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DENNIS QUAID (Tom Hamilton) With every role he plays, Dennis Quaid upholds his place as one of the most charismatic actors of our time. Quaid received honors from 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 Actor's Guild Award for his emotional turn as a closet homosexual in 1950's New York in the critically acclaimed 2002 film, "Far From Heaven.” Quaid was honored at the 2009 ShoWest Convention as "Male Star of the Year.”

Dennis had a busy year working in 2010. He shot "Soul Surfer” alongside Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb, which is due out on April 15, 2011. He will star in Paramount's remake of "Footloose,” where he will play "Rev. Shaw Moore” alongside Andie MacDowell and Julianne Hough. Just last week, Dennis finished shooting an independent film, called "Beneath the Darkness” with Aimee Teegarden in his native Texas. Also, Dennis starred in "Legion” alongside Paul Bettany.

Quaid portrays President Bill Clinton in the HBO television movie, "The Special Relationship,” directed by Richard Loncraine. The film sets out to explore the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. Production was recently completed in London. Dennis was just recently nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe for his performance.

In Summer 2009, Quaid was one of the stars of the ensemble cast in the Paramount Pictures action adventure, "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” by director Stephen Sommers. Quaid was ‘General Hawk,' the head of an elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe.

Quaid will next be seen in the horror film "Pandorum,” about a pair of crew members aboard a spaceship who wake up after an extended sleep with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. Ben Foster co-stars. Overture Films releases "Pandorum” in the US on September 25, 2009.

Quaid also stars in the upcoming thriller "Legion” directed by Scott Charles for Sony Screen Gems. Quaid stars with Paul Bettany in this story about a group of strangers stuck in a diner after a biblical apocalypse descends upon the world. "Legion” will be released in January 2010.

In October 2008, Quaid starred in the Universal Pictures feature film "The Express,” the true life story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American college football player to win the Heisman Trophy. "The Express” was directed by Gary Fleder. Also in 2008, Quaid starred in the Miramax film "Smart People,” for director Noam Murro, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and just prior, as well as Sony's action thriller "Vantage Point,” directed by Pete Travis.

In 2007, Quaid appeared in the satirical comedy "American Dreamz,” in which he played the President of the United States, along with an ensemble that included Willem Dafoe, Hugh Grant, Marcia Gay Harden and Mandy Moore. The film was written and directed by Paul Weitz for Universal Pictures.

In 2005 Quaid received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also starred in the family comedy, "Yours, Mine and Ours” Quaid with Rene Russo, the remake of the 1968 film, which originally starred Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, was directed by Raja Gosnell for MGM and Paramount. "Yours, Mine and Ours” is the tale of a widower (Quaid) with 10 children who marries a widow (Russo) with 8 children. Quaid also received rave reviews for his role in the Universal Studio's film, "In Good Company,” a coming of age drama with Scarlett Johannson and Topher Grace. The film was written and directed by Paul Weitz.

In 2004, Quaid starred in the Twentieth Century Fox action blockbuster film, "The Day After Tomorrow,” directed by Roland Emmerich, and just prior as ‘General Sam Houston' in Disney's "The Alamo,” which re-teamed him with director John Lee Hancock. Quaid also starred in another film that year: Twentieth Century Fox's remake of "The Flight of the Phoenix” directed by John Moore and produced by John Davis and Bill Aldrich.

In 2002, Quaid starred in the title role of a high school baseball coach in Disney's 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 Rookie” was directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Mark Johnson, Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi and was released on March 29th. The film was awarded an ESPY by ESPN for "Best Sports Film of the Year.”

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. "Dinner with Friends” received a 2002 Emmy nomination for "Best TV Movie.”

Quaid also starred in New Line Cinema's 2000 hit, "Frequency” where 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 film was written by Toby Emmerich, directed by Greg Hoblit and also starred Jim Caviezel and Andre Braugher. The year 2000 also marked Quaid's appearance in the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh suspense drama "Traffic” for USA Films opposite Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Quaid portrayed a high-powered attorney who became involved in a web of deceit and scandal that resulted in deadly consequences.

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. TNT premiered the film on July 12, 1998. Quaid also starred in Nancy Meyer's box-office hit "The Parent Trap," for Walt Disney, a remake of the 1961 classic, which was a summer 1998 release.

In the fall of 1998, Quaid was seen in the critically acclaimed film "Savior,” directed by Peter Antonijevic. Quaid starred in this realistic and heart-wrenching portrayal of 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 also received considerable critical praise for his role as Doc Holliday in the Western "Wyatt Earp" in 1994, and for the Oscar-nominated space epic, "The Right Stuff" in 1983.

Quaid's impressive body of work includes the Warner Bros. film "Any Given Sunday,” directed by Oliver Stone; 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' critically acclaimed "Flesh and Bone;” 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.;" Jim Bridges' "The Big Easy" with Ellen Barkin; 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. Quaid splits his time between homes in Los Angeles, Montana and Texas.

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