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Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn (May 6, 1912 – April 29, 1994) was an American film actor. He was sometimes credited as Billy Quinn, William Quinn, and William T. Quinn.Quinn appeared in more than 150 acting roles over seven decades, starting in the 1920s in silent films and ending in 1989 in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He is best remembered as Archie's blind friend, Mr. Van Ranseleer, in All in the Family, and later as a regular in the spin-off Archie Bunker's Place. His other television roles include The Odd Couple, in which he played the recurring role of the roommates' physician, Dr. Melnitz; The Rifleman as Sweeney, the bartender; McHale's Navy; and Mary's father in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In 1971, he was featured in the Universal Pictures movie How to Frame a Figg starring Don Knotts. He is credited (but does not seem to appear in) the 1961, Perry Mason, season 4, episode 22 'The Case of the Cowardly Lion' as 'Judge 1'. Quinn also played in Barnaby Jones, in the episode titled “Murder Once Removed”(01/21/1975). He played Judge Antonio Runzuli in Bustin' Loose starring Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson. Quinn was the father-in-law of Bob Newhart: He is the father of Newhart's wife, Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn Newhart. He appeared in small supporting roles in several episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. Quinn died at the age of 81 in Camarillo, California of natural causes.