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Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid (Male Celebrities)

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Dennis William Quaid (born Apr. 9, 1954 (67 years ago)) is an American actor. Raised in Texas, he became known during the 1980 (41 years ago) after appearing in several successful films, and established a career as a Hollywood actor.

Early life

Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (née Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He is the younger brother of actor Randy Quaid. Quaid has Irish and French ancestry. He attended Pershing Middle School in Houston. He studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, and later in college, at the University of Houston, under drama coach Cecil Pickett.


After his brother, actor Randy Quaid, was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail, he dropped out of the University of Houston before graduating and moved to Los Angeles, California, 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, 42 years ago), the critically panned but commercially successful Jaws 3-D (1983, 38 years ago), and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983, 38 years ago).

Known for his grin, Quaid has appeared in both comedic and dramatic roles. Quaid had starring roles in the movies Enemy Mine and Innerspace. He also achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! (1989, 32 years ago).

Quaid's career lost steam in the early 1990s, after he fought and kicked a cocaine addiction. He continued to garner positive reviews in a variety of films, however, such as Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp. He starred in the 1998 (23 years ago) remake of The Parent Trap playing the part of the twins' father. Some of Quaid's more recent movie credits include Far From Heaven (2002, 19 years ago), In Good Company (2004, 17 years ago), The Day After Tomorrow (8 pics) (2004, 17 years ago), Yours, Mine and Ours (2005, 16 years ago), Vantage Point (9 pics) (2008, 13 years ago), and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (10 pics) (2009, 12 years ago). His role in Far From Heaven saw him receive Golden Globe, PFCS and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for "Best Supporting Actor," as well as NYFCC, CFCA, OFCS and Independent Spirit Award wins.

In 2009 (12 years ago) he will movie the role of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, alongside Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton, in the movie The Special Relationship.

Personal life

Quaid was raised Baptist and is a practicing Christian.

Quaid married actress P.J. Soles on Nov. 25, 1978 (43 years ago). The two divorced on Jan. 23, 1983 (38 years ago). Quaid's second marriage was to Meg Ryan on Feb. 14, 1991 (30 years ago) (Valentine's Day). Quaid and Ryan have a son, Jack Henry (born Apr. 24, 1992 (29 years ago)). Their marriage ended on Jun. 16, 2001 (20 years ago). Quaid was also engaged for three years to actress Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City), whom he met on the movie set of Jaws 3-D in 1983 (38 years ago).

Quaid married Kimberly Buffington, an Austin, Texas, real estate agent, on Jul. 4, 2004 (17 years ago) (Independence Day). The couple welcomed twins born via a gestational carrier on Nov. 8, 2007 (14 years ago) in Santa Monica, California. Their son Thomas Boone was born first at 8:26 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces (3.06 kg). Daughter Zoe Grace made her appearance two minutes later weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.52 kg).

On Nov. 18, 2007 (14 years ago), hospital staff mistakenly gave Quaid's 12-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 has 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 (13 years ago), the Quaids testified before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking Congress not to preempt the right to sue drug manufacturers for negligence under state law.

Aside from acting, Quaid is a musician and plays with his band the Sharks. Quaid also has a pilot's license and is a scratch golfer and, in 2005 (16 years ago), was named as the top golfer among the "Hollywood set" by Golf Digest. He lends his name to the annual "Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend" (formerly the "Jiffy Lube/Dennis Quaid Charity Classic") in Austin, Texas. 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 and tries to stay at homes on private courses when he is on the road.

Quaid works with the charity "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 United States for treatment they cannot get locally.

In a 2006 (15 years ago) interview with Best Life magazine, Quaid said that in the mid-1990s he suffered from anorexia nervosa saying, "I'd look in the mirror and still see a 180 lb (82 kg) guy, even though I was 138 pounds (62 kg)," and "for many years, I was obsessed about what I was eating, how many calories it had, and how much exercise I'd have to do".




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