Actor and Puppeteer – Star Wars, The Muppets
Mike Quinn has worked on Star Wars, The Muppets, The Dark Crystal, Jurassic Park, and Pixar to name a few as an actor, puppeteer and animator. Also, if we were bringing Lando Calrissian to the Washington State Summer Con, we knew that we needed the co-pilot of Lando Calrissian.
6 years of age, Mike was chosen and mentored by Jim Henson to work as a Muppet Performer on many Muppet Film and Television projects, including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, the 2011 film The Muppets and its follow up Muppets Most Wanted, the ABC series The Muppets for prime time television, among many others.
Possibly his most famous role is the character Nien Nunb, the co-pilot next to Lando Calrissian, of the Millennium Falcon, who flew into and blew up the second Death Star in Star Wars’ Return Of The Jedi. Also in Jedi he assisted performing Yoda with Frank Oz and many other creatures. He can also be seen resuming this fan favorite role Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars Episode 9.
Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, while continuing with his puppeteering career, he joined forces with fellow puppetmaster David Alan Barclay to create Ultimate Animates, a production company created to experiment and develop new building and performing techniques for many of their own internal as well as external puppet productions.
His other feature films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors and How To Get Ahead In Advertising. Wishing to straddle the analogue and digital worlds, he became a character animator for Pixar on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. His finest moment at Pixar was most definitely developing and animating on the 1950s style TV puppet show Woody’s Round Up on Toy Story 2. His desire to go full circle took him next to George Lucas’s ILM, first animating the famed dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III, then moving on to animate on Yoda along with many other creatures in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
QuinnZone Studios where he is developing projects for film, television, games and the web. He is also working on a new technology that brings animation and puppetry together, called QZimation. Mike has recently opened his on line Secrets of Puppetry Academy.