Dennis Quaid

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Dennis Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, to Juanita Bonniedale (Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He grew up in the Houston suburban city of Bellaire. He was raised a Baptist, and studied drama, Mandarin Chinese, and dance while a student at Bellaire High School. He continued study at the University of Houston, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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  Reagan (pre-production)
Ronald Reagan
  Saurus City (filming)
 2019 Midway (completed)
Vice Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey
 2019 Goliath (TV Series)
Wade Blackwood
- Joy Division (2019) ... Wade Blackwood
- Conscious Uncoupling (2019) ... Wade Blackwood
- Fer-De-Lance (2019) ... Wade Blackwood
- Argus 2: Battledome (2019) ... Wade Blackwood
- Full Circle (2019) ... Wade Blackwood
 2019 A Dog's Journey
 2019/I The Intruder
Charlie Peck
 2017-2018 Fortitude (TV Series)
Michael Lennox
- Episode #3.4 (2018) ... Michael Lennox
- Episode #3.3 (2018) ... Michael Lennox
- Episode #3.2 (2018) ... Michael Lennox
- Episode #3.1 (2018) ... Michael Lennox
- Episode #2.10 (2017) ... Michael Lennox
 2018 The Pretenders
 2018/I Kin
Hal Solinski
 2018 I Can Only Imagine
 2017 A Dog's Purpose
Adult Ethan
 2017 Workaholics (TV Series)
Ted Murphy
- Weed the People (2017) ... Ted Murphy
 2017 Mad Families
Head Ranger
 2015-2016 The Art of More (TV Series)
Samuel Brukner
- A Half Inch (2016) ... Samuel Brukner
- 13th Floor (2016) ... Samuel Brukner
- Stories We Tell Ourselves (2016) ... Samuel Brukner
- Tears of a Clown (2016) ... Samuel Brukner
- The Past Ain't Done (2016) ... Samuel Brukner
 2015 Drunk History (TV Series)
Lucky Luciano
- Las Vegas (2015) ... Lucky Luciano
 2015 Truth
Lt. Col. Roger Charles
 2015 Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series)
Judge / Chief
- 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer (2015) ... Judge
- Cool with It (2015) ... Chief
 2012-2013 Vegas (TV Series)
Sheriff Ralph Lamb
- Sons of Nevada (2013) ... Sheriff Ralph Lamb
- Unfinished Business (2013) ... Sheriff Ralph Lamb
- Past Lives (2013) ... Sheriff Ralph Lamb
- Scoundrels (2013) ... Sheriff Ralph Lamb
- Hollywood Ending (2013) ... Sheriff Ralph Lamb
 2013 Movie 43
Charlie Wessler (segment "The Pitch")
 2012 Playing for Keeps
 2012 At Any Price
Henry Whipple
 2012 The Words
Clay Hammond
 2011 Beneath the Darkness
Vaughn Ely
 2011 Footloose
Rev. Shaw Moore
 2011 Soul Surfer
Tom Hamilton
 2010 The Special Relationship (TV Movie)
Bill Clinton
 2010 Legion
Bob Hanson
 2009 Pandorum
 2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
General Hawk
 2009 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
Grandpa Redbeard
- Grandpappy the Pirate/Cephalopod Lodge (2009) ... Grandpa Redbeard (voice)
 2009 Horsemen
Aidan Breslin
 2008 The Express
Ben Schwartzwalder
 2008 Vantage Point
Thomas Barnes
 2008 Smart People
Lawrence Wetherhold
 2007 Battle for Terra
Roven (voice)
 2006 American Dreamz
President Staton
 2005 Yours, Mine & Ours
Frank Beardsley
 2004 Flight of the Phoenix
Frank Towns
 2004 In Good Company
 2004 The Day After Tomorrow
Jack Hall
 2004 The Alamo
Sam Houston
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
New York Times Reporter / George Mehales / Robert Ode / ...
- Safe for Democracy (2003) ... New York Times Reporter (voice)
- Depression and War (2003) ... George Mehales (voice)
- Becoming Free (2003) ... Robert Ode (voice)
- Liberty for All (2003) ... Andrew Jackson (voice)
- A War to End Slavery (2003) ... Gen. Robert E. Lee (voice)
 2003 Cold Creek Manor
Cooper Tilson
 2002 Far from Heaven
Frank Whitaker
 2002 The Rookie
Jimmy Morris
 2001 Dinner with Friends (TV Movie)
 2000 Traffic
Arnie Metzger
 2000 Frequency
Frank Sullivan
 1999 Any Given Sunday
Jack 'Cap' Rooney
 1998 Playing by Heart
 1998 The Parent Trap
Nick Parker
 1998 Everything That Rises (TV Movie)
Jim Clay
 1998 Savior
Joshua Rose / Guy
 1997 Switchback
Frank LaCrosse
 1997 Gang Related
Joe Doe / William
 1997 Telling the Truth (Video short)
Uncle Tommy
 1996 DragonHeart
 1995 Something to Talk About
Eddie Bichon
 1994 Kidnapped
 1994 Wyatt Earp
Doc Holliday
 1993 Flesh and Bone
Arlis Sweeney
 1993 Undercover Blues
Jeff Blue
 1993 Wilder Napalm
 1990 Postcards from the Edge
Jack Faulkner
 1990 Come See the Paradise
Jack McGurn
 1989 Great Balls of Fire!
Jerry Lee Lewis
 1988 Everybody's All-American
Gavin Grey
 1988 D.O.A.
Dexter Cornell
 1987 Suspect
Eddie Sanger
 1987 Innerspace
Lt. Tuck Pendleton
 1986 The Big Easy
Remy McSwain
 1985 Enemy Mine
 1984 Dreamscape
Alex Gardner
 1983 Bill: On His Own (TV Movie)
Barry Morrow
 1983 The Right Stuff
Gordon Cooper
 1983 Jaws 3-D
Mike Brody
 1983 Tough Enough
Art Long
 1982 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
Kyle Hager
 1981 Bill (TV Movie)
Barry Morrow
 1981 Stripes
Extra at Graduation Ceremony (uncredited)
 1981 Caveman
 1981 All Night Long
Freddie Dupler
 1980 Gorp
Mad Grossman
 1980 The Long Riders
Ed Miller
 1979 Breaking Away
 1978 Are You in the House Alone? (TV Movie)
Phil Lawver
 1978 The Seniors
 1978 Our Winning Season
Paul Morelli
 1977 Baretta (TV Series)
Scott Martin
- The Sky Is Falling (1977) ... Scott Martin
 1977 September 30, 1955
 1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Shark, Baseball Pitcher
 1975 Crazy Mama
Bellhop (uncredited)
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[2004] 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. See more »


He and brother Randy Quaid are first cousins, twice removed, of performer Gene Autry. Gene's maternal grandparents, Andrew Clinton Ozment and Margaret Malinda Pierce, were also Dennis and Randy's paternal great-great-grandparents. See more »

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