Dennis Quaid, 65, is an American actor and musician. A fixture of television and cinema since 1975, Quaid has been accredited with a hundred roles.
His decades-long career has yielded numerous awards and accolades, including nominations at the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and the Satellite Awards.
He is as versatile as he is prolific, and his roles range from comedic to suspenseful. He has starred in such movies as Great Balls of Fire!, Dragonheart, The Parent Trap, The Day After Tomorrow, Vantage Point, and Far From Heaven, among others.
Dennis is also the frontman and rhythm guitarist for the band Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.
As such, Dennis's net worth as of 2020 stands at a whopping $30 million. Even for an established Hollywood superstar, that amount is no joke. Likewise, his annual salary as per Celebrity Net Worth is $150,000 per episode of his TV shows.
We provide a breakdown of the wealth of Dennis Quaid, the illustrious career of and his personal life to figure out.
Dennis can attribute his $30 million wealth to his prolific career as an actor. After being talked into giving acting a try by his older brother, Randy Quaid, Dennis committed to working full-time and dropped out of college to move to Hollywood.
He had found his true calling and established himself in the 1979 comedy-drama movie Breaking Away. He followed that up with stellar performances in films like The Right Stuff, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Enemy Mine, Innerspace, and The Big Easy.
He gained further acclaim as Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1989 biopic, Great Balls of Fire!
Quaid continued to work throughout the 2000s and landed roles in movies like Frequency, The Rookie, Far from Heaven, Cold Creek Manor, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Alamo, and In Good Company, to name a few.
Quaid played father to Lindsay Lohan's character in the 1998 remake, The Parent Trap. He also played the role of Jake Gyllenhaal's father in the 2004 disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.
Dennis Quaid plays two US presidents: he portrayed president Bill Clinton in the 2010 movie The Special Relationship, and he has been slated to play president Ronald Reagan in the upcoming biopic Reagan.
On television, Quaid has appeared in Vegas, Drunk History, The Art of More, Workaholics, Fortitude, and Goliath, among others.
The table below shows Quaid's most notable projects to date and the corresponding earnings:
|Movie||Year||Earnings (In $)|
|Breaking Away||1979||20 million|
|The Parent Trap||1998||92.1 million|
|The Rookie||2002||80.7 million|
|The Day After Tomorrow||2004||544.3 million|
|Flight of the Phoenix||2004||34 million|
|G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||2009||302.5 million|
|A Dog's Purpose||2017||205.7 million|
Dennis Quaid is also the frontman of the rock n' roll and country-soul band, Dennis Quaid and The Sharks.
The band has gained a cult following in the local bars of LA. They dropped their first studio Out of the Box, which contains such hit singles as Spill the Wine and Gloria.
The band was started when musician Harry Dean Stanton invited Quaid to join his group onstage, and upon realizing his innate talent for music, he implored Quaid to start his own band. Quaid took his advice to heart, and things turned out for the better.
Quaid, the acclaimed musician and actor live like the Hollywood superstar that he is. He purchased a four-bedroom Pacific Palisades home in 2013 for $3,100,000.
He put the property up for sale later that year for $3,300,000.
In 2014, he also listed his Camp Warren Oates ranch for sale for $8,600,000.
He also listed his LA home for $5.9 million in March 2019.
Dennis Quaid was born Dennis William Quaid on April 9, 1954, in Houston, Texas. The younger son born to real-estate broker Juanita B. "Nita" Quaid and electrician William Rudy Quaid, Dennis was inspired by his older brother, Randy Quaid's success as an actor.
Dennis attended Paul W. Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, Texas, and Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas.
He attended the University of Houston, but upon realizing where his passion lay, he subsequently dropped out and move to Hollywood to pursue acting full-time.
Dennis has been married and divorced three times. Between them, he has three children.
Dennis married his first wife, actress P. J. Soles, on November 25, 1978. They divorced after five years in 1983.
Dennis wed his second wife, actress Meg Ryan on Valentines' Day, 1991, after falling in love while filming D.O.A.
Their marriage yielded in son Jack Henry Quaid. They passed on their "acting genes" to Jack, who is himself, an actor. Their marriage did not last, and their divorce was finalized on July 16, 2001.
After an eight-month fling with model Shanna Moakler in 2001, Dennis got married for the third time to a real estate broker, Kimberly Buffington, on July 4, 2004. They had fraternal twins, Thomas Boone Quaid and Zoe Grace Quaid, born via a surrogate on November 8, 2007.
On November 18, 2007, Dennis and Kim's ten-day-old twins were accidentally given an overdose of a blood thinner by the hospital staff. The twins recovered, but Quaid sued the hospital and was paid $750,000 in damages.
Dennis and Kimberly were on the brink of separating multiple times, until they officially separated on April 27, 2018.
The 65-year-old Quaid recently made headlines when he got engaged to his 26-year-old girlfriend, Laura Savoie, on October 18, 2019.
After three divorces and three children, one would assume Dennis Quaid would ask for less child support payment. But in an unprecedented move, Quaid asked the court for an increase in his monthly child support payments!
But things might not be so cut-and-dry! Dennis had been paying $13,750 a month to Kimberly for their twins, Thomas and Zoe. But a clause in the agreement called for increased payment if Dennis's annual income exceeded $1.3 million.
Dennis made over $6 million in 2019 alone, which would increase his child support payment exponentially. He pleaded with the court to increase his fees, but not as high as mandated.
So, Dennis's pledge might seem noble, but the reasons behind his gesture are dubious.