1. Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles.
2. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an addiction to drugs and an eating disorder.
3. Some of his notable credits include Breaking Away, The Right Stuff, Wyatt Earp, The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, Vantage Point, Footloose, Frequency, The Parent Trap, Yours, Mine & Ours and Soul Surfer.
4. For his role in Far from Heaven he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.
5. Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita Bonniedale “Nita” ancestry. He attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, and Pershing Middle School in Houston.
6. He studied Mandarin and dance at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, and later in college, at the University of Houston, under drama coach Cecil Pickett, who had previously taught at Bellaire High and whose daughter is actress Cindy Pickett.
7. Quaid dropped out of the University of Houston before graduating and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career .
8. Known for his grin, Quaid had starring roles in the films Enemy Mine .
9. He also achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! .
10. He starred in the lead role in the 1996 adventure film Dragonheart, the remake of The Parent Trap .
11. He portrayed U.S. President Bill Clinton, alongside Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton, in the 2010 film The Special Relationship.
12. In 2012 and 2013, Quaid played Sheriff Ralph Lamb in the CBS TV drama series Vegas.
13. For his role in Far from Heaven he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.
14. He received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Golden Globe Awards, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
15. Quaid was also honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Houston, in April 2012.
16. Quaid and his first wife, actress P. J. Soles, were married on November 25, 1978.
17. Quaid and Ryan are said to have fallen in love during the shooting of their second film together, D.O.A. Quaid and Ryan have a son, Jack Henry .