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.