Like the tow-headed kid, Little Joe, at the end of the 1953 Western, “Shane,” we’re shouting: “Dennis Quaid, come back!”
Quaid, who starred in a quizillion movies, once called Austin his primary home. He even married a hometown beauty, Kimberly Buffington, and took a mansion here to anchor their Austin life. They sponsored high-profile charity events — serenaded by Quaid’s side band — and the handsome couple could be reliably seen out and about. (His band played the Continental Club as recently as January.)
Less like Matthew McConaughey and more like Sandra Bullock, Quaid is no longer much of an Austinite and so he is selling his Marina Club house next to the Austin Country Club with a view of the spectacular Pennybacker Bridge.
This is not the mansion purchased with Buffington that led to a legal tussle. After more than 10 years with her, Quaid is single again and says he spends a lot more time in Los Angeles than in Austin. So it’s time to unload his near-5,000-foot detached home that is part of a 36-condo development.
According to the Austin Business Journal, Quaid’s younger brother Buddy Quaid and Eric Copper, both with Austin Portfolio Real Estate, the luxury division of Keller Williams Realty, have the co-listing. The price is $3.5 million.
His brother, Buddy, and their aging mother live here. The Quaids, including actor brother Randy Quaid, grew up in Houston.
Quirky note: I spent two years in drama school with Dennis. By 1972, he was already a budding star, a magnetic presence on the stage in shows such as “Bus Stop,” “Mother Courage,” “Company” and more.
Recently, we republished a profile that we did on the Quaid ex-couple when they started to settle here.