Briefly: Francesco Quinn

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The actor Francesco Quinn, who died on 5 August aged 48, was the son of the late actor Anthony Quinn, He died of an apparent heart attack while jogging with his son near his home in Malibu, California.

Anthony Quinn, who won two Oscars, for Lust for Life and Viva Zapata!, died in 2001. Francesco (left, AP) followed his father into acting, his breakthrough role being the drug dealer Rhah in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning 1986 Vietnam war film Platoon. Rhah was essentially a good guy, who, though he takes heroin from dead Vietnamese, also tries to help new recruits in their first big battle.

Quinn subsequently appeared asa regular on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless and had roles in other television seriesincluding NCIS, The Shield and 24.In 1990 he played the young fisherman Santiago in a television adaptationof Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; his father Anthony played Santiago as an old man – it was one of several times they worked together. In The Tonto Woman, a Western based on an Elmore Leonard story that wasnominated for an Oscar in 2008 inthe live-action short category, Francesco played Ruben Vega, a Mexican gunslinger.

Born in Rome in March 1963, Francesco was one of Anthony Quinn's 13 children. His mother, Iolanda, was a noted costume designer, who met his father during the making of the Biblical movie Barabbas. He is survived by his wife, Valentina Castellani-Quinn, and three children. His previous marriage, to Julie McCann, neice of the Northern Irish former world snooker champion Alex Higgins, ended in divorce.

Away from acting, Quinn was a passionate participant in sports such as skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, free diving, road cycling and mountain biking, and he raced motocross and street bikes. An avid motorbiker, he was a spokesperson for The Motorcycle Industry Council and also represented Honda.

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