Oct. 1st, 1950
Houston, Texas, USA
6' 4 1/2"
Randy Quaid's Main TV Roles
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Hollywood's most extreme character star.... Randy Quaid has never been timelier. Randy, a man who took a bus to Hollywood with nothing but raw talent, is now a proven and current vast and varied star with that one other sustaining asset - he is a great and much admired actor on the world's stage and television and feature film screens and an actor that has been recognized by Hollywood and the worlds finest directors.
Randy, who earned a Golden Globe portraying Lyndon Johnson (I), received a nomination in this years race for incarnating another memorable real life character, "Colonel" Tom Parker. The portrait of Colonel Parker, a former carnival barker with a murky past, is dark. The New York Times said "Mr. Quaid is riveting as the bully of Graceland", when he has Elvis firmly under his thumb, he is the L.B.J. of rock 'n' roll - a towering, wheedling, tirelessly self-promoting Southern fox in the rare instances when Elvis defies him, Colonel Parker shrinks into a hand-wringing phony, cajoling his only client in the overly ornate language of Professor Marvel in "The Wizard of Oz".
Quaid stars in and Was nominated for a SAG award for his work in Brokeback Mountain (2005), directed by Ang Lee from a script written by Larry McMurtry, who also wrote The Last Picture Show (1971) in which Randy had his first feature film role. Working with McMurtry and supporting his material has become a Randy Quaid career tradition. Quaid's performance in Brokeback Mountain (2005) was listed as one of the New York Observer's 2005 Noteworthy male performances.
Randy's upcoming roles on the big screen continue his bold appetite for challenges. He most recently finished filming Goya's Ghosts (2006) for director Milos Forman. Forman cast Randy as "King Carlos IV of Spain" after seeing his Golden globe nominated performance as The Colonel. In Last Flag Flying (2010), to be directed by Richard Linklater, he will reprise his Academy award nominated performance in the sequel to The Last Detail (1973).
- Nominated for an Oscar at the age of 21 for his work with Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail.
- Older brother of 'Dennis Quaid' (qv).
- Milos Forman cast Quaid as the King of Spain in Goya's Ghosts after seeing his work as Tom Parker in the Elvis Mini series with John Rhys Meyers by phoning him and saying, "You are a great actor. You must be my King or I must repaint Goya".
- Banned for life from Actors' Equity Association for behavior that caused Lone Star Love to close during its pre-Broadway run. All 26 cast members filed charges against Quaid with the governing union, resulting in his banishment and fines of more than $81,000.
- Along with his brother 'Dennis Quaid' (qv), he attended Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. Other celebrities attending the school at the same time included 'Brent Spiner' (qv) ("Data" from _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), although he used his adopted name, Brent Mintz) and 'Cindy Pickett' (qv) from _Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)_ (qv). Another significant member of Bellaire High School was Coach Knoblauch, who is the father of 'Chuck Knoblauch' (qv), professional Major League baseball player who played for the Minnesota Twins from 1991-1997, the New York Yankees from 1998-2001, and the Kansas City Royals in 2002.
- Colored his hair red and rented a fake full length fur coat from Universal for the Slam Dance opening night for his film Real Time, the second film to be featured at Slam Dance starring Randy Quaid.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2003, at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. At a Screen Actors Guild awards show, he revealed that the star was near the site of the Roosevelt Hotel, where the promising actor first arrived off a bus from Houston three decades before.
- Playing the redneck sheep rancher boss of 'Heath Ledger' (qv) and 'Jake Gyllenhaal' (qv) in the critical and box office hit _Brokeback Mountain (2005)_ (qv), Randy filed a lawsuit against the film's distributor, Focus Films, and its producers seeking at least $10 million claiming he was fleeced into working cheaply by the filmmakers' assertion that the film was "a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money." The movie won three Oscars, included best director for 'Ang Lee' (qv) and topped $82 million at the domestic box office. He reportedly dropped the suit after his lawyers told him Focus agreed to pay him a bonus, which he claims would be split between him and other principal cast members. Focus denies any such settlement; however, the lawsuit has been dropped.