Snark Week was fabulous, but it’s over! To help us all through that painful transition, let us take comfort in the fact that there are beautiful men in historical costume movies and TV series — like Aidan Quinn. He hasn’t been as active lately, but he’s apparently “having a moment” playing Teddy Roosevelt. And I ALWAYS love his pretty, pretty eyes. So, please to enjoy!
The Mission (1986)
A Jesuit missionary works in eighteenth-century Paraguay. Quinn plays Robert de Niro’s younger brother, and there are romantic entanglements.
Quinn plays the famous fictional character, stranded on a desert island — although this production resets the action to first decade of the 19th century.
The story of several generations of a Polish/Jewish immigrant family from the 1910s through the 1950s. Quinn plays a second-generation immigrant who assimilates in the 1940s.
The Playboys (1992)
Set in the 1950s, and about an unwed young mother whose life is transformed with the arrival of a troupe of actors to her Irish village. Quinn plays Tom, one of the actors.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
Did you remember Quinn was in this? He plays the Arctic explorer who comes across the mysterious Victor Frankenstein, bookending the flashback story.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Fork in the eye time! A family is torn apart when a woman arrives to marry one of three brothers in World War I Montana. Quinn plays eldest brother Alfred.
Quinn plays an American parapsychologist who goes to an English country house to help out the family, including Kate Beckinsale, with possible ghosts in 1928.
The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
Quinn plays a small town Texas man who is told has oil on his land in the early 20th century.
Michael Collins (1996)
The biopic about Irish revolutionary, soldier, and politician Michael Collins; Quinn plays Harry Boland, an Irish republican politician who served as President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from 1919 to 1920.
Forbidden Territory: Stanley’s Search for Livingstone (1997)
As journalist Henry Morton Stanley, who famously searched central Africa for missionary/explorer David Livingstone in 1871.
A charming movie about a musicologist (Janet McTeer) researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina in 1907; she gets entangled with a local musician (Quinn).
The Prince and the Pauper (2000)
A TV movie adaptation of the Mark Twain Tudor-set story. Quinn plays “Sir Miles Hendon,” who cares for Edward, Prince of Wales (in disguise).
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)
As General Benedict Arnold, famed for switching sides during the American Revolution.
Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Late 1930s Ireland, Quinn plays a newly arrived teacher at a cruel Irish reformatory.
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2003)
About a real-life famous golfer (zzzz). Quinn plays another real-life golfer, Harry Vardon.
As real-life Senator/Representative Henry L. Dawes, who worked to assimilate Native Americans in the 1880s.
Jonah Hex (2010)
Upgrading to president Ulysses S. Grant, a minor role in this DC comics/post-Civil War action movie.
The American Guest (2021)
Another presidential role, this time as former president Theodore Roosevelt.
Do you have fond memories of Aidan Quinn?