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Home Actor Spotlight Actor Spotlight #1 – Terry O’Quinn – Lost, Secrets and Lies

Actor Spotlight #1 – Terry O’Quinn – Lost, Secrets and Lies

by Conor O'Brien

Actor Spotlight is a feature in which the career of a singular actor is analysed. We discuss their life, career and the impact they had on their projects.

Terry O’Quinn, was born Terrance Quinn in Michigan during the year 1952. He is an American actor of Irish Roman Catholic descent and attended both Central Michigan University and University of Iowa.

O’Quinn’s best known role is John Locke in the television series LOST, which ran on ABC from 2004-2010. O’Quinn also played the villainous Man In Black during the sixth and final season. His work on the show won him a Primetime Emmy in 2007.

Prior to LOST, O’Quinn was a character actor. His most notable project was the Stepfather film franchise in which he appeared as the title character from 1987-1989 in two films. He also made appearances in television series such as The West Wing, The X-Files, JAG, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Alias. Of them all, Alias would prove to be very beneficial to his career.

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As John Locke, O’Quinn worked with many actors during scenes set in the character’s past. Some examples include Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Sons of Anarchy, Futurama), Kevin Tighe (Freaks and Geeks) and Justin Chatwin (Shameless). The character of Locke also met all but four of the main characters.

In the years since LOST ended, O’Quinn has appeared in several other projects including Hawaii Five-O (2010 -) which reunites him with LOST co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Falling Skies (2011-2015) and Patriot (2015 -), an Amazon series with Michael Dorman and Kurtwood Smith.

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