Magazine article Variety

Dennis Quaid

Magazine article Variety

Dennis Quaid

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"I read through Variety every day. I started calling up casting directors based on the Films in the Future [charts]. After nine months of doing that, I went to see a casting director, [who] called an agent for me."

Dennis Quaid has played a wide range of characters in a career spanning five decades. The 63-year-old actor has portrayed a loving father in such films as "The Parent Trap," "The Rookie" and "A Dog's Purpose." His new role in "I Can Only Imagine" is a stark departure, with Quaid limning a monstrous paternal figure in the story behind MercyMe's popular faith-based song of the same name.

Quaid says he has always been attracted to father-son stories but that he was particularly drawn to this "brutally truthful" portrait. He says depicting the character's metamorphosis was a new challenge for him.

Variety first mentioned Quaid on Sept. 29, 1976, when the up-and-coming actor appeared in his first film role, the James Bridges drama "September 30, 1955."

What do you most remember from working on "September 30, 1955"?

It was my first job. I came out from Houston in February of 1975. It was a couple months short of my 21st birthday. I sent my photo and résumé - college dropout - to every agent in town. I got turned down by every agent in town. I started looking in Variety. I read through Variety every day. You used to have [the charts] Films in the Future or Films in Production, and they would list the films that were being cast. So I started calling up casting directors based on those Films in the Future. After nine months of doing that, I went to see a casting director, Geno Havens. After talking with him for about half an hour, he called an agent for me. Then about three months later, I got this film, "September 30, 1955. …

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