Randy Quaid

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Randy Quaid (2008)

Randy Quaid (born October 1, 1950 in Houston , Texas ) is an American actor who has played a variety of high-profile character roles since the early 1970s. He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid .

life and career

Randy Quaid grew up as the son of an electrician and a real estate agent in Bellaire, Texas . While still studying acting at the University of Houston , he got his first film role in Peter Bogdanovich's drama The Last Performance , in which he played a boring son from a wealthy family. The great success of The Last Performance then gave him further film roles in Hollywood. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a disproportionately harshly convicted sailor in the Hal Ashby film The Last Command (1973) . In 1978 he played a supporting role as a prisoner in Alan Parker's film drama Midnight Express .

The curly-haired, tall actor played a variety of very different supporting roles in the course of his film career, from roles as a classic redneck (for example, Schöne Bescherung ) to the American president ( LBJ: The Early Years ) or the Spanish king ( Goya's spirits ). After first being noticed mainly by more serious film roles, he played The Shrill Four on the Move as shrill, unemployed cousin Eddie in several of the National Lampoon movie comedies. From 1985 to 1991 he was part of the ensemble of the US sketch show Saturday Night Live and was also able to demonstrate his comedic talent there. For his portrayal of the American President Lyndon B. Johnson in the television film LBJ: The Early Years , he was awarded the Golden Globe Award in 1988 . In his career he was also nominated three times for the Emmy , most recently for his portrayal of the music manager Colonel Tom Parker in the two-part television film Elvis (2005).

In the 1990s, Quaid played in successful Hollywood films such as Kingpin and as a courageous pilot in Independence Day . His portrayal of a homophobic rancher in Brokeback Mountain (2005) earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination . Shortly after the film's release, Quaid sued the film's producers for $ 10 million plus punitive damages for presenting the film to him as a low-budget project with no prospect of profit in order to secure his collaboration at a lower fee . In May 2006, Quaid withdrew his lawsuit after the studio announced further payments.

Since 2009, Quaid has not worked on a film for almost ten years, mainly because of his ongoing dispute with the US justice system. Another appearance in Weight followed in 2018 .


His younger brother Dennis Quaid successfully followed his brother into the acting business. Randy Quaid has been married to producer Evi Motolanez since 1989. He has one child from a previous marriage.

In September 2010, Quaid and Motolanez were for trespassing arrested in California. The couple allegedly lived illegally in the house in Montecito where they once lived. The Quaids said they had owned the house since the 1990s. But the property owner, who called the police, produced documents stating that he bought the house in 2007 from a man who had taken it over from the Quaids a few years earlier. The two are said to have caused $ 5,000 in damage, the owner claimed. Both were released a day later on bail of $ 50,000 .

They were arrested in Canada on September 23, 2010 for allegedly violating immigration laws. However, as Evi Quaid has Canadian citizenship, both were allowed to stay in Canada. They were then released from security custody. In 2015 they moved from Canada to Evis father in Vermont , with the couple again briefly in custody after crossing the state line before they were released.

Quaid has been spreading conspiracy theories more frequently in recent years, claiming at a 2010 press conference in Vancouver that a Hollywood conspiracy group called Star Whackers was killing him for royalties . Some of his friends like Heath Ledger and David Carradine have already been murdered by this group. For this reason he had to flee to Canada.

Filmography (selection)

Awards and nominations

Web links

Commons : Randy Quaid  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Staff and agencies: Quaid drops Brokeback pay suit. May 5, 2006, accessed February 4, 2018 .
  3. Sharon Waxman: Lawsuit Over 'Brokeback Mountain' Reveals Unease Over Pay for 'Arthouse' Films . In: The New York Times . March 29, 2006, ISSN  0362-4331 ( nytimes.com [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  4. Robbie Collin: The sad, strange saga of Independence Day hero Randy Quaid . In: The Telegraph . June 24, 2016, ISSN  0307-1235 ( telegraph.co.uk [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  5. Squatters by habit: Randy Quaid arrested for burglary . In: Spiegel Online . September 20, 2010 ( spiegel.de [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  6. Randy Quaid and his wife as squatters . In: Tages-Anzeiger, Tages-Anzeiger . September 20, 2010, ISSN  1422-9994 ( tagesanzeiger.ch [accessed on February 4, 2018]).
  7. Canada: Randy Quaid seeks asylum from "Hollywood killers" . In: Spiegel Online . October 23, 2010 ( spiegel.de [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  8. Fugitive actor: Randy Quaid and his wife are allowed to stay in Canada for the time being . In: Spiegel Online . October 28, 2010 ( spiegel.de [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  9. ^ Randy Quaid to stay in VT, hopes to become firefighter . In: Burlington Free Press . ( burlingtonfreepress.com [accessed February 4, 2018]).
  10. Robbie Collin: The sad, strange saga of Independence Day hero Randy Quaid . In: The Telegraph . June 24, 2016, ISSN  0307-1235 ( telegraph.co.uk [accessed February 10, 2019]).
  11. Randy Quaid: Conspiracy to kill him and other Hollywood stars | The Star. Retrieved February 10, 2019 .