Thursday, April 25, 2024

RIP Quinn Redeker, 87, Oscar Nominated Writer of “The Deer Hunter,” Soap Opera Star


Quinn Redeker has died at age 87.

Redeker is best known to TV audiences as a soap opera star and an actor who appeared on dozens of prime time shows. He was also the Oscar nominated writer of a screenplay.

Redeker wrote the screenplay for Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” the 1979 Oscar nominated film. He wrote it with Cimino, Deric Washburne, and Louis Garfinkle. He must have been a writer at heart. A screenplay he co-wrote last year called “The Minefield,” won a bunch of awards and is waiting to be produced.

At the same time, Redeker was well known to soap audiences from long runs on “Days of our Lives,” and “The Young and the Restless.” He always played suave, sophisticated guys with good haircuts. He was obviously a mult-tasker. “The Deer Hunter” is about 180 degrees away from a soap opera.

Redeker died on December 20th, but his death was just announced. Condolences.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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