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With every role he plays, DENNIS QUAID (Jim Morris) upholds his place as one of the most charismatic actors of our time.

Quaid most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh suspense drama "Traffic" for USA Films, and prior to that, starred in HBO's "Dinner with Friends" for director Norman Jewison, which was based on Donald Marguiles' Pulitzer Prizewinning play exploring the strains of modern-day marriages. In 2000, he starred in the hit film "Frequency," which was written by Toby Emmerich, directed by Greg Hoblit, and also starred Jim Caviezel and Andre Braugher. Quaid also appeared in "Any Given Sunday" for director Oliver Stone.

In the summer of  l998, Quaid made his directorial debut with the TNT film "Everything that Rises," and starred in Walt Disney Pictures' ''The Parent Trap,'' a remake of the 1961 classic. That fall he was seen in "Savior," directed by Peter Antonijevic, a realistic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a French-American mercenary who reclaims his humanity by rescuing a young girl orphaned by the Bosnian War. Critics hailed the performance as the best of his career.

Quaid also received considerable praise for his role as Doc Holliday in "Wyatt Earp" and for the Oscar-nominated space epic, "The Right Stuff."

Quaids impressive body of work includes "Switchback," "Gang Related," "Something to Talk About,'' ''Dragonheart,'' ''Flesh and Bone,'' ''Come See the Paradise," "Everybody's All-American," "Suspect," "D.O.A.," "The Big Easy," amid ''Innerspace.'' He showcased his musical talents in "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 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 reprised in Los Angeles. He will soon be seen in "Far From Heaven" for USA Films.

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