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DENNIS QUAID was born in Houston to Juanita Bonniedale (Jordan), a real- estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He grew up in the Houston suburb of Bellaire. He was raised a Baptist, and studied drama, Mandarin Chinese, and dance while a student at Bellaire High School. He continued study at the University of Houston but dropped out before completing his degree. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career where his brother, Randy Quaid, had already begun to build a successful career. However, Dennis initially had trouble finding film roles, but began to gain notice when he appeared in BREAKING AWAY (1979) and earned strong reviews for his role in THE RIGHT STUFF (1983). Among his many other roles, recently are "American Crime Story" and A DOG'S PURPOSE. Aside from acting, Quaid is also a musician and plays with his band, The Sharks. He holds a flying license and is a five-handicap golfer.


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