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The Roy Faires Collection, no. 31 - Spotlight on Everybody’s All-American (1988)

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  •  Interview with director Taylor Hackford about his film Everybody’s All-American (1988) 
  •  Roy Faires asks Hackford what differentiates an American icon 
  •  Hackford discusses a scene in the film 
  •  Interview with actor Dennis Quaid about his film Everybody’s All-American 
  •  Faires asks Quaid about Miller Lite’s “Biggest Party in History” campaign featuring his brother, Randy Quaid 
  •  Quaid talks about the challenges of his role in Everybody’s All-American 
  •  Clip from the film 
  •  Faires left in tears by Everybody’s All-American 
  •  Review of the 21st International Tournée of Animation, which included the previous year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film, The Man Who Planted Trees (1987) 
 
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In these three edited segments from 24 Action News broadcasts for Austin’s KVUE-TV, Roy Faires spotlights the film Everybody’s All-American (1988). The first two segments feature interviews with director Taylor Hackford and actor Dennis Quaid, a Houston native. Hackford discusses the similarities between the film and his previous works. Quaid talks about the challenges he faced in playing his character, which Faires believes is the actor’s most complex role to date. In the final segment, Faires delivers movies reviews of Everybody’s All-American and the 21st International Tournée of Animation. Faires worked as a special project director and entertainment critic/reporter at KVUE-TV, Austin’s ABC affiliate, from 1976-1989.
Roy Faires asks actor Dennis Quaid about commercials featuring his brother, Randy Quaid. In a 16-month blitz, Miller Brewing Co. ran a series of advertisements in Texas featuring Randy Quaid as he made plans to throw Miller Lite’s “Biggest Party in History.” The campaign fulfilled its promise, hosting parties in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Midland, and McAllen and even bigger bashes in Houston and Dallas over Labor Day weekend in 1989. Houston’s party, held in the Astrodome, included beach volleyball; professional wrestling; and a concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and the Who. The musical acts also played in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl the following night. More than 450,000 Texans attended events across the state, costing Miller an estimated $15 million. Miller’s strategy worked, however; after the campaign, the beer maker regained ground in the lucrative Texas market, with the brand increasing nine percent. Just how lucrative? A 1989 industry newsletter about the beer business estimated the total national market at $45 billion a year, with Texas accounting for roughly 8.2 percent. That’s about $37 million per percentage point in retail sales!

Dennis Quaid is an actor born in Houston on April 9, 1954 to William Rudy Quaid and Juanita “Nita” Bonniedale Jordan. He has one brother, Randy, who is also an actor. He grew up in Houston’s Bellaire neighborhood and studied drama at the University of Houston. Encouraged by his brother’s acting success, Quaid dropped out of school to try his own luck in Hollywood. He struggled for a few years to earn more than minor roles in films and TV movies before gaining some recognition in 1979 for Breaking Away. He married actress P.J. Soles that year, but they divorced in 1983. He found more success in the 1980s with a steady stream of film roles, such as The Right Stuff (1983), Enemy Mine (1985), The Big Easy (1986), and Great Balls of Fire! (1989).

Quaid had been struggling with substance abuse when he met Meg Ryan on the set of Innerspace in 1987. After getting clean, he and Ryan married in 1991 and had a son, Jack Henry, the following year. During the nineties, Quaid appeared in such films as Wyatt Earp (1994) and The Parent Trap (1998). He and Meg Ryan divorced in 2000.

With the release of Far From Heaven in 2002, Quaid received more critical recognition. His role earned him an Independent Spirit Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, as well as Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations. He married for the third time in 2004, to Kimberly Buffington, a Texas real-estate agent, with whom he had twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace.

Quaid has continued appearing in films in the last decade, including The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Footloose (2011). He also has shown in an interest in charity work, particularly with the “Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend,” an annual  golf tournament held in Austin that raises money for local children’s charities. 

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