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Malibu Actor Francesco Quinn Dies

The son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn was a successful actor in his own right, appearing in a large number of films and television shows in a 25-year career.

Francesco Quinn, an Italian-born actor and a son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack near his home in the La Costa neighborhood of Malibu. He was 48.

Fireball Tim Lawrence, a Malibu Patch blogger who knew Quinn as a neighbor and from the entertainment industry, said the actor had been running up the street with his son Max, when he fell in front of Lawrence's home. Lawrence and Quinn's wife Valentina Castellani-Quinn attempted to revive him.

"There was a moment where we thought that we were making progress, that we started to sense that this could work," Lawrence said. "We were working feverishly at it. But at a certain point it turned, and there was no response."

Lawrence said he believes Quinn died in his wife's arms.

Paramedics arrived from Los Angeles County Fire Department Station No. 70 in less than five minutes, Lawrence said. Valentina commended them for getting there so quickly. They also attempted to revive Quinn, and at one point felt a faint pulse. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Quinn was born March 22, 1963, in Rome, Italy, to Anthony Quinn's second wife, Iolanda. His acting career began in 1986 with a role in the Oscar-winning Oliver Stone film Platoon. He went on to appear in numerous films and television shows, including playing Tomas Del Cerro in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. For that role, Quinn was nominated for an American Latino Media Arts Award, which recognizes people who portray positive representations of Latinos.

"Francesco was my soul mate and the best father for Sofia, Michela and Max," Valentina said. "I will love him forever."

Lawrence said, "Francesco was the epitome of passion in the arts. He was a kind, gentle soul that genuinely loved people. He'll be sadly missed."

Quinn had a foundation called Francesco Quinn Legacy 2011. A statement from Quinn on the foundation's Facebook page appears at the bottom of this article.

Quinn had three children: Sofia and twins Max and Michela. He and his first wife Julie McCann remained good friends.

Message from Quinn on his foundation's Facebook page

I was born into a profession in which my love of words, chosen with care for their meaning and nuance, was extremely important, not only to me, but also to the people with whom I worked with. 

What I'd like to pass on to my children is the thirst for knowledge. It's something I experience every day that I learned from my father. He always taught me that no matter how long you've done something, you can always learn something new and be better at what you do. That thirst and that desire is something I'd like to pass on to all those whom I can have an influence.

I learned from an early age that my heritage, my love for people, and my desire to be a vehicle that can be used through my voice, that my expressions and actions can transport a person to experience a scene from the past, present and future.

My hope and desire is to continue to let myself be clearly known, and to continue to bring my legacy to you through my life, my family and my actions. 

Emmet August 07, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Truth be told, Francesco's loss is hard to believe as he was in perfect health and as an actor he brought terrific energy to any production. At the time we were shooting together in Angeles Forest, every day Francesco would park below in the valley then ride his bike up the steep hill to the set and always arrive early. Also, Francesco was very generous with his time especially when he was called to lend help for charities. As we go through this refinement called life, Francesco just achieved the process sooner than the rest of us..... We are blessed in remembering Francesco and may his family have many blessings throughout their life as they tap into the many gifts he provided.
Elyse Eisenberg August 07, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Frankie, this is so hard to believe. You were so incredible in Tonto Woman. Was sure it would lead to bigger things. Julie, Max & Michela, my deepest sympathies and love. Elyse
Jonathan Friedman August 07, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Thank you everybody for sharing your thoughts. It is a terrible tragedy for somebody to die so young. But it is wonderful to see how much so many people appreciate Francesco.
KC Spioni August 07, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Francesco over 15 years ago at a market in LA. We spoke about wine and tomatoes and the bakery at Bristol Farms. This led into the two of us sharing a coffee and a great talk! We became friends and fellow raconteurs and I will treasure his generosity time and spirit always. Time has a way of slipping away and it's been many years since we last talked but I have no doubt that Franky was living his dream of family, fatherhood and his Foundation well. Damn too soon but a life well lived. Sleep well Sweet Prince! Heartfelt Prayers to his family!
Mark Ebenhoch August 07, 2011 at 06:21 PM
It wasn't supposed to be this way.. it was only three of us who 'survived' the 'Nam'. You, me and Dale. you got orders out early.. Carry on my friend!
Paul Jeramaz August 07, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Frankie, You were one of the most loving, caring and giving people I have ever known And I am proud to have had you as a friend. I know you will be hiking biking and climbing In heaven And watching over Your love ones. You will be missed. Paul Jeramaz
carlene moore August 07, 2011 at 08:01 PM
You will be missed! Godspeed...and many heartfelt prayers for your family.
Sean Quinn August 08, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Francesco, I wish I would have gotten to know you better. Pops death brought the family together...now just 10 years later I never imagined you leaving us so soon. I am sorry I never got to hug you as a brother. Give Pop our Love. - S Quinn
Ceny R. Reyes August 08, 2011 at 01:14 AM
May he rest in peace.........
Fred Pauzar August 08, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Francesco, we became family in so many ways. We love you and cherish your memory. And we will always do all that we can to insure the best possible futures for your children and your beloved Valentina. Your father, "never ignored". You, never forgotten. -Darlanne, Fred & Coulter
Dee Rivellino August 08, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Some live short lives but impact others as if they have lived forever....Francisco obviously was that one. Dolores Rivellino/The Godmother of Malibu
Alessandra DeClario August 08, 2011 at 07:11 AM
There are few actors that have the passion of the Italian/Latin... it was good to see Francesco Quinn acting.... I missed Anthony Quinn... now I miss his son! My prayers for peace for the family and forever dancing the dance for father and son.
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cnnrepostts August 08, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Francesco Quinn dies at 48; actor, son of movie legend Watch Youtube Released last footage before death http://tinyurl.com/3hmlwsq
BBCapextv August 08, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Actor Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn, dies at 48‎ http://tinyurl.com/3hmlwsq
BBCapextv August 08, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Francesco Quinn, son of movie star Anthony Quinn, played a variety of roles as a result of his multiethnic background, which included Mexican, Irish and Italian ancestry. Francesco Quinn, son of actor Anthony Quinn, followed in his father's footsteps ... http://tinyurl.com/3hmlwsq
BBCapextv August 08, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Actor Francesco Quinn dead at age 48; 'Glades', 'YNR' actor died while running ... Live Funeral http://bit.ly/kor2Wp
goshenobserver August 08, 2011 at 04:13 PM
And wings of angels sing thee to thy rest.
molugolujee August 08, 2011 at 04:53 PM
appearing in a large number of films and television shows in a 25-year career. Full New Video at : http://bit.ly/pDMQFF
Yvonne Smith August 09, 2011 at 03:07 AM
God speed and God bless. Yvonne Smith Malibu
Osama Shallan August 09, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Francisco will be missed. I met the young actor in 1996, in a rafting trip together to colorado hot spring. he is very fine person, he loved his family. many heartfelt prayers for your family
sionni August 09, 2011 at 06:52 AM
Frankie and Julie often came for dinner and joined many of our family celebrations at my folks home in Palos Verdes. I can't imagine never again getting to share a joke, or joining in the back and forth banter at the dinner table, or listening to the wonderfully recounted stories about his own much loved famiglia or watching him dote on Max and Michaela as a new father. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. We will miss you sorely. Sionni and Livia Bongiovanni
Zina August 09, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Frankie, I will miss you. We all will. Larry and Danny, my sincere condolences. It was '82 when we met in Honolulu at your dad's art show--I admired how lovingly Frankie looked after you two in NYC, like a father. A gentleman then and now; we met recently at Coogies after one of his rides, he was sweet with my kids and husband and we laughed like the old days... His laugh always full of light and harmony. No, there is no reason good enough for his early passing. But he will rest easy knowing you will be there for Valentina and their adorable bambinos. "Family first", he always said. Love, Zina
Dteflon Actorproducer Bodyguard August 09, 2011 at 11:16 PM
When Sean Kanan called me this afternoon and gave me the news I had to pull over in the car to grasp what I just heard I couldnt even stomach this and still cant it just dont make no sense why the good die so young and the evil go on breathing Getting to know Francesco all i can say is this was one man who put everything he did from his heart from his work to his family to his kids he was someone who loved all of them equally and i can say there is few people that I have yet to find that have the same passion as me Valentina my heart goes out to you and Julie Max and Michela Please dont hesitate to inbox me on fb if you need anything I wont accept the fact that he is gone so I wont all i can say is that if there is one thing Francesco taught us all who are in this industry of film tv is he lived his life to the fullest as a contented man Just enough happiness to be glad Just enough sorrow to sometimes be sad Just enough trials to challenge each day Just enough success to keep failure away Just enough hope to look to tomorrow Just enough faith to deal with sorrow Just enough money to pay one's way Just enough want to earn one's pay Just enough love to pass around Just enough to charity to astound and I know he wouldnt want us to grieve so These attributes he would be wanting us to follow them morning, day and night and you will have the formula for a contented life!" God Speed my Friend Will see u again D-TEFLON http://twitter.com/dteflon
Alessandra DeClario August 09, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I have been thinking hard about this tragedy and am quite concerned about Max. I read that he was with his dad when this happened. I am a certified grief recovery specialist (and doctor of psychology). I will make myself available to help in any way I can. Please let me know. Meanwhile "When Children Grieve" by John James and Russell Friedman can be obtained through the Grief Recovery Institute in Sherman Oaks (888 773-2683) or through me (email: doctordadc@earthlink.net. Please do not hesitate to email me. Our hearts are full!
Julie Quinn August 15, 2011 at 07:49 AM
Thank you Lisa and Cary, sincerely Julie Quinn
Rocky February 20, 2012 at 06:00 AM
I always enjoyed your work. Mutual friends always talked about what a nice guy you were. Sorry we never met, but maybe someday in another place and time. God Speed!
Alessandra DeClario February 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Wow Rocky, thank you for writing this... it made me remember!!! and to re-read this Message from Quinn on his foundation's Facebook page - what a wonderful message... and I know that it is as real now as it was when it was written! "I was born into a profession in which my love of words, chosen with care for their meaning and nuance, was extremely important, not only to me, but also to the people with whom I worked with. What I'd like to pass on to my children is the thirst for knowledge. It's something I experience every day that I learned from my father. He always taught me that no matter how long you've done something, you can always learn something new and be better at what you do. That thirst and that desire is something I'd like to pass on to all those whom I can have an influence. I learned from an early age that my heritage, my love for people, and my desire to be a vehicle that can be used through my voice, that my expressions and actions can transport a person to experience a scene from the past, present and future. My hope and desire is to continue to let myself be clearly known, and to continue to bring my legacy to you through my life, my family and my actions." May his words live forever! May the family all be at peace.
Genevieve Akashia August 03, 2013 at 11:13 PM
i hope valentina is doing alright!! same to sofia and michela and max! i heard Sofia and michela were there too!

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