Terry O'Quinn

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Terry O'Quinn
Terry O'Quinn.jpg
Birth name Terrance Quinn
Born July 15, 1952 in Newberry, Michigan, USA
Sometimes credited as Terrance O'Quinn
Notable Roles Lost: John Locke
Millennium: Peter Watts
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 SAG TV Award
1 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films TV Saturn Award

Terry O'Quinn is an American actor. He played the role of John Locke on ABC's Lost.

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Biography

Terry O'Quinn was born on July 15, 1952 in Newberry, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University and the University of Iowa. He married his wife, Lori, in 1979. They lived for most of their marriage in Finksburg, Maryland, but after Lost began airing the couple decided to follow suit with O'Quinn's co-stars and move to Hawaii. O'Quinn and his wife have two grown sons, Hunter and Oliver.

O'Quinn began acting in the 1970s. He has appeared in such films as Young Guns, The Rocketeer, and Tombstone. His television roles include guest appearances on Earth 2, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and JAG. Befriending Chris Carter, producer of The X-Files, O'Quinn was a guest star in two episodes and had a supporting role in The X-Files feature film. Carter later cast O'Quinn in the TV series Millennium and Harsh Realm. After appearing on Alias, J.J. Abrams wanted to cast him for his new series Lost without any audition.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Doctors (1963) Jerry Dancy 1981
Harsh Realm Omar Santiago 1999 1
Lost John Locke 2004–2010 1 2 3 4 5 6
666 Park Avenue Gavin Doran 2012–2013 1
Gang Related Sam Chapel 2014 1

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010) Joe White 2011– 

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Tales of the Unexpected (1979) Cop 5x15 - In the Bag August 1, 1982
ABC Afterschool Specials Mr. Jacobs 12x02 - The Hand Me Down Kid October 19, 1983
Miami Vice Richard Cain 1x10 - Give a Little, Take a Little December 7, 1984
The Twilight Zone (1985)
(credited as Terrance O'Quinn)
Dr. Curt Lockridge 1x2C - Chameleon October 4, 1985
Remington Steele Chuck McBride 4x08 - Coffee, Tea, or Steele December 10, 1985
Moonlighting Bryant Wilbourne 4x03 - Take a Left at the Altar October 13, 1987
A Year in the Life Keith 1x17 - Fathers and Other Strangers February 17, 1988
Jake and the Fatman Vincent Novak 3x22 - You're Driving Me Crazy April 4, 1990
L.A. Law Nick Moats 6x20 - Beauty and the Breast May 7, 1992
Star Trek: The Next Generation Admiral Eric Pressman 7x12 - The Pegasus January 8, 1994
Matlock
(credited as uncredited)
Malcolm Engle 9x03 - The Dare October 27, 1994
Tales from the Crypt Inspector Zeller 6x06 - The Bribe November 23, 1994
Earth 2 Reilly 1x06 - Water December 11, 1994
Earth 2 Reilly 1x07 - The Church of Morgan December 18, 1994
The X-Files Lt. Brian Tillman 2x12 - Aubrey January 6, 1995
Earth 2 Reilly 1x08 - The Enemy Within January 8, 1995
Earth 2 Reilly 1x09 - Redemption January 22, 1995
Earth 2 Reilly 1x18 - Survival of the Fittest April 23, 1995
Earth 2 Reilly 1x19 - All About Eve May 21, 1995
The Client Bert Halliwell 1x01 - Pilot September 17, 1995
JAG Captain Thomas Boone 1x01 - A New Life (1) September 23, 1995
JAG Captain Thomas Boone 1x02 - A New Life (2) September 23, 1995
Homicide: Life on the Street Bailey Lafeld 4x05 - Hate Crimes November 17, 1995
JAG Captain Thomas Boone 1x13 - Defensive Action March 13, 1996
Diagnosis Murder Dr. Ronald Trent 3x14 - The Murder Trade April 5, 1996
Millennium Peter Watts 1x01 - Pilot October 25, 1996
Millennium Peter Watts 1x02 - Gehenna November 1, 1996
Millennium Peter Watts 1x06 - 522666 November 22, 1996
Millennium Peter Watts 1x07 - Blood Relatives December 6, 1996
Millennium Peter Watts 1x10 - The Wild and the Innocent January 10, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x12 - Loin Like a Hunting Flame January 31, 1997
JAG Captain Thomas Boone 2x05 - Crossing the Line January 31, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x13 - Force Majeure February 7, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x15 - Sacrament February 21, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x17 - Walkabout March 28, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x18 - Lamentation April 18, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x19 - Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions April 25, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x20 - Broken World May 2, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 1x21 - Maranatha May 9, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x01 - The Beginning and the End September 19, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x02 - Beware of the Dog September 26, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x03 - Sense and Antisense October 3, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x04 - Monster October 17, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x07 - 19:19 November 7, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x08 - The Hand of Saint Sebastian November 14, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x09 - Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense November 21, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x10 - Midnight of the Century December 19, 1997
Millennium Peter Watts 2x12 - Luminary January 23, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x13 - The Mikado February 6, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x14 - The Pest House February 27, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x15 - Owls March 6, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x16 - Roosters March 13, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x17 - Siren March 20, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x18 - In Arcadia Ego April 3, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x19 - Anamnesis April 17, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x20 - A Room with No View April 24, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x22 - The Fourth Horseman May 8, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 2x23 - The Time Is Now May 15, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 3x02 - Exegesis (2) October 9, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 3x06 - Skull and Bones November 6, 1998
Millennium Peter Watts 3x11 - Collateral Damage January 22, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x12 - The Sound of Snow February 5, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x14 - Matryoshka February 19, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x15 - Forcing the End March 19, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x18 - Bardo Thodol April 23, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x21 - Via Dolorosa (1) May 14, 1999
Millennium Peter Watts 3x22 - Goodbye to All That (2) May 21, 1999
JAG Admiral Thomas Boone 6x07 - A Separate Peace (1) November 21, 2000
JAG Admiral Thomas Boone 6x08 - A Separate Peace (2) November 28, 2000
Roswell
(credited as Terence Quinn)
Carl 3x02 - Michael, The Guys and The Great Snapple Caper October 16, 2001
JAG
(credited as Terrance Quinn)
Admiral Thomas Boone 7x09 - Dog Robber (1) November 20, 2001
JAG
(credited as Terrance Quinn)
Admiral Thomas Boone 7x10 - Dog Robber (2) November 27, 2001
The X-Files Shadow Man 9x06 - Trust No 1 January 6, 2002
JAG
(credited as Terrance Quinn)
Admiral Thomas Boone 7x13 - Code of Conduct January 15, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 1x17 - Q & A March 17, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x02 - Trust Me October 6, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x03 - Cipher October 13, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x04 - Dead Drop October 20, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x07 - The Counteragent November 17, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x08 - Passage (1) December 1, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x09 - Passage (2) December 8, 2002
JAG Admiral Thomas Boone 8x11 - All Ye Faithful December 17, 2002
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x11 - A Higher Echelon January 5, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x12 - The Getaway January 12, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x13 - Phase One January 26, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x14 - Double Agent February 2, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x15 - A Free Agent February 9, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x16 - Firebomb February 23, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x17 - A Dark Turn March 2, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x18 - Truth Takes Time March 16, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x21 - Second Double May 4, 2003
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 2x22 - The Telling May 4, 2003
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 5x06 - Disaster Relief November 5, 2003
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 5x10 - The Stormy Present January 7, 2004
Alias F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall 3x11 - Full Disclosure January 11, 2004
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 5x13 - The Warfare of Genghis Khan February 11, 2004
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 5x14 - An Khe February 18, 2004
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gordon Buchanan 3x14 - Mis-Labeled February 22, 2004
NCIS Col. Will Ryan 1x15 - Enigma February 24, 2004
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 5x21 - Gaza May 12, 2004
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 6x01 - NSF Thurmont October 20, 2004
The West Wing General Nicholas Alexander 6x02 - The Birnam Wood October 27, 2004
Masters of Science Fiction Major Skynner 1x02 - The Awakening August 11, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
F.D.R.: The Last Year James Roosevelt April 15, 1980
Right to Kill? Jim Barrett 1985
An Early Frost Dr. Redding November 11, 1985
Women of Valor Maj. Tom Patterson 1986
Between Two Women Dr. Wallace March 10, 1986
At Mother's Request Joel Campbell January 4, 1987
When the Time Comes Wes Travis May 25, 1987
Stranger on My Land Connie Priest January 17, 1988
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North Aaron Sykes April 30, 1989
Roe vs. Wade Jay Floyd May 15, 1989
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception Curt Mitchell March 11, 1990
Kaleidoscope Henry October 15, 1990
The Last to Go Daniel January 21, 1991
Son of the Morning Star Gen. Alfred Terry February 3, 1991
Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance Sergeant Nicholas March 24, 1991
Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Sergeant Don Bell April 28, 1992
Trial: The Price of Passion Bob Altschuler May 3, 1992
Sexual Advances Cliff Ripley May 10, 1992
Wild Card Barlow October 28, 1992
The Good Fight Henry Cragin December 15, 1992
Born Too Soon Dr. Friedman April 25, 1993
Visions of Murder Admiral Truman Hager May 7, 1993
MacShayne: Winner Takes All Danny Leggett February 11, 1994
Heart of a Child Gordon Holc May 9, 1994
Don't Talk to Strangers Bonner August 11, 1994
Justice in a Small Town Harris Wiley September 23, 1994
A Friend to Die For Ed Saxe September 26, 1994
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Frank Darnell March 20, 1995
On the Edge of Innocence Mr. David Walker April 20, 1997
My Stepson, My Lover Richard Cory June 25, 1997
Murder in a Small Town Sidney Lassiter January 10, 1999
Rated X J.R. Mitchell May 13, 2000
Semper Fi Cliff's father April 1, 2001
WW3 Eric Farrell July 13, 2001
The Locket Casey Keddington December 8, 2002
Phenomenon II November 1, 2003

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The View February 16, 2005
Jimmy Kimmel Live May 24, 2005
Entertainment Tonight August 17, 2005
Entertainment Tonight October 4, 2006

Awards and Accolades

IVy Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2005-06)
Lost

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004-05)
Lost

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(1 Nomination/1 Win)

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)
Lost

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films TV Saturn Awards, USA

(2 Nominations/1 Win)

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor on Television (2004)
Lost
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor on Television (2005)
Lost

Other Awards

  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards, USA
    • Nominated: Best Actor (1987) - The Stepfather
  • Independent Spirit Awards, USA
    • Nominated: Best Male Lead (1987) - The Stepfather

Trivia

  • O'Who?: Terry O'Quinn's real name is Terry Quinn. He changed his last name to "O'Quinn" in order to distinguish himself from another actor named Terry Quinn.