Francesco Quinn

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Much like his late father, Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn, Francesco Quinn made a career out of playing a wide range of roles.

Sadly, the 48-year-old actor passed away on Friday after apparently suffering a heart attack on a street near his home in Malibu, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Born in Rome in 1963, Quinn got his start with a small, yet pivotal, role in the 1986 Oscar-winning film Platoon before moving on to a steady stream of work in both movies and television, including his stint on the hit Fox series 24 as nuke-wielding terrorist Syed Ali during the show's second season.

In addition to 24, Quinn also had recurring roles on such program's as JAG, The Shield, NCIS as well as the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.

His most recent work included the A&E program, The Glades, and providing the voice of Dino in this summer's box-office hit Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

"Francesco was so passionate and talented. He symbolized a beacon of light and happiness," said his manager, Sandy Oroumieh, in a statement sent to E! News. "He showed such love for his family, friends and career."

Quinn is survived by his wife and three children.

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