DENNIS QUAID (Ely) is widely acknowledged as one of the most charismatic actors of our time. For his performance in the critically acclaimed drama Far from Heaven (2002), Quaid received Best Supporting Actor honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and Independent Spirit Awards, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe® Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Quaid starred in the spring’s sleeper hit, Soul Surfer, alongside Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb. He recently completed work on Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field, co-starring Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He also wrapped production on the independent feature The Words, shot in Montreal with stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde.
In 2009, Quaid starred in the supernatural action-thriller Legion, alongside Paul Bettany and Charles S. Dutton. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Bill Clinton in Richard Loncraine’s HBO movie “The Special Relationship,” opposite Michael Sheen.
Quaid began acting in high school and studied theater at the University of Houston. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood, he landed the plum role of a working-class tough in Breaking Away. Other early film credits include The Long Riders, 9/30/55, Crazy Mama, Dreamscape, All Night Long, Our Winning Season, Caveman, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Enemy Mine.
In 1983, Quaid co-starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award®-winning television movie “Bill” and its sequel “Bill: On His Own.” A year later, he joined his brother Randy Quaid in the Off Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” which he later reprised in Los Angeles.
Quaid currently splits his time between homes in Los Angeles, Montana and Texas.