More Randy Quaid Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Pluto Nash)Randy Quaid's film career spans almost 30 years and over 40 features. His versatility is on display in a wide array of genres. He's done comedy (Quick Change, three National Lampoon Vacation movies, the Farrelly Bros.' Kingpin, The Debtors, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle); drama (his Oscar -nominated role in The Last Detail, Bound for Glory, Midnight Express); westerns (The Long Riders, Missouri Breaks); and horror/sci-fi (Independence Day, Parents). Quaid most recently starred in Columbia Pictures' Not Another Teen Movie. Upcoming Quaid will be seen in Miramax Films' Carolina, written and directed by Michel Parness.
Not bad for a performer who began as a clown at Houston's AstroWorld. The Texas native got his big break when director Peter Bogdanovich spotted him while he was a student at the University of Houston. Quaid won the role—his film debut—of Lester Marlow, the geek who escorts the ravishing Cybill Shepherd to a nude swimming party, in the Oscar -nominated The Last Picture Show. Quaid reprised the role in Bogdanovich's 1990 sequel, Texasville and also co-starred twice more for the director in Paper Moon and What's Up, Doc?
His other film credits encompass Hard Rain, Bye, Bye Love, The Paper, Days of Thunder, Martians Go Home, Heartbeeps, The Choirboys, Breakout, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Bloodhounds of Broadway and Out Cold. His portrayal of kleptomaniac sailor Larry Meadows opposite Jack Nicholson in Hal Ashby's The Last Detail earned Quaid an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in The Debtors, which marked the directorial debut of his wife, Evi Quaid.
This fall Quaid will star in Fox's new television series The Grubbs. He'll take on the role of Mike Grubb, the patriarch of a dysfunctional working class family. On television, Quaid created a memorable portrait of President Lyndon Johnson in the NBC miniseries, LBJ: The Early Years, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. He collected a second Emmy nomination for his performance in ABC's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Other miniseries and telefilms include Frankenstein, Inside the Third Reich, Niagara, The Guyana Tragedy, Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland, Roommates, Showtimes' Next Door and Of Mice and Men. Quaid also appeared as a series regular on Saturday Night Live and starred opposite Jonathan Winters in the sitcom, Davis Rules.
His stage credits include the New York and Los Angeles productions of Sam Shepard's True West (opposite brother Dennis Quaid) and the Shakespeare-in-the-Park staging of The Golem at New York's Delacorte Theatre.
Bio courtesy Castle Rock Entertainment for "Pluto Nash" (17-Aug-2002)