With an appearance and facility with language that enabled him to play characters of numerous ethnicities, Quinn worked through the late 1930s and 1940s in a wide variety of small film roles as Mexicans, Arabs, Native Americans, Asians, and assorted heavies. After appearing in over 50 films in that period he began to emerge as a leading man in the 1950s, making a clear impression in European films such as Fellini's La Strada (1954) and a 1956 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and winning two Oscars for supporting roles.
He was nominated for four Oscars, two for Best Actor and two for Best Supporting Actor, winning for the two supporting roles: Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). His nominated leading performances were in Wild is the Wind (1957) and Zorba the Greek (1964).
Quinn appeared in 46 movies with other Oscar-winning actors (28) and actresses (18).
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Quinn was a student and friend of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Quinn was married three times:
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