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Dennis Quaid: LAPD Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

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Dennis Quaid has been in a ton of movies, but this weekend he's working on a project that's close to his heart. He's hosting The 42nd Annual Los Angeles Police Family Fun Day & Celebrity Golf Tournament for The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Money raised goes to help families who've lost loved ones in the line of duty.

"It's been a terrible year. We've lost five officers in the last four months and it's just terrible. And this goes to pay for their funerals, benefits the families, also there's 16 scholarships that will benefit their kids in later years."

The actor told Steve and Maria this event isn't just for golfers...there are activities for the whole family.

"It's for a great cause, it's also a great time for anybody who comes out...and we're gonna have a lot of celebrities that are coming out, Oscar De La Hoya just signed on to come out."

So is Oscar a good golfer?

"I never played with him, I guess I'll find out. If he doesn't hit me with the golf ball I guess he's good!"

Quaid also talked about a few of his big movies, including "The Right Stuff", "The Rookie", and "The Big Easy".

The Los Angeles Police Family Fun Day & Celebrity Golf Tournament happens this Saturday at Brookside Gold Club in Pasadena.

For ticket and event information go to: http://www.lapmf.org/golf.htm.

Fun facts about Dennis Quaid (Source: Wikipedia)

Dennis is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s.

Some of his notable credits include Breaking Away, The Long Riders, The Right Stuff, Enemy Mine, Great Balls of Fire!, The Big Easy, Far from Heaven, The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, Vantage Point, Footloose, Frequency, Wyatt Earp, Dragonheart, The Parent Trap, Soul Surfer, Playing for Keeps and Innerspace.

After his brother, Randy Quaid, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Last Detail (1973), Quaid dropped out of the University of Houston before graduating and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career of his own. He initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983).

Known for his grin, Quaid has appeared in both comedic and dramatic roles. Quaid had starring roles in the films Enemy Mine (1985) and Innerspace (1987). He also achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! (1989). In 1989, he also appeared throughout the Bonnie Raitt music video for the song "Thing Called Love."

Quaid's career lost steam in the early 1990s, after he fought anorexia nervosa and kicked a cocaine addiction. He continued to garner positive reviews in a variety of films, however, such as Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp (1994). Quaid was also the guest star of a season 2 episode of Muppets Tonight (1997). He starred in the remake of The Parent Trap (1998), playing the part of the twins' father, and as an aging pro football quarterback in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday (1999). Some of Quaid's more recent film credits include Frequency (2000), The Rookie (2002), Far from Heaven (2002), Cold Creek Manor (2003), The Flight of the Phoenix (2004), In Good Company (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Vantage Point (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and Pandorum (2009).

In 2009, Quaid guest starred in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, playing Mr. Krabs' grandfather, Captain Redbeard.

He portrayed U.S. President Bill Clinton, alongside Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton, in the 2010 film The Special Relationship.

In 2012 and 2013, Quaid played Sheriff Ralph Lamb in the CBS TV drama series Vegas.

The 42nd Annual Los Angeles Police Family Fun Day and Celebrity Golf Tournament is this Saturday, May 31 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Tee off is at 10:00 am.

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