Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) 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), Great Balls of Fire! (1989), Dragonheart (1996), The Parent Trap (1998), Frequency (2000), Traffic (2000), The Rookie (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Vantage Point (2008), Footloose (2011), Soul Surfer (2011), and The Intruder (2019). For his role in Far from Heaven (2002), he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor among other accolades. The Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.
Dennis William Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita B. "Nita" Quaid, a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. Quaid has English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Cajun (French) ancestry. He attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, and Pershing Middle School in Houston. He studied Mandarin and dance at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, and later in college, at the University of Houston, under drama coach Cecil Pickett, who had previously taught at Bellaire High and whose daughter is actress Cindy Pickett. He was raised in the Baptist faith. He is the younger brother of actor Randy Quaid.
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Casa Hogar was struggling to survive after the storm.
The Tiger Rising
A boy is in the woods.
Born a Champion
After a blood- soaked jujitsu match, fighting legend Mickey Kelley falls to superstar Blaine. The world demands a second chance after an online video proves that Blaine cheated. Can the old man get ba...
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A Dog's Journey
A dog finds meaning in his own existence through the lives of other humans.
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
The story of the Battle of Midway was told by the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome massive odds.
Merry Happy Whatever
A strong- willed father navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas.
Secrets in the Sky: The Untold Story of Skunk Works
In 1943, in a circus tent in Burbank, CA, a bunch of revolutionary thinkers first gathered together in secrecy to build America's first jet fighter. They were rule benders, chance takers, corner cutte...
A psychological thriller about a young married couple who buy a nice house in a nice valley only to find out that the man they bought it from refused to let go of the land.
A young boy saves his adoptive brother from a group of criminals by finding a powerful weapon. Federal agents and mercenaries are chasing the two of them.
I Can Only Imagine
Bart was physically and emotionally abused by his father. He wrote the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" because of his relationship with his dad.
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Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest c...
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The Art of More
A working-class social climber gets into the world of New York City auction houses by using the skills he learned as a soldier in Iraq.
It is a place like nowhere else. One of the safest towns in the world is Fortitude. There have been no violent crimes here. Until now. A murder touches everyone in a close-knit community and the horro...
Mary Mapes, a renowned producer and close associate of Dan Rather, believes that she has broken the biggest story of the 2004 election: revelations of a sitting U.S. president. president The military ...
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Historical reenactments from A-list talent. A unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from America's great past as great moments in history are retold with unforgettable result...
A washed-up producer pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, in a series of short films.
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The next great American novel was published by the young writer. He didn't write it. He is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambitio...
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Challenges of impending parenthood turn the lives of five couples upside down. Two celebrities are unprepared for the surprise demands of pregnancy; hormones wreak havoc on a baby-crazy author, while ...
Beneath the Darkness
After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.
Lamb wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are encroaching on his simple life. The Mayor appealed to his sense of duty to look i...
At Any Price
Henry wants Dean to help expand his family's farming empire, which is set in the competitive world of modern agriculture. Dean wants to become a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes invest...
Playing for Keeps
A former sports star who has fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team in an attempt to get his life back on track.
The true story of a teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and went on to become a champion again.
In the south, dancing is not allowed in Bomont. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town, and falling in love with the minister's daughter in the process.
The Special Relationship
A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage...
The end of the world is predicted by God. People are trapped in a diner.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The G.I can be found from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps. The JOE team uses the latest in spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the my...
A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the apocalyp...
Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spaceship with no idea who they are, how long they have been asleep, or what their mission is. The situation they are in is worse than they thought.
Professor Lawrence Wetherhold is confused about how to solve the problems of love and family.
The story of the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy is the subject of The Express.
The attempted assassination of the American president is told in many different ways.
The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal and a showtunes-...
2005 Houston Astros: The Championship Season
The Houston Astros overcame the worst start in franchise history to win the National League.
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In Good Company
A corporate takeover results in a seasoned advertisement sales executive being placed under a naive supervisor, who is half his age, at a high-ranking publication. Dan's supervisor becomes romanticall...
Return of the Legend: The Making of 'The Alamo'
A look into the filmmaking of John Lee Hancock's "The Alamo".
The 1836 standoff at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, was based on a confrontation between a group of Texan and Tejano men and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces.
Flight of the Phoenix
An aircraft crew is sent to shut down an oil rig after it proves to be useless. On their way to Beijing, a dust storm causes them to crash their Flying Boxcar in the desert.
The Day After Tomorrow
After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods, and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Jack Hall tried...
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Ellen is the host.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
Remember the Alamo
The batle that took place at the Alamo in 1863 between Mexicans and Texans holds many secrets, myths and legends. This program uncovers new facts and draws upon key documents to reveal the gripping hi...
Sesame Street: Kid's Guide to Life: Telling the Truth
When the other kids at Gina's day care go to the circus, Telly is left out because his uncle is a ringmaster. Elmo dreams about a story where the boy learns his lesson after Gina reads it. Dennis Quai...
Cold Creek Manor
A family moves from New York to a mansion that is still filled with the previous owner's things. A series of events make them believe that the former inhabitants are still around as they begin to make...
Far from Heaven
A housewife in Connecticut in the 1950s is facing a crisis in her marriage and racial tensions in the outside world.
The Making of Far From Heaven
There are people behind the scenes of Far From Heaven.
Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in T...
An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs. The war on drugs becomes personal for the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy when he discovers that his daughter is a...
John Sullivan was able to speak to his father for the first time in 30 years because of a rare phenomenon. After altering time, he and his father have to find a way to fix the consequences.
Any Given Sunday
A star quarterback is knocked out of the game and a third quarterback is called in. An old coach is forced to reexamine his game plans after a stunning performance. The pressure of winning increases w...
Playing by Heart
There are eleven people working through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul is the producer of Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. She doesn't like Trent's charm because men have burned her...
The Parent Trap
Twins Hallie and Annie were separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. The girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and plot with e...
Everything That Rises
His son's critical injury forces a Montana man (Dennis Quaid) to reconsider priorities as he struggles to retain family land.
A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia.
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Dennis Quaid is an FBI agent.
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Two corrupt cops have a successful, seemingly perfect money making scheme- they sell drugs that they seize from dealers, kill the dealers, and blame the crimes on street gangs. Their scheme is going w...
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.
E! True Hollywood Story
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...
Muppets Tonight is a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring The Muppets. Much like the "MuppeTelevision" segment of The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight w...
When majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen came face to face with the last dragon on Earth. If he killed the king, he would die.
Something to Talk About
Grace discovered that Eddie was having an affair with another woman. After confronting him in the middle of the night, she decided to stay at her sister Emma Rae's house. She is questioning the author...
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Inside the Actors Studio
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
Earp covers the life and times of one of the West's most famous heroes. The Western revival in the 90's featured a star studded cast, sweeping cinematography and authentic costumes.
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When fun-loving American agents Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner are called back from maternity leave for a special assignment in New Orleans, the spy parents decide to skip the babysitter and give th...
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Flesh and Bone
Arlis ran into Kay, the baby who was spared, after witnessing his father kill a family. Kay and Arlis' wounds are reopened when Arlis' father returns.
Wallace and Wilder are brothers with pyrokinetics. Since childhood, they've been able to start fires with their minds, but following a tragedy in which they accidentally killed a man, the brothers hav...
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
Come See the Paradise
Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (...
Postcards from the Edge
Suzanne Vale is addicted to drugs. Her film company wants her to live with her mother, who was once a star and now is a champion drinker, as a condition of continuing to employ her. It's bad news for ...
Great Balls of Fire!
The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the craziest musicians of the 1950s, is told here. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle brought him i...
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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
The football player had everything. He was an All-American champion and a hero to his hometown. After a failed professional career,Gavin realized that fame and success have passed him by and that he n...
A professor is involved in murders. Dexter doesn't have a lot of time to find the murderer. A student helps him.
All fingers point to Carl Anderson, a homeless veteran who's deafness makes him vulnerable, when a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered. Kathleen Riley believes that...
A pilot is doing an experiment. Jack Putter Accidentally injected into a neurotic hypochondriac, Jack Putter, Tuck must convince Jack to find his ex-girlfriend, Lydia Maxwell, to help him extract Tuck...
Government funded project looking into using psychics and mechanical help to enter people's dreams Alex is suspicious that another psychic is killing people in the dreams in order to cause them to die...
The Making of Jaws 3-D: Sharks Don't Die
Lou Gossett Jr. won an Academy Award. It takes you underwater on the trail of the great white shark and behind the scenes on the production of Jaws 3-D.
The Right Stuff
A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out ...
A group of marine biologists are trying to catch a young great white shark. The shark's mother is at Sea World. There is a shark in the park.
An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing quicker than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. He was picked to ...
Bill: On His Own
Barry Morrow and his wife Beverly moved away from Bill Sackter. Bill is learning how to read at the group home run by Mae Driscoll. Bill discovers his religious heritage after overcoming the fire that...
While attempting to set up a communal garden in the poverty stricken rural community of Hatcher, Bill Richmond becomes aware of a silent, mute, disheveled girl by the name of Belinda. He soon learns t...
All Night Long
George Dupler was demoted to the night manager at a 24 hour drugstore after he lost his temper. Cheryl tries to seduce George after he suggests to his teenage son Freddie that he stop having an affair...
In his 30s, John Winger was a sad sack. He lost his job, girlfriend and apartment.
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
An aspiring country singer (Dennis Quaid) and his feisty younger sister/manager (Kristy McNichol) struggle to reach their dreams of Nashville stardom-as long as she can keep her brother out of trouble...
In this comedy, Atouk becomes leader of the misfit cavemen. Disgraced and cast out of his tribe for lusting after Lana, the mate of tribe's head muscle man, Atouk stumbles along gathering other misfit...
Bill, a retarded man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He learns what it means to love for the first time after being t...
The Long Riders
The origins, exploits and ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
A schoolteacher moves into her deceased aunt’s house in a small Californian town, and is harassed by unfriendly locals and a mysterious hearse.
It's a spoof of summer camp movies. It's a resort for Jewish kids. There is a main source of plot movement. camp guests vs camp management The waiter The waiter is working. Young actors have many memo...
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill
A variety of people are drawn together through their participation in an amateur talent contest.
Dave just graduated high school with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, but good-hearted Mike. Dave wants to race the Italians one day, bu...
Are You in the House Alone?
Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number.
Our Winning Season
A high-school track star (Scott Jacoby) fools around with his buddy (Dennis Quaid), until a Vietnam War tragedy makes him grow up.
Four college seniors open a bogus sex clinic, which unexpectedly mushrooms into a multi-million dollar business. Featuring a young Dennis Quaid in one of his earliest roles and Alan Reed (the original...
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl is struggling with her reality and fantasy.
September 30, 1955
There is a rebel. I am an icon. Legend. The world was shocked by the death of James Dean on September 30, 1955. This gripping drama chronicles the reactions of an Arkansas college town to the tragedy ...
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Melba Stokes, her mother Sheba and daughter Cheryl embark on a crime spree after their California beauty parlor is repossessed. Their destination is Arkansas, where the three generations of women want...
The American detective television series Baretta was aired by ABC. Tony Musante played a New Jersey police officer in the ABC series Toma. Toma was criticized for its depiction of police and criminal ...
Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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America's popular television News magazine in which an ever changing team of CBS News correspondents contributes segments ranging from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture.
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The American morning television show is called Today. January 14, 1952 is when the program first aired. The first of its kind, the fifth-longest running American television series. It was expanded to ...
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