Dennis Quaid Wiki Bio

Dennis William Quaid was born in Houston, Texas USA, on 9 April 1954 – his zodiac sign is Aries and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who has been credited with appearing in more than 100 movies and TV series, while he might still be known best for his portrayal of a supporting character in the 2003 romantic drama movie “Far From Heaven”, written and directed by Todd Haynes, and which starred Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert. The story follows a woman living in Connecticut in the 1950s who is facing marriage problems as well as racial tensions in the world. The movie was a hit, winning 102 awards while being nominated for 96 others, including four Oscars – for his performance as the husband, Dennis won a New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Childhood and education

Dennis was raised alongside his older brother Randy Quaid who is also an actor, known for his role in the comedy movie “The Last Detail” for which he was nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards. Their father, William Rudy Quaid was an electrician, while their mother Juanita B. ‘Nita’ Quaid was a real estate agent.

Dennis studied at Paul W. Horn Elementary School before moving on to Pershing Middle School, and eventually finding himself attending Bellaire High School, where he was interested in studying the Mandarin language, and he also practiced dancing. Upon matriculation in 1972, he enrolled at the University of Houston to study drama under the tutolage of Cecil Pickett, however, Dennis soon decided to drop out and to move to Los Angeles in California in pursuit of an acting career.

Roles in movies

Dennis made his debut film appearance (uncredited) in 1975, when he played a Bellhop in the action comedy “Crazy Mama”, but didn’t gain recognition until 1980, when he portrayed Ed Miller in the western “The Long Riders”, written by Bill Bryden and Steven Smith, directed by Walter Hill, and which also starred David Carradine and Stacy Keach. The movie follows the Jesse James gang of brothers who robbed banks – it won one award and was nominated for one other.

He went on to appear in movies such as the 1981 musical drama “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, the 1983 epic historical drama “The Right Stuff”, and the 1985 dark science fiction drama “Enemy Mine”.

The year 1988 saw him play the lead character Dexter Cornell in the neo-noir mystery thriller “D.O.A.”, which also starred Meg Ryan and Charlotte Rampling, and follows a college professor who has to find the killer of girls attending his college – the movie received mixed reviews.

The year 1993 saw him star alongside Kathleen Turner in the action comedy “Undercover Blues”, and he went on to appear in movies such as the 1994 documentary “A Century of Cinema”, the 1996 British-American fantasy action adventure “Dragonheart”, and the 1998 comedy drama “Playing by Heart”.

The following years saw Dennis play lead characters in a couple of very popular and successful movies, including the 2002 sports drama “The Rookie” which follows the true story of a man who joined Major League Baseball after turning 35; the 2005 apocalyptic movie “The Day After Tomorrow”, which also starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ian Holm; and the 2008 sports movie “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story”, based on the book “Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express” about the first African-American to star in American Football.

The year 2017 saw him star in the comedy drama adventure “A Dog’s Purpose”, which follows several lifetimes of a dog and its owners, and was nominated for three awards.

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A couple of Dennis’ most recent roles in movies have been in the psychological thriller “The Intruder”, the comedy drama “A Dog’s Journey” and the epic war movie “Midway”, all released in 2019.

Dennis has recently been cast to appear in five upcoming movies, some of which are the family film “The Tiger Rising”, the biographical drama “On the Line”, and the animation “Saurus City” written and directed by Nathan Smith (voice role).

Roles in TV series

Dennis made his debut TV series appearance in 1977, when he played Scott Martin in the episode “The Sky Is Falling” of the detective drama “Baretta”, but his next role in a series didn’t come un 2009, when he voiced Grandpa Red-Beard in the episode “Grandpappy the Pirate” of the critically acclaimed animated comedy “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

Dennis went on to serve as the executive producer as well as to star as Sheriff Ralph Lamb in the action crime drama “Vegas”, created by Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, and which also starred Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss – the series received mostly positive reviews and was nominated for two awards. In 2015, he portrayed Chief in the comedy sketch ‘”Inside Amy Schumer”, and was then invited to star as Lucky Luciano in the episode “Las Vegas” of the education comedy “Drunk History”. In 2016, Dennis portrayed Samuel Brukner, one of the lead characters in the drama “The Art of More”, which also stared Christian Cooke and Kate Bosworth, and follows crimes which involve several auction houses of New York.

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Three of Dennis’ most recent roles in TV series have been in ten 2017 episodes of the horror psychological thriller “Fortitude”, the third season of the legal web drama “Goliath” in 2019, and the comedy “Merry Happy Whatever” in which he portrayed the main character Don Quinn in 2019.

Love life and relationships

Dennis is quite open when it comes to talking about his love life – he’s been married four times.

On 25 November 1978, he married the German-American actress Pamela Jayne Soles, but they divorced in 1983 for unknown reasons. On 14 February 1991, Dennis married American actress Meg Ryan, perhaps known best for her starring roles in movies “Sleepless in Seattle”, “When Harry Met Sally” and “You’ve Got Mail”.

On 24 April 1992, Meg gave birth to their son Jack Henry, now also an actor, but Dennis and Meg divorced on 16 July 2001 following a year-long separation. In 2001, Dennis dated the model and actress Shanna Lynn Moakler for several months. On 4 July 2004, he married real estate agent Kimberly Buffington, and on 8 November 2007, the two welcomed their fraternal twins born via a surrogate. In March 2012, Kimberly filed for divorce but then withdrew the papers on 26 April 2012, however, in November 2012, Dennis filed for divorce, but also dismissed his request in September 2013. The two finally separated on 28 June 2016, and their divorce was made official on 27 April 2018.

From 2016 to 2019, Dennis was in a relationship with model Santa Auzina, but on 2 June 2020, he married Laura Savole in a private ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family because of the COVID-19 pandemic – Laura is 39 years younger than Dennis.

As of November 2020, Dennis is married to his fourth wife, Laura Savole, and has three children with his previous wives.

Plastic surgery

Dennis is quite secretive when it comes to the plastic surgery he might have undergone, and hasn’t commented on the rumors circulating the internet that he had something done to his face as it appears to be very smooth, too smooth for his age.

Hobbies and other interests

Dennis is interested in music and is a member of the band he co-founded called the Sharks – he has sung several songs in movies such as “On My Way to Heaven” in the Christian biographical drama “I Can Only Imagine”, and “Closer to You” in the neo-noir romantic thriller “The Big Easy”.

He is a private  pilot’s license, znd once owned a jet Cessna Citation.

Dennis enjoys playing golf, and is somewhat of a professional as he has been named the best golfer in Hollywood by the magazine “Golf Digest”. He likes to watch baseball and his favorite team is the Houston Astros – he has narrated one of their DVD releases.

Dennis has recently become interested in podcasts, and in July 2020 created his own – “The Pet Show with Dennis Quaid and Jimmy Jellinek.

After learning that there was a cat called Dennis Quaid in Lynchburg, Virginia, Dennis flew there to adopt it, and then brought it to his recording studio.

He was once addicted to cocaine, and stating in an interview with the famous radio host Larry King that it was back in the early 70s, when everyone was experimenting with drugs – according to Dennis, he once came to the point when he wasn’t able to have fun unless he took cocaine, but after realizing that he might be dead in five years, Dennis stopped using it on the spot.

Age, height and net worth

Dennis’ age is 66. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft (1.82m) and he weighs around 165lbs (74kgs).

As of November 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $30 million.

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