Photo of Randy Quaid Randy Quaid

Born in Houston Oct. 1, 1950, Randy Quaid made his mark playing supporting parts and oddball characters. Discovered as a drama student in college, his first significant film role came in The Last Picture Show (1971), followed by the 1972 comedy What's Up Doc?

Quaid copped an Oscar nod for his supporting turn as a hapless seaman in The Last Detail (1973). Other notable movies for Quaid include Midnight Express (1978) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). He moved to television in 1985, joining the "Saturday Night Live" cast for one season. Quaid painted a vivid portrait of President Lyndon Johnson in the miniseries "LBJ: The Early Years," earning a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for his efforts.

Returning to the big screen, Quaid appeared in Days of Thunder (1990), Kingpin (1996) and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000). He's the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.

Randy Quaid in Independence Day

Independence Day

1996 PG-13

When aliens in an enormous spacecraft suddenly arrive in Earth's atmosphere and start blowing things up, it falls to a cocky pilot (Will Smith) and a goofy scientist (Jeff Goldblum) to save the planet from total destruction. With plenty of action, special effects sequences and pithy one-liners, Independence Day is one of the 1990s' best popcorn flicks. Bill Pullman co-stars as the gung-ho president who urges his citizens to fight back.

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  • Randy Quaid in The Last Picture Show The Last Picture Show
  • Randy Quaid in What's Up, Doc? What's Up, Doc?
  • Randy Quaid in Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain
  • Randy Quaid in National Lampoon's Vacation National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Randy Quaid in The Ice Harvest The Ice Harvest
  • Randy Quaid in Home on the Range Home on the Range
  • Randy Quaid in Midnight Express Midnight Express
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  • Randy Quaid in The Missouri Breaks The Missouri Breaks
  • Randy Quaid in Caddyshack 2 Caddyshack 2
  • Randy Quaid in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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  • Randy Quaid in Vegas Vacation Vegas Vacation
  • Randy Quaid in Hard Rain Hard Rain
  • Randy Quaid in Carolina Carolina
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  • Randy Quaid in The Long Riders The Long Riders
  • Randy Quaid in The Paper The Paper
  • Randy Quaid in Bye Bye Love Bye Bye Love
  • Randy Quaid in Freaked Freaked
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  • Randy Quaid in Bloodhounds of Broadway Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Randy Quaid in Picture This Picture This
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  • Randy Quaid in Get on the Bus Get on the Bus
  • Randy Quaid in Protector Protector
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  • Randy Quaid in Mail to the Chief Mail to the Chief
  • Randy Quaid in The Day the World Ended The Day the World Ended
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  • Randy Quaid in Grind Grind
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