Quentin Fighting For A Better World, Right To The End
Disability advocate’s campaign for council tragically cut short
As tributes flooded in for actor and lifelong disability advocate Quentin Kenihan after his passing yesterday, most people remembered his extensive media career.
Starting when he was just seven years old with a documentary about him by Mike Willesee, Quentin went on to produce dozens of films, TV shows and commercials, and starred in four feature films, including Mad Max: Fury Road.
More recently, though, Quentin had embarked on a new quest: to get elected to Adelaide City Council at the elections coming up next month.
“I think it’s due for a bit of upheaval and have younger people step in like myself and actually help shape the way we’re going,” Quentin told The Project last week.
Tragically, we’ll never know the impact he would have made as a politician. Quentin’s life was cut short when he died of a suspected asthma attack at his Adelaide home on Saturday night, aged 43.
But all those years ago when he first hit Australia’s TV screens, he wasn’t even expected to make it into adulthood, due to the rare disorder osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease which makes his bones brittle.
“I gave up counting at 560 fractures,” he told us.
Over recent years, he’d had to take oxygen, resulting in him giving up his media career. But right up until the end, he remained committed to using his profile to help other people, campaigning for accessibility in the city.
Today, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced a tribute to Quentin.
“There’s nothing I’ve ever tried that I haven’t achieved,” Quentin told us. “Whether that be, I want to be in a movie so I’m going to be in it, I want to make a TV show so I go and make it… everything I’ve ever wanted to do career wise, I’ve done, and if that means going out and helping other people in the community then that’s what I want to do.”
Tonight on The Project, Quentin’s friend Ray Martin pays tribute to his extraordinary life.