Dennis Quaid to Receive Icon Award at CinemaCon

Dennis Quaid is an icon, according to CinemaCon.

The annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners has zeroed in on the veteran star to receive this year’s Cinema Icon Award. Quaid will be honored during the Big Screen Achievement Awards, hosted by official presenting sponsor the Coca-Cola Company inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 11. The ceremony will also see trophies handed out to Amy Poehler (vanguard award), Lupita Nyong’o (star of the year), Shawn Levy (director of the year), Joseph Quinn (breakthrough performer of the year award) and Dan Stevens (excellence in acting award).

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“From compelling dramas to exhilarating thrillers, Dennis Quaid’s remarkable career is a testament to his talent and versatility as an actor,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon. “His ability to embody diverse characters has captivated audiences for decades with his dedication to crafting authentic portrayals. He is truly a Hollywood icon.”

The honor comes on the heels of news that ShowBiz Direct will release Quaid’s next big film, Reagan, on Aug. 30. In it, he stars as Ronald Reagan in a film that follows the path of a young boy from the dusty roads of Dixon, Illinois, to Hollywood as an actor, and ultimately Washington, D.C. where he would serve as president of the United States. Reagan also stars Penelope Ann Miller as Nancy Reagan and Kevin Dillon as Warner Bros. Studios founder Jack Warner. The film is produced by Mark Joseph and directed by Sean McNamara.

Quaid has a career that dates back to the 1970s. He’s well known for decades of work and a long list of credits that includes The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Innerspace, The Big Easy, Suspect, Great Balls of Fire, Postcards From the Edge, Traffic, Vantage Point, Frequency, The Parent Trap, Soul Surfer, The Right Stuff, Breaking Away and Midway. Most recently, he starred in the Paramount+ series Lawmen: Bass Reeves, the Max miniseries Full Circle, Netflix’s Blue Miracle, Sony’s The Intruder, Universal’s A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Purpose, Roadside Attractions’ I Can Only Imagine, and Disney’s animated film Strange World.

On April 12, Quaid’s production company, Bonniedale, will release The Long Game. The film is based on the true story of a group of Mexican American teen caddies in the 1950s who go on to out-golf the all-white country clubs that rejected them. Quaid stars opposite Jay Hernandez, Cheech Marin, Julian Works, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Brett Cullen, Oscar Nuñez and Paulina Chávez.

CinemaCon will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from April 8-11. The event hosts north of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all corners of the industry including exhibition, distribution, marketing, promotion, equipment and concession areas. The International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) are on board as trade show partners, with Coca-Cola serving as the official presenting sponsor.

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