Dennis Quaid's Relationship with His Brother Who Was Once Charged with Burglary
The Quaid brothers became Texas state’s best-known acting siblings, but one incident would irrevocably change their future and split them apart for the rest of their lives.
Randy, four years his brother’s senior, dipped his toes into acting first. His successes soon drew Dennis in, and while he played the leading action hero, Randy became the comedian.
Together they appeared in over 120 productions with 57 years of combined experience including blockbusters like “The Last Picture Show” and “Independence Day” for Randy, while Dennis starred in favorites like “The Right Stuff” and “The Big Easy.”
The 1980 feature film, “The Long Riders” became their only onscreen collaboration when they starred as outlaw brothers Clell and Ed Miller. While the 1984 play, “True West” became their only offscreen and joint project.
In 2010 everything changed after Randy and his wife Evi got charged with felony vandalism.
While promoting his movie “Soul Surfer” in April 2011, Dennis spoke with PEOPLE and made a rare comment about his brother Randy. Since the incident, Dennis had rarely talked about his brother’s consequent criminal record and disappearance.
“I love my brother,” Dennis told PEOPLE. “That’s all I can say. I love my brother, and I miss my brother. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Randy and his wife Evi got arrested on September 18, 2010, in Montecito, California after they allegedly caused $5,000 in damages to a guest house. They got released on $500,000 bonds but forfeited the $1 million in bail money when they failed to appear for their arraignment.
After they failed to appear for at least another four scheduled court dates, warrants for their arrest got issued, according to the Santa Barbara district attorney’s office.
But court documents showed that the alleged damage to the guest house to be the least of their worries as ABC News reported.
The movie’s financier, Charles Simonyi, and the Quaids had creative and legal disagreements over the film which led to them filing for bankruptcy in 2000. They accumulated $3.5 million in debt but only added more unpaid bills to the pile, including those from a private investigator, Becky Altringer.
He ain’t heavy he’s my Doji! pic.twitter.com/f5rkXNLiVX— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) February 23, 2019
Evi and Randy hired Becky to investigate the “Hollywood star whackers” that wanted to “kill them,” whom they also claimed to be responsible for the deaths of Heath Ledger, David Carradine, and Natasha Richardson.
In the fall of 2012, they fled to Vancouver, Canada, and claimed refugee status based on the claim that the “star whackers” were after them as well.
On February 10 in 2011, Evi got granted Canadian citizenship through her Canadian father, according to her lawyer, Catherine Sas. Evi also made a formal application to sponsor Randy, but because of her status, Catherine believed that Randy could get permanent resident status before the refugee claim got settled.
During the same time, Randy got presented with a Vancouver Film Critics Award for his role in “Real Time.” The acceptance speech included thanks to the cast and crew, but Randy also specifically thanked Canadians for their support.
"But today we're here to say thank you Canada," Randy said. "Thank you for your warm welcome, thank you for giving us the opportunity to live in peace and thank you to the Vancouver Film Critics Circle."
Through the years Dennis, on the other hand, had a successful acting career, but he also struggled with drug addiction.
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