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Biography #2 (for The Day After Tomorrow)Dennis Quaid was honored by the New York Film Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Awards as Best Supporting Actor of the Year, and also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his emotional turn as a closet homosexual in 1950s New York in the critically acclaimed 2002 film Far From Heaven.
Quaid also stars in Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming remake of The Flight of the Phoenix. Directed by John Moore, the thriller revolves around a group of men who survive a plane crash in an African desert and attempt to build a plane from the wreckage.
Quaid recently starred with Sharon Stone in the thriller Cold Creek Manor, directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), about a family who finds the perfect house in a small town, only to be harassed by the former occupant, played by Stephen Dorff.
He has a starring role as General Sam Houston in The Alamo, directed by John Lee Hancock. The film centers around the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2002, Quaid starred in the title role of a high school baseball coach in the box-office hit The Rookie, based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris who makes the major leagues at the age of 35. The film, directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Mark Johnson, Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi, received an ESPY award by ESPN for Best Sports Film of the Year.
Quaid appeared in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh suspense drama Traffic for USA Films, opposite Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, playing a high-powered attorney who became involved in a web of deceit and scandal that result in deadly consequences.
In 2001, Quaid starred in HBO's Dinner with Friends for director Norman Jewison. Based on Donald Margulies' Pulitzer-Prize winning play, the story explores the strains of modern-day marriages. The film received a 2002 Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie.
Quaid also starred in the 2000 hit Frequency, in which he played a heroic firefighter who died at a young age, but was able to communicate with the son he left behind due to a time warp. The year before, he appeared in Any Given Sunday, directed by Oliver Stone, in which he portrayed an aging quarterback legend who struggles with the demise of his career.
Quaid made his directorial debut for TNT with the television film Everything that Rises, the story of a Wyoming man's struggle to hold on to the land passed down through generations, which takes on a new poignancy when his son is critically injured in an auto accident. Quaid also starred in Nancy Meyer's box-office hit The Parent Trap, a remake of the 1961 classic, which was a summer 1998 release.
In 1998, Quaid appeared in the critically acclaimed film Savior, directed by Peter Antonijevic, starring as a French-American mercenary who reclaims his humanity by rescuing a girl orphaned by the Bosnian War. Critics hailed his performance as the best of his career.
Quaid received considerable critical praise for his role as Doc Holliday in the Western Wyatt Earp and for the Oscar nominated space epic The Right Stuff.
Quaid's film credits also include Switchback, Gang Related, Lasse Hallstrom's Something to Talk About opposite Julia Roberts and Robert Duvall, the fantasy action-adventure film Dragonheart, Steve Kloves' critically acclaimed Flesh and Bone, Alan Parker's World War II saga Come See the Paradise, Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All- American, Peter Yates' Suspect, Annabel Jankel's remake of the 1949 film noir D.O.A., Jim Bridges' The Big Easy, and Joe Dante's Innerspace. He showcased his musical talents in the films The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Tough Enough and Great Balls of Fire.
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 with his brother Randy, 9/30/55, Crazy Mama, Dreamscape, All Night Long, Our Winning Season, Cavemen, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Enemy Mine.
In 1983 Quaid starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Bill and its sequel, Bill: On His Own. A year later he co-starred with Randy Quaid in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West, which he later reprised in Los Angeles.
Bio courtesy Fox for "The Day After Tomorrow" (17-Jun-2004)
Biography #3Dennis Quaid is one of America's most charismatic and versatile leading men. He most recently appeared in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, starring as the legendary quarterback Jack Cap Rooney with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and James Woods.
In 1998, Quaid received stellar reviews for the Oliver Stone production Savior, in which he played a French-American mercenary who reclaims his humanity by rescuing a girl orphaned by the Bosnian War. Also in 1988, Quaid starred in the remake of the 1961 classic The Parent Trap and made his directorial debut for TNT with the critically acclaimed Everything That Rises.
Quaid's many memorable performances include his roles Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp and as astronaut Gordon Cooper in the Oscar-nominated space epic The Right Stuff.
His impressive body of work also includes Jeb Stuart's Switchback; Gang Related, opposite James Belushi; Lasse Hallstrom's Something to Talk About, opposite Julia Roberts and Robert Duvall; the fantasy action-adventure film Dragonheart; Steve Kloves' acclaimed Flesh and Bone, opposite Meg Ryan; Mike Nichols' Postcards From the Edge, with Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine; Alan Parker's World War II saga Come See the Paradise; Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All-American, opposite Jessica Lange; Peter Yates' Suspect, with Cher; Annabel Jankel's remake of the 1949 film noir D.O.A., opposite Meg Ryan; Jim Bridges' The Big Easy, with Ellen Barkin; and Joe Dante's Innerspace, opposite Meg Ryan. Quaid has also showcased his musical talents in the films The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Tough Enough and Great Balls of Fire.
He began acting in high school and studied theatre at the University of Houston. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood, he landed the plum role of the working-class tough in Breaking Away. Other early film credits include The Long Riders, with his brother, Randy; 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 starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Bill and its sequel, Bill: On His Own. A year later he co-starred with Randy Quaid in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West, which they later reprised in Los Angeles.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)
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