Who inspired lawyer Lee Quinn from Netflix's 9/11 film Worth?

Olivia Olphin September 6, 2021

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Netflix has just dropped 2020 film Worth on its streaming platform and people are finding the 9/11 drama incredibly heart-wrenching and poignant. We take a closer look at the character Lee Quinn, a lawyer trying to get money for high-income families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.

Who is lawyer Lee Quinn in Netflix’s Worth?

Netflix’s Worth follows an attorney, Ken Feinberg, in Washington DC as he attempts to determine how to adequately compensate families who lost people in the 9/11 attacks.

This is a film that asks us, what is the value of a human life? Worth tells the story of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was created by Congress to help with familial suffering after the 9/11 attack.

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WORTH (2021) Stanley Tucci as Charles Wolf. Cr: NETFLIX

Lee Quinn is an attorney attempting to get money for wealthier clients who lost high-income victims in the 9/11 attacks, and is leading the group suing airline companies. During the film he seeks to put pressure on Ken Feinberg to increase the amount of money he is granting to his clients.

Quinn is played by Tate Donovan, who has also starred in films such as Argo, Hercules and Manchester By The Sea.

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Is Lee Quinn based on a real person?

The producers of the film have said Lee Quinn is a composite character. A composite character is a person based on one or more individuals in a true story.

Many of the victims in the film are also amalgamations of real people. This decision was made to maintain the privacy of families of the victims of 9/11.

In the film, Lee Quinn is a seemingly self-serving character seeking to get as much money as possible for his clients without care for the wider fund as a whole or the other victims’ families.

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Quinn functions as the film’s villain and also represents the voices of higher-income families. According to Slate his character represents and stands-in for multiple executives from banking firms.

Priya Khundi is played by Shunori Ramanathan and is a lawyer working on Feinberg’s team. She often asks for exceptions to the compensation rules and fights to empathise with the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. However, the character is fictional.

Fans react to Worth on Netflix

While the film Worth was initially released in January 2020, it has been re-released on Netflix to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts about the new drama.

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You can stream Worth on Netflix right now.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.