The American actor, writer, producer, singer, and director is best known for his vivacious works in cult classic films. He is among the highest paid actors of this time. With the outstanding portfolio of projects he has worked on, Dennis Quaid has earned himself a great fortune from being in the Hollywood scene. This piece takes a look at the net worth of Dennis Quaid in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Dennis William Quaid was born on April 9, 1954, in Houston, Texas. He is the son of Juanita B. Quaid who was a real estate agent and William Rudy Quaid, a then electrician. He grew up in the suburban city of Bellaire, Houston. Dennis Quaid has Irish, Scottish, English and Cajun roots. He is a junior to his brother Randy Quaid. Dennis Quaid’s parents raised him in the Baptist faith.
In his early stages of education, Dennis attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire and later Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas. He further proceeded to Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas. While here, he studied mandarin and dance which he continued to pursue when he joined college at the University of Houston.
He studied under the guidance of Cecil Pickett who prior to that had taught at Bellaire High School. However, he dropped out of college before completing his studies and moved to Hollywood, in an effort to chase his dreams of having an acting career. He is a holder of a flying license, and he is also a five handicap golfer.
Dennis has gone through three marriages and three children. On November 25, 1978, he married his first wife, P. J. Soles and the couple divorced in 1993. He moved on and married actress Meg Ryan. The couple has a son together, but their marriage came to an end with the finalization of their divorce on 16th July 2001.
He briefly dated model Shanna Moakler for a period of eight months in the same year. He then married his third wife, Kimberly Buffington, on 4th July 2004. They have fraternal twins together born via a surrogate. They separated and filed for divorce a couple of times before finally parting ways in 2016. Their divorce was finalized on 27th April 2018.
Quaid has battled substance abuse of cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Career, Awards & Nominations
While his brother Randy Quaid had already begun to build a successful career in Hollywood, trying to get a break in the film industry was not a walk in the park for Dennis as he initially had trouble landing film roles. His break came when he started being noticed after he was cast in Breaking Away (1976). He also attracted very promising reviews for his role in the 1983 film, The Right Stuff. His career peaked when he was cast in The Big Easy.
Dennis continued to take part in major TV shows and blockbuster movies like The Special Relationship and Truth. His list of projects is dumbfounding. He holds several huge awards including the 2011 Golden Globe Awards for Best Lead Actor for his role in The Special Relationship. Dennis has appeared in various comedic and dramatic works and has also taken voice roles in animations.
He is also a singer.
Net Worth & Earnings
With his astounding success in his film career, Dennis is estimated to have a net worth of over $45 million. The numbers not come as a shock as he is reported to be one of the highest paid actors in the industry.
At the age of 64, Dennis Quaid is not about to let age slow him down. He continues to take on projects, and since he has been present in the entertainment realm from 1954, it is clear that he will leave with a strong legacy to commemorate him. He is a name to be reckoned with and has inspired many who look up to him through his works.