Cast Trivia - Terry O’Quinn
- He was born Terrance Quinn, but added the ‘O’ to his last name because a registered actor already had the name Terry Quinn.
- He is the seventh of eleven siblings.
- He has been balding since his early 20s, and has appeared with a partially or entirely shaved head in most of his films.
- He did not have to audition for Lost, because J.J. Abrams, whom he worked with on Alias, thought of Terry while developing Locke.
- He appeared in tv episodes called “Walkabout” in both Lost and the 1996 series Millennium.
- He and his wife Lori have an Irish Terrier named Reggie, and sons named Oliver and Hunter (ages 24 and 26).
- To play Locke, he learned how to properly throw and handle knives.
- He has played percussion since high school, and is also a talented guitarist and singer.
- Locke’s parents were played by Kevin Tighe and Swoosie Kurtz, who are both only 8 years older than Terry.
- He’s said that if he had to play any other character on Lost, he would choose Sawyer.
- He was one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2006, featured as “Sexy at every age, Age 54”.
DON’T TELL ME WHAT I CAN’T DO!
(on the Locke action figure) “I haven’t seen it. That was never one of dreams to be an action figure so I don’t know. Somebody asked me if I hoped the action figure had props and I said yeah, a little gun to shoot himself (laugh). Or if you get one, buy him and release him in the garden with a little knife where he can hunt mice.”
(Question: We’ve asked everyone so far who their favorite character is on the show and they’ve all said Locke. Who is your favorite character?)”Well I’d have to agree with all of them (laughs). I bow down to their superior intelligence. My favorite character to look at is Kate. I mean I love working with Sawyer, I love working with Dominic Monaghan, I love working with Matthew, I like working with Ian. It’s a bunch of good actors. My favorite person to greet when I get to work that would have to be Evangeline. She’s a great hugger.”
“People tell me they like Bad Locke: ‘I like the new dark guy.’ And I say, ‘Well, that’s good. I’m having fun playing him. I don’t know if you’re going to like him when it’s all over, but as long as you’re liking watching.’ It’s amazing to me—what is this love affair we have with bad guys? With the bad boy in high school, with the anti-hero, et cetera, et cetera? Because I was always just a very nice boy. I didn’t get it.”