coto and is about the son of a mass murderer who (yup!) escapes from a mental institution and comes seeking vengeance! He was also in the 1997 horror “chillergy” ‘Campfire Tales’ with Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady and Mrs. Ben Stiller) and Amy Smart. Additional roles include guesting on the series ‘Jesse’, ‘Baghdad Café’, and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ as well as movies such as ‘Live Nude Girls’, ‘Some Girl’, ‘At Any Cost’, and his final film, the ‘Ten Little Indians’ like (and Sundance acclaimed) ‘R.S.V.P.’ in 2002. He was also a part owner of ‘Goldfingers’, a 007 themed bar in a seedier section of LA.

Many horror/sci-fi fans are familiar with Glenn Quinn for his showy role as Allen Francis Doyle (half human and half demon) who is sent to guide Angel (David Boreanaz) to his destiny in the WB series ‘Angel’ (1999). Producers killed him off after just a few episodes saying it was “part of the original plan”. However, there were rumors that Quinn lost the role as a result of his increasing problems with drugs and alcohol. Those problems would eventually claim his life.

On December 3, 2002 Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn died of a heroin addiction (morphine intoxication due to lethal heroin injection) on a friend’s (Dwayne) couch in a North Hollywood apartment. He’d been staying with friends and living a sort of transient lifestyle for a while at the time of his passing. As a result of drug habit he had lost his home, he had lost the bar – after he’d even stooped to asking patrons for money, and had even been kicked out of a recovery rehab in Malibu, Wavelengths, for using drugs on the premises. A syringe and a packet of heroin were found in his pocket. The Los Angeles coroner ruled it an accidental overdose. The coroner’s statement showed .32 ml of morphine in his blood. At the time of his death the 32-year-old smoker, drinker, and drug abuser had extensive spleen, liver, lung and heart damage.

On December 6th he was given a traditional Irish wake at The Luyben Mortuary in Lakewood, CA. Services were held at Saint Cornelius Church in Long Beach.   Among those in attendance were ‘Roseanne’ cast mates Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki. Michael Fishman (DJ on ‘Roseanne’) collected donations to help cover funeral costs. Glenn Quinn was buried at Forest Lawn in Orange County. The actor is survived by his parents (Bernadette and Murty) and his sisters (Sonya and Louisa).