Dennis Quaid has been a reliable mainstay in Hollywood for more than three decades now. Although he seemingly makes the celebrity life look easy, it’s actually been a pretty rough ride for him. He fell prey to multiple problems, in fact: drug use, mental health issues, divorce. But a 2018 film that he starred in was a big step forward for Quaid. That’s because I Can Only Imagine led him to confront both his past and his Christian faith.
Dennis Quaid actually grew up religious. He had an all-American childhood in Houston, Texas, enjoying the great outdoors, going to baseball games and attending church. He and his brother Randy, who also became an actor, were baptized as children. And from then on, religion was a big part of Quaid’s life.
Quaid also had loving parents, Nita and William, who encouraged him to pursue whatever life goals he wanted. At first, that goal was music. “My mother was enormously supportive. She bought me my first guitar, and I taught myself to play,” Quaid told The Wall Street Journal in 2018. “She also made time in her busy day to take me to piano lessons.”