ShoWest names Quaid as its male star of year

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Dennis Quaid, who next appears on the big screen in two major summer releases, will be honored as male star of the year at ShoWest 2009.

Quaid will be feted during an awards banquet set to close the annual exhibition confab April 2. ShoWest begins March 30 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"Dennis Quaid's impressive accomplishments as an actor and his charismatic onscreen presence have been entertaining audiences for more than three decades," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said.

Quaid's first major film role was in the 1979 drama "Breaking Away." His other film credits include such well-known pics as "The Right Stuff" (1983), "The Parent Trap" (1998), "The Rookie" (2002) and "Far From Heaven" (2002).

Quaid is part of the ensemble cast in Paramount's Aug. 7 tentpole "G.I. Joe" and among the voice cast of Lionsgate's animated sci-fi actioner "Battle for Terra," which unspools May 1 during the first weekend of the popcorn-movie season. (partialdiff)
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