TV and Film Actor, 48, Collapses in Street and Dies

Aug 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An actor who appeared in a string of hit television shows and was best known for his role in the Best Picture Oscar winner “Platoon” died suddenly Friday in Malibu, Calif., the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Francesco Quinn collapsed while walking home from a store with his son, according to the story. The son of two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn, Francesco Quinn was 48.

Quinn played raspy-voiced soldier Rhah in Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam War movie “Platoon.” He had roles in a number of television shows, including “NCIS,” “JAG,” “24” and “The Shield.” He also had a run on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” playing Tomas del Cerro.

His agent said Quinn apparently died of a heart attack, but the official cause of death had not yet been determined.


Francesco Quinn


  1. Sad. I really enjoyed “Platoon.”

  2. What a shame. He was too young to die. I feel for his family and friends.

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