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Randy Quaid was born on October 1, 1950 in Houston, Texas. He is the oldest child of two sons. His younger brother is actor Dennis Quaid. After graduating from high school, Quaid went to the University of Houston where he majored in drama.

In 1968, he starred in his first film "Targets." His second film was "The Last Picture Show" in which he had a small role. Since then, he has acted in movies playing the leading male role. Randy Quaid has acted in over sixty-five movies. His latest work is in the animated film "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "The Magic Legend of the Leprechauns," and "George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods On Fire." In the early years, he worked as a bartender in between acting jobs.

From 1985 to 1986, he appeared as a regular on the sitcom "Saturday Night Live" and from 1991 to 1992, he appeared on another television show "David Rules."

In 1989, he married his present wife, Evi who is a film director.

In 1998 and 1999 he was the voice of the animated cartoon character of Colonel Sanders in Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials.

Although he has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one Oscar and a BAFTA Award, Randy Quaid has only won one Golden Globe Award for Best Performance for an Actor in a television mini-series – "LBJ: The Early Years."

He has also appeared on stage and regardless of which medium he acts in, Randy Quaid is difficult to miss. His 6’4" stocky physique makes him hard to miss.