Dennis Quaid has a supporting role in this weekend’s most buzzed-about release “A Dog’s Purpose”. With the major controversy surrounding the film, which has caused the premiere and press junket to be cancelled, Quaid may like to forget he was ever a part of this film. Here are some of the positive highlights of his career:
“The Parent Trap” (1998) – As Nick Parker, Quaid charmed his way back into ex-wife Natasha Richardson’s heart, with the help of his twin daughters (both played by Lindsay Lohan) in Disney’s sweet remake.
“The Rookie” (2002) – Another Mouse House picture, here Quaid played school teacher and baseball coach Jimmy Morris, who got a second chance at pitching in the MLB.
“The Express” (2008) – As Ernie Davis’s Syracuse University football coach, Ben Schwartzwalder, Quaid gave a nomination worthy performance in the overlooked powerhouse sports drama.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (2009) – Quaid was almost unrecognizable as the voice of Mr. Krabs’s grandfather, Grandpappy the Pirate, in a memorable episode.
But his biggest (or at least funniest) career highlight was an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. It was one of the first times DeGeneres did her hidden camera prank with a celeb using an earpiece in public, and her telling them what to say. By now the technique has been extremely overdone (including on her own show). But, at that time, (2008), this segment with Quaid ordering coffee at a Starbucks, was legendary: