TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)
|Also Known As:||Dennis William Quaid||Died:|
|Born:||April 9, 1954||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Houston, Texas, USA||Profession:||actor, songwriter, singer, producer|
Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY
film was director Roland Emmerich's big budget disaster film "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), in which Quaid starred as a climatologist racing northward to find his young son after the planet experiences a radical climate change.After a turn in the superfluous but crowd-pleasing remake "Flight of the Ph nix" (2004), Quaid soared in a career-defining role as a successful middle-aged magazine ad salesman who suddenly finds himself working under a new boss (Topher Grace) nearly half his age in writer-director Paul Weitz's comedy "In Good Company" (2004). A remake of the 1968 Lucille Ball-Henry Fonda comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours" (2005), co-starring Rene Russo as the other half of a blended family, did moderately well at the box office despite tanking critically. The limp political satire "American Dreamz" (2006), in which Quaid played a doofus president, tanked on both accounts. Quaid followed up with a very different film centering on a U.S. president, playing a secret service agent who witnesses an assassination in "Vantage Point" (2008). The film brought action-oriented audiences to the theaters but sent critics home early. Quaid had three more releases scheduled for the year, including the...
film was director Roland Emmerich's big budget disaster film "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), in which Quaid starred as a climatologist racing northward to find his young son after the planet experiences a radical climate change.
After a turn in the superfluous but crowd-pleasing remake "Flight of the Ph nix" (2004), Quaid soared in a career-defining role as a successful middle-aged magazine ad salesman who suddenly finds himself working under a new boss (Topher Grace) nearly half his age in writer-director Paul Weitz's comedy "In Good Company" (2004). A remake of the 1968 Lucille Ball-Henry Fonda comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours" (2005), co-starring Rene Russo as the other half of a blended family, did moderately well at the box office despite tanking critically. The limp political satire "American Dreamz" (2006), in which Quaid played a doofus president, tanked on both accounts. Quaid followed up with a very different film centering on a U.S. president, playing a secret service agent who witnesses an assassination in "Vantage Point" (2008). The film brought action-oriented audiences to the theaters but sent critics home early. Quaid had three more releases scheduled for the year, including the college-set comedy "Smart People" co-starring young Oscar nominee Ellen Page, and "The Express," in which Quaid portrayed a football coach in the real-life story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman trophy. Following supporting turns as General Hawk in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009) and a diner owner in the supernatural thriller "Legion" (2010), Quaid portrayed President Bill Clinton in "The Special Relationship" (HBO, 2010), a look at the intimate relationship between the American president and England's prime minister, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen). For his efforts, Quaid earned Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.
The beginning of the next decade saw Quaid taking on more work in feature films, most frequently in supporting roles. He and Helen Hunt played the supportive parents of a brave young girl (AnnaSophia Robb) who reenters the world of competitive surfing after losing an arm to a shark in the inspirational fact-based drama "Soul Surfer" (2011). This was followed by a turn as an overly protective preacher in the update of the hit â¿¿80s dance-drama "Footloose" (2011) and his scenery-chewing portrayal of a mild-mannered psychopath in the little-seen thriller "Beneath the Darkness" (2011). Quaid made small appearances in such features as the critically-blasted adaptation of the best-selling pregnancy preparedness book "What to Expect When Youâ¿¿re Expecting" (2012) and a turn as a famous author in the literary drama "The Words" (2012), but it was the actorâ¿¿s first run as the star of a network series "Vegas" (CBS, 2012- ) that garnered the lionâ¿¿s share of the buzz for him that year. Set in the Sin City of the 1960s, the drama starred Quaid as a local sheriff at odds with a newly-arrived Chicago mob boss (Michael Chiklis) intent on setting up an operation in the future gambling mecca.nd the time his marriage to Soles was disintegrating. The charismatic actor finally got a chance to demonstrate his potential with his fantastic turn as cocksure Houston astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff" (1983), Quaid's most high-profile film to date, as well as an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture. After appearing on stage opposite brother Randy in Sam Shepard's blistering "True West" in New York and Los Angeles, Quaid landed starring status in flops "Dreamscape" (1984) and "Enemy Mine" (1985), before receiving a much needed boost to the A-list in Jim McBride's "The Big Easy" (1987), enjoying excellent reviews as a Louisiana detective. Relaxed and sporting a Cajun accent, the actor was sexy and swaggeringly charming; even more important to viewers was the palpable onscreen chemistry with co-star Ellen Barkin. Off the set, however, Quaid had become an item with his "Innerspace" (1987) co-star and soon-to-be superstar, Meg Ryan. A year before Ryan became "America's Sweetheart" with her unforgettable performance in "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), the new couple also appeared together in the unsuccessful 1988 remake of the film noir classic "D.O.A."
Continuing to be in demand as a leading man, Quaid delivered a fine performance as a former high school football star in the middling "Everybody's All American" (1988), and reunited with Jim McBride to star in the biopic of explosive rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" (1989), but neither film drew in a big audience. Offscreen, it was later revealed that the actor was battling an addiction to cocaine. Following his turn as a roguishly charming cad opposite Meryl Streep in "Postcards From the Edge" (1990), he underwent treatment for substance abuse, followed by a two-year, self-imposed hiatus, during which time he married Ryan and the pair had a son, Jack. Post-rehab, Quaid returned to the big screen, starring in three little-seen 1993 pictures â¿¿ the bizarre and confusing "Wilder Napalm," the precious "Thin Man" wannabe "Undercover Blues," and the well-acted family drama "Flesh and Bone." Then the actor literally transformed himself, dropping 40 pounds to play tubercular Doc Holliday in Lawrence Kasdan's epic "Wyatt Earp" (1993). Overall, the film was a disappointment, however reviewers singled out Quaid's performance. He followed up as the charming ne'er-do-well husband of Julia Roberts in "Something to Talk About" (1995) and brought a level of surprising believability to his turn as a medieval knight in "Dragonheart" (1996).
Finally Quaid scored a box office hit in 1998, co-starring with Natasha Richardson in the remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap," and offered a stellar performance as a mercenary in the little-seen "Savior" (1998), before turning in one of the more memorable performances of his career as an aging quarterback in the Oliver Stone-directed "Any Given Sunday" (1999). His run of solid, well-respected films continued when Quaid was included in a Screen Actors Guild Award given to the cast of "Traffic" (2000), in which he played a slippery lawyer advising the wife of a drug lord. Unfortunately, as he was savoring the success of the award-winning film, he found himself in a very public split with Ryan. Although there had been whispers of trouble between the couple for a few years, no one could have predicted "America's Sweetheart" would have an affair with the then hottest actor in town at that time, Russell Crowe, her co-star in "Proof of Life" (2000), and then leave Quaid not long after. While a brutal split, on a public relations level, Quaid came out on top, being the perceived wronged party in the scandalous love triangle.
After starring in the critically acclaimed television film "Dinner with Friends," he returned to the big screen in another sports-set drama, the surprising hit "The Rookie" (2002). Quaid had first billing in this fact-based story of a middle-aged high school baseball coach who tries out for the Major Leagues and becomes its oldest rookie. Quaid truly hit one out of the park in that year's intense drama "Far From Heaven" (2002), earning an Independent Spirit Award for his co-starring role opposite Julianne Moore. Set in Connecticut during the 1950s, Quaid was pitch-perfect in a fearless performance as a family man who is secretly homosexual, a secret which makes him neglectful, abusive and alcoholic. Universally praised for his tragic, tormented turn, Quaid delivered a powerful performance and was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood again. Next up, Quaid teamed with Sharon Stone in Mike Figgis' sly but commercially lackluster take on the haunted house thriller in "Cold Creek Manor' (2003), then took on the history of his home state by portraying Sam Houston in Disney's unfortunate box office bomb "The Alamo" (2004). Bigger at the box office than either
Filmographyclose complete filmography
CAST: (feature film)
Milestones close milestones
Quaid obtained a pilot's license as part of his research to play astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff" (1983).
"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." --Dennis Quaid on fame to ELLE in 1996
"Dennis had changed from a tortured guy to a man who's serene and responsible and honest. Sometimes it makes me nervous how right he's got his head screwed on." --friend and fellow actor Brett Cullen to Premiere, February 1995.
"I run to the outskirts of what is generally accepted as commercial. That my be a fault of mine. I like stories you can't predict. If the story interests me, then I sit up. I find most movies today are really well-made television shows. I'm not putting theme down, but sometimes they disappoint me in that they don't take enough chances. I like working with filmmakers ans stories that are on the edge." --Dennis Quaid quoted in Vogue, November 1993.
"Something physical always leads me to the inside of the character," --Quaid quoted in New York Newsday, October 31, 1993.
Quaid has a band, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.
"I definitely was able to relate this to my own life, in that I've come through periods where I lived this secret life", Quaid explains, referring to his addiction to cocaine. "I was hiding that, or at least thought I was, and there's a lot of shame that went with the behaviour of that. What I had at the time was not really an authentic life, but a secret life until it all came out."---Quaid talking about his character in "Far from Heaven" crankycritic.com
"Hollywood is just one big high school and nothing has really changed. You know it's who's the most popular this year and so what's the big difference?"---Quaid talking about the success of "The Rookie" filmmonthly.com March 26, 2002
"Being a celebrity couple is not so easy-it's double the publicity, and it's hard to have a private life. . . . I have to tell you that I'm happier with my life now than ever: I have a great son and a great career. I'm not only here, but here stronger than I've ever been-I have absolutely no regrets about the ups and downs of my career."---Quaid on being part of a celebrity couple Premiere April 7, 2004
Companions close complete companion listing
Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.Click here to contribute