Dennis Quaid

Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor.

Biography

Quaid studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and later in college. He dropped out of college before graduating and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. Dennis initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983).

Aside from acting, Quaid is also a musician, and plays with his band the Sharks. Randy Quaid, Dennis' older brother, is also an actor.

Quaid was married to actress Meg Ryan from 1991 to 2001 (divorced). They have one child together, Jack Henry (born April 24, 1992). In 2004, he married real estate agent Kimberly Buffington. His first marriage, from 1978 to 1983, was to actress P. J. Soles.

Quaid works with the charity "International Hospital for Children in New Orleans." He makes trips to Central America to help build medical clinics and transport sick children back to the United States for treatment they cannot get locally.

Quaid is an avid golfer and lends his name to the annual "Jiffy Lube/Dennis Quaid Charity Classic" in Austin, Texas. The golf tournament attracts numerous celebrities with the proceeds split between three local children's charities.

Selected filmography

  • Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • The Alamo (2004)
  • Cold Creek Manor (2003)
  • Traffic (2000)
  • Frequency (2000)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Savior (1998)
  • The Parent Trap (1998)
  • Dragonheart (1996)
  • Postcards From the Edge (1990)
  • The Big Easy (1987)
  • Innerspace (1987)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Breaking Away (1979)

Resources

  • "Dennis Quaid". The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000598/). Retrieved Sep. 21, 2004.

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The golf tournament attracts numerous celebrities with the proceeds split between three local children's charities. He maintains a ranch in Colorado. Quaid is an avid golfer and lends his name to the annual "Jiffy Lube/Dennis Quaid Charity Classic" in Austin, Texas. In 1997 one of his teachers, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche proclaimed him a tulku, a reincarnation of a buddhist lama. Quaid works with the charity "International Hospital for Children in New Orleans." He makes trips to Central America to help build medical clinics and transport sick children back to the United States for treatment they cannot get locally. He is a practicing buddhist. J. Soles. Nasso.

His first marriage, from 1978 to 1983, was to actress P. He also appears to have a professional relationship with producer Jules R. They have one child together, Jack Henry (born April 24, 1992). In 2004, he married real estate agent Kimberly Buffington. At some point, he became associated with agent Michael Ovitz. Quaid was married to actress Meg Ryan from 1991 to 2001 (divorced). He worked as a bodyguard and martial-arts instructor for Kelly LeBrock, whom he later costarred with, and married, and then divorced. Randy Quaid, Dennis' older brother, is also an actor. He claims that the moment of truth in his career was when they attempted to relegate him to a lower-paid, minor role, and he insisted on being paid the same as Chuck Norris, because he had at least the same level of skill.

Aside from acting, Quaid is also a musician, and plays with his band the Sharks. In the Aikido Magazine interview, he said he developed his film contacts through students at his dojo. Dennis initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983). His film bio says that at this time he was a fight coordinator to the movies, for Sean Connery, and Toshiro Mifune. He dropped out of college before graduating and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. At some point he returned to the San Fernando Valley (the northern suburb of Los Angeles, California) and opened a dojo. Quaid studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and later in college. If he was in Southern California in 1973, then he may have spent as long as fourteen years in Asia.

Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor. one or two years before 1988 when he was associated with his first movie, the police drama Above the Law. 21, 2004. He was definitely in the U.S. Retrieved Sep. His film bio says he was in Asia for about 15 years. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000598/). At various points, Seagal has hinted that he has worked as a bounty hunter and a CIA operative, although he has later denied it.

"Dennis Quaid". He also claimed that several Tibetan lamas suffering from malnutrition and abuse were sent to him, and he helped establish a safe house for them. Breaking Away (1979). In an interview in November 1997 for the Shambala Sun, he claimed to have developed his life-long interest in zen originally through a study of acupuncture. The Right Stuff (1983). In 1984, he wed former Days of Our Lives actress Adrienne La Russa, but annulled the marriage when news of his marriage to Miyako (and, by extension, his bigamy) came to light. Innerspace (1987). At this time, he married Miyako Fujitani but eventually left for America without her, pretending that he was not married at all.

The Big Easy (1987). At some time later, he opened a martial arts school in Japan, the first westerner to do so. Postcards From the Edge (1990). He is said to have become adept at all of them. Dragonheart (1996). In practice, when he threw me, I couldn't feel his hands, which means that he was very skillful at blending ki." In Japan, Seagal taught English, and studied zen, aikido, kendo, judo and karate. The Parent Trap (1998). He tended to wear some weird striped robe thing that Japanese Deer Park asked him to wear.

Savior (1998). Ray's memory of him may be worth nothing, "He would come to Wednesday night practice. Any Given Sunday (1999). Ray Van De Walker claims to have met Steven Segal at the Orange County Aikikai, a prominent aikido dojo, around 1974, where he was known as "Steve, who gives demos at Japanese Deer Park." It seems unlikely that a 17-year old, a minor in the U.S., would be allowed to emigrate to Asia. Frequency (2000). However, this is inconsistent with an interview he gave in Aikido Magazine, in which he claimed to have given demonstrations in Japanese Deer Park (a former small amusement park in Southern California) in "the early 70s". Traffic (2000). His official film Bio claims that he went to Japan at the age of 17.

Cold Creek Manor (2003). He was born in Lansing, Michigan. The Alamo (2004). Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1951) is a popular action movie actor and an 7th dan black belt in aikido. The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Steven Seagal (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000219/) on IMDB. Flight of the Phoenix (2004). Unleashed (2004).

Into the Sun (2004). Out of Reach (2004). Clementine (2004). Belly of the Beast (2003).

Out for a Kill (2003). The Foreigner (2003). Half Past Dead (2002) - playing an FBI agent. Ticker (2001) - playing the leader of a bomb squad.

Exit Wounds (2001) - playing a tough urban detective. The Prince of Central Park (2000) - produced. Also produced. The Patriot (1998) - playing a Canadian who foils an evil, virus-releasing militia.

Also produced. Fire Down Below (1997) - playing a hard-hitting EPA agent investigating a mine in Kentucky. The Glimmer Man (1996) - playing a detective who must find a serial killer. Executive Decision (1996) - playing part of a elite military team that must stop a plane carrying a nerve-gas bomb.

He also produced. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) - Seagal returns as Casey Ryback, this time out to foil a mad scientist who tries to hijack a satellite weapon. However, the movie tanked. This is Seagal's directorial debut; he also produced.

On Deadly Ground (1994) - a movie in which he befriends an Indian tribe and fights against an evil oil company. This may have been his most popular movie. Under Siege (1992) - another Andrew Davis movie, about a sailor who prevents nuclear armageddon. This is also his first credit as a producer.

Out for Justice (1991) - playing one of two childhood rivals fighting over old grievances. Marked for Death (1990) - playing a retired DEA agent who returns to his hometown, to find an evil drug lord in charge. (He later married costar Kelly LeBrock.). Hard to Kill (1990) - playing a cop out for vengeance.

Above the Law. (aka "Nico") (1988) - police drama, directed by Andrew Davis.

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