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.


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