Five Things You Don't Know About Dennis Quaid

'The Words' Star Sings and Pulls Pranks

Five Things You Don't Know About Dennis Quaid
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How much do you know about Dennis Quaid?

On September 7 Dennis Quaid's new film "The Words" opens in theaters nationwide. Quaid stars alongside Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in the film about plagiarism. The actor got his start in films like "The Right Stuff" and "The Big Easy" and most recently has been seen in movies like "Footloose" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Here are five things you may not know about the actor from "The Words."

1. He Followed in His Brother's Footsteps

Although many think of Dennis as the more successful Quaid, especially with Randy's recent run ins with the law, Dennis was actually following in his older brother's footsteps when he began acting. Randy started acting when he was a kid and by the time Dennis joined him in Los Angeles to try his hand in Hollywood, Randy was already an Oscar nominee for "The Last Detail."

2. Dennis Quaid Had Another Famous Wife

Everyone knows Quaid was once married to America's Sweetheart Meg Ryan for ten years in the '90s. But Ryan was Quaid's second wife. While filming one of his earliest movies, "Our Winning Season" in 1979, Quaid met actress P.J. Soles, of "Striped" and Rock 'n' Roll High School" fame. They were married for four years. He has also been tied romantically to Andie MacDowell, Shanna Moakler and Lea Thompson.

3. Quaid Is Returning to TV

Although Quaid has never done series television, he has done a few TV movies including "Dinner with Friends" in 2002 and his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated turn as President Bill Clinton in HBO's "The Special Relationship." In the fall on 2012 Quaid makes his leading man TV debut in the period piece "Vegas," which tells the tale of Ralph Lamb the sin city sheriff from the '60s.

4. Quaid Sings Lead for Dennis Quaid & the Sharks

Quaid has played several musicians on-screen during his career but he is also one in real life. He has been playing with his band The Sharks in hot L.A. clubs, at celebrity fundraisers and even at local charity events around the country. Some lucky concert goers even get to see him performs Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" which he performed in the 1989 biopic of the singer.

5. Quaid Pranks with Ellen

One of Quaid's best roles in the last five years has been as Ellen DeGeneres' pranking buddy on her daytime talk show. They play tricks on many people from tow truck drivers to unsuspecting Starbucks baristas. Quaid wears an ear bug and says whatever Ellen tells him to, which typically involves talking about himself in the third person and announcing himself as he walks in "Dennis Quaid is here!" and "Dennis Quaid wants a latte!"

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