Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid

Movie Actor

Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the late 1970s, some of his notable credits include Breaking Away, ...

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Apr 9, 1954
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Dennis William Quaid is an American actor born on April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas. His zodiac sign is Aries and his ethnicity is English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German. He is the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (Jordan) and William Rudy Quaid. Quaid has two older brothers, Randy Quaid (actor) and Doug Quaid (real estate agent).

Quaid began his acting career appearing in small roles during the late 1970s. His first major role came in the 1979 movie Breaking Away. In 1982, he starred alongside Sean Penn in the drama film The Right Stuff which earned him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also had a notable role as a Vietnam War soldier in the 1983 war film A Soldier's Story. 

He went on to appear in several other movies throughout the 1980s such as Dreamscape (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), Innerspace (1987), Great Balls of Fire! (1989), and Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995). In 1998, he starred as Jack Hall in the disaster epic film The Day After Tomorrow which earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor nomination. 

Quaid has continued to appear in movies throughout the 2000s such as Yours Mine & Ours (2005), Vantage Point (2008), Pandorum (2009), Soul Surfer (2011) and I Can Only Imagine (2018).  He has also taken on several television roles including starring in the CBS series Vegas from 2012 to 2013 and appearing as Dr. Ethan Willis in NCIS: Los Angeles from 2019 to 2021.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1954</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dennis Quaid is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 9, 1954, Dennis Quaid is born in Houston, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1976</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in Breaking Away</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Quaid receives his first lead role in the movie “Breaking Away”, which went on to become a cult classic.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in The Right Stuff</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Quaid stars in the critically acclaimed film “The Right Stuff”, playing astronaut Gordon Coope.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Meg Ryan</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dennis marries actress Meg Ryan and the couple has one child together.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for Oscar</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Quaid is nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Quaid stars as General Hawk in the movie “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Leads in A Dog's Purpose </h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Quaid plays Ethan Montgomery in the movie “A Dog’s Purpose”, based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dennis Quaid is a great actor who has appeared in multiple movies, from comedies to dramas. He has an amazing range of emotions and can bring out the best in any role he takes on.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Person</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dennis Quaid is a great person, who is passionate about his work and loves to help others. He is also very active in philanthropy, having partnered with multiple charities over the years.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dennis Quaid is an inspiration for many people, from actors to fans of his work. He has persevered through difficult times and continually rises above adversity to become a successful actor and person.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Acting at Age 4</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dennis Quaid began his acting career at the age of four, appearing in a commercial for a local theater in Houston, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Was a Musician Before Acting</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming an actor, Dennis Quaid was a musician and played in several bands with his brother Randy Quaid. He also wrote songs for the music group The New Christy Minstrels.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Has Been Married Three Times</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dennis Quaid has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress P.J. Soles and lasted from 1978 to 1983. His second marriage was to Meg Ryan, lasting from 1991 to 2001. His third marriage was to Kimberly Buffington in 2004.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Father of Twins with Third Wife</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dennis Quaid and his third wife, Kimberly Buffington, are the parents of twins born via a surrogate mother in 2007.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Starred in Over 60 Films</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dennis Quaid has starred in over 60 films throughout his career, including The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire!, Frequency, and The Rookie.</p></div>


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