Full Name: Randall Rudy Quaid

Description: Actor, USA

Known For: Appeared in – “Independence Day” (1996)

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 1st October 1950
Location Born: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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Randy Quaid

Randy Quaid (born October 1, 1950) is an American actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years. Quaid is well known for his roles in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, Brokeback Mountain, Independence Day and Kingpin.

Quaid has appeared in over 90 films. Peter Bogdanovich discovered him when Quaid was a student at the University of Houston, and he received his first exposure in Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show. His character escorts Jacy Farrow (played by Cybill Shepherd) to a late-night indoor skinny-dip at a swimming pool. It was the first of several roles directed by Bogdanovich and/or based on the writings of Larry McMurtry. Other Peter Bogdanovich Films he appreared in are What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon, Quaid’s first major critically acclaimed role was in the The Last Detail (1973). He played Larry Meadows a young United States Navy sailor on his way to serve a harsh sentence for stealing $40 from an admiral’s wife’s pet charity. Jack Nicholson played the starring role as a sailor assigned to transport him to prison. Nicholson’s character eventually becomes his friend and mentor, helping him experience different aspects of life before he goes behind bars. Quaid was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe,and a BAFTA for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also had a supporting role in the 1978 feature Midnight Express, playing Jimmy Booth a hapless American in a hellish Turkish prison.

Quaid performed opposite Charles Bronson in the 1975 action film of a Mexican prison escape Breakout, based on actual events. Quaid was also the lead in the comedy Martians Go Home and Cold Dog Soup and played the King of Spain in Goya’s Ghosts.

Quaid’s best known starring roles include the 1996 film Kingpin alongside Woody Harrelson and Vanessa Angel, where he played the Amish bowler Ishmael, as well as his role as pilot Russell Casse in blockbuster science fiction film Independence Day, released the same year. He previously starred in Quick Change with Bill Murray in 1990. Quaid also appeared in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series as Cousin Eddie, jovial redneck relative to Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold. Shortly after appearing in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Quaid was featured in Days of Thunder as a NASCAR car owner and successful car salesman Rick Dallen, a determined businessman who expects his team to be top-notch for fans and sponsors. Quaid had a pivotal supporting role in Brokeback Mountain (2005) as an insensitive rancher. Quaid starred in Real Time, an independent film that opened Slamdance Film Festival in 2008.

Quaid received both Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nominations for his 2005 portrayal of talent manager Colonel Tom Parker in the critically acclaimed CBS television network miniseries Elvis. He was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years. Quaid’s other television appearances include a season as a Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member (1985–1986), the role of gunslinger John Wesley Hardin in the miniseries Streets of Laredo and starring roles in the short-lived series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (2003) and Davis Rules (1991–1992), and the two part television film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, playing the character of Lenny. He was featured in the highly rated television films Category 6: Day of Destruction and Category 7: The End of the World and starred in Last Rites, a made-for-cable Starz/Encore! premiere movie. Quaid voiced the character Colonel Sanders in radio and television commercials for fast-food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken. Quaid’s voice-over work also included Capitol One Credit Card, US Air, Miller Beer and a guest role in The Ren and Stimpy Show (as Anthony’s father in the second season episode, “A Visit to Anthony”). He narrated the 2006 PBS series Texas Ranch House.

Films include

Real Time (2007)
Ball’s Out: The Gary Houseman Story (2008)
Last Flag Flying (2007)
Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004)
Home on the Range (2004)
Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003)
Kart Racer (2003)
Carolina (2003)
Grind (2003)
Black Cadillac (2003)
Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002)
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (2000)
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits – “Heavy Fuel” (1999 music video)
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)
P.U.N.K.S. (1999)
The Debtors (1999)
Purgatory (1999)
Bug Buster (1998)
Hard Rain (1998)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Last Dance (1996)
The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Kingpin (1996)
Get on the Bus (1996)
Bye Bye Love (1995)
The Paper (1994)
Major League II (1994)
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Freaked (1993)
Frankenstein (1992)
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991)
Cold Dog Soup (1990)
Martians Go Home (1990)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Quick Change (1990)
Texasville (1990)
Parents (1989)
Out Cold (1989)
Last Rites (1989)
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Moving (1988)
Dead Solid Perfect (1988)
Caddyshack II (1988)
Sweet Country (1987)
No Man’s Land (1987)
The Wraith (1986)
The Slugger’s Wife (1985)
Fool for Love (1985)
The Wild Life (1984)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Of Mice and Men (1981)
Heartbeeps (1981)
Foxes (1980)
The Long Riders (1980)
Breaking Away (1979)
Three Warriors (1978)
Midnight Express (1978)
The Choirboys (1977)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Bound for Glory (1976)
Breakout (1975)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)
Paper Moon (1973)
The Last Detail (1973)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Targets (1968)