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Dennis Quaid:

I Was COKED OUT

During 'Big Easy'

4/11/2011 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Quaid says he was so coked out of his mind during the time he was shooting "The Big Easy" back in the '80s ... he was sleeping ONE hour a night in between drug sessions.

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Quaid spilled his guts about his cocaine addiction in the '70s and '80s to Newsweek ... calling it his "greatest mistake."

Quaid explained, "I’d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills."

Quaid says he finally realized the severity of his addiction when his band broke up ... saying, "I kind of realized I was going to be dead in five years if I didn’t change my ways. The next day I was in rehab."

In the end, Quaid says the experience helped him grow as a person -- "If I hadn’t gone through that period, I don’t know if I’d still be acting."

38 COMMENTS

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Cynstriss    

Glad to hear a success story, and I love Dennis Quaid, so this is doubly great to hear from him. Congrats on your continued sobriety Dennis!

1292 days ago
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Chef Jack Tripper    

He always looked like a Pepsi fan to me.

1292 days ago
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ted    

Hes still acting?... ?

1292 days ago
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Kathy    

Geez! Can't these people keep anything private? What a disappointment--does everybody do drugs in Hollywood? Is that a naive question?!!!

1292 days ago
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adelle    

I don't think there is a single person out there that has dealt with substance abuse problems that would say they don't regret dabbling in drugs to begin with. For many people who have had this issue they would probably say it was their greatest mistake. Good for him getting clean though, it's probably one of the most difficult things in the world to battle and overcome. Don't do drugs, kids.

1292 days ago
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Stan    

Well he still DRINKS!! His problem might of been coke but he still isn't sober. Gateway drug is always booze!

1292 days ago
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Fallopia Lopez    

Ted - LOL - exactly!

1292 days ago
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LOL    

Well we all now know about the quaids and their addictions- explains the randy quaid mess for sure!

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1292 days ago
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PRO US    

And he was never arrested for snorting cocaine for 2 decades because there's one legal system for celebrities and another for the rest of us. Now, that he's admitted to repeatedly breaking the law, throw his sorry ass in jail!

1292 days ago
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Ava    

Yes He Still Makes Movies, actually make like 3 - 4 a year, and big name movies...

1292 days ago
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jmk    

Love him in the Big Easy - he was so sexy!

1292 days ago
12.

harvey is my DAD! I have Proof!    

harvey is my DAD! i have proof! here >> http://www.youtube.com/user/BaddBoyBlanco <<.. I just want my father back!

1292 days ago
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Muppet    

Maybe now he can talk his brother into rehab so he can get off the crazy train!

1292 days ago
14.

stu    

u can do drugs & still age well.

1292 days ago
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efnsteve    

Well we all now know about the quaids and their addictions- explains the randy quaid mess for sure!

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Posted at 10:14 AM on Apr 11, 2011 by LOL

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How does his cocaine addiction........that is more than 25 years over, explain the Randy Quaid mess? Please, I'm all ears.

1291 days ago
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