Randy Quaid
American actor
Randy Quaid
Randall Rudy "Randy" Quaid is an American actor, known for his performance as Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon's Vacation movies, and many supporting roles in films.
Biography
Randy Quaid's personal information overview.
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Randi Kaye or Randy Quaid?
CNN - about 1 year
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin play a game while hosting CNN's New Year's eve celebration.
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9 Things You Never Knew About 'Christmas Vacation'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" hit the big screen 26 years ago. The movie was an instant success, pulling in $71.3 million at the box office and securing a place on television screens forever. And with that, the Griswolds' name and famous phrases soon became synonymous with family and festivities over the holidays.  As you count down the hours until Christmas, here are a few facts about Clark and the gang that you might not know about the film. Enjoy!  1. Chevy Chase's favorite part of the movie is in the credits.  In a recent video, WhoSay, filmed Chase watching "Christmas Vacation" with his family in the Hollywood Hills. He revealed that his favorite part of the film is when his name comes up ABOVE the title of the movie, which he said is "the definition of star."    2. The actress that played Aunt Bethany also voiced Betty Boop. Actress Mae Questel was amazing at doing impressions and voices. She voiced Betty Boop in countless animated shorts and ...
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9 Things You Never Knew About 'Christmas Vacation'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" hit the big screen 26 years ago. The movie was an instant success, pulling in $71.3 million at the box office and securing a place on television screens forever. And with that, the Griswolds' name and famous phrases soon became synonymous with family and festivities over the holidays.  As you count down the hours until Christmas, here are a few facts about Clark and the gang that you might not know about the film. Enjoy!  1. Chevy Chase's favorite part of the movie is in the credits.  In a recent video, WhoSay, filmed Chase watching "Christmas Vacation" with his family in the Hollywood Hills. He revealed that his favorite part of the film is when his name comes up ABOVE the title of the movie, which he said is "the definition of star."    2. The actress that played Aunt Bethany also voiced Betty Boop. Actress Mae Questel was amazing at doing impressions and voices. She voiced Betty Boop in countless animated shorts and ...
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Watch: Exclusive: Randy Quaid Speaks Out About Arrest
ABC News - over 1 year
The actor says he and his wife, Evi, have been "vindicated" after a Vermont judge dismissed charges against them.
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Santa Barbara County still seeking extradition after actor Randy Quaid, wife freed from jail
LATimes - over 1 year
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife were freed Thursday from custody in Vermont after a judge dismissed charges alleging they were fugitives from justice in California. Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid, are wanted in California on allegations of trespassing and vandalism. They were arrested Friday after...
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Vermont judge orders actor Randy Quaid, wife released from jail
Reuters.com - over 1 year
(Reuters) - A Vermont judge on Thursday ordered actor Randy Quaid and his wife released from jail after they were arrested on Saturday on an outstanding California warrant while crossing into the United States from Canada.
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Randy Quaid arrested after trying to cross border from Canada
CNN - over 1 year
Five years after fleeing to Canada, actor Randy Quaid is back in the United States and in custody.
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Randy Quaid, wife held in Vermont on fugitive charges
Yahoo News - over 1 year
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid and his wife were ordered held on $500,000 bail each in Vermont on Monday on charges that they skipped out of the country five years ago after being charged with vandalism in California.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Quaid
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 63
    On April 11, 2014 it was ruled that Randy Quaid's bond will be rescinded due to a procedural error.
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  • 2013
    Age 62
    In January 2013, Canadian immigration officials denied Randy Quaid's request for permanent resident status in Canada while leaving open the option to challenge this decision in Canadian Federal Court. In 2011, Evi produced a low-budget docudrama, Star Whackers, starring Randy, which ruminated upon the allegedly existent criminal conspiracy.
    More Details Hide Details Described as "drugged-out dreck" by Vancouver Sun film critic Peter Bernie, the film screened at least once, but has not been commercially released. The "star whackers" theory has attracted the interest of film industry critics and gossips, as well as conspiracy theorists who propose that the "whackers" are responsible for the deaths of other Hollywood workers such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Carradine. Quaid had been living in Montreal since 2013 under immigration detention in Laval, Quebec until his conditional release by the Immigration and Refugee Board on October 8, 2015 under the condition that he return to the US within two weeks. The next day, Quaid was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Vermont at the Highgate Springs port of entry while trying to cross into the United States from Canada. On October 15, Quaid was released into Vermont without conditions, though still subject to arrest should he travel to another state. Moments after reducing bail from $500,000 to $50,000, Judge Alison Arms "made a new discovery, suddenly reversing her decision, and let the Quaids go free immediately." Documents for "a fugitive-from-justice charge that the Quaids failed to appear in court in California" had been submitted "before the failed appearance was charged so it couldn't have been appropriate," said Quaids' Vermont attorney Peter Langrock. Quaid had not been concerned while jailed, saying: "I've always known the facts for what they are, and they've always been in our favor." "This is why we crossed the border into Vermont, because we knew Vermont would be able to see the truth," said Quaid's wife, who grew up in the state.
  • 2011
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Quaid and his wife would be subject to arrest in the United States.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, they 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". They were granted bail on the condition of $10,000 bond pending further Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearings. 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. They were released on October 27 after the discovery that Evi Quaid is a "prima facie Canadian citizen".
    On October 18, 2010, bench warrants for the Quaids were issued following their failure to appear for a hearing on the burglary charges.
    More Details Hide Details Their bail was subsequently raised to $500,000 each. The bail was forfeited in November 2010. The company that posted bail for the Quaids lost a court case in January 2012 to prevent the forfeiture.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The Quaids are accused of more than $5,000 in damage that they are said to have caused to the guest house. 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.
    The Quaids were briefly detained in custody on April 26, 2010 and released after processing.
    More Details Hide Details 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 was required to serve 240 hours of community service.
    The Quaids appeared in court with their attorney Robert Sanger on April 26, 2010 after missing several court appearances.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    A copy of a cashier's check for $5,546.96 dated September 22, 2009 accompanied the note.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On September 24, 2009, Quaid and his wife were arrested in Texas for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, for burglary, and conspiracy in California.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Evi Quaid provided a handwritten statement to the celebrity news site TMZ after the arrest claiming that the bill had been paid.
  • 2006
    Age 55
    On March 23, 2006, Quaid, who played rancher 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.
    More Details Hide Details The film had grossed more than $160 million as of the date of his lawsuit, which sought $10 million plus punitive damages. 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.
    He narrated the 2006 PBS series Texas Ranch House.
    More Details Hide Details Quaid played a number of recurring characters on Saturday Night Live, including: 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.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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").
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    He previously starred in Quick Change with Bill Murray in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Quaid also appeared in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series as Cousin Eddie, jovial redneck relative (through marriage) to Beverly D'Angelo, wife of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold. Shortly after appearing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, the third installment of the series, Quaid was featured in Days of Thunder as NASCAR car owner and successful car salesman Tim Daland, 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    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 Quaid (née Motolanez) in December 1987 on the set of the film, Bloodhounds of Broadway, in which Madonna starred. They wed on October 5, 1989 at the San Ysidro Ranch, a Montecito, California resort.
    More Details Hide Details His brother Dennis, actress Meg Ryan, and Randy's six-year-old daughter Amanda were in attendance.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    Quaid had a supporting role in the 1978 feature Midnight Express, playing Jimmy Booth, a hapless American in a hellish Turkish prison.
    More Details Hide Details Quaid acted 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.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    In 1976, he played the role of Little Tod opposite Marlon Brando in The Missouri Breaks.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1950.
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