Dennis Quaid’s career began with bit roles in such films as 1975's "Crazy Mama" and 1977's "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." But it was his role in 1979’s Oscar-winning “Breaking Away” that garnered him the attention of critics and audiences. Later, he had memorable roles in the TV movies "Bill" and "Bill: On His Own," and as Gordon Cooper in Phil Kaufman's movie "The Right Stuff" (1983).
A drug problem stalled his career in the late 1980s, and though he achieved sobriety in the ’90s, his acting career was overshadowed by then-wife Meg Ryan’s rising star status as she appeared in the popular films "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." But things seemed to pick up again for Quaid when he appeared as a crooked attorney in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 hit, "Traffic." He followed up the success with a role in the 2002 baseball movie "The Rookie" and received critical acclaim for his daring turn as a closeted gay man in 2002's "Far From Heaven."
By 2004, Quaid got married for a third time, to Kimberly Buffington. In 2007, they made headlines for suing a pharmaceutical company after their newborn twins received an overdose of blood thinner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.