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Name: Randall Rudy Quaid                                                                         
Born: 1 October 1950 Houston, Texas, U.S.                                                       
Randall Rudy "Randy" Quaid (born October 1, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated                 
American actor and comedian.                                                                     
Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (nee                     
Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. Quaid                     
is married to former Helmut Newton model Evi Quaid, and is the older brother of                 
fellow actor Dennis Quaid. He attended Pershing Middle School and Bellaire High                 
School (Houston).                                                                               
In a career that spans over 30 years, he has appeared in over 90 movies. Peter                   
Bogdanovich discovered him when Quaid was a student at the University of Houston                 
in Houston, Texas. He received his first exposure in The Last Picture Show, when                 
escorting Jacy Farrow (played by Cybill Shepherd) to late-night indoor skinny                   
dipping at a swimming pool. It was the first of several roles he has had which                   
were directed by Bogdanovich and/or based on the writings of Larry McMurtry.                     
Quaid appeared in all the National Lampoon's Vacation movies (except European                   
Vacation) where he proved an impressive scene-stealer as Cousin                                 
Eddie, the dim-witted, bucolic in-law of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase). He was                   
nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail (1973) and won a                 
Golden Globe for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early                     
Years (1987). He was featured (with Margaret Colin) in two science fiction                       
movies, the unsuccessful Martians Go Home and very successful Independence Day.                 
Other movies include Kingpin, where he played the lovable Amish bowler Ishmael,                 
alongside Woody Harrelson and Weird Science (the television version) cast member                 
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 as a golfer trying to make it on the PGA Tour.                     
In 2005, Quaid starred as Bill Geurrard in The Ice Harvest. His chilling                         
portrayal of a Kansas City mob boss was voted as one of the Top 10 Film                         
Gangsters of all-time in a UK poll, the number one slot went to Marlon Brando.                   
Quaid had a pivotal supporting role in the SAG Award nominated ensemble drama                   
Brokeback Mountain (2005) in which he played a homophobic rancher whose two male                 
employees are the movie's main characters. On March 23, 2006, Quaid filed a                     
lawsuit for $10 million plus punitive damages against Focus Features, Del Mar                   
Productions, James Schamus and David Linde, alleging that they both                             
intentionally and negligently misrepresented Brokeback Mountain as being, "a low-budget,         
art house film with no prospect of making any money" in order to secure Quaid's                 
professional acting services at a considerably lower rate than his typical fee.                 
The film then grossed over $160 million. The lawsuit was closely monitored by                   
many actors who forgo their usual fees to make low-budget movies they believe                   
have artistic merit. On May 5, 2006, Quaid dropped his lawsuit                                   
after he was advised that a financial resolution would be made.                                 
In 2007, Quaid portrayed King Carlos the IV in Goya's Ghosts, a role for which                   
he learned to play the violin, and he starred in the comedy Ball’s Out: The Gary               
Houseman Story (2008) alongside Sean William Scott.                                             
Quaid received both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his 2005 portrayal of                 
talent manager Colonel Tom Parker in the critically acclaimed CBS television                     
network mini-series Elvis. Quaid's other television appearances include a season                 
as a Saturday Night Live cast member (1985–1986), the role of real-life                       
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). He was featured in the highly-rated TV movies                       
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.                                   
He also provided the voice of an animated Colonel Sanders character in a series                 
of television commercials for fried chicken restaurant chain KFC.                               
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 also 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 which represents 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 completely false,                   
and that one of the complaining actors had said the action was actually driven                   
by "the producers who did not want to give Randy his contractual rights to                       
creative approval ... or financial participation ..." Block also said that Quaid                 
had left the union before the musical started, making the ban moot, and that                     
Quaid had only participated in the hearing because he wanted due process. Quaid's               
own 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