Dennis Quaid made a shocking confession about his career that no one saw coming

Apr 17, 2024

Dennis Quaid is one of the most successful actors of his generation. 

His career is still going strong after more than 50 years in the movie business. 

And Dennis Quaid made a shocking confession about his career that no one saw coming.

Dennis Quaid wins Icon Award after a distinguished career

Veteran actor Dennis Quaid was honored at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards with the Cinema Icon Award shortly after turning 70 years old.

In accepting the award, he admitted that he originally wanted to be a veterinarian when he was growing up in Texas but that changed after he saw his first movie.

He said that the first film he ever saw was Elvis Presley’s 1956 musical Love Me Tender.

“It was such an exhilarating feeling of freedom,” Quaid recounted. “I was not going to be an actor. I was going to be a veterinarian and I’m really glad I changed my mind, although I could still go back to school if I wanted.”

The Great Balls of Fire! star also looked back on his career in Hollywood.

“I’m on my sixth decade in this wonderful business,” Quaid said. “To tell you the truth, I really do feel like I have more fun. I enjoy it now more than when I was young and hungry — not trying to get anywhere. I do it because I love it and that makes me kind of the luckiest guy on Earth, to tell you the truth.”

Quaid – who returned to his faith in the 1990s – made it a point to thank Jesus Christ for blessing him well beyond what he said he deserved.

Dennis Quaid has a big 2024 on deck as Ronald Reagan

Quaid’s movie The Long Game was recently released in theaters and he plays America’s 40th President in Reagan, which is set to be released in August.

Even after more than six decades in the movie business, the part made him nervous when he was offered it.

“I think it was end of 2017, that [producer Mark Joseph] actually came to me and said, ‘We want you to play Ronald Reagan,’ ” Quaid said. “I felt like I was nothing like Reagan, even though he was my favorite president and everything.”

He traveled to the Reagan Ranch outside of Santa Barbara, California to get inspiration for the role.

“I didn’t know how to penetrate that, somebody so well known. I didn’t want to do an impersonation,” Quaid explained. “But I went up to the Reagan ranch and that’s what sealed the deal for me because I could feel him up there. And he was a really humble, humble guy.”

He came to realize that he had something in common with the late President while preparing for the role.

“We both have sunny dispositions down at the bottom of it, so I could really relate on that one,” Quaid remarked. “And really, he was very genuine.”

“But being President was the greatest role he could possibly ever have,” Quaid added.

Clearly Dennis Quaid is still having fun and going strong after six decades in Tinseltown. 

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