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Actor Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn, dies in Malibu at 48 [Updated]

August 7, 2011 |  2:02 pm

Francesco Quinn in 2008.

Francesco Quinn, 48, the actor son of movie legend Anthony Quinn whose own journeyman career began with a supporting role in the Oscar-winning film "Platoon," died Friday in Malibu, his agent confirmed in a statement. The cause has not been determined, but Quinn was believed to have died of a heart attack.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. Aug. 7: Sheriff's deputies responded to a "person down" about 5 p.m. Friday in the 21000 block of Rambla Vista in Malibu.

Quinn was walking home from a store at the bottom of a hill below his home with his son when he collapsed, said Lt. James Royal of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills station.

One of Quinn’s sons went for help and Quinn’s wife and a neighbor called 911 and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Paramedics arrived and took him to Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.]

Besides "Platoon," Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam War drama, Quinn appeared in more than a dozen other films including "Tonto Woman," an Academy Award nominee in 2008 for best live-action short.

He had recurring roles in such television series as "JAG," "24" and "The Shield," and portrayed Tomas del Cerro on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" from 1999 to 2001.

He also played the young Santiago in a TV movie version of Ernest Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea" that starred his father as the title character.

One of a reported 13 children of the Oscar-winning actor best known for his title role in "Zorba the Greek," Francesco Quinn was born in Rome in 1963. His mother, Iolanda Addolori, was an Italian wardrobe assistant whom his father met on the set of the 1962 film "Barabbas" and later married.

Francesco Quinn's survivors include his wife, Valentina Castellini-Quinn, and three children, according to his agent, Arlene Thornton.

His father died in 2001.

More information will appear later at latimes.com/obits.


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Photo: Francesco Quinn in 2008. Credit: Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times