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Dennis Quaid

Dennis QuaidBorn: 9-Apr-1954
Birthplace: Houston, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Any Given Sunday

Dennis Quaid came from a middle class background, and was raised in Texas. He was drawn to drama in high school, and studied acting at the University of Houston, but not for long. His older brother Randy was having some success in Hollywood, and suggested that Dennis could get on-the-job training as an actor in L.A. In his film debut, Quaid played a bellhop in the Cloris Leachman film Crazy Mama. His first major role came in 1977's 9/30/55, mourning the death of James Dean alongside Richard Thomas and Tom Hulce. Quaid's breakthrough came in 1979, as the frustrated former high school quarterback in the charming Breaking Away.

In the 1980 western The Long Riders, several famous Hollywood brothers played wild west brothers, including Dennis and Randy Quaid as Clell and Ed Miller. It is the only film the Quaid brothers have made together, though they worked together on Broadway in a mid-1980s production of Sam Shepard's True West.

Quaid played another quarterback in Any Given Sunday, and broke into the major leagues as a 35-year-old pitcher in The Rookie (Quaid himself was 45). He played Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! and Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff.

A lot of cocaine has gone up Quaid's nose, but he kicked his addiction in 1988. "I saw myself being dead in about five years if I didn't stop. So I went and got help. I went away for a month." He later joined Weight Watchers and lost 44 pounds for his role in Wyatt Earp (1994).

Father: William Quaid ("Buddy", electrician, d. 1987, heart attack)
Mother: Nita Quaid (real estate agent)
Brother: Randy Quaid (actor)
Brother: Buddy Quaid (half-brother, actor, b. 26-Nov-1974)
Wife: P. J. Soles (actress, m. 25-Nov-1978, div. 23-Jan-1983)
Girlfriend: Lea Thompson (actress, cohabited 1983-87, broken engagement)
Wife: Meg Ryan (actress, dated 1987-91, m. 14-Feb-1991, div. 16-Jul-2001, one son)
Son: Jack Henry Quaid (b. 24-Apr-1992)
Girlfriend: Andie MacDowell (actress, together 2001)
Slept with: Shanna Moakler (actress, together 2001)
Wife: Kimberly Buffington (real estate agent, m. 4-Jul-2004, sep. 2012, one son, one daughter)
Son: Thomas Quaid (twin via surrogate mother, b. 8-Nov-2007)
Daughter: Zoe Quaid (twin via surrogate mother, b. 8-Nov-2007)

    High School: Bellaire Senior High School, Bellaire, TX (1972)
    University: University of Houston (dropped out)

    unknown detox facility
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Yoga

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Everything That Rises (12-Jul-1998)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Playing for Keeps (5-Dec-2012)
    At Any Price (31-Aug-2012)
    What to Expect When You're Expecting (17-May-2012)
    The Words (27-Jan-2012)
    Beneath the Darkness (22-Oct-2011)
    Footloose (6-Oct-2011)
    Soul Surfer (8-Apr-2011) · Tom Hamilton
    The Special Relationship (29-May-2010)
    Legion (21-Jan-2010) · Bob Hanson
    Pandorum (25-Sep-2009) · Payton
    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (5-Aug-2009) · Gen. Hawk
    The Express (12-Sep-2008)
    The Horsemen (14-May-2008) · Aidan Breslin
    Vantage Point (20-Feb-2008)
    Smart People (20-Jan-2008)
    Battle for Terra (8-Sep-2007) · Roven [VOICE]
    American Dreamz (4-Mar-2006) · President Staton
    Yours, Mine and Ours (23-Nov-2005) · Frank Beardsley
    Flight of the Phoenix (17-Dec-2004)
    In Good Company (6-Dec-2004)
    The Day After Tomorrow (17-May-2004) · Jack Hall
    The Alamo (27-Mar-2004)
    Cold Creek Manor (17-Sep-2003) · Cooper Tilson
    Far from Heaven (1-Sep-2002) · Frank Whitaker
    The Rookie (26-Mar-2002)
    Dinner with Friends (11-Aug-2001)
    Traffic (27-Dec-2000) · Arnie Metzger
    Frequency (28-Apr-2000)
    Any Given Sunday (16-Dec-1999)
    Playing by Heart (30-Dec-1998)
    The Parent Trap (20-Jul-1998) · Nick Parker
    Everything That Rises (12-Jul-1998)
    Savior (1-May-1998)
    Switchback (31-Oct-1997)
    Gang Related (8-Oct-1997) · William
    Dragonheart (31-May-1996) · Bowen
    Something to Talk About (4-Aug-1995) · Eddie
    Wyatt Earp (24-Jun-1994)
    Flesh and Bone (5-Nov-1993) · Arlis Sweeney
    Undercover Blues (10-Sep-1993) · Jeff Blue
    Wilder Napalm (20-Aug-1993)
    Come See the Paradise (23-Dec-1990) · Jack McGurn
    Postcards from the Edge (12-Sep-1990) · Jack Falkner
    Great Balls of Fire! (30-Jun-1989) · Jerry Lee Lewis
    Everybody's All-American (4-Nov-1988)
    D.O.A. (18-Mar-1988)
    Suspect (23-Oct-1987)
    Innerspace (1-Jul-1987) · Lt. Tuck Pendleton
    The Big Easy (27-Mar-1987)
    Enemy Mine (12-Dec-1985) · Davidge
    Dreamscape (15-Aug-1984) · Alex Gardner
    Bill: On His Own (9-Nov-1983)
    The Right Stuff (9-Sep-1983) · Gordon Cooper
    Jaws 3-D (22-Jul-1983) · Mike Brody
    Tough Enough (20-May-1983)
    Bill (22-Dec-1981)
    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (29-May-1981)
    Caveman (17-Apr-1981) · Lar
    All Night Long (6-Mar-1981)
    The Long Riders (16-May-1980) · Ed Miller
    Gorp (May-1980)
    Breaking Away (18-Jul-1979) · Mike
    Are You in the House Alone? (20-Sep-1978) · Phil Lawver
    The Seniors (30-Jun-1978)
    Our Winning Season (May-1978)
    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (29-Oct-1977)
    September 30, 1955 (Aug-1977)


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