Randy Quaid is an American actor who has won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the film LBJ: The Early Years, in which he portrayed the role of US President Lyndon Johnson. Apart from films, he has appeared in many television shows and has also released a song through his band. Quaid is known for his versatility in performing serious as well as comic roles. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Randy Quaid in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Randy Quaid was born on October 1, 1950, in Houston, Texas, the United States. His father William Rudy Quaid was an electrician and his mother Juanita Bonniedale “Nita” was a real estate agent. Quaid spent his childhood days in Bellaire, Texas along with his younger brother Dennis Quaid, who is also an actor. Quaid developed an interest towards acting after he took drama classes in his high school. He later studied acting at the University of Houston.
Randy Quaid married his first wife Ella Marie Jolly, who was a model in May 1980. The couple welcomed their daughter Amanda Marie in May 1983 and later got a divorce in 1989. Randy met his second wife Evi on the sets of Bloodhounds of Broadway in 1987. The couple got married in October 1989, and their wedding was attended by Quaid’s daughter Amanda who was three years old at that time.
Career, Awards & Nominations
While Randy was studying at the University of Houston, he attended an audition for Peter Bogdanovich and got selected to play a role in his film The Last Picture Show. Bogdanovich also cast Randy in some of his other films in the future including What’s Up and Paper Moon.
He played the role of Larry Meadows in the film The Last Detail for which he received best supporting actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and the BAFTA Awards. The film brought him good recognition, and he went on to star in the film The Missouri Breaks in 1976 alongside Marlon Brando.
He played the lead role in the film Martians Go Home which showed the world, his comic timing and skills. In 1987, he portrayed the role of US President Lyndon Johnson in the television movie LGJ: The Early Years which gave him a great reach to the television audience and his performance was critically acclaimed.
He was selected for the role of Lyndon Johnson as he was tall and had similar features to him. The film brought him a Golden Globe Award and also won him a nomination at the Emmy Awards. He played the role of the monster in the film Frankenstein and appeared in lead role in the film Kingpin.
In 2005, he appeared in the role of Elvis Presley’s manager in the miniseries Elvis for which he won the Emmy Award and the Golden Globe Award. Quaid is also a musician who has released a single in 2011 with his band Randy Quaid & The Fugitives.
Net Worth & Earnings
His salary touched the million dollar mark in 1989 for the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. He was paid with the salary of $2.5 million for his works in the movies Kingpin and Independence Day. His average salary per movie after that is reported to be around $1 million. He has been going through very tough times recently due to financial and legal problems and his net worth is -$1 million.
Randy is quite infamous for his fraudulent and burglary charges which have played a major role in making his net worth dip below the negative mark. He and his wife have been issued arrest warrants more than twice which made them leave the US and move to Canada.