Oct. 1st, 1950
Houston, Texas, USA
6' 4 1/2"
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- Third cousin of 'Gene Autry (I)' (qv).
- 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.
- (July 2008) Attended the 43rd Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
- In 1994, he lived in a home in Santa Monica, but when an earthquake destroyed it he flew to New York, checked into the Carlyle Hotel and stayed for close to a year before relocating back to Los Angeles.
- Was considered for the role of Billy Bibbit in _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)_ (qv);.
- Played the character of Doc Holliday in the movie _Purgatory (1999) (TV)_ (qv). His brother, 'Dennis Quaid' (qv), played the same character in the movie _Wyatt Earp (1994)_ (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".
- Enjoys painting in his spare time.