Randy Quaid

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


Actor (119)

The Battle of Treasure Island 2014 (Movie)

Captain Flint (Actor)

Treasure Island Kids 2014 (Movie)


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)


Real Time 2007 (Movie)

Reuban (Actor)

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


Texas Ranch House 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


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


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)


Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Alameda Slim (Actor)

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


Carolina 2003 (Movie)


Grind 2003 (Movie)


Kart Racer 2003 (Movie)

Vic Davies (Actor)

Black Cadillac 2002 (Movie)


Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

Madman McKlusky (Actor)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Mr Briggs (Actor)

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


The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Cappy Von Trapment (Actor)

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


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


The Debtors 1999 (Movie)


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


Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Sands of Eden 1998 (Movie)

Lenny Gates (Actor)

Valentine's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Bug Buster 1997 (Movie)

General George Merlin (Actor)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


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)


Last Dance 1996 (Movie)

Sam Burns (Actor)

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


Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

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


Next Door 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Roommates 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The Paper 1994 (Movie)

McDougal (Actor)

Frankenstein 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Freaked 1993 (Movie)

Elijah C Skuggs (Actor)

Legends of the North 1993 (Movie)


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


Davis Rules 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)


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


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


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)


The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Cowboy 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Cousin Eddie (Actor)

Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


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)


Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)


Evil in Clear River (TV Show)


Frankenstein (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

Getting Away From It All (TV Show)


Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)


LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)


Last Rites (TV Show)


Mail to the Chief (TV Show)


Moonshine Highway (TV Show)


Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)


Next Door (Movie)

Lenny Benedetti (Actor)

Purgatory (TV Show)


Streets of Laredo (Movie)


The Day the World Ended (TV Show)


The Great Niagara (TV Show)


The Thin Blue Lie (TV Show)


To Race the Wind (TV Show)


Woman Undone (TV Show)

Producer (1)

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)



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.


Ella Jolly


Evie Quaid Associate Producer

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

Dennis Quaid Actor

Born April 9, 1954

William Quaid

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

Buddy Quaid Actor

Born Nobermber 26, 1974

Nita Quaid

Divorced from Quaid's father

Amanda Quaid

Born May 29, 1983 mother, Ella Jolly


University of Houston

Houston , Texas
First met director Peter Bogdanovich

Bellaire High School

Bellaire , Texas



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Played a loser father in "Not Another Teen Movie"


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


Played a serial killer in "Last Rites"


Reprised his role as Cousin Eddie in "Vegas Vacation"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Had a supporting role in "Midnight Express"


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"


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


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


Film acting debut "Targets"

Bonus Trivia


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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


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


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