Known best for his decade-long role as Brian Tilsley on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, Quinten also appeared in episodes of Doctors and Surgical Spirit.
After beginning his entertainment career as a London West End musical theater dancer, he made his screen acting debut in the 1978 Tatum O'Neal feature International Velvet.
He played a small role in the 1992 movie RoboCop2.
His brief marriage to American television personality Leeza Gibbons resulted in a daughter named Lexi. He later married Paula Holmes and had a daughter named Sidney with his girlfriend Alison Slater.
On Coronation Street, he played the husband of Helen Worth's character.