HOUSTON – Actor Dennis Quaid, a Houston native, was honored at the University of Houston’s commencement ceremony Friday.
Quaid was awarded a Presidential Medallion for his creative contributions and his work for children’s charities in Austin, New Orleans and Central America.
Quaid attended UH in the 1970s. He studied drama under legendary UH drama coach Cecil Pickett.
Quaid is a recipient of a 2012 UH Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Quaid currently stars in the television series "Vegas" and has appeared in more than 70 feature films.
His acting honors include the Independent Spirit Award.