Dennis Quaid

(Dennis William Quaid)

Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
  • Born: April 9, 1954
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Singer, Writer

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Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, some of his notable credits include Breaking Away (1979), The Right Stuff (1983), The Big Easy (1986), Innerspace (1987), The Parent Trap (1998), Frequency (2000), Traffic (2000), The Rookie (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Vantage Point (2008), Footloose (2011), and Soul Surfer (2011). For his role in Far from Heaven (2002) he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor among other accolades.

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A lot of people that I started out with, I don't know where they are. I guess it takes tenacity to still be doing this, and luck, but I've been very blessed.
Athletes are sort of part of the community at large. They have to be dedicated to what they do, and go through lots of peaks and valleys. And there's a lot of training that goes into their careers. It's a struggle. Very dramatic.
Before I was an actor, I was never able to hold a job for more than 3 months for some reason. It just wouldn't hold my interest, so there was some way that I wound up quitting or getting fired from it. But being an actor is perfect, because movies usually take about three months to shoot. Then it's over and they say, 'Hey, great job!' Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Certainly I'm a Christian first and foremost. But I do believe in religious tolerance and finding the commonality between all of us. I think that's how we're all going to come together.
Clinton knew how to get things done. He was battling the Republicans, and then he basically took a lot of their agenda and made it his own. That's what Obama's not doing.
Everybody just wants to be famous first, and then maybe learn how to act. Fame
Families need a spiritual bond with one another and with God. God is the only way you're going to make it in life, the glue that holds everything together. Life ;Religion & God
Family is the most important thing in life, period. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
For many years, I was obsessed about what I was eating, how many calories it had, and how much exercise I'd have to do.
God is the only way you're going to make it in life, the glue that holds everything together. Life ;Religion & God
Going to the golf course every day for work? That's a good job. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Golf is meaningless, but it means so much.
Horseracing and ranch horses are two different animals. You're getting race horses out and running and running them. It can be really problematic. A thoroughbred's very delicate.
I always want to find the best burger in town.
I always wanted to be an astronaut.
I can't hit a ball more than 200 yards. I have no butt. You need a butt if you're going to hit a golf ball.
I could never hold a job for more than three months, which works out well because that's how long a movie shoots.
I didn't play football in school, but I've been a fan of football all my life. I have a fair understanding of it. Doing movies about it really helps because you know what makes them work and what doesn't. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I directed a movie back in the '90s which had calf roping in it, and I got into it quite a bit back then.
I don't know if I'd want to be a Secret Service agent. In the movies, it's exciting and romantic and all that. Really, most of their job is standing in a hallway for 12 hours making sure somebody doesn't come through a doorway off of a stairwell. Romantic ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't see how it's a risky thing to take a great part with a great director and a great script. That, to me, is not really a dangerous, risky proposition. It's actually a really good choice.
I found golf late in life, in 1990. I took some lessons and struggled. Then one day, I hit a drive that was so crisp and clean, with no vibration. There's no feeling like it. I was hooked. Life
I grew up Baptist and still go to church. I myself have explored other religions, because I want to know what it is that makes other people tick. I find we're all talking about the same thing, really - it's all God. Religion & God
I grew up in Houston, and I remember we had separate drinking fountains, and black people sat in the balcony of the theater... We had an African-American housekeeper growing up who was really like my second mother. I thought it was silly - hatred just because of the color of somebody's skin.
I guess I could say I'm an actor, which I am, but that sounds like I'm putting down being a movie star, which, let's face it, is what I've become to many people. For myself, I'm a guy who was very insecure from about age 14 until the day I hit my 30th birthday.
I have a ranch in Montana, but it's not a real working ranch. I've always liked the outdoors. I come from Texas. My grandfather was a farmer; that's as close as I come.
I have a resistance to change in things that I feel comfortable with and that I'm used to.
I have always done my own stunts, and I have been in hundreds of fights in films, but I have never been in a fist fight outside the movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I judge movies on how much fun I had while I was doing them. I had a great time on 'The Right Stuff.' Doing that was fantastic. And there was the year I did 'The Rookie' and 'Far From Heaven,' which was amazing because those two different roles were just so far apart. Time
I learned to surf for 'Soul Surfer.' Surfing is like golf: You're always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It's magic.
I like acting and being a musician. It's like comparing apples and oranges. But I really like my day job. I've always played music since I was 12, and I guess I always will. Music, Chants & Rapps
I look for a good story. Usually the best stories are the ones that are unbelievably true. 'Soul Surfer' is one of those stories.
I love acting and making your own luck. You have to recreate yourself, I guess. Although, I don't know how. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love being a dad, and I'm good at it. Kids teach you about life, like how not to focus on yourself so much. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love being a dad. Basically it's the most gratifying, rewarding relationship in life. But, at the same time, it certainly is the most challenging. Life ;Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love doing independent films, but it's very hard to make a living that way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love politics, but I wouldn't want to be involved in it. Too little money, too much work! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I love politics, but I wouldn't want to be involved in it. Too little money, too much work! I don't really have the personality for that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I love to work. I actually enjoy it now more than I did when I was in my 20s. I don't know why, but I'm just grateful. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I owe the little formal education I got to my drama teacher, Mr. Pickett, who got us to read Shakespeare, Moliere, and other classics. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I really love doing what I do, being an actor. It's the greatest. You can do it until you die. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I really want to see the Cubs in the World Series. I really do.
I spent a weekend in the White House with President Clinton, back in '99, I guess. We played golf and just hung out and talked on many subjects. I saw him several times subsequently in L.A. He's the smartest man I ever met, a great politician. Everybody was star struck around him.
I still have my original love for acting. That's why I feel so lucky. I think that's what sustains me in the sort of leaner times. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I try to be eclectic in my choice of films. If I've done anything that's intentional in my career, it's to try to do as many different types of characters and as many different types of genres of movies that I can. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I used to eat a lot of fish, but I've been shying away from it because of the mercury thing. I eat more beef and chicken now.
I want to work with great people. Great people really make you better. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. I grew up in Houston. Gordo Cooper was my favorite astronaut.
I was a guy back in the Eighties who was one movie away from a huge career, which at that time didn't happen. In the Nineties, I worked a lot, but it was kind of, 'Get out there and dig and find things.' Then I guess 'The Rookie' and 'Far From Heaven' were referred to as my comeback. Time
I was a late bloomer. I tried out for the football team, and I got locked off the field. That's how I wound up in drama.
I was a really avid bowler when I was a teenager. I had about a 210-220 average. I had blisters on my fingers.
I was made to be a perfectionist at everything I did. Everything was more important than what I wanted.
I went out for the football team but, you know, I was too small. That's how I wound up in drama.
I would like my kids to follow their bliss.
I would like to work with Todd Phillips of 'The Hangover'. I would like to do more comedies; it would be a lot of fun. No actors in particular. I don't consciously seek out things to do. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd love to do a golf movie. I turned down Don Johnson's role in 'Tin Cup.' I regret that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If I've done anything intentional about my career, is that I really have not - I've chosen to try to do as many different types of things as possible. That's really what I like to do.
If you're going to stick around in this business, you have to have the ability to reinvent yourself, whether consciously or unconsciously. Business, Commerce & Finance
I'm an idol of cinema? Oh, wow.
I'm lucky. I have a high metabolism, so I pretty much eat anything and everything.
I'm not really a pitcher; I just play one in the movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In aviation they have auto pilot and color radar and a lot of other instrumentation that is a backup for pilots. It's really brought the incidents of plane crashes way down. Same thing ought to happen in the medical industry, I think. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In my early teen years, I wanted to become a vet. That was my plan. I worked as a veterinarian's assistant for a couple of summers.
It's about... my only strategy I've ever had in my career is to do as many different types of roles as possible, as many different types of genres. It keeps the fire in my belly.
It's great to get paid for what you love doing most. To enjoy your work. And to follow that. It's important. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's hard for two actors to be together. Take the traveling, for instance. It winds up being a long distance relationship, all the time, because one's working here and one's working there, or one's staying at home and one's off someplace else. Time
I've always considered myself a character actor. That's the way I was trained, really.
I've done so many movies that when I see them I don't really watch them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've had varying luck with comedy in the past, but I'd really like to give that another go. I don't know if I'd chase down a part, but if the right thing came along I could certainly see myself stepping into that zone.
I've never really sought out publicity.
Jesus himself talked about prayer and meditation. Anything that brings you closer to the Lord, what's wrong with that?
'Legion' was a lot of fun to shoot. It was a real unique apocalypse scenario that takes place in a diner out in the desert. Very much like a drive-in B-movie, but in a good way.
Movies usually find me, but I'm open to anything. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My interpretation of a strong director is someone who knows their story. That's what directors are, they're storytellers because they're directing where your focus is going to be as an audience.
My real-life athletic career was not very much. I played Little League baseball.
One thing I've really never had a problem with was memorizing lines. Most of the time I don't memorize the lines until we're on the set shooting the scene. Time
Playing Bill Clinton is really, probably, the scariest time of my career. Time
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it's not all that important to me anymore. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Surfing is like golf: You're always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It's magic.
That's what is great about what I do, going from one job to the other.
There are three things being a celebrity is good for: raising money for charity, dinner reservations and tee times. Money, Coins & Minting
There's no way that I could do a 9 to 5 job. There's no way. I was not cut out for that. You come in and you work for three months on the one job. They say, 'Great,' you know, and you're on to the next one - and you never even got fired. It's wonderful. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Wall Street has come to America's heartland, really. The only thing missing are the skyscrapers, you know?
What I find is that we're all human beings and that it's all very similar, what we believe. At the bottom, there's really not that much difference between Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists. We all worship God. Religion & God
What they will do is, you know the tabloids. They'll take one element of a story that may be true and they'll build everything around it. Take a picture and invent a story around it.
What, like I want to look like Dick Clark? No. I think I look great with liver spots.
When I choose a movie, I'll ask myself: 'Is this a movie I want to see?'
When I get a script, it's the only time that I get to be an audience member with the first-time experience of that movie. That's the first and only time. Time
When I was in my mid-20s, I traveled a lot around the world, and the question I had for everyone I talked to was, 'What is your conception of God?' I found that everybody basically felt the same: God is within and without. He's in everything. Religion & God
When I watch a movie that I've been in, I'm watching it, but I usually remember what I was doing at that time, what was going on in my life. Life ;Time
When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death. Death
You don't bad-mouth your ex or anything like that. The key is your kid knowing that both parents still love him and are there for him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You don't have to be alone with your thoughts anymore. You don't have to process anything. You can call up someone to do something to instantly make you sort of feel better.
You go to Main Street, and Wal-Mart is coming to town and kicking out all the mom and pop stores. All the people that were in the mom and pop stores are now working for Wal-Mart.
Your partner has to live with the best and the worst part of you, and they're affected by it.