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Subject: ARCHIVE: December 3, 2002 ~Ill-fated Ireland-born Hollywood actor Glenn Quinn, known for playing 'Mark Healy' on TV's "Roseanne", and as 'Doyle', a half-demon, on "Angel", dies of Heroin OD, at age 32. ...

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Irish actor in television and film, known for playing Mark Healy in the American sitcom Roseanne,
and Doyle, a half-demon, on Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

Glenn Quinn
[ Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn ]
(May 28, 1970 December 3, 2002)

Early life ...

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland. He spent his childhood visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins in the United States and spent his teenage years in Cabinteely, County Dublin, Ireland. As a teenager, he played drums in a rock band called Revival (alongside brothers Marc and Keith Lowry), who peaked at supporting Irish AOR Band Winter's Reign, and had a demo called 'How could I know'-Rock with BOC BLB Radio played on the radio. He also acted in productions at small local theaters. Quinn attended Clonkeen College. In 1988, he moved to the Long Beach, California area, with his mother and two sisters.

Career ...
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"[citation needed] (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 barely was visible in the final broadcast version. His first substantial speaking part was as a guest star in an episode of the short-lived series The Outsiders.

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. ...

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 his role as Mark Healy from 19901997 (Seasons 39). ...

Quinn took on the role as youngest son Cedric on the 1992 U.S. and UK TV series Covington Cross. While shooting
the series in England, he suffered a serious injury to his back after falling from his horse while shooting a scene. ...

In 1992, he starred alongside Holly Marie Combs in Dr. Giggles.
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." His last film work was in R.S.V.P. (2002).

Personal life ...
In addition to acting, Quinn co-owned a nightclub called Goldfingers in Los Angeles, California.

Death ...
Quinn was found on the couch of a friend he was visiting in North Hollywood, California, on December 3, 2002.
Police and autopsy reports revealed that the cause of his death was an accidental overdose of heroin. ...

He was buried under a modest bronze gravemarker at Cypress Forest Lawn in 2003. ...

But only a year later, Quinn's marker was replaced with a larger, more reflective bronze marker. ...

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