Dennis Quaid

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1954 in Houston, Texas, USA


Actor (96)

Inside Amy Schumer 2015 (Tv Show)


Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Truth 2015 (Movie)

Lt. Colonel Roger Charles (Actor)

At Any Price 2013 (Movie)

Henry Whipple (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)


Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Charlie Wessler (Actor)

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Vegas 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Beneath the Darkness 2012 (Movie)

Ely Vaughn (Actor)

Playing For Keeps 2012 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)


The Words 2012 (Movie)

Clay Hammond (Actor)

What To Expect When You're Expecting 2012 (Movie)

Ramsey (Actor)

Footloose 2011 (Movie)

Reverend Shaw Moore (Actor)

Soul Surfer 2011 (Movie)

Tom Hamilton (Actor)

Legion 2010 (Movie)

Bob Hanson (Actor)

Battle for Terra 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Roven (Actor)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009 (Movie)

General Hawk (Actor)

Horsemen 2009 (Movie)

Aidan Breslin (Actor)

Pandorum 2009 (Movie)

Payton (Actor)

Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise 2008 (Movie)


Smart People 2008 (Movie)

Lawrence Wetherhold (Actor)

The Express 2008 (Movie)

Ben Schwartzwalder (Actor)

Vantage Point 2008 (Movie)

Thomas Barnes (Actor)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

President Staton (Actor)

I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 (Movie)

Frank Beardsley (Actor)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

Dan Foreman (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

Sam Houston (Actor)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Jack Hall (Actor)

The Flight of the Phoenix 2004 (Movie)

Captain Frank Towns (Actor)

Cold Creek Manor 2003 (Movie)

Cooper Tilson (Actor)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Frank Whitaker (Actor)

The Rookie 2002 (Movie)

Jimmy Morris (Actor)

Frequency 2000 (Movie)

Frank Sullivan (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Arnie Metzger (Actor)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Jack 'Cap' Rooney (Actor)

Panama Canal: The Eighth Wonder of the World 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

Hugh (Actor)

Savior 1998 (Movie)

Joshua Rose/Guy (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

Nick Parker (Actor)

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

William Dane 'Joe Doe' McCall (Actor)

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

Agent Frank LaCrosse (Actor)

Dragonheart 1996 (Movie)

Bowen (Actor)

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Blue Angels 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

John "Doc" Holliday (Actor)

Flesh and Bone 1993 (Movie)

Arlis Sweeney (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Jeff Blue (Actor)

Wilder Napalm 1993 (Movie)

Wallace Foudroyant (Actor)

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1991 (Movie)

Travis Child (Actor)

Come See the Paradise 1990 (Movie)

Jack McGurn (Actor)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Jack Falkner (Actor)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

Jerry Lee Lewis (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

Dexter Cornell (Actor)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

Gavin Grey (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Tuck Pendelton (Actor)

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

Eddie Sanger (Actor)

The Big Bang 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The Big Easy 1987 (Movie)

Remy McSwain (Actor)

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Enemy Mine 1985 (Movie)

Willis Davidge (Actor)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

Alex Gardner (Actor)

Johnny Belinda 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Gordon Cooper (Actor)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

Art Long (Actor)

Jaws 3-D 1982 (Movie)

Mike Brody (Actor)

All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Freddie Dupler (Actor)

Caveman 1981 (Movie)

Lar (Actor)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

G.O.R.P. 1979 (Movie)

Mad Grossman (Actor)

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

Ed Miller (Actor)

Our Winning Season 1978 (Movie)

Paul Morelli (Actor)

Seniors 1978 (Movie)

Alan [Darby] (Actor)

9/30/55 1977 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)


Are You in the House Alone? (TV Show)


Bill (TV Show)


Bill on His Own (TV Show)


Dinner With Friends (TV Show)


Everything That Rises (TV Show)


Johnny Belinda (Movie)


The Special Relationship (TV Show)

Music (6)

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1991 (Movie)

("You Make It Sound So Easy" "Hangin' Up the Gut") (Song Performer)

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1991 (Movie)

songs("Amanda" "If You Don't Know By Now" "Hound Dog") (Song)

The Big Easy 1987 (Movie)

("Closer to You") (Song)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

("Don't They Know Who I'm Gonna Be?") (Song Performer)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

("The Jungle") (Music)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

("The Jungle") (Lyrics)


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.


Kimberly Buffington

Began dating early 2003 Engaged June 2004 Married July 4, 2004 in Montana Buffington filed for divorce March 2012 She withdrew divorce papers April 2012 Filed for legal separation October 2012 Quaid filed for divorce Nov. 30, 2012 Reportedly reconciled as of March 2013

Cynthia Garrett

Dated c. 2002

Andie MacDowell Actor

Rumored to have been involved during the shooting of the HBO film "Dinner With Friends" (2001) No longer together

Shanna Moakler

Briefly dated 2001

Anna Poche

Dated c. 2002

Randy Quaid Actor

Born Oct. 1, 1950

William Quaid

Divorced from Quaid's mother when Quaid was in high school Died of a heart attack in 1987

Nita Quaid

Divorced from Quaid's father when Quaid was in high school

Zoe Quaid

Delivered by a surrogate on Nov. 8, 2007; twin of Thomas; mother, Kimberly (Buffington) Quaid

Jack Quaid

Born April 24, 1992; mother, Meg Ryan

Thomas Quaid

Delivered by a surrogate on Nov. 8, 2007; twin of Zoe; mother, Kimberly (Buffington) Quaid

Buddy Quaid

Born in 1974

Meg Ryan Actor

Met while filming "Innerspace" (1987) Engaged in 1989 Married Feb. 14, 1991 Also worked together in "D.O.A." (1988) and "Flesh and Bone" (1993) Announced split in June 2000 Quaid filed for divorce on July 12, 2000 Ryan countersued in August 2000 Divorce finalized on July 16, 2001

P.J. Soles Actor

Met during the filming of "Our Winning Season" (1978) Married Nov. 23, 1978 Co-acted in "Breaking Away" (1979) Divorced Jan. 23, 1983

Lea Thompson Actor

Met during the filming of "Jaws 3-D" (1983) Lived together for four years Split c. 1987


Bellaire High School

Bellaire , Texas 1972

University of Houston

Houston , Texas
Dropped out to pursue acting



Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"


Joined ensemble cast of romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"


Cast opposite Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"


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


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")


Cast in the remake of "Footloose," inspired by the 1984 dance drama starring Kevin Bacon


Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("The Special Relationship")


Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("The Special Relationship")


Portrayed President Bill Clinton in HBO's "The Special Relationship"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie


Co-starred in the apocalyptic thriller "Legion"


Co-starred as Hawk, the team leader in the live action film adaptation of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"


Cast in the ensemble film "Vantage Point" as a Secret Service agent


Joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church in the indie feature "Smart People"


Portrayed the U.S. President in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"


Co-starred with Rene Russo in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours," a comedy about a blended family


Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)


Played a climatologist who tries to find a way to save the world in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"


Starred with Scarlett Johansson and Topher Grace in the comedy "In Good Company," directed by Paul Weitz


Starred in a remake of the 1965 film "The Flight of the Phoenix"


Portrayed a high school baseball coach in the fact-based feature "The Rookie"


Appeared with Julianne Moore in the drama "Far From Heaven"; received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor


Co-starred in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"


Had pivotal role as a lawyer in "Traffic"


Cast as the long-dead firefighting father of a contemporary detective in the supernatural-themed "Frequency"


Portrayed a past his prime football quarterback in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"


Co-starred in the remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap"


Made directorial debut with made-for-cable TV-movie "Everything That Rises" (TNT); also starred


Starred as a medieval knight in "Dragonheart"


Earned praise for his performance as Doc Holliday in Lawrence Kasdan's epic "Wyatt Earp"


Co-starred with then-wife Meg Ryan in "Flesh and Bone"


Portrayed singer Jerry Lee Lewis in the biopic "Great Balls of Fire," also directed by Jim McBride


Won acclaim for his performance in "The Big Easy"; directed by Jim McBride


Starred opposite brother Randy in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West"


Gained good notices for his turn as the cocky astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff"


Reprised his TV role in the sequel "Bill on His Own" (CBS)


Wrote songs for and sang on screen in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"


Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "Bill" alongside Mickey Rooney


Co-starred with his brother Randy in Walter Hill's "The Long Riders"


Landed breakthrough screen role as Mike the high school jock in "Breaking Away"


TV acting debut, "Are You in the House Alone?" (CBS)


Film acting debut in "9/30/55" directed by James Bridges


First screen appearance in an uncredited bit part, "Crazy Mama"


Moved to Los Angeles


Began career as an impressionist in Houston nightclubs at age 15

Born and raised in Texas

Formed Summers/Quaid Productions with Cathleen Summers

Bonus Trivia


Quaid obtained a pilot's license as part of his research to play astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff" (1983).


The actor was in a band called Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.


Quaid revealed to Best Life magazine in March 2006 that he battled anorexia in the mid-1990s, around the time he shed 40 pounds for the role of Doc Holliday in the film "Wyatt Earp" (1994).


On May 21, 2010, Quaid sued the pharmaceutical company Baxter Healthcare Corp. – maker of the blood thinner heparin – following the overdoses that threatened the lives of his newborn twins three years prior. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. sought unspecified damages and alleged that packaging caused a drug mix-up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Quaid and his wife settled with the hospital for $500,000 in June 2009.


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