Do not adjust your television set. That really is Randy Quaid. He’s worse than washed up. He’s given up and not just on his appearance. Randy is big box office draw and has worked in films until as recently as 2009. Randy has appeared in over 90 movies. No, really. That guy right there. He has also made a number of television appearances, including ongoing roles in mini-series, and was nominated for Golden Globe, Academy and Emmy Awards. Cool.
video: Bill Hayes Interview Midnight Express
video: Not Another Teen Movie Part 4
His first major movie role was in 1973, The Last Detail and was well received by critics. In 1973 he co-starred with child actress Tatum O’Neal in the very successful Paper Moon. I remember parts of that flick. It was cute. One of his most successful films was a supporting role he had in Midnight Express. In 1971 Randy played Lennie, the mentally disabled man in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. Other notable performances were in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Frankenstein and Get on the Bus. One of Randy’s most successful films, Independence Day, was the top grossing film of 1996. In 2000 he loaned his voice to the animated film Rocky and Bullwinkle which, not surprisingly, was a box office bomb. His streak of bad luck continued with Not Another Teen Movie, The Ice Harvest and another animation Home on the Range, all of which bombed in theatres and received negative critical reviews. Ouch.
video: Paper Moon Clip
video: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
video: The Ice Harvest trailer
In 2005 Randy’s luck appeared to turn around when he starred as the insensitive rancher in Brokeback Mountain quoting the famous line “stemming the rose.” Some of his 2000s movies have gone straight to DVD. Ouch. A mini-series Category 7: the end of the world was the longest running mini series in 2005. The 2006 film Goya’s Ghosts sucked as did the 2009 film The Tennis Coach.
video: Category 7 – the end of the world trailer
video: Brokeback Mountain trailer
video: Goya’s Ghosts
That’s where it gets tawdry.
Who knows if Randy’s career has taken a nosedive or not? His life seems to be his priority just now, facing criminal charges for felony residential burglary (he and his wife Evi Quaid, were squatters), entering a non-commercial building without consent, conspiracy and fraud. Tsk, tsk. Imagine squatting in your own previous residence? They’re homeless. Seriously. How many films has this guy made and he’s broke? On October 22, 2010, Randy and Evi Quaid sought protection under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, after being arrested at the border in Vancouver B.C. They applied for refugee status on the grounds that they are afraid of “Hollywood star whackers“. Sounds more like those two are whacked on crack. Evi Quaid is a prima facie Canadian citizen, whatever that is, so they get to stay here without posting bond. Wow aren’t we lucky to have these two? Hollywood loves Vancouver and is always filming sitcoms and movies there. Randy might make a comeback while on the lam. That will be a first. Doubtless there will be a made for TV movie about this dude. His life is just warped.
video: Randy Quaid speaks to Vancouver Media – Hollywood Star Whackers
video: Randy Quaid stuck in elevator with nosy Canadians
video: Actor Randy Quaid and wife behind bars
video: Randy Quaid’s Wife makes statement against local law enforcement
He might come back to L.A. … who knows
Comeback Grade: S for Squatters Rights
Randy’s Facebook Fans: 2,251 everyone likes a has-been