Talented writer, director, and producer Tyler Perry is at it again. On October 23, 2019, his new soap opera The Oval premiered on BET. It follows the story of an interracial family that’s currently the first family residing in the White House. It’s a political drama that touches on all sorts of emotions. POTUS Hunter Franklin, who is played by actor Ed Quinn, heads the Franklin family in the show. Quinn may not be a familiar name for many, but he’s certainly a familiar face. If you plan to follow The Oval in the next coming weeks, here are 10 things you should know about the head of the Franklin family.
1. Quinn is the right age for a president
It may be hard to believe, but Ed Quinn is currently 51 years old. Born on February 26, 1968, this young-looking actor could very well pass for someone in his thirties. Quinn has always had the good looks, but you can compare him to the likes of Jennifer Lopez when it comes to aging–it just doesn’t happen for him. In fact, Quinn has looked the same for quite some time now.
2. He’s a California native
Not a lot of Hollywood actors today can boast of being California natives, but Quinn certainly can. He was born in Berkeley, California and actually stayed there for majority of his life. He attended high school at St. Mary’s College High School. He even attended college in the same area. In fact, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Not many people might believe that this actor was once a history major, but he certainly could play the part if he ever had to.
3. He played rugby
Being and staying in shape at his age isn’t an easy feat to do, but Quinn stays active. In fact, his love for sports is probably something that helps him stay in shape. He may not do so now, but Quinn played rugby for his university while he was attending. Rugby isn’t a sport that’s as popular in North America, but it’s risen in popularity in recent years. It’s a grueling sport that requires endurance and strength.
4. Quinn is a television veteran
If Quinn looks familiar to you, that’s probably because he’s been in a lot of high profile shows in the past. Quinn has been active in the industry for quite some time now having been acting since 1991. He guest starred in shows such as Dharma and Greg, JAG, CSI, and Jake in Progress. But his biggest works in television were in shows such as Eureka, True Blood, Revenge, Mistresses, and 2 Broke Girls. Now he’s starring in his own show, and we can say that it’s probably about time that he does.
5. He was a model
There’s no surprise here. Once upon a time, Quinn was actually a much sought after print and commercial model. He’s certainly got the looks, the body, and the height for it given that he stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall. During the early 90s after he graduated from college, Quinn left the US to pursue a career in modeling in Paris, Barcelona, and Milan. If you were to look for it, you can probably find him in over 35 international television commercials.
6. Quinn is a musician
We know that Hollywood is full of talented triple threats that can sing, dance, and act–or at least they claim to be able to do so. However, there are only a select few that can truly say they can do more than just act. Quinn belongs to that circle, as he happens to be an actual musician. Quinn trained under legendary music artist Joe Satriani. He played in a couple of bands, Mad Theory and Scattergood, and he even had a recording contract once.
7. He is a married man
No good man stays single for too long, and Quinn is definitely happily married. Quinn married someone in the industry, Heather Courtney-Quinn, and the two have been married since 2008–that’s an impressive 11 years today. Heather is a TV and film producer, and the two met while filming a few movies: One Hogan Place, The Rainbow Tribe, and Living with Abandon. Heather is just as talented as her husband is, and both work diligently in the industry to this day.
8. He’s also a film actor
We know that Quinn is mostly known for his television work, but he’s also done films as stated previously. In fact, he’s probably done just as many movies as he’s done major television shows. Although some of his films were more on the obscure side, Quinn’s acting still shone on them all. His first film was released in 2002, Beeper.Quinn also had roles in movies such as House of the Dead 2 (2005), The Caller (2011), and The Last Light (2014). His latest movie was 2019’s The Last Summer.
9. Quinn’s got a solid net worth
He may not be quite the A-lister as he ought to be, but Quinn’s got a steady workload. He’s actually had work in Hollywood for some time now, and that’s resulted to a decent net worth. Combine that with his income from commercials and the modeling he’s done in the past, and Quinn’s managed to accumulate a net worth of over $3 million USD. It may not sound like a lot compared to other Hollywood standards, but that’s certainly more than enough for any normal person.
10. He’s active on social media
Fans new and old alike will be glad to know that Ed Quinn is pretty active on social media. In fact, he’s got a solid following on his pages. Quinn has well over 62,000 followers on Instagram, and he’s got over 13,000 followers on Twitter. We suspect that those numbers will go up the longer The Oval stays on TV, and we also suspect that the demand for Quinn to act on shows might rise also. We certainly hope that it does.