Randy Quaid

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Randy Quaid
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Born Randy Randall Rudy Quaid
(1950-10-01) October 1, 1950 (age 63)
Houston, Texas, United States
Alma mater University of Houston
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–2009
Spouse(s)
  • Ella Jolly (1980–1985)
  • Evi Helena Quaid (1989–present)
Relatives Dennis Quaid (brother)
Jack Quaid (nephew)

Randy Randall Rudy "Randy" Quaid (born October 1, 1950) is an American actor nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy 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.

Early life[edit]

Randy Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (née Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid, Randy attended Pershing Middle School and Bellaire High School. Quaid is a third cousin of cowboy movie star Gene Autry.[1] He briefly attended the University of Houston, studying acting through the university's School of Theatre and Dance.

Acting career[edit]

Film[edit]

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. Quaid's first major role was in the critically acclaimed The Last Detail (1973). He played a young US 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 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 a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also had a supporting role in the popular 1978 feature Midnight Express (film), playing a hapless American in a hellish Turkish prison. He was featured in two science fiction movies, Independence Day and Martians Go Home.

Other movie roles include Kingpin, where he played the lovable Amish bowler Ishmael, alongside Woody Harrelson and Vanessa Angel, a loser father in Not Another Teen Movie, and an obnoxious neighbor to Richard Pryor's character in Moving. He played the lead role in the HBO movie Dead Solid Perfect, a golfer trying to make it on the PGA Tour. He also appeared in National Lampoon's Vacation movies as Cousin Eddie, jovial redneck relative to Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold. Shortly after starring in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Quaid was featured in Days of Thunder as a comical NASCAR car owner and successful car salesman Tim Dailand, 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.

Television[edit]

Quaid received both Golden Globe and Emmy[2] nominations for his 2005 portrayal of talent manager Colonel Tom Parker in the critically acclaimed CBS television network mini-series Elvis. He was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe 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 Colonel Sanders character 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 show Texas Ranch House.

Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live[edit]

Quaid played a number of recurring characters on Saturday Night Live, including:

  • The Floating Head: A Rod Serling-esque character in The Twilight Zone parody, "The Limits of the Imagination"
  • Rudy Randolph, Jr.: A pitchman from Abilene, Texas, dressed as a cowboy who sells irregular merchandise (e.g., furniture from the Gulf Coast that smells like dead bodies) or treasures from dictators (e.g., Ferdinand Marcos's clothes). Often paired with Rudy Randolph III (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) The name is a spin on Quaid's real name. The character probably came from Quaid's childhood: When Quaid was growing up in the Houston area in the 1960s, local western singer Utah Carl had a TV show every Saturday on KTRK, with commercials from Gulf Coast Furniture Warehouse in Alvin, Texas.

Theater[edit]

In 2004, Quaid appeared on stage undertaking the starring role of Frank in the world premiere of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell produced by the New School University at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. In The God of Hell Quaid's portrayal of Frank, a Wisconsin dairy farmer whose home is infiltrated by a dangerous government operative who wants to take over his farm, was well received and reviewed by New York City's top theatre critics. It marked the second time that Quaid starred in a Shepard play, the first being the long running Broadway hit True West.

In February 2008, a five-member hearing committee of Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American stage actors, banned Quaid for life and fined him more than $81,000. The charges that brought the sanctions originated in a Seattle production of Lone Star Love, a Western-themed adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which Quaid played the lead role of Falstaff. The musical was scheduled to come to Broadway, but producers cancelled it.

According to the New York Post, all 26 members of the musical cast brought charges that Quaid "physically and verbally abused his fellow performers" and that the show closed rather than continuing to Broadway because of Quaid's "oddball behavior". Quaid's lawyer, Mark Block, said the charges were false, and that one of the complaining actors had said the action was driven by "the producers who did not want to give Randy his contractual rights to creative approval ... or financial participation ..." Block said that Quaid had left the union before the musical started, making the ban moot, and that Quaid only participated in the hearing because he wanted due process.[3] Quaid's statement on the charges was "I am guilty of only one thing: giving a performance that elicited a response so deeply felt by the actors and producers with little experience of my creative process that they actually think I am Falstaff."[4]

Music career[edit]

Quaid has performed musical work, primarily through his band Randy Quaid & The Fugitives. The group released its first single, "Star Whackers", in March 2011.[5] An accompanying film, Star Whackers, was premiered by the Quaids in Vancouver on April 23, 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Quaid was married to Ella Marie Jolly on May 11, 1980 and they had a daughter, Amanda Marie, born May 29, 1983. They were separated on September 9, 1986 and divorced August 24, 1989.

Quaid met Evi Motolanez in December 1987 on the set of the film, Bloodhounds of Broadway, in which Madonna starred. He married Evi Motolanez[7] on October 5, 1989 at a Montecito, California resort (The San Ysidro Ranch). His brother Dennis, actress Meg Ryan, and Randy's six-year-old daughter Amanda were in attendance.[8]

Legal issues[edit]

Brokeback Mountain lawsuit[edit]

On March 23, 2006, Quaid, who played Joe Aguirre in Brokeback Mountain, filed a lawsuit against Focus Features (LLC), Del Mar Productions (LLC), James Schamus, David Linde, and Does 1–10 alleging that they intentionally and negligently misrepresented Brokeback Mountain as "a low-budget, art house film with no prospect of making money" in order to secure Quaid's professional acting services at below-market rates. The film had grossed more than $160 million as of the date of his lawsuit, which sought $10 million plus punitive damages.[9] On May 5, Quaid dropped his lawsuit. Quaid's publicist said that he decided to drop the lawsuit after Focus Features agreed to pay a bonus. Focus Features denies making such a settlement.[10]

Alleged failure to pay hotel bill[edit]

On September 24, 2009, Quaid and his wife were arrested in Texas for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, and conspiracy in California. The arrest stemmed from an earlier incident in which the Quaids had allegedly left a Santa Barbara, California hotel with a balance due of approximately $10,000. The two were released on bail that evening.[11] Evi Quaid provided a handwritten statement to the celebrity news site TMZ after the arrest claiming that the bill had been paid. A copy of a cashier's check for $5,546.96 dated September 22, 2009 accompanied the note.[12]

The Quaids made arrangements to appear in court in Santa Barbara but failed to do so. On October 29, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office requested bench warrants for their arrest and extradition from Texas.[13] Although subsequent arrest warrants were quashed, after the Quaids failed to appear at court on April 12 and 13, 2010, $40,000 in bail was forfeited and arrest warrants for the couple were issued again on April 14, 2010.[14][15]

The Quaids appeared in court with their attorney Robert Sanger on April 26, 2010 after missing several court appearances. The Quaids were briefly detained in custody on April 26, 2010 and released after processing. On April 28, 2010, Sanger resolved the case with Senior Deputy District Attorney Arnis Tolks. The case was dismissed against Randy Quaid for lack of evidence. Evi Quaid pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper. She was granted probation for three years. She will be required to serve 240 hours of community service.[16][17]

Alleged illegal occupancy[edit]

On September 18, 2010, in Santa Barbara, California, Randy Quaid and his wife faced burglary charges for living in a guest house without permission of the owner. They claimed that they had owned the property since the 1990s although a representative of the property owner had called the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and produced documents that showed the house as being sold to the current owner in 2007. The previous owner purchased the property from the Quaids several years earlier. TMZ reported that the Quaids claim that the home was wrongfully transferred to a third party by the use of the forged signature of a dead woman named Ronda Quaid in 1992.[18] The Quaids are accused of more than $5,000 in damage that they are said to have caused to the guest house.[19]

They were booked for felony residential burglary under section 459 of the California Penal Code (459PC), and misdemeanor entering a non-commercial building without consent (602.5 PC). Evi Quaid was also booked for misdemeanor resisting arrest (148PC). Their bail was set at $50,000 each. On September 19, 2010 they posted bail and were released.[20] On October 18, 2010, bench warrants for the Quaids were issued following their failure to appear for a hearing on the burglary charges.[21] Their bail was subsequently raised to $500,000 each.[22] The bail was forfeited in November 2010.[23] The company that posted bail for the Quaids lost a court case in January 2012 to prevent the forfeiture.[24] On April 11, 2014 it was ruled that Randy Quaid's bond will be rescinded due to a procedural error.[25]

Application for Canadian refugee status[edit]

On October 22, 2010, Quaid and his wife sought protection under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, after being arrested in the Kerrisdale neighborhood of Vancouver.[26] They have since applied for refugee status on the grounds that they fear for their lives in the United States, claiming that numerous actors have died under mysterious circumstances committed by the "Hollywood star whackers".[27] They were granted bail on the condition of $10,000 bond pending further Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearings.[28] However, due to their failure to deposit the required bond with the court for several days, they remained in custody of the Canada Border Services Agency.[29] They were released on October 27 after the discovery that Evi Quaid is a "prima facie Canadian citizen".[30][31][32] On July 15, 2011 an attempt to extradite Randy and Evi Quaid from Canada failed when the U.S. Department of Justice turned down a request from the Santa Barbara County district attorney calling for the Quaids to be returned to California to face the felony burglary charges dating from the September 2010 incident.[33] As a result, if Quaid and his wife re-enter the United States, they will be arrested.[34] In January 2013, Canadian immigration officials denied Randy Quaid's request for permanent resident status in Canada[35] while leaving open the option to challenge this decision in federal court.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Last Picture Show Lester Marlow
1972 What's Up, Doc? Professor Hosquith
1973 The Last Detail Meadows Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1973 Paper Moon Leroy
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX Finch Feather
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Virgil
1975 Breakout Hawk Hawkins
1976 Bound for Glory Luther Johnson
1976 The Missouri Breaks Little Tod
1977 The Choirboys Dean
1978 Midnight Express Jimmy Booth
1978 Three Warriors Ranger Quentin Hammond
1980 Guyana Tragedy Clayton Ritchie Television film
1980 The Long Riders Clell Miller
1980 Foxes Jay
1981 Heartbeeps Charlie
1981 Of Mice and Men Lenny Small Television film
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Cousin Eddie
1984 The Wild Life Charlie
1985 Fool for Love Martin
1985–1991 Saturday Night Live Various TV series (19 episodes)
1985 The Slugger's Wife Moose Granger
1986 The Wraith Sheriff Loomis
1987 LBJ: The Early Years Lyndon Baines Johnson Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1987 No Man's Land Vincent Bracey
1987 Sweet Country Juan
1988 Caddyshack II Peter Blunt
1988 Dead Solid Perfect Kenny Lee Television film
1988 Moving Frank
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Cousin Eddie
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Feet Samuels
1989 Out Cold Lester
1989 Parents Nick Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1990 Texasville Lester Marlow
1990 Quick Change Loomis
1990 Days of Thunder Tim Daland
1990 Martians Go Home Mark Devereaux
1990 Cold Dog Soup Jack Cloud
1991 Heavy Fuel (Dire Straits) Stagehand Music Video
1991–1992 Davis Rules Dwight Davis TV series (29 episodes)
1992 Frankenstein The Monster
1993 Freaked Elijah
1993 Curse of the Starving Class Taylor
1993 The Ren & Stimpy Show Anthony's dad TV series (1 episode: "A Visit to Anthony")
1994 Major League II Johnny Uncredited
1994 The Paper Michael
1994 Next Door Lenny Television film
1995 Bye Bye Love Vic Damico
1995 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Detective Steve Carella
1996 Get on the Bus Tennessee State Trooper Uncredited
1996 Kingpin Ishmael
1996 Independence Day Russell Casse
1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge Randy Weaver
1996 Last Dance Sam Burns
1997 Vegas Vacation Cousin Eddie
1998 Hard Rain Mike Collins
1998 Bug Buster George Merlin
1998 Sands of Eden Lenny Television film
1999 Last Rites Jeremy Dillon
1999 Purgatory Doc Woods Television film
1999 The Debtors Unknown
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Pat Utley
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Jack Woods Television film
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Cappy von Trapment
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Mr. Briggs
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Bruno
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. Madman McKlusky
2003 Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Cousin Eddie
2003 Black Cadillac Charlie
2003 Grind Jock Jensen
2003 Carolina Ted
2003 Kart Racer Vic Davies
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Chief Hank Shaw TV series (7 episodes)
2003 Milwaukee, Minnesota Jerry James
2004 Home on the Range Alameda Slim
2004 Category 6: Day of Destruction Tornado Tommy Dixon
2005 Brokeback Mountain Joe Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 Elvis Tom Parker Television film
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2005 The Ice Harvest Bill
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Tornado Tommy Dixon
2006 Goya's Ghosts King Carlos IV
2006 Treasure Island Kids: The Battle for Treasure Island Captain Flint
2008 Real Time Reuban
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Coach Lou Tuttle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notes, Chapter 1, p. 304, Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, by Holly George-Warren, Oxford University Press, 2009
  2. ^ Randy Quaid Emmy Nominated
  3. ^ Riedel, Michael (2008-02-06). "UNION BANS, FINES QUAID". NY Post. NY Post. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ Union Curtain Falls on 'Oddball' Quaid – AOL News
  5. ^ Amos Barshad (March 22, 2011). "Randy Quaid’s Hot New Single, ‘Star Whackers,’ Explains Everything". New York. 
  6. ^ Tristan Hopper (April 23, 2011 – 4:49 PM ET). "Quaids unveil their bizarre 'Star Whackers' film at East Vancouver cinema". National Post. 
  7. ^ Sanz, Cynthia, and Kristina Johnson. "Randy Quaid, Back from His Vacation, Finds Peace at Home", People, December 18, 1989
  8. ^ "Actor Randy Quaid Secretly Married," San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 1989, p. E6
  9. ^ Gorman, Steven (2006). "Randy Quaid sues studio over 'Brokeback Mountain'". Reuters. Retrieved May 5, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Randy Quaid drops 'Brokeback' lawsuit". Associated Press. 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Randy Quaid freed on bail after arrest in Texas". MSNBC. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  12. ^ "The Quaids' Mug Shots ... And So Much More". TMZ. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  13. ^ Randy Quaid, Wife Miss Third Scheduled Court Date
  14. ^ R.L. McCullough (April 19, 2010). "Randy Quaid skips another court date, could face re-arrest". Crime Voice. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ Kamika Dunlap (April 19, 2010). "Wanted Fugitives: Randy Quaid and Wife Skip Out on Court Again". FindLaw. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Randy & Evi Quaid Has Plea Deal, AVOID Jail Time". Huffingtonpost.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  17. ^ The Associated Press (2010-04-28). "Felony charges dropped against actor Randy Quaid as wife Evi gets probation in criminal case". New York: Nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  18. ^ "The Quaids: We're Victims of a Corpse Conspiracy". TMZ. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  19. ^ "Randy Quaid, wife face burglary charges in Calif". Yahoo. Associated Press. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  20. ^ "Santa Barbara Sheriff Department News Release". 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  21. ^ "Randy Quaid a no-show for felony vandalism case". AP. AP. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  22. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Randy & Evi Quaid's Bail Increased To $500,000". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  23. ^ "Randy Quaid Forfeits $500,000 Bail, Frames ‘Star-Whackers’ Tale". 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  24. ^ "Press release: Santa Barbara DA's office". 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  25. ^ Santa Barbara Independent Friday, April 11, 2014 "Randy and Evi Quaid Bail Bond Issues Heard in Santa Barbara Court"
  26. ^ "Randy Quaid arrested in Vancouver". CBC. CBC. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  27. ^ Quaids' claim for Canadian asylum fraught with problems
  28. ^ Randy Quaid still seeking refugee status in Canada
  29. ^ "Randy Quaid, wife still in custody despite release order". Vancouver Sun. 
  30. ^ "Quaids released from custody", The Globe and Mail
  31. ^ Randy Quaid Speaks To Vancouver Media.[YouTube.Part 1. Retrieved Nov 15,2010
  32. ^ Randy Quaid Speaks To Vancouver Media.[YouTube.Part 2. Retrieved Nov 15,2010
  33. ^ "Santa Barbara Sheriff Department News Release". 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  34. ^ Runaways Randy & Evi Quaid Won’t Be Extradited From Canada retrieved 25 October 2012
  35. ^ Randy Quaid denied request for Canadian permanent resident status
  36. ^ Beacon BC News (2013-01-28). "Immigration officials turn down Randy Quaid’s request for permanent residence". Beacon News. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 

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