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Francesco Quinn, 48; actor played Rhah in ‘Platoon’

Francesco Quinn (lower left) with other “Platoon’’ cast members (clockwise) Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Kevin Dillon. The son of actor Anthony Quinn was born in Rome. Francesco Quinn (lower left) with other “Platoon’’ cast members (clockwise) Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Kevin Dillon. The son of actor Anthony Quinn was born in Rome. (Metro Goldwyn Mayer/Orion Pictures)
By Dennis Hevesi
New York Times / August 11, 2011

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Francesco Quinn, a television and film actor who appeared in Oliver Stone’s searing 1986 Vietnam War film, “Platoon,’’ died Friday in Malibu, Calif. The son of the actor Anthony Quinn, he was 48.

Mr. Quinn collapsed on a street near his home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. His agent, Arlene Thornton, said the cause was believed to be a heart attack.

Mr. Quinn was perhaps best known for his supporting role in “Platoon’’ as Rhah, a raspy-voiced character who takes heroin from dead Vietnamese and tries to help new recruits in their first big battle.

In “The Tonto Woman,’’ a Western based on an Elmore Leonard story that was a 2008 Academy Award nominee for best live-action short, Mr. Quinn played a Mexican gunslinger.

Mr. Quinn’s television credits include guest roles on “Criminal Minds,’’ “ER,’’ “CSI: Miami,’’ “JAG,’’ ‘’24,’’ and “The Shield.’’

In 1990, he played a young Santiago, the fisherman, in the television adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.’’ The old Santiago was played by his father, who died in 2001.

Mr. Quinn also appeared in the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless’’ from 1999 to 2001.

Francesco Daniele Quinn was born in Rome.

His mother was Jolanda Addolori, an Italian wardrobe assistant whom his father met on the set of the movie “Barabbas’’ and later married.

Mr. Quinn leaves his wife, the former Valentina Castellani; and three children. His first marriage ended in divorce.