Quaid at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Dennis William Quaid
April 9, 1954
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Houston|
Jack Henry Quaid
Thomas Boone Quaid
Zoe Grace Quaid
|Relatives||Randy Quaid (brother)|
Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor known for a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an addiction to drugs and an eating disorder. Some of his notable credits include Breaking Away, The Right Stuff, Wyatt Earp, The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, Vantage Point, Footloose, Frequency, The Parent Trap, Yours Mine and Ours and Soul Surfer. For his role in Far from Heaven (2002) he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.
- Early life 1
- Career 2
- Awards 3
Personal life 4
- Relationships and children 4.1
- Interests 4.2
- Substance use 4.3
- Charities 5
- Filmography 6
- References 7
- Further reading 8
- External links 9
Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (née Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid (November 21, 1923 – February 8, 1987), an electrician. He is the younger brother of actor Randy Quaid. Quaid has English, Scots-Irish, and Cajun (French) ancestry. Through his father, Quaid is a first cousin, twice removed, of cowboy performer Gene Autry. The Quaid brothers grew up in Bellaire, Texas, which is a small city surrounded by Houston, and in southwest Houston. He attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, and Pershing Middle School in Houston. He studied Mandarin and dance at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, and later in college, at the University of Houston, under drama coach Cecil Pickett, who had previously taught at Bellaire High and whose daughter is actress Cindy Pickett. It was during his time at Bellaire High School that he developed the nickname 'Dennis Quand', (a combination of 'Quaid' and 'Bond') in relation to his obsession with the 007 film character and was regularly referred to by this name.
Quaid dropped out of the University of Houston before graduating and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career of his own. He initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983).
Known for his grin, Quaid has appeared in both comedic and dramatic roles. Quaid had starring roles in the films Enemy Mine (1985), Innerspace (1987) and The Big Easy (1987). He also achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! (1989). In 1989, he also appeared throughout the Bonnie Raitt music video for the song "Thing Called Love."
Quaid's career lost steam in the early 1990s, after he fought anorexia nervosa brought on when he lost 40 pounds to play Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp and kicked a cocaine addiction as well. He continued to garner positive reviews in a variety of films, however. Quaid was also the guest star of a season 2 episode of Muppets Tonight (1997). He starred in the lead role in the 1996 adventure film Dragonheart, the remake of The Parent Trap (1998), playing the part of the twins' father, and as an aging pro football quarterback in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday (1999). Some of Quaid's more recent film credits include Frequency (2000), The Rookie (2002), Far from Heaven (2002), Cold Creek Manor (2003), The Flight of the Phoenix (2004), The Alamo (2004), In Good Company (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Vantage Point (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and Pandorum (2009).
In 2009, Quaid guest starred in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, playing Mr. Krabs' grandfather, Captain Redbeard.
In 2012 and 2013, Quaid played Sheriff Ralph Lamb in the CBS TV drama series Vegas.
For his role in Far from Heaven (2002) he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. He received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Golden Globe Awards, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Quaid was also honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Houston, in April 2012.
Relationships and children
Quaid has been married three times and has three children.
Quaid and his first wife, actress P. J. Soles, were married on November 25, 1978. The couple were divorced on January 23, 1983.
On February 14, 1991, Quaid married actress Meg Ryan. Quaid and Ryan have a son, Jack Henry (born April 24, 1992). They were divorced on July 16, 2001. In a 2008 interview with Insight, Ryan stated, "Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that after I was divorced."
Quaid dated model Shanna Moakler in 2001. They were together when she was approached by Playboy, and they discussed it before she posed nude in the magazine, which she publicly announced in W magazine as "embarrassing." The relationship lasted for eight months.
Quaid married Texas real-estate agent Kimberly Buffington, on July 4, 2004, at his ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana. They have fraternal twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, born via gestational carrier on November 8, 2007, in Santa Monica, California.
On November 18, 2007, hospital staff mistakenly gave Quaid's ten-day-old twins a dosage of heparin 1,000 times the common dosage for infants. Their attorney said the newborns will "be fine now," but Quaid filed a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer, Baxter Healthcare, claiming that packaging for the two doses of heparin are not different enough. In May 2008, the Quaids testified before the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking U.S. Congress not to preempt the right to sue drug manufacturers for negligence under state law.
Buffington filed for divorce from Quaid in March 2012. According to the divorce petition, the marriage had "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." Buffington's attorney then withdrew the divorce papers on April 26, 2012. In the summer of 2012, Quaid and Buffington moved to California. In October 2012, Quaid and Buffington again decided to separate, and Buffington filed for legal separation, seeking joint legal and sole physical custody of the twins. After waiting to establish the required six months of residency in California, Quaid filed for divorce on November 30, 2012, asking for joint legal and physical custody of the children and offering to pay spousal support to Buffington. They have since reconciled and the divorce was dismissed with prejudice in the spring of 2013.
Quaid was raised in the Baptist faith.
In addition to acting, Quaid is a musician and plays with his band, the Sharks. He wrote and performed the song 'Closer To You' in the film "The Big Easy" (1987). Quaid also has a pilot's license and owned a Cessna Citation, he also is a five-handicap golfer. In 2005, he was named as the top golfer among the "Hollywood set" by Golf Digest.
Quaid is an avid fan of the Houston Astros, and after their 2005 National League Championship winning season, he narrated their commemorating DVD release.
There have been extensive stories about Quaid's past abuse of cocaine. In a candid 2002 interview with Larry King on his talk show, after King asked about his motives for using drugs, Quaid responded,
Well, you got to put it in context. Back in the late '60s, early '70s. That was back during the time where, you know, drugs were going to expand our minds and everybody was experimenting and everything. We were really getting high, we didn't know it. And cocaine at that time was considered harmless. You know. I remember magazine articles in 'People' Magazine of doctors saying, it is not addicting. It is just—alcohol is worse. So I think we all fell into that. But that's not the way it was.
When asked if he believed he had ever been addicted to the drugs, he responded,
It was a gradual thing. But it got to the point where I couldn't have any fun unless I had it. Which is a bad place to be." Later in the interview he said, "But I saw myself being dead in about five years if I didn't stop.
In April 2011, while promoting his film, Soul Surfer, Quaid was very candid when it came to questions regarding his past drug abuse. He blamed his sudden thrust into the Hollywood scene for his trouble with cocaine. He said,
Coming from where I came from - lower-middle-class life, from Houston into Hollywood - and all of a sudden this success starts happening to you, I just didn't know how to handle that." Quaid also made bold accusations about the American film industry in the 1970s, claiming, "Cocaine was even in the budgets of movies, thinly disguised.... It was petty cash, you know? It was supplied, basically, on movie sets because everyone was doing it." On his addiction, Quaid said, "I'd wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn't going to do it again that day ... but then four o'clock rolled around, and I'd be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills.
In October 2009, Quaid narrowly avoided being arrested for DUI, when a police officer managed to persuade him to get out of his car and get a cab.
Quaid lends his name to the annual "Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend" (formerly the "Jiffy Lube/Dennis Quaid Charity Classic") in Austin. The golf tournament attracts numerous celebrities with the proceeds split among local children's charities. He is a member of the Bel-Air Country Club in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, and tries to stay at homes on private courses when he is on the road.
Quaid works with the International Hospital for Children in New Orleans. He makes trips to Central America to help build medical clinics and transport sick children back to the U.S. for treatment they cannot get locally.
|1977||I Never Promised You a Rose Garden||Shark, Baseball Pitcher|
|1977||September 30, 1955||Frank|
|1978||Our Winning Season||Paul Morelli|
|1978||Seniors, TheThe Seniors||Alan|
|1980||Long Riders, TheThe Long Riders||Ed Miller|
|1981||All Night Long||Freddie Dupler|
|1981||Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, TheThe Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia||Travis Child|
|1981||Stripes||Extra at Graduation Ceremony||(uncredited)|
|1983||Tough Enough||Art Long|
|1983||Jaws 3-D||Michael 'Mike' Brody|
|1983||Right Stuff, TheThe Right Stuff||Gordon Cooper|
|1985||Enemy Mine||Willis Davidge|
|1987||Big Easy, TheThe Big Easy||Det. Remy McSwain||
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
|1987||Innerspace||Lt. Tuck Pendleton|
|1988||Everybody's All-American||Gavin Grey|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Jerry Lee Lewis|
|1990||Come See the Paradise||Jack McGurn|
|1990||Postcards from the Edge||Jack Faulkner|
|1993||Wilder Napalm||Wallace Foudroyant/Biff the Clown|
|1993||Undercover Blues||Jefferson 'Jeff' Blue|
|1993||Flesh and Bone||Arlis Sweeney|
|1994||Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema||Himself||Documentary|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Doc Holliday|
|1995||Something to Talk About||Eddie Bichon|
|1997||Gang Related||Joe Doe/William|
|1998||Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap||Nick Parker|
|1998||Playing by Heart||Hugh|
|1999||Any Given Sunday||Jack 'Cap' Rooney|
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Suspense
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2000||Traffic||Arnie Metzger||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2002||Rookie, TheThe Rookie||Jim Morris|
|2002||Far from Heaven||Frank Whitaker||
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|2003||Cold Creek Manor||Cooper Tilson|
|2004||Alamo, TheThe Alamo||Sam Houston|
|2004||Day After Tomorrow, TheThe Day After Tomorrow||Jack Hall|
|2004||In Good Company||Dan Foreman|
|2004||Flight of the Phoenix||Frank Towns|
|2005||Yours, Mine and Ours||Rear Admiral Frank Beardsley, USCG|
|2006||American Dreamz||President Joseph Staton|
|2007||Battle for Terra||Roven||Voice role|
|2008||Vantage Point||Thomas Barnes|
|2008||Smart People||Lawrence Wetherhold|
|2008||Express, TheThe Express||Ben Schwartzwalder|
|2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||General Hawk|
|2011||Soul Surfer||Tom Hamilton|
|2011||Footloose||Rev. Shaw Moore|
|2012||Beneath the Darkness||Vaughn Ely|
|2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Ramsey|
|2012||The Words||Clay Hammond|
|2012||Playing for Keeps||Carl|
|2012||At Any Price||Henry Whipple|
|2013||Movie 43||Charlie Wessler||Segment "The Pitch"|
|2015||Truth||Colonel Roger Charles|
|2016||A Dog's Purpose||Filming|
|1981||Bill||Barry Morrow||Television film|
|1982||Johnny Belinda||Kyle Hager||Television film|
|2001||Dinner with Friends||Gabe||Television film|
|2009||SpongeBob SquarePants||Grandpa RedBeard||Voice role; Episode: "Grandpappy the Pirate/Cephalopod Lodge"|
|2010||Special Relationship, TheThe Special Relationship||Bill Clinton||
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2012–2013||Vegas||Sheriff Ralph Lamb||21 episodes, also executive producer|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Chief / Judge||2 episodes|
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- Stated in interview at Inside the Actors Studio.
- Notes, Chapter 1, p. 304, Public Cowboy No. !: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, by Holly George-Warren, Oxford University Press, 2009
- Lyman, Rick (November 14, 2002). "Dennis Quaid's Second Reel: The Comeback". New York Times (New York).
- Bonnie Raitt - "Thing Called Love" music video on YouTube (official VEVO version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krF6LpUXODc
- Boodman, Sandra (March 13, 2007). "Eating Disorders: Not Just for Women". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
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- "Shanna Moakler". Extra TV. October 26, 2001. Retrieved 2007-04-02.
- "Shanna Moakler is Devastated over Split". CelebSpin. August 11, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
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- Dennis Quaid and wife sue drug maker.
- Quaid, Dennis; Quaid, Kimberly (May 14, 2008). "Testimony of Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Quaid Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives" (PDF). pp. 1–7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Dennis Quaid's Wife Files for Divorce: Report".
- "Dennis Quaid's Wife Withdraws Divorce Papers".
- "Dennis Quaid Files to Divorce Wife Kimberly Buffington-Quaid". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Dennis Quaid's Wife Files for Separation Five Months After Pulling Plug on Divorce". E News. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Dennis and Kimberly Quaid:Divorce Withdrawn". HuffingtonPost. Retrieved August 2013.
- 'It's All God': Interview with Dennis Quaid
- Peter T. Chattaway (November 21, 2005). "'"Mr. Versatile 'Christianity Today. Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
- "A Plane Crazy America". AOPA Pilot: 79. May 2014.
- "CNN.com – Transcripts". Transcripts.cnn.com. March 12, 2002. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
- Gracely, Joe (April 11, 2011). "'"Dennis Quaid: 'Being addicted to cocaine' was 'my greatest mistake. New York: NYDailyNews.
- "Dennis Quaid dodges DUI by taking cab". Daily News (New York). October 25, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
- Dennis Quaid Emmy Nominated
- Silver, Murray, 2005. When Elvis Meets the Dalai Lama, (Bonaventure Books, Savannah), in which the author describes Quaid's participation in the film Great Balls of Fire.