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Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid young

Birth Date

April 9, 1954

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Aries

Natural hair color

Brown

Eye color

Blue

Height

6 ft 0 in | 183 cm

Dennis Quaid young photos

Weight

80 kg | 175 lbs

Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Dennis Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, United States, on April 9, 1954, is an American actor.

Young Dennis Quaid studied drama at the University of Houston, under coach Cecil Pickett.

He got his big screen debut in action comedy movie Crazy Mama (1975) in uncredited role as Bellhop.

He landed his first credited role as Shark, Baseball Pitcher in drama fantasy movie I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977).

He made his television debut in ABC detective series Baretta (1977) in episode: "The Sky Is Falling", in role as Scott Martin.

Quaid's breakthrough role came as Mike in comedy drama movie Breaking Away (1979).

New Movies

The Intruder (2019) psychological thriller in role as Charlie Peck, opposite Michael Ealy and Meagan Good

A Dog's Journey (2019) comedy drama in role as Ethan Montgomery, with Josh Gad and Marg Helgenberger

Midway (2019) action drama in role as Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, opposite Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson and Luke Evans

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Frank Whitaker in drama film Far from Heaven (2002).

He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Francis Patrick "Frank" Sullivan in science fiction thriller film Frequency (2000).

The Right Stuff (1983) epic historical drama in role as Gordon Cooper

The Big Easy (1986) crime comedy drama opposite Ellen Barkin and John Goodman

Innerspace (1987) science fiction with Meg Ryan

Suspect (1987) drama mystery with Cher and Liam Neeson

Great Balls of Fire! (1989) biographical in role as Jerry Lee Lewis with Winona Ryder

Postcards from the Edge (1990) comedy drama with Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Gene Hackman

Undercover Blues (1993) comedy action opposite Kathleen Turner

Wyatt Earp (1994) biographical Western in role as Doc Holliday

DragonHeart (1996) fantasy action adventure with Sean Connery

Savior (1998) political drama with Nastassja Kinski

Pandorum (2009) science fiction horror with Ben Foster and Norman Reedus

Legion (2010) apocalyptic fantasy action horror in role as Bob Hanson

Soul Surfer (2011) biographical drama opposite Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb

Playing for Keeps (2012) romantic comedy with Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta‑Jones and Jessica Biel

At Any Price (2012) drama with Zac Efron and Heather Graham

Truth (2015) political drama with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

Traffic (2000) crime drama opposite Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta‑Jones and Benicio del Toro

Enemy Mine (1985) science fiction in role as Willis "Will" Davidge

Any Given Sunday (1999) sports drama opposite Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx

Kin (2018) science fiction action opposite Zoë Kravitz and James Franco

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Made for Television for his role as Bill Clinton in political film The Special Relationship (2010).

He played Sheriff Ralph Lamb in CBS drama television series Vegas (2012-2013).

The Art of More (2015- ) Crackle television series in role as Samuel Brukner

Fortitude (2017) horror psychological thriller television series in role as Michael Lennox

Merry Happy Whatever (2019) Netflix dark comedy web television series in role as Don Quinn

Facts

Attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, and Pershing Middle School in Houston.

Studied Mandarin and dance at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas.

Has English, Irish, Scots-Irish and Cajun (French) ancestry.

He is the younger brother of actor Randy Quaid.

He is also a musician, plays with his band "Dennis Quaid and the Sharks".

He wrote and performed song "Closer to You" in neo-noir crime comedy drama film The Big Easy (1987).

Featured in music video for Bonnie Raitt "Thing Called Love" (1989).

Has a pilot license.

Longtime friends with Brett Cullen.

Loves to play golf.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in 2005.

Good friends with Bradley Cooper.

He is left handed.

Fan of the Houston Astros.

Lives in Los Angeles.

Relationships

He was married to:

Kimberly Buffington Quaid (2004-2018), they have fraternal twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace

Meg Ryan (1991-2001), they have a son, Jack Henry Quaid

P.J. Soles (1978-1983)

Has been engaged to Lea Thompson (1984-1987).

He dated Santa Auzina (2016-2019), Anna Poche (2002-2003), Cynthia Garrett (2002), Shanna Moakler (2001) and Andie MacDowell (2001).

Quotes

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 am happier with my life now then 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.

My interpretation of a strong director is someone who knows their story. That's what directors are, they're storytellers because they're directing where your focus is going to be as an audience.

There's no way that I could do a 9 to 5 job. There's no way. I was not cut out for that. You come in and you work for three months on the one job. They say, 'Great,' you know, and you're on to the next one - and you never even got fired. It's wonderful.

Golf is meaningless, but it means so much.

'Legion' was a lot of fun to shoot. It was a real unique apocalypse scenario that takes place in a diner out in the desert. Very much like a drive-in B-movie, but in a good way.

I love to work. I actually enjoy it now more than I did when I was in my 20s. I don't know why, but I'm just grateful.

I look for a good story. Usually the best stories are the ones that are unbelievably true. 'Soul Surfer' is one of those stories.

Family is the most important thing in life, period.

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