Mike Quinn is most famous for his role as Nien Nunb, Lando’s copilot for the Millennium Falcon in Return Of The Jedi, the final Star Wars trilogy and the Disney Theme Park ride Rise Of The Resistance. Other characters he assisted with in Jedi were Yoda, Jabba, Baby Ewoks, Sy Snootles, Admiral Ackbar and Ree Yees. He is also a Lead Animatronic Puppeteer for CFX, Lucasfilm’s creature department in the UK. He recently provided animatronic lip-sync and his first Star Wars voice for Dewi in the Andor TV series on Disney+.
His career for over four decades has seen him working on both sides of the camera as a Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Character Animator, Puppet Builder, Puppeteer and Voice Over Actor. He was personally chosen by Jim Henson and Frank Oz in 1980 to work on many Muppet projects including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted and the ABC TV series The Muppets and Muppets Now on Disney+.
Other movies and TV shows he performed in include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors, How To Get Ahead In Advertising, The Storyteller, Glee, Lady Gaga and The Muppets, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up, Muppets Wizard Of Oz, The Secret Life Of Toys, The Ghost Of Faffner Hall, Jim Henson’s Mother Goose Stories, Jim Carrey’s Kidding and the recent Willow TV series. His longstanding work with The Muppets brought him new experiences performing live in front of tens of thousands of people, beginning with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem at Outside Lands in San Francisco, The Muppets Take The Hollywood Bowl and The Muppets Take The O2 in London. He even assisted Kermit for a TEDX talk in Jim Henson’s home state of Mississippi.
Originally from the UK, he moved to San Francisco in the late 1990’s to become a Character Animator for Pixar and ILM / Lucasfilm on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones and Jurassic Park III. Additionally he was a lead Character Animator for two game companies in Texas. The new Star Wars films saw Mike spending more time back in the UK, a place he discovered he had really missed and is now enjoying his new appreciation of friends and all the UK has to offer. When not performing, Mike keeps busy building puppets and developing character and project ideas. Each year he travels internationally to appear as a guest at many Comic Cons around the world.
His personal web site The QuinnZone is his one-stop home where members can become VIPs and view rare and sometimes never before seen archives, view video travel diaries, chat live and see sneak peeks of upcoming projects. It replaces all the different social media sites where even there, you cannot see most of his private collection of content. https://thequinnzone.com Get Mike’s gift to you “Mike Quinn’s 10 Magic Moments” an ebook you can instantly download and keep. http://subscribepage.io/quinnzone.
He runs an online puppetry academy called Secrets Of Puppetry, the only one of its kind teaching high level hand puppetry skills to aspiring puppeteers. https://academy.secretsofpuppetry.com/courses/secrets-of-puppetry-bronze
Mike Quinn Trivia: - He’s the only person known to have assisted all three Kermit performers. - He is distantly related to Maureen O’Sullivan (Jane from the 1930’s Tarzan films). - He loves anything Art Deco. - Favorite foods are Indian and Sunday Roasts - Hobbies include old movies, discovering new places, cooking and creating music in his home studio.