Dennis Quaid. biography
Dennis William Quaid was born on April 9, 1954, in Houston, Texas and was first introduced to the art of performing by his brother Randy, a very successful actor. After dropping out of the University of Houston in 1974, Quaid moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
Quaid landed his first substantial role in the drama September 30, 1955 (1977) before acquiring his breakthrough role as Mike in the Oscar-winning dramedy Breaking Away (1979).
As the 1980s rolled around, Quaid began starring alongside Hollywood’s most talented actors such as Gene Hackman and Barbra Streisand in the romantic comedy All Night Long (1981) and a critical acclaimed performance opposite Ed Harris in The Right Stuff (1983).
In 1987, Quaid starred opposite Meg Ryan, with whom he fell in love, while filming the comedy Innerspace and later in the thriller D.O.A. (1988) before getting engaged a year later. Soon after kicking his addiction to alcohol and cocaine and appearing in the lackluster film Great Balls of Fire (1989), Ryan agreed to marry him in 1991.
Quaid went on to star alongside Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge (1990) prior to taking a short hiatus. He returned to the big screen three years later in the mystery drama Flesh and Bone (1993) alongside Ryan and James Caan.
In 1994, Quaid lost 42 pounds for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Doc Holiday in Wyatt Earp followed by playing a unfaithful husband opposite Julie Roberts in the dramedy Something to Talk About (1995). A couple of years later, he showed his sensitive side in the family comedy The Parent Trap (1998) and made his directorial debut in the TV movie Everything That Rises (1998).
Quaid then wooed critics with memorable performances in Oliver Stone’s sports drama Any Given Sunday (1999), the fantasy drama Frequency (2000), and the award-winning drama Traffic (2000).
Later, Quaid starred in the family flick The Rookie (2002), the thriller Cold Creek Manor (2003), the war drama The Alamo (2004), the sci-fi flick The Day After Tomorrow (2004), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), the biopic drama Soul Surfer (2011) and the comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012).
The established actor’s most recent projects include the TV series Vegas (2012-2013) and the comedy Movie 43 (2013).
Did you know…
- He has a band called Dennis Quaid and the Sharks
- He studied drama in high school and college
- He received his star on the Walk of Fame in 2005
- He and his wife had their twins via a surrogate mother
- David Lean is his favorite director