Dennis Quaid Biography (1954-)

Full name, Dennis William Quaid; born April 9, 1954, in Houston, TX; son of William Rudy (an electrician) and Juanita B. "Nita" (a real estate agent) Quaid; brother of Randy Quaid (an actor); married P. J. Soles (an actress), November 24, 1978 (divorced, 1983); married Meg Ryan (an actress), February 14, 1991 (divorced, July 16, 2001); children: (second marriage) Jack Henry. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA90212.; Publicist: Wolf/Kasteler Public Relations, 335 North Maple Dr., Suite 351, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
April 9, 1954
Houston, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Bellhop, Crazy Mama, New World Pictures, 1975
  • (Scenes deleted) The Missouri Breaks, United Artists, 1976
  • Pitcher, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, New World Pictures, 1977
  • Alan, The Seniors (also known as The Senior), Cinema Shares, 1978
  • Frank, September 30, 1955 (also known as 9/30/55 and 24Hours of the Rebel), Universal, 1978
  • Paul Fleishauer, Our Winning Season, American International Pictures, 1978
  • Mike, Breaking Away (also known as Bambino), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Ed Miller, The Long Riders, United Artists, 1980
  • Mad Grossman, G.O.R.P. (also known as Gorp), Filmways, 1980
  • Freddie Dupler, All Night Long, Universal, 1981
  • Lar, Caveman, United Artists, 1981
  • Travis Child, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Art Long, Tough Enough, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Mercury astronaut Captain Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (also known as Gordo and Hot Dog), The Right Stuff, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Michael "Mike" Brody, Jaws 3-D (also known as Jaws 3 and Jaws III), Universal, 1983
  • Alex Gardner, Dreamscape, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Willis Davidge, Enemy Mine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Detective Remy McSwain, The Big Easy, Columbia, 1987
  • Eddie Sanger, Suspect, TriStar, 1987
  • Lieutenant Tuck Pendelton, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Dexter Cornell, D.O.A., Buena Vista, 1988
  • Gavin Grey, Everybody's All-American (also known as When I Fallin Love), Warner Bros., 1988
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire!, Orion, 1989
  • Jack Faulkner, Postcards from the Edge, Columbia, 1990
  • Jack McGurn, Come See the Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Arlis Sweeney, Flesh and Bone, Paramount, 1993
  • Jefferson "Jeff" Blue, Undercover Blues (also known as Cloak and Diaper), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Wallace Foudroyant/Biff the Clown, Wilder Napalm, TriStar, 1993
  • John "Doc" Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Kidnapped, 1994
  • Edward "Eddie" Bichon, Something to Talk About (also known as The Game of Love, Grace under Pressure, The King of Carolina, and Sisters), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Bowen, Dragonheart, Universal, 1996
  • Agent Frank LaCrosse, Switchback (also known as Going Westand Going West in America), Paramount, 1997
  • William "Joe Doe" McCall, Gang Related (also known as CriminalIntent), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Orion, 1997
  • Hugh, Playing by Heart (also known as Dancing about Architecture, If They Only Knew, and Intermedia), Miramax, 1998
  • Joshua Rose and Guy, Savior, Initial Entertainment Group, 1998
  • Nicholas "Nick" Parker, The Parent Trap (also known as Disney'sThe Parent Trap), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Jack "Cap" Rooney, Any Given Sunday (also known as Gridiron, The League, Monday Night, On Any Given Sunday, and Playing Hurt), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Arnie Metzger, Traffic (also known as Traffic--Die Macht des Kartells), USA Films, 2000
  • Frank Sullivan, Frequency, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Himself, The Science & Technology behind "Frequency" (documentary), 2000
  • Stranger Than the Wheel, 2001
  • Frank Whitaker, Far from Heaven (also known as Loin du paradis), Focus Features, 2002
  • James "Jim/Jimmy" Morris, Jr., The Rookie, Buena Vista, 2002
  • Cooper Tilson, Cold Creek Manor, Buena Vista, 2003
  • Himself, Realizing "The Right Stuff" (documentary), Warner Bros.,2003
  • Gordon Cooper, T-20 Years and Counting (documentary short film), Warner Bros., 2003
  • General Sam Houston, The Alamo, Buena Vista, 2004
  • Professor Jack Hall (some sources cite Professor Adrian Hall), The Dayafter Tomorrow, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004
  • The Flight of the Phoenix, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Phil Lawver, Are You in the House Alone?, CBS, 1978
  • Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, NBC, 1979
  • Barry Morrow, Bill, CBS, 1981
  • Kyle Hager, Johnny Belinda, CBS, 1982
  • Barry Morrow, Bill: On His Own, CBS, 1983
  • Lie down with Lions (also known as Red Eagle), Lifetime, 1990
  • Jim Clay, Everything That Rises, TNT, 1998
  • Gabe, Dinner with Friends, HBO, 2001
  • Specials
  • "The Big Bang" (also known as "Robert Wuhl's The Big Bang"), Cinemax Comedy Experiment, Cinemax, 1986
  • Texas 150: A Celebration Special, ABC, 1986
  • The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is, Cinemax, 1989
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC, 1993
  • Himself, A Century of Cinema (documentary; also known as Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema), The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Host, The Blue Angels, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Narrator, Panama Canal: The Eighth Wonder of the World (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 1998
  • Himself, Full Contact: The Making of "Any Given Sunday" (documentary), 1999
  • Himself, Inside Traffic: The Making of "Traffic" (documentary), 2000
  • Himself, The Making of "Far From Heaven" (documentary), 2002
  • Performer, American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1989
  • Presenter, The 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Screen Actors Guild Fourth Annual Awards, 1998
  • Himself, 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000
  • Presenter, The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2000
  • Himself, The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, IndependentFilm Channel, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Scott Martin, "The Sky Is Falling," Baretta, ABC, 1977
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1990
  • The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2001
  • Himself, Muppets Tonight!, ABC, 1997
  • Himself, The View, ABC, 2000 and 2002
  • Himself in archive footage of Jaws 3-D, Jaws: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002
  • Also appeared as himself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo; and ashimself, Telenoticias.
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director and executive producer, Everything That Rises, TNT, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • Uncle Jocko, Gypsy, community theatre production, c. 1970
  • Tom, The Last of the Knucklemen, American Theatre of Actors, 1983
  • Austin, True West, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, beginning c. 1982, later Los Angeles Stage Company, Los Angeles, c. 1984
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "Great Balls of Fire," by Jerry Lee Lewis; and "Thing CalledLove," by Bonnie Raitt.
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Songs
  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Tough Enough, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • (Uncredited) "Closer to You," The Big Easy, Columbia, 1987

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, June, 1989
    • Cosmopolitan, August, 1998, p. 188; June, 1994
    • Entertainment Weekly, May 12, 2000, pp. 40-42; February 16, 2001,p. 104; April 19, 2002, pp. 32-34; December 20, 2002, p. 83
    • Interview, June, 1989, p. 42
    • New York Times, November 6, 1988
    • Parade Magazine, July 5, 1998, p. 22; December 14, 2003, pp. 6-7
    • People Weekly, July 13, 1998, p. 27; August 17, 1998, p. 110; July17, 2000, pp. 82-83; April 15, 2002, pp. 63-64
    • Playboy, December, 1987, p. 128
    • Premiere, August, 1989, p. 46
    • Rolling Stone, July 13, 1989, p. 118
    • Texas Monthly, June, 2000, p. 204
    • Time, November 18, 2002, pp. 131-32
    • Vogue, November, 1993

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