Randy Quaid

Actor
Actor Randy Quaid earned notice for his characterizations of good-natured bumblers and hapless hillbillies in many acclaimed 1970s films before going on to enjoy a long career that netted him Academy, Golden Globe, and ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1950 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (120)

The Debtors 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Battle of Treasure Island 2014 (Movie)

Captain Flint (Actor)

Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach 2007 (Movie)

Coach Lew Tuttle (Actor)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

King Carlos IV (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time 2007 (Movie)

Reuban (Actor)

Category 7: The End of the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Ranch House 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Island Kids 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

Joe Aguirre (Actor)

Ice Harvest 2005 (Movie)

Bill Guerrard--Kansas City Boss (Actor)

Milwaukee, Minnesota 2005 (Movie)

Jerry James (Actor)

5ive Days to Midnight 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Alameda Slim (Actor)

The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Carolina 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grind 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kart Racer 2003 (Movie)

Vic Davies (Actor)

Black Cadillac 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

Madman McKlusky (Actor)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Mr Briggs (Actor)

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Cappy Von Trapment (Actor)

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Sands of Eden 1998 (Movie)

Lenny Gates (Actor)

Valentine's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bug Buster 1997 (Movie)

General George Merlin (Actor)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

P.U.N.K.S 1997 (Movie)

Tom Utley (Actor)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

Cousin Eddie (Actor)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Russell Casse (Actor)

Kingpin 1996 (Movie)

Ishmael (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Dance 1996 (Movie)

Sam Burns (Actor)

Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Curse of the Starving Class 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Next Door 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Roommates 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

McDougal (Actor)

Frankenstein 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaked 1993 (Movie)

Elijah C Skuggs (Actor)

Legends of the North 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Davis Rules 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1985 - 1986, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Tim Daland (Actor)

Martians Go Home 1990 (Movie)

Mark Devereaux (Actor)

Quick Change 1990 (Movie)

Loomis (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Lester Marlow (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Feet Samuels (Actor)

Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

Jack Cloud (Actor)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Out Cold 1989 (Movie)

Lester Atlas (Actor)

Parents 1989 (Movie)

Nick Laemle (Actor)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Peter Blunt (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Moving 1988 (Movie)

Frank/Cornell Crawford (Actor)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Vincent Bracey (Actor)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

The Wraith 1986 (Movie)

Loomis (Actor)

Fool For Love 1985 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

Moose Granger (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Cowboy 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Cousin Eddie (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

Clel Miller (Actor)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

Jimmy Booth (Actor)

Bound For Glory 1976 (Movie)

Luther Johnson (Actor)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

Dean Pratt (Actor)

Three Warriors 1976 (Movie)

Quentin Hammond (Actor)

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

Hawk Hawkins (Actor)

The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Little Tod (Actor)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

Leroy (Actor)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1973 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

Meadows SN (Actor)

The Lolly-Madonna War 1972 (Movie)

Finch Feather (Actor)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

Professor Hosquith (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Lester Marlow (Actor)

Targets 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis (Tv Show)

Actor

Evil in Clear River (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

Getting Away From It All (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

Actor

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor

Last Rites (TV Show)

Actor

Mail to the Chief (TV Show)

Actor

Moonshine Highway (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

Actor

Next Door (Movie)

Lenny Benedetti (Actor)

Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Actor)

The Day the World Ended (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Niagara (TV Show)

Actor

The Thin Blue Lie (TV Show)

Actor

To Race the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Woman Undone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Debtors 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Actor Randy Quaid earned notice for his characterizations of good-natured bumblers and hapless hillbillies in many acclaimed 1970s films before going on to enjoy a long career that netted him Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award nominations. Following his Oscar nomination for playing opposite Jack Nicholson as a pair of sailors on leave in Hal Ashby's superb "The Last Detail" (1973) as well as a string of movies with some of the best filmmakers of the era, Quaid raised his comedic profile with "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983) and its many sequels, as well as starring roles in the unsettling indie comedy "Parents" (1989) and the Farrelly Brothers' slapstick bowling outing, "Kingpin" (1996). Always adept at lending a dark twist to his charismatic roles as criminals, sheriffs, and politicians, Quaid was aligned with the occasional blockbuster like "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Independence Day" (1996), and "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), while consistently earning praise for portraying larger-than-life figures like President Lyndon B. Johnson and Elvis' showy manager Col. Tom Parker in television movies. The towering, bear-like Texan leveraged his size to be both menacing and unexpectedly gentle and never failed to make an impression during his 40-plus years on the screen.

Relationships

Ella Jolly

Wife

Evie Quaid Associate Producer

Wife
Met on the set of "Bloodhounds of Broadway" (1989) She directed him in "The Debtors" (1999)

Dennis Quaid Actor

Brother
Born April 9, 1954

William Quaid

Father
Divorced from Quaid's mother died of a heart attack in 1987

Buddy Quaid Actor

Half-Brother
Born Nobermber 26, 1974

Nita Quaid

Mother
Divorced from Quaid's father

Amanda Quaid

Daughter
Born May 29, 1983 mother, Ella Jolly

EDUCATION

University of Houston

Houston , Texas
First met director Peter Bogdanovich

Bellaire High School

Bellaire , Texas

Milestones

2008

Starred in the comedy, "Ball's Out: The Gary Houseman Story," alongside Seann William Scott

2007

Portayed King Carlos the IV in Miles Forman's "Goya's Ghosts"

2005

Cast opposite John Cusack in the "Ice Harvest," a dark comedy directed by Harold Ramis

2005

Cast in the Ang Lee Western, "Brokeback Mountain," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger

2005

Earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations portraying 'Colonel' Tom Parker in the CBS' minseries, "Elvis"

2004

Appeared on stage playing the starring role of Frank in Sam Shepard's "The God of Hell"

2003

Starred in the short-lived series, "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire" (CBS)

2001

Played a loser father in "Not Another Teen Movie"

1998

Played a serial killer in "Last Rites"

1998

Had a supporting role in the action film, "Hard Rain"

1997

Reprised his role as Cousin Eddie in "Vegas Vacation"

1996

Delivered memorable turn as a crop duster who aids in the fight against invading aliens in "Independence Day"

1996

Played the lovable Amish bowler Ishmael in "Kingpin," alongside Woody Harrelson

1994

Co-starred in Ron Howard's "The Paper"

1991

First starring role in a TV series, "Davis Rules" (ABC, 1991; CBS, 1992)

1990

Reprised his "Last Picture Show" role in the sequel, "Texasville"

1989

Reprised role of Cousin Eddie in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

1987

Earned an Emmy nomination for portraying Lyndon Johnson in the TV biography "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC)

1985

Joined one season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a regular cast member

1984

Appeared Off-Broadway with brother Dennis in Sam Shepard's "True West"

1984

Earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1983

Offered a fine comic turn as Cousin Eddie in "National Lampoon's Vacation"

1980

Was featured with brother Dennis in Walter Hill's Western, "The Long Riders"

1980

First role in a TV miniseries, "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" (CBS)

1978

Had a supporting role in "Midnight Express"

1973

Earned an Oscar nomination for his role as the dumb sailor tutored in the ways of the world by Jack Nicholson in "The Last Detail"

1972

TV acting debut, "Getting Away From It All" (ABC)

1970

Played one of Cybill Shepherd's suitor's in "The Last Picture Show"

1968

Film acting debut "Targets"

Bonus Trivia

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On Aug. 23, 2010, Quaid filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court and, acting as his own lawyer, claimed that he lost over $10 million after his advisers supposedly forged his signature on fraudulent real estate loans with City National Bank. The actor also claimed that his finance team stole royalty checks from past projects including $600,000 for "Brokeback Mountain."

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Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested on Sept. 18, 2010 after police were called to a Montecito, CA residence to investigate a report of squatters. When deputies arrived at the house that evening, they found Randy and Evi Quaid, who said they had owned the property since the 1990s. The property owner's representative provided documents that showed his client had bought the home in 2007 from a man who had purchased it from the Quaids several years earlier. A contractor showed police more than $5,000 in damages to the guest house that he believed was caused by the Quaids.

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On Oct. 18, 2010, bench warrants for the Quaids were issued following their failure to appear for a hearing on the burglary charges. On Oct. 22, Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested in Vancouver, B.C., Canada for their outstanding warrant stemming from their felony burglary arrest in September 2010

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On Nov. 2, 2010, the Quaids once again failed to appear for an arraignment on felony vandalism charges.

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In February 2008, a five-member hearing committee of Actors' Equity Association, banned Quaid for life and fined him more than $81,000. The charges that brought the sanctions originated in a Seattle production of "Lone Star Love," in which Quaid played the lead role of Falstaff. The musical was scheduled to come to Broadway, but producers cancelled it. According to the New York Post, all 26 members of the musical cast brought charges that Quaid "physically and verbally abused his fellow performers" and that the show closed rather than continuing to Broadway because of Quaid's "oddball behavior".Quaid's lawyer, Mark Block, said the charges were completely false, and that one of the complaining actors had said the action was actually driven by "the producers who did not want to give Randy his contractual rights to creative approval ... or financial participation ..." Block also said that Quaid had left the union before the musical started, making the ban moot, and that Quaid had only participated in the hearing because he wanted due process.

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Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested in Texas on Sept. 24, 2009 for allegedly failing to pay a $10,000 hotel bill at the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Randy and Evi Quaid were sent to jail on April 26, 2010 for missing multiple hearings in their felony case. They had been wanted as fugitives for their previous arrest in September 2009. After posting bail, the Quaids were released from jail and felony charges were dropped two days later, though Evi was put on probation and given 240 hours of community service.

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