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Actor Tim Quill Dies At 54 After Battle With Cancer (Photos)

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Film and television actor Tim Quill died Sept. 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 54. 

Quill died at Riverview Medical Center in New Jersey.

Quill, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, moved to New York City in 1985 to pursue his career, according to Deadline.

He honed his craft at the William Esper Acting Studio and was signed by agent Bob McGowan.

His first big break came with a role in the 1987 Vietnam War movie "Hamburger Hill," directed by John Irvin. 

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The movie, about a real battle during the Vietnam War, made more than $3 million, according to IMDb. The name of the movie, and the battle's real nickname, came from the fact that enemy fire was so intense that it turned troops into "hamburger meat," according to IMDb.

Quill's character, Pvt. Joe Beletsky, became a defining moment for his career, according to his obituary in The News Journal.

Quill went on to roles in movies such as "Hiding Out," "Listen to Me," "Staying Together," "The Closer" and "Endangered." 

In 1994, Quill's career took a turn to the small screen with a role in "NYPD Blue." He then landed a reoccurring role as Lt. Mason Painter on the CBS procedural "JAG." 

From 1997 to 2003, Quill acted exclusively in television roles on shows such as "ER," "Sliders," "Pensacola: Wings of Gold," "The Practice," "CSI: Miami" and "Kingpin."

Quill returned to movies with roles in "Becoming Marty" and "A Plumm Summer." 

In 2012, Quill landed a role in Ben Affleck's film "Argo," about a covert operation to rescue American hostages from Iran. The movie won the Oscar for best picture. 

His last role was an appearance in the hit show "Scandal." Quill recently began working with FedEx, where he enjoyed the comradery, according to his obituary.

Quill lived in Los Angeles with his wife, actress-model Lisa Casanova Quill, until she died of breast cancer in 2015, according to Deadline. He is survived by his 14-year-old son Timothy Quill Jr. and his siblings, Martina Scarrone, Teresa Pfeifle, Katherine Quill and Leonard Quill.

His obituary describes him as a gentle soul, with an easy smile, always ready for a celebration.

Quill was also deeply involved in his church, St. Monica Roman Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, according to his obituary.

He served as a volunteer with the St. Monica School and helped coach the school's youth baseball team. 

Quill's family would like donations to be made to the St. Monica's Catholic High School in Santa Monica.

Sources: Deadline, The News Journal, IMDb / Featured Image: Sailko/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: REX/Shutterstock via Deadline, IMDb

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