Two Words – Cousin Eddie. As weird as Eddie is, the actor that plays him is as weird as they come. Randy Quaid brought the Eddie character to life, as no other weirdo could. But then this weirdo has made a career of playing weirdos. There was the uber-weird role of the Amish bowler, Ishmael Boorg, in the Farrelly Brother’s, Kingpin. Later he nailed the weirdo, alcoholic crop-duster, Russell Casse, in Roland Emmerich’s high tech masterpiece, Independence Day. He even won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the weird president, Lyndon Johnson. His brilliant weirdness portraying android, Bruno, was not enough to save Eddie Murphy’s box office flop, The Adventures of Pluto Nash. (In absolute terms, Pluto Nash made the largest financial loss of any movie to date, with a budget of $100 million and a total US gross of $4.41 million – total loss, $95.59 million). But, I digress.
Things started getting really weird for the actor and his wife, Evi, when they were first arrested on September 24, 2009, in Texas, for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, and conspiracy in California. The arrest stemmed from an earlier incident in which the Quaids allegedly left a Santa Barbara hotel with an unpaid bill of approximately $10,000. (Wonder how much of that was room service?) The Quaids paid the 10K and went about their merry way. A year later the couple was again arrested in Santa Barbara, this time for “Living in a questhouse without permission.” The official charge was felony residential burglary, but the Quaids disputed the facts saying that the house legally belonged to them. This claim was refuted by the owners when they presented documentation that confirmed the house was sold to the current owner in 2007.
But wait… there’s more.
TMZ reported the Quaids claimed the property was wrongfully transferred to a third party by using the forged signature of a dead woman named Ronda Quaid in 1992. On October 18, 2010, bench warrants for the Quaids were issued following their failure to appear for a hearing on the burglary charges. Four days later, on October 22, Randy and Evi Quaid sought protection under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, after being arrested at the US-Canadian border in Vancouver B.C. They have since applied for refugee status on the grounds that they fear for their lives in the United States as numerous actors have died under mysterious circumstances committed by the “Hollywood star whackers”.
A thorough Googling, looking specifically for the “Star Whackers” kept sending me back to the Quaids. Imagine that. This is an ABC interview with the refugee weirdos.
So as the curtain falls on actor Randy Quaid, he shall always be remembered as a real weirdo.
“Shitter’s full!” ~Cousin Eddie