"Angel" Actor Dies

Glenn Quinn, who played half-demon Doyle and had recurring role on Roseanne, may have overdosed

By Josh Grossberg Dec 09, 2002 5:45 PMTags

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.

His biggest exposure came courtesy of Roseanne, where he played Mark Healy, Becky Connor's slightly dim but likable 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 and Charisma Carpenter on the inaugural season of Angel in 1999.

Quinn's tenure on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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.