TEPHEN REA (Father Quinn) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is one of the industry's most respected actors. After earning a BA in English at Queens University - Belfast, Rea segued into acting, training at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. He is known for causing audiences to sympathize with his characters, whether they be avenging musicians in "Angel," IRA gunmen with a conscience in "The Crying Game" (earning Rea an Academy Award nomination) or wry suitors in "Angie." Rea began his career in the 1970s, appearing in British TV specials such as "Color Me Dead," which later appeared on U.S. television.
He went on to star in films such as "Loose Connections," "Company of Wolves," "The House," "The Doctor and the Devils," "Life is Sweet," "Not With a Bang," "Hedda Gabler," "Bad Behavior," "Princess Caraboo," "Interview With a Vampire," "Pret-a-Porter," "Shadow of a Gunman," "All Men Are Mortal," "Citizen X," "Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Michael Collins," "Trojan Eddie," "A Further Gesture," "Crime of the Century" and "The Butcher Boy."
"Father Quinn comes in to terrorize the congregation into some kind of submission," Rea says. "I think it's not without humor, though. He's kind of a monstrous figure, really, and they are always funny in their own way."
Rea was recently seen in "In Dreams" and "Still Crazy" and will soon be seen in "Guinevere," "Hacks" and "Double Tap." Rea also continues to make frequent appearances on stage and on television, both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is a founding member of the Field Day Theatre Company and has appeared in all of their productions, except for "Three Sisters," which he directed.
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