Dennis William Quaid is undoubtedly one of the American actors known for his wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles. He has been on a number of successful movies and is a multi-award winning actor among many accolades. Before his days in University, he was already in love with acting so it was not a surprised when he dropped out before completing his degree.
Date of Birth: April 9, 1954
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Quaid moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film but he initially had trouble finding film roles. His story changed after his breakout role in Breaking Away (1979) and subsequently became a highly sought after in the industry. Aside from acting, Quaid is a musician who plays with the band, The Sharks; he holds a flying license and is also a handicap golfer. Keep reading as we take you through the family life of this spectacular actor with a signature grin.
Dennis Quaid parents
William R. Buddy Quaid (father)
Date of Birth: November 21, 1923
Date of Death: February 8, 1987 (aged 64)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
He was a part-time actor and also an electrician. Buddy is remembered not just for being the father to the versatile actor Dennis but as the voluble and gregarious man who loved to sing for his family. After divorce with Nita he was married to Tana P. Quaid.
Juanita “Nita” Bonniedale Jordan (mother)
Date of Birth: January 30, 1927
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
She was a real estate agent and is the mother of the eldest two Quaid sons.
Dennis Quaid siblings
Randy Quaid (elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: October 1, 1950
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Randy is the eldest Quaid brother and is also a respected figure in the industry. He was already on the Hollywood path before Dennis joined him and he is today a Golden Globe and Academy Awards nominee.
Buddy John Quaid (younger paternal half-brother)
Date of Birth: November 26, 1974
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
He is the only younger brother to the Far from Heaven (2003) actor and was born from their father’s othe relationship with Tana P. Quaid. Buddy John is also an actor and is known for his work on The Big Easy (1986) and Desert Saints (2002). He has been married to Marielle Lamy since July 11, 2010. He now works as realtor in Austin, Texas.
Brandy Barnett (nee Quaid) (younger paternal half-sister)
Brandy is the only female Quaid and we can’t tell exactly how close she is to her celebrity brother.
Dennis Quaid wife
Pamela Jayne “P.J.” Soles (former spouse)
Duration of marriage: November 25, 1978 – 1983 (6 years)
Date of Birth: July 17, 1950
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Pamela Jaynes is also an accomplished actress and was first married to Steven Soles but decided to keep the name even after their divorce. She met Dennis is Georgia while she was filming Our Winning Season (1978). Their friendship soon developed into something much deeper and by 1978, they were married in Texas on a dude ranch. They both continued their careers while they were together and after staying married for six years, both lovers parted ways.
P.J. Soles’ second marriage was in late 1983 to stunt pilot Skip Holm with whom she had two children; Sky (born 1983) and Ashley, before their 1998 divorce.
Meg Ryan (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: February 14, 1991 – July 16, 2001 (10 years)
Date of Birth: November 19, 1961
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
The Blond-haired and blue-eyed star actress from When Harry met Sally (1989) was the next to walk down the aisle with Quaid after his first marriage failed. Both actors met while filming 1987’s action thriller Innerspace and became friends from there but fell in love while filming their next thriller movie D.O.A. (1988) and became engaged in 1989. They got married a few years later and became parents to Jack Quaid.
In details: Meg Ryan’s family
The Meg-Dennis union lasted just about a decade before both actors parted ways. Ryan has not re-married since her marriage with Quaid failed but instead went on to adopt a 14-month old girl from China in January 2006 and named her Daisy True. Since 2010, the Sleepless in Seattle (1993) actress has been in a relationship with singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.
Kimberly Quaid (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: July 2004 – 2018 (14 years)
Her birth name is Kimberly Buffington and beyond her status as Quaid’s third wife, she works as a real estate agent. Both lovers decided they wanted to have kids but things did not go out as planned so they ended up having a set of twins through surrogacy. They announced in May 2007 that they were expecting a baby and by November they welcomed two lovely additions to their family.
Kimberly first filed for a divorce in March 2012 on the grounds of irreconcilable differences but two months later, she withdrew the divorce papers and asked the judge to dismiss the previous petitions. Both lovers went on to work on their marriage for a few more years but despite their best efforts, the Quaids could not make it work. They ultimately announced in 2016 that after careful consideration they have decided to end their 12-year marriage.
In their own words, the decision was made amicably and with mutual respect towards one another. Kim received huge sums in spousal support and property agreement, she was also due for monthly child support bills. Since their divorce, both exes have shared custody of their twin kids and they remain great friends and devoted partners in raising their two cuties.
Dennis Quaid children
Jack Henry Quaid (son with Meg Ryan)
Date of Birth: April 24, 1992
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Jack is the eldest child and first son to the Traffic (2001) actor. He was born in Quaid’s second marriage to Meg Ryan and the now-adult has decided to follow after his parent’s professional footsteps. He played the role on Marvel in The Hunger Games (2012) alongside Jennifer Lawrence. Jack is the best big-brother to both his siblings both on his mother’s side and on his father’s side. He shares a lovely relationship with them and it’s just obvious to see that the bond they all share is indeed real.
Zoe Grace Quaid (daughter, one of fraternal twins with Kimberly Quaid)
Thomas Boone Quaid (son, one of fraternal twins with Kimberly Quaid)
Date of Birth: November 8, 2007
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Zoe and Thomas were born from Dennis’s third marriage with Kimberly Buffington. These two were born through surrogacy as Kim and Quaid tried for years but to no avail so they had to go for the option of gestational carrier. The Quaid twins were given a near-fatal accidental dose of blood thinners when they were just 10-days old but fortunately survived the experience ad grew up as healthy kids.