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Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid

Frank Whitaker

Dennis Quaid is one of America's most charismatic actors. This past spring, he earned both critical acclaim and boxoffice success in the title role of The Rookie. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film was based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris, who went from being a high school baseball coach to a major-league ballplayer.

He is beginning work on two new movies: Mike Figgis' Cold Creek Manor and Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow.

Quaid's recent films include Norman Jewison's HBO feature Dinner with Friends, based on Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play; and Far from Heaven executive producer Steven Soderbergh's multi-Academy Award-winning blockbuster Traffic.

The actor made his directorial debut for TNT in 1998 with the poignant drama Everything That Rises, in which he also starred.

His impressive list of film credits also includes Gregory Hoblit's Frequency; Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday; Willard Carroll's Playing by Heart; Peter Antonijevic's Savior; Nancy Meyers' The Parent Trap (1998); Jeb Stuart's Switchback; Jim Kouf's Gang Related; Rob Cohen's Dragonheart; Lasse Hallstrom's Something to Talk About; Lawrence Kasdan'sWyatt Earp; Steve Kloves' Flesh and Bone; Alan Parker's Come See the Paradise; Jim McBride's Great Balls of Fire! and The Big Easy; Taylor Hackford's Everybody's All-American; Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel's D.O.A. (1988); Peter Yates' Suspect and Breaking Away; Joe Dante's Innerspace; Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine; Joseph Ruben's Dreamscape and Our Winning Season; Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff; Richard Fleischer's Tough Enough; Ronald F. Maxwell's The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia; Jean-Claude Tramont's All Night Long; Walter Hill's The Long Riders (with his brother Randy); James Bridges' 9/30/55; Anthony Page's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden; and Jonathan Demme's Crazy Mama (his film debut).

Quaid starred with Mickey Rooney for director Anthony Page in both the Emmy Award-winning telefilm Bill and its sequel, Bill: On His Own.

In 1984, he starred opposite his brother Randy in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West," followed by a subsequent staging of the production in Los Angeles.