Dennis Quaid

Highest Rated: 98% The Right Stuff (1983)
Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)
Birthday: Apr 9, 1954
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).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Midway Actor 2019
49% A Dog's Journey Ethan 2019
31% The Intruder Charlie Peck 2019
32% Kin Hal Solinski 2018
61% I Can Only Imagine Arthur 2018
No Score Yet La canción de mi padre Arthur 2018
34% A Dog's Purpose Adult Ethan $64.4M 2017
62% Truth Col. Roger Charles $1.6M 2015
51% At Any Price Henry Whipple $0.4M 2013
4% Playing for Keeps Carl $13.1M 2012
24% The Words Clay Hammond $11.5M 2012
23% What to Expect When You're Expecting Ramsey $41.2M 2012
4% Beneath The Darkness Vaughn Ely 2012
68% Footloose Reverend Moore $51.8M 2011
45% 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
34% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra General Hawk $150.2M 2009
49% Battle For Terra Roven $1.7M 2009
33% Horsemen Aidan Breslin 2009
61% The Express Ben Schwartzwalder $9.6M 2008
50% Smart People Lawrence Wetherhold $9.5M 2008
75% Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise Actor 2008
34% Vantage Point Thomas Bames $72.3M 2008
38% American Dreamz President Staton $7.2M 2006
6% Yours, Mine & Ours Frank Beardsley $53.4M 2005
82% In Good Company Dan Foreman $45.5M 2004
30% Flight of the Phoenix Frank Towns $21M 2004
44% 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
88% Far From Heaven Frank Whitaker $16M 2003
84% The Rookie Jim Morris $75.5M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
90% Dinner with Friends Gabe 2001
92% Traffic Arnie $123.9M 2000
70% Frequency Frank Sullivan 2000
52% 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
53% Gang Related William 1997
50% Dragonheart Bowen 1996
39% Something to Talk About Eddie Bichon 1995
42% Wyatt Earp Doc Holliday 1994
68% Flesh And Bone Arliss Sweeney 1993
33% Undercover Blues Jeff Blue 1993
25% Wilder Napalm Wallace 1993
64% Come See the Paradise Jack McGurn 1990
87% 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
43% Everybody's All-American Gavin Grey 1988
61% D.O.A. Dexter Cornell 1988
69% Suspect Eddie Sanger 1987
89% The Big Easy Remy McSwain 1987
82% Innerspace Lt. Tuck Pendelton 1987
59% Enemy Mine Willis Davidge 1985
77% Dreamscape Alex Gardner 1984
No Score Yet Bill: On His Own Barry 1983
98% The Right Stuff Gordon Cooper 1983
10% 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


No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
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No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2019
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No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
  • 2018
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84% Fortitude
Michael Lennox
  • 2018
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41% Chelsea
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2017
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2016
28% The Art of More
Executive Producer Samuel Brukner
  • 2016
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No Score Yet Drunk History
  • 2015
86% Inside Amy Schumer
  • 2015
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
  • 2015
67% Vegas
Ralph Lamb
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2006
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No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
  • 2006
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No Score Yet American Experience
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2002
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1990