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Also Known As: Dennis William Quaid Died:
Born: April 9, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, singer, producer

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Often cast as a roguish charmer and Western renegade, Texan-born Dennis Quaid hit the Hollywood radar in the 1980s with rugged roles in "The Right Stuff" (1983) and "The Big Easy" (1987). Throughout his career he was also a frequent player in dramatic sports films like "Everybody's All American" (1988) but by decade's end, personal problems and drug addiction took a toll on the quality of Quaid's work. After a period of recovery, the actor strengthened his focus, married America's sweetheart, actress Meg Ryan, and began to rebuild his reputation as a solid screen presence with well-received roles in the Western epic "Wyatt Earp" (1993), the sports drama "Any Given Sunday" (1999), and the light family comedy, "Yours, Mine and Ours" (2005). But despite successful supporting roles in occasionally acclaimed dramas like "Traffic" (2000), Quaid's later work relied more heavily on outlandish, Earth-threatening scenarios, and unfortunately his appealing way with everyday-guy-turned-heroes was underused by Hollywood directors. Despite a rough road of public spectacles - including the dissolution of his fabled marriage to Ryan after rumors of infidelity on both their parts; hospital negligence in the...

Often cast as a roguish charmer and Western renegade, Texan-born Dennis Quaid hit the Hollywood radar in the 1980s with rugged roles in "The Right Stuff" (1983) and "The Big Easy" (1987). Throughout his career he was also a frequent player in dramatic sports films like "Everybody's All American" (1988) but by decade's end, personal problems and drug addiction took a toll on the quality of Quaid's work. After a period of recovery, the actor strengthened his focus, married America's sweetheart, actress Meg Ryan, and began to rebuild his reputation as a solid screen presence with well-received roles in the Western epic "Wyatt Earp" (1993), the sports drama "Any Given Sunday" (1999), and the light family comedy, "Yours, Mine and Ours" (2005). But despite successful supporting roles in occasionally acclaimed dramas like "Traffic" (2000), Quaid's later work relied more heavily on outlandish, Earth-threatening scenarios, and unfortunately his appealing way with everyday-guy-turned-heroes was underused by Hollywood directors. Despite a rough road of public spectacles - including the dissolution of his fabled marriage to Ryan after rumors of infidelity on both their parts; hospital negligence in the accidental poisoning of his newborn twins - Quaid's undeniable charm both on and off screen made him one of the most appealing and reliable leading men of his generation.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Everything That Rises (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Truth (2016)
2.
 Movie 43 (2013)
3.
 At Any Price (2012)
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5.
 Words, The (2012)
7.
 Footloose (2011)
8.
 Soul Surfer (2011)
10.
 Legion (2010)
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Born and raised in Texas
1969:
Began career as an impressionist in Houston nightclubs at age 15
1974:
Moved to Los Angeles
1975:
First screen appearance in an uncredited bit part, "Crazy Mama"
1977:
Film acting debut in "9/30/55" directed by James Bridges
1978:
TV acting debut, "Are You in the House Alone?" (CBS)
1979:
Landed breakthrough screen role as Mike the high school jock in "Breaking Away"
1980:
Co-starred with his brother Randy in Walter Hill's "The Long Riders"
1981:
Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "Bill" alongside Mickey Rooney
1981:
Wrote songs for and sang on screen in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"
1983:
Reprised his TV role in the sequel "Bill on His Own" (CBS)
1983:
Gained good notices for his turn as the cocky astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff"
1984:
Starred opposite brother Randy in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West"
1987:
Won acclaim for his performance in "The Big Easy"; directed by Jim McBride
1989:
Portrayed singer Jerry Lee Lewis in the biopic "Great Balls of Fire," also directed by Jim McBride
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Formed Summers/Quaid Productions with Cathleen Summers
1993:
Co-starred with then-wife Meg Ryan in "Flesh and Bone"
1994:
Earned praise for his performance as Doc Holliday in Lawrence Kasdan's epic "Wyatt Earp"
1996:
Starred as a medieval knight in "Dragonheart"
1998:
Made directorial debut with made-for-cable TV-movie "Everything That Rises" (TNT); also starred
1998:
Co-starred in the remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap"
1999:
Portrayed a past his prime football quarterback in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Cast as the long-dead firefighting father of a contemporary detective in the supernatural-themed "Frequency"
2000:
Had pivotal role as a lawyer in "Traffic"
2001:
Co-starred in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"
2002:
Portrayed a high school baseball coach in the fact-based feature "The Rookie"
2002:
Appeared with Julianne Moore in the drama "Far From Heaven"; received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2004:
Played a climatologist who tries to find a way to save the world in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"
2004:
Starred with Scarlett Johansson and Topher Grace in the comedy "In Good Company," directed by Paul Weitz
2004:
Starred in a remake of the 1965 film "The Flight of the Phoenix"
2005:
Co-starred with Rene Russo in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours," a comedy about a blended family
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)
2006:
Portrayed the U.S. President in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"
2008:
Cast in the ensemble film "Vantage Point" as a Secret Service agent
2008:
Joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church in the indie feature "Smart People"
2009:
Co-starred as Hawk, the team leader in the live action film adaptation of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2010:
Co-starred in the apocalyptic thriller "Legion"
2010:
Portrayed President Bill Clinton in HBO's "The Special Relationship"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("The Special Relationship")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Special Relationship")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("The Special Relationship")
2011:
Co-starred in "Soul Surfer," playing the father of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was 13 years old
2011:
Cast in the remake of "Footloose," inspired by the 1984 dance drama starring Kevin Bacon
2012:
Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
2012:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"
2012:
Cast opposite Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"
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Education

University of Houston: Houston , Texas -
Bellaire High School: Bellaire , Texas - 1972

Notes

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

wife:
P J Soles. Actor. Met during the filming of "Our Winning Season" (1978); married 1978; appeared in "Breaking Away" (1979) with Quaid; divorced in 1983.
companion:
Lea Thompson. Actor. Met during the filming of "Jaws 3-D" in 1983; lived together for four years.
wife:
Meg Ryan. Actor. Met on set of "Innerspace" (1987); became engaged in 1989; married on February 14, 1991; announced separation in June 2000; Quaid filed for divorce on July 12, 2000; Ryan countersued in August 2000; divorced on July 16, 2001.
companion:
Shanna Moakler. Former beauty queen. Dated since early 2001; no longer together since December 2001.
companion:
Cynthia Garrett. Texas real estate designer. Dating since March 2002.
companion:
Anna Poche. Dating as of July 2002.
wife:
Kimberly Buffington. Texas real estate agent. Began dating early 2003; engaged June 2004; married on Sunday, July 4 in Montana.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
William 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. Divorced from Quaid's father when Quaid was in high school.
brother:
Randy Quaid. Actor, director. Born in 1950.
half-brother:
Buddy Quaid. Born on November 26, 1974.
son:
Jack Henry Quaid. Born on April 24, 1992; mother, Meg Ryan.
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