Dennis Quaid, a Christian celebrity, fought cocaine addiction before finally getting clean and discovering Jesus. Dennis is now breaking his silence and sharing the inspirational tale of how he broke free.
Dennis Quaid was born on April 9, 1954 and grew up in a Baptist church. Every week he went to Sunday School. But he soon ran off to Hollywood.
But the fame of Hollywood resulted in Dennis Quaid turning away from his faith, leaving him to fight an addiction that almost destroyed his life!
As an actor and musician, Dennis Quaid enjoyed a lengthy career. He is featured in a long list of films, with many becoming smash hits, and is even set to play Ronald Reagan in Reagan, an upcoming film based on the life of the president.
Hitting it big in Hollywood also resulted in Dennis discovering cocaine— what the star calls his greatest error now.
“It was very casual at first. That’s what people were doing when they were at parties. Cocaine was even in the budgets of movies, thinly disguised,” he recalled in an article he wrote for Newsweek.
But combining drug use with other personal demons took Dennis to the brink of ruin. before he knew it, Dennis Quaid was confronting a full-blown addiction.
“Coming from where I came from-lower-middle-class life, from Houston into Hollywood-and all of a sudden this success starts happening to you, I just didn’t know how to handle that,” Dennis recalled. “Doing blow just contributed to me not being able to handle the fame, which, at the time, I guess I felt I didn’t deserve.”
In what Dennis says was as a “white-light experience”, God finally showed him the destructive journey he was on.
“I kind of realized I was going to be dead in five years if I didn’t change my ways,” the star says. “The next day I was in rehab.”
The white light event set Dennis on a path of searching for answers — a search that eventually ended with him recognizing Jesus was the One for whom his life needed.
Dennis Quaid may have battled and overcome his cocaine addiction, but he was still a long way from being a righteous and healed man. He began to diligently search for meaning.
“I became a seeker, really,” he said. “I read the Bible cover to cover. For me, it’s Jesus; it’s the red words of Jesus. There really is redemption, and that was the inspiration.”
His career took off again, this time with him in a much more positive place. But in spite of the huge increase in Dennis Quaid’s net worth, the star knew the spring of happiness didn’t come from fame or money. It came from above.
Restarting his relationship with Jesus changed everything. And it eventually led Dennis Quaid to play a leading role in the faith-based movie, I Can Only Imagine. Through his involvement with the film, not only did Dennis connect even further with his faith, but he also fulfilled a life-long dream for his mother, Nita.
Dennis Quaid’s mother, a wonderful woman of faith, had always wanted her son to write a beautiful gospel song. And so, he had started working on a song years earlier.
Over the years, Dennis just couldn’t seem to complete the song. But once he began working on I Can Only Imagine, God gave Dennis the needed help to finish what he’d started so long ago.
“What moved me about finishing it was my character, Arthur, and how he found grace,” Dennis explained. “That’s the beautiful thing about the Good News that Jesus was talking about.”