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Dennis Quaid

Highest Rated:   98% The Right Stuff (1983)
Lowest Rated:   0% Heartbeeps (1981)
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Birthplace:   Houston, Texas, USA
Handsome, well-built and able to communicate a rangy sort of charm in front of the camera, Dennis Quaid possesses many star qualities. Despite attaining heartthrob status for his work in such films as The Big Easy, however, Quaid has had a difficult time maintaining this status, thanks in part to work in a number of films that have failed to fully exploit his talent.The son of an electrician and younger brother of actor Randy Quaid, Dennis was born in Houston, Texas on April 9, 1954. He began acting in high school, and in college he enrolled in a drama program. He dropped out at the age of 20 to follow his brother to Hollywood and spent the next year mired in rejection and relative unemployment. He got his first break in 1977 when he was cast in minor roles in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and 9/30/55, but it was not until 1979, when he starred in the seminal coming-of-age drama Breaking Away, that Quaid gained attention. It was his role as astronaut Gordo Cooper in The Right Stuff four years later that finally gave the actor his Hollywood breakthrough. He subsequently went on to appear in a number of films of widely varying quality. 1987 proved to be a particularly good year for Quaid, as he did acclaimed work in The Big Easy and Suspect. That same year, he also starred in the comedy Innerspace; that experience proved to be an auspicious one, as it provided him with an introduction to co-star Meg Ryan, whom he would marry in 1991. The two also starred together in the 1988 mystery D.O.A. and in the crime drama Flesh and Bone in 1993. Other notable roles for Quaid included that of wild man Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire (1989), a 1930s union organizer in Come See the Paradise (1990), and Meryl Streep's love interest in Postcards From the Edge (1990). During a large part of the '90s, Quaid starred in a string of disappointing films, including the disastrous Wyatt Earp (1994) and the failed medieval fantasy Dragonheart (1996). He made something of a comeback in 1998, appearing in the ensemble film Playing By Heart and the successful remake of The Parent Trap, in which he starred opposite Natasha Richardson. The following year, he had a starring role as a Miami football team's legendary quarterback in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, and then starred in the supernatural thriller Frequency (2000) as a dead man who is able to communicate with his son (James Caviezel) over ham radio. Though both films proved moderately successful, it was two-years-later that Quaid would truly return to the good graces of critics with his striking turn in director Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven. As a closeted homosexual husband living a typical suburban dream in 1950s era Connecticut, Quaid's sensitive performance proved integral to convincingly recreating the tone of a Douglas Sirk era melodrama. Quaid portrayed a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside-down by the arrival of a young upstart who takes over his job in 2004's comedy drama Good Company, and appeared in The Alamo and Flight of the Phoenix the same year. Despite Quaid's involvement in several commercial and critical failures throughout the 2000s (The Day After Tomorrow, American Dreamz, Cold Creek Manor), the actor shone as widower Lawrence Wetherhold in Smart People (2008), and again as the stern Reverend Shaw Moore in 2011's Footloose reboot. Quaid appeared in the ensemble film What To Expect When You're Expecting, had a supporting role in the 2012 romcom Playing for Keeps and was in the anthology film Movie 43 (2013).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
30% A Dog's Purpose
  • Adult Ethan
$64.4M 2017
62% Truth
  • Col. Roger Charles
$1.6M 2015
52% At Any Price
  • Henry Whipple
$0.3M 2013
3% Playing for Keeps
  • Carl
$13.1M 2012
24% The Words
  • Clay Hammond
$11.5M 2012
22% What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Ramsey
$41.2M 2012
4% Beneath The Darkness
  • Vaughn Ely
2012
69% Footloose
  • Reverend Moore
$51.8M 2011
46% Soul Surfer
  • Tom Hamilton
$43.9M 2011
86% The Special Relationship
  • Bill Clinton
$0.2M 2010
19% Legion
  • Bob Hanson
$40.2M 2010
28% Pandorum
  • Lt. Payton
$10.3M 2009
35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • General Hawk
$150.2M 2009
48% Battle For Terra
  • Roven
$1.7M 2009
33% The Horsemen
  • Aidan Breslin
2009
61% The Express
  • Ben Schwartzwalder
$9.6M 2008
49% Smart People
  • Lawrence Wetherhold
$9.5M 2008
75% Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise
  • Actor
2008
35% Vantage Point
  • Thomas Bames
$72.3M 2008
41% American Dreamz
  • President Staton
$7.2M 2006
6% Yours, Mine & Ours
  • Frank Beardsley
$53.4M 2005
83% In Good Company
  • Dan Foreman
$45.5M 2004
31% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Frank Towns
$21M 2004
45% The Day After Tomorrow
  • Jack Hall
$186.6M 2004
29% The Alamo
  • Sam Houston
$22.4M 2004
No Score Yet The Alamo Documentary: A True Story of Courage
  • Actor
2004
12% Cold Creek Manor
  • Cooper Tilson
2003
87% Far From Heaven
  • Frank Whitaker
$15.9M 2003
83% The Rookie
  • Jim Morris
$75.5M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
88% Dinner with Friends
  • Gabe
2001
92% Traffic
  • Arnie
$123.9M 2000
70% Frequency
  • Frank Sullivan
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Jack `Cap' Rooney
1999
60% Playing by Heart
  • Hugh
1998
56% Savior
  • Guy
1998
86% The Parent Trap
  • Nick Parker
1998
No Score Yet Everything That Rises
  • Jim Clay
  • Director
1998
32% Switchback
  • Frank LaCrosse
1997
56% Gang Related
  • William
1997
50% Dragonheart
  • Bowen
1996
37% Something to Talk About
  • Eddie Bichon
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Doc Holliday
1994
67% Flesh And Bone
  • Arliss Sweeney
1993
35% Undercover Blues
  • Jeff Blue
1993
25% Wilder Napalm
  • Wallace
1993
70% Come See the Paradise
  • Jack McGurn
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Jack Faulkner
1990
63% Great Balls of Fire
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
1989
No Score Yet Neville Brothers - Tell It Like It Is
  • Actor
1989
46% Everybody's All-American
  • Gavin Grey
1988
61% D.O.A.
  • Dexter Cornell
1988
69% Suspect
  • Eddie Sanger
1987
88% The Big Easy
  • Remy McSwain
1987
81% Innerspace
  • Lt. Tuck Pendelton
1987
59% Enemy Mine
  • Willis Davidge
1985
75% Dreamscape
  • Alex Gardner
1984
No Score Yet Bill: On His Own
  • Barry
1983
98% The Right Stuff
  • Gordon Cooper
1983
11% Jaws 3
  • Mike Brody
1983
No Score Yet Tough Enough
  • Art Long
1983
No Score Yet Johnny Belinda
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Bill
  • Barry Morrow
1981
0% Heartbeeps
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
  • Travis Child
1981
24% Caveman
  • Lar
1981
29% All Night Long
  • Freddie Dupler
1981
No Score Yet GORP
  • Mad Grossman
1980
82% The Long Riders
  • Ed Miller
1980
94% Breaking Away
  • Mike
1979
No Score Yet Are You in the House Alone?
  • Phil Lawver
1978
No Score Yet The Seniors
  • Alan
1978
No Score Yet September 30, 1955
  • Frank
1977
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
  • Actor
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
94% Fortitude
2015
  • Michael Lennox
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
28% The Art of More
2015-2016
  • Samuel Brukner
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
85% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
65% Vegas
2012-2013
  • Ralph Lamb
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
  • Appearing
  • 2006
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1990

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