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Quinn, Mike

Mike Quinn

From Mike Quinn's official site Quinn Zone Studios:

"Mike, born and raised in the U.K. had his early start in the industry in 1980. He was hand picked by Jim Henson to puppeteer alongside him and Frank Oz on The Great Muppet Caper and The Dark Crystal, in the latter performing one of the evil Skeksis. His third film was on the most successful film ever at that time, The Return Of The Jedi, assisting with Yoda and performing Nien Nunb, Lando's alien copilot in the Millennium Falcon.

Other film and television projects included the international co-productions of Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Labyrinth, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and many more films and Henson television shows.

In 1988 he co-owned a production company for ten years in the UK called Ultimate Animates, through which he and Dave Barclay developed the world's first digital puppeteer recording and playback system in 1991.
During that time Mike directed and produced many successful pilots and television shows, including directing and co-producing what might possibly be the U.K.'s first ever High Definition dramatic short film, for Sony in the early 1990's.

In the late 1990's he was head hunted by Pixar to animate characters for a Bug's Life (the world's first all digital feature from creation to delivery) and Toy Story 2. He later went on to animate the famed dinosaurs from Jurassic Park 3 and creatures, including Yoda for Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, for ILM.

More recently he conquered the game industry, working on an MMO for NCSoft, RockBand 2 for the WII and PS2 and was lead animator on Bonk: Brink Of Extinction.

His longstanding career with the Muppets turned full circle with his current work on the box office hit film The Muppets, which achieved high acclaim from both critics and fans alike.

Other achievements include theater acting, having three motorcade parades in his honor at Disney MGM (now Disney Hollywood Studios) and performing in a live celebrity Muppet Show at the Hollywood Palace. Mike is also married to Jerri Quinn. They enjoy a wonderful magical life together along with an Egyptian Mau cat named Egypt."

Film Actor/Puppeteer
Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens~2015 -  (at the right in green with dark, large head)
The Green M's~2014 - Waiter (?)
Muppets Most Wanted~2014 - L.A. Muppet Performer
The Muppets~2011 - Muppet Performer voice
The Power of the Dark Crystal~2008 - performer
Dead Planet~2003 - Commander Kish
Jurassic Park 3~2001 - (animator)
Muppet Treasure Island~1996 - Old Woman/Muppet Performer voice
Jim Henson's The Animal Show with Stinky and Jake~1994 -  (puppeteer)
Muppet Christmas Carol, The~1992 - Muppet Performer (Scrooge; It Feels Like Christmas; Finale - When Love is Found)
How to Get Ahead in Advertising~1989 (puppeteer)
Ghost of Faffner Hall, The~1989 - (as Mike Quinby) - Riff
Who Framed Roger Rabbit~1988 - (puppeteer)
Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories~1987 - (puppeteer)
Little Shop of Horrors ~1986 - Audrey II  (puppeteer)
Labyrinth~1986 - Goblins (puppeteer) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Dreamchild~1985 - (puppeteer)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 (uncredited puppeteer)  Nien Nunb/Ree-Yees/Sy Snootles/Yoda/Wol Cabbashite

Fraggle Rock~1983 - Gobo Fraggle / Sprocket (German and French) / Uncle "Traveling" Matt Fraggle only in the Outer Space bits
Dark Crystal, The~1982 (as Michael Quinn) - Skeksis Slave Master (puppeteer)
Great Muppet Caper, The~1981 - Muppet Performer

Film Animator
Jurassic Park III~2001 - (animator)
Toy Story 2~1999 (animator)  (see Actor Connections - Film)
Bug's Life, A~1998 (additional animator)

Film Art Department
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones~2002 - Yoda and other characters (animator: ILM)

Full Metal Jacket~1987 (plasterer)
Lifeforce~1985 (construction department)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom~1984 (stand-by plasterer: London)

Film Special Effects
The Dark Crystal~1982 (creature fabricator: Podling unit)

Film Visual Effects
Every Time I See You I Go Wild~2013 (short) (visual effects producer)

The Muppets~2015 - Kermit performer (and other characters!) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Glee~2013 - Puppeteer in Puppet Master
Llady GaGa & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular~2013 - Muppet Performer
Good Luck Charlie~2013 - Muppet Performer in Duncan Dream House
Shake It Up!~2013 - Parrot in Try It Up
Muppet Wizard of Oz~2005 - Muppet performer (see Actor Connections - TV)
heroes of Comedy~1995 - Max Miller Puppet in Max Miller
Animal Show~1994 - Chuck the Lion in:
    Grizzly Bear & Hedgehog
    Tiger & Tiger Beetle
    Zebra & Lion
    Raccoon & Polar Bear
Secret Life of Toys, The~1994 -
Bad Influence!~1993 - Himself in 1.11
Jim Henson Presents Mother Goose Stories~1990 - Brown Gosling/other characters
The Jim Henson Hour~1989 - Devil in Monster Telethon
The Ghost of Faffner Hall~1989 - Riff (13 episodes)
Jim Henson's The Storyteller~1988  - Devil in The Soldier and Death
The Christmas Toy~1986 - voice of Eggie in Try the Impossible
Tale of the Bunny Picnic, The~1986  - Mayor Bunnyparte/Bulbous

TV Director/ Co-Producer
Great Bong!, The~1997 (UK: 26 episodes)

Thomas Dolby's The Toad Lickers (Quinn Zone created all the puppet sequences)

Video Games
Flick A Fly (creator)

Social Media
Official Site:
QuinnZone Studios

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