/ : Dennis Quaid


Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Occupations: Actor, Musician, Producer, Composer
Quote: Dennis Quaid on fame: "I was very uncomfortable with all the attention when it first started happening to me. I retreated quite a bit from the world, both physically and emotionally. But then you just accept that you can't control what the rest of the world thinks or does." - Elle in 1996
 
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Claim to Fame: Portrayed singer Jerry Lee Lewis in the biopic Great Balls of Fire (1989)

Significant Other(s):
Andie MacDowell, actor; reportedly became involved during filming of HBO's Dinner With Friends
Wife: Meg Ryan, actress; married February 14, 1991; engaged 1989; announced separation June 2000; Quaid filed for divorce July 12, 2000; Ryan countersued August 2000
Lea Thompson, actress; met 1983 during the filming of Jaws 3-D; lived together for four years
Wife: PJ Soles (aka Pamela Soles), actress; met 1978 during the filming of Our Winning Season; married 1978; divorced 1983

Family:
Father: William Quaid (aka Buddy Quaid), electrical contractor; divorced from Quaid's mother when Quaid was in high school; died of a heart attack in 1987
Mother: Nita Quaid, real-estate agent
Brother: Randy Quaid, actor, director; born 1950
Half sister: Younger
Half brother: Buddy Quaid, born November 26, 1974
Son: Jack Quaid, born April 24, 1992; mother, Meg Ryan

Biography
The younger brother of actor Randy Quaid, opposite whom he appeared off-Broadway in True West in 1984, Dennis Quaid began appearing in films in the mid-1970s and first gained attention for his role as a frustrated Midwestern teenager in Breaking Away (1979). Though his career has been somewhat uneven, his easy-going, slightly swaggering charm and Texan drawl have been put to good use in films by Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff 1983) and Jim McBride (The Big Easy 1987). Quaid's second career as a singer-songwriter has made him an appropriate - though not always successful - choice to portray musicians on screen, as in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981), Tough Enough (1983) and - as Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire (1989).

Despite appearing in a number of unsuccessful films in the late 80s and early 90s, Quaid received praise for his performance in the decidedly dark Texas drama, Flesh and Bone (1993). Shedding his patented Chesire cat grin, Quaid played a man so haunted by his family's past that he is unable to have human contact. He also delivered an outstanding performance as Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1994). In Rob Cohen's medieval epic Dragonheart (1996), Quaid played a knight who teams with one of the last surviving dragons (voiced by Sean Connery) to battle an evil king (David Thewlis). He returned to more contemporary times for the thriller SwitchBack (1997) and Disney's remake of The Parent Trap (1998).

After offering a stellar performance as a mercenary in the little-seen Savior (1998), Quaid turned in a fine performance as an aging quarterback in the Oliver Stone-directed Any Given Sunday (1999). He followed with a turn as a firefighter who is able to communicate across time with his grown son (James Caveziel) in the fantasy Frequency and then was cast as a slippery lawyer advising the wife of a drug lord in Traffic (both 2000).

Formerly married to actress P J Soles, Quaid married actress Meg Ryan in 1991.

Filmography
The Rookie (2002)
Dinner With Friends (2001)
Frequency (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Savior (1998)
Everything That Rises (1998)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Playing by Heart (1998)
Gang Related (1997)
Switchback (1997)
Sesame Street: Telling The Truth (1997)
Dragonheart (1996)
Something to Talk About (1995)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Undercover Blues (1993)
Wilder Napalm (1993)
Flesh and Bone (1993)
Come See the Paradise (1990)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
Neville Brothers & Friends: Tell It Like It Is (1989)
D.O.A. (1988)
Everybody's All American (1988)
The Big Easy (1987)
Innerspace (1987)
Suspect (1987)
Enemy Mine (1985)
Dreamscape (1984)
Bill: On His Own (1983)
Jaws 3-D (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Tough Enough (1983)
Johnny Belinda (1982)
All Night Long (1981)
Bill (1981)
Caveman (1981)
Heartbeeps (1981)
The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia (1981)
Gorp (1980)
The Long Riders (1980)
Breaking Away (1979)
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979)
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
The Seniors (1978)
Our Winning Season (1978)
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
September 30, 1955 (1977)
 

Awards:
1988: Independent Spirit Award: Best Actor, The Big Easy

Education:
Bellaire High School in Bellaire, TX, 1972
University of Houston in Houston, TX (dropped out to pursue acting career)

 


 

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