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QUINTON AARON

Actor played Michael Oher in the Movie, "The Blindside"

*Photo Credit: Glenn Francis

Quinton Aaron was born in the Bronx, New York City and raised in Augusta, Georgia by his mother, the late Laura Aaron, author of the book Leave Me Alone (published by AuthorHouse under her alias L.A. Aaron). Quinton began singing at an early age. At the age of nine, Quinton was baptized and joined the church choir as a mute singer, where he often led songs. He started his acting debut in the Christmas play.

Quinton made his film debut as "The Lion King guy" in Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind", starring Mos Def and Jack Black. He also appeared in "Fighting" with Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard and co-starred in a NYU thesis short film called "Mr. Brooklyn" with Al Thompson (Liberty Kid, A Walk To Remember), directed by Jason Sokoloff.

Quinton has appeared in two episodes of the hit TV show "Law & Order" (Season 17, episode "Bling" as a bodyguard, and episode "Fallout" as a bouncer).[2] Quinton starred in his first lead role as Michael Oher (who is currently an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens), alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in "The Blind Side", which was released on November 20, 2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film was adapted from Michael Lewis's 2006 book,
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which features the real-life story of Michael Oher.

Quinton auditioned for the role of Michael Oher after his mother found out about the casting call online. After he was chosen as a finalist, he was flown in to Los Angeles for the final audition. Unsure on whether he had gotten the part, on his way to the door he reached into his pocket and pulled out a card and told Director John Lee Hancock that he knew it was a long shot for him to get the part but that he does security work and would love to do services should it be needed for the film. Director Hancock told him that he would keep it in mind.

A year after the audition, Quinton's life spiraled downward. His mother died and income was far in between. He had no money to pay rent or buy food for him and his brother. They had no electricity and were about to be evicted from their apartment. Just when he was about to lose hope, the phone rang. He was told that he had won the part in the movie.

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  • Behind the Scenes and Personal Experience Filming, "The Blind Side"