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Dennis Quaid Biography

Birth Name:
Dennis William Quaid
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Actor, director, singer, songwriter

Fast Facts

  • As a teen, he performed stand-up comedy and did impressions at nightclubs
  • Earned a pilot's license to help him portray astronaut Gordon Cooper in 1983's The Right Stuff
  • Battled anorexia and a cocaine addiction
  • Formed the rock band Dennis Quaid and the Sharks; he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar
  • Made his directorial debut with the 1998 made-for-TV movie Everything That Rises
  • Won a New York Film Critics Circle Award and an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in 2002's Far From Heaven
  • Became an advocate for patient safety after his infant twins (born in 2007) nearly died as a result of a medical mistake at the hospital


  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2002New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2002Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1988Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner