Character actor Randy Quaid has played the gamut of rangy rednecks, underachievers and shifty types in a busy career that began in 1971’s “The Last Picture Show” and took off a few years later with his Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated role as a virginal young sailor in “The Last Detail.”
Some of his most memorable feature performances include Cousin Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Christmas Vacation,” Amish bowler Ishmael in the Farrelly brothers’ “Kingpin,” crop duster Russell Casse in “Independence Day” and intolerant rancher Joe Aguirre in “Brokeback Mountain.”
Quaid’s many TV appearances include playing Mitch in a 1984 remake of “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Emmy nomination), the title role in the 1987 NBC movie “LBJ: The Early Years” (Emmy nomination, Golden Globe award), and Colonel Tom Parker in the 2005 CBS miniseries “Elvis” (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations). He also spent a season on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1986.
Quaid has a daughter, Ella, from his first wife, Amanda. He and second wife Evi (married since 1989) have two adopted children, Charlotte and Kaki.
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