On May 14th, actor Randy Quaid, 64, was arrested for illegally being in Canada and was brought to a Montreal immigration detention centre. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
Randy Quaid and his wife, firm director Evi Quaid, fled the United States in 2010 after they claimed that there had been attempts to kill them by the “Hollywood star whackers” – the same alleged group that “killed off” Heath Ledger and other stars that have died under mysterious circumstances.
Prior to that, the couple was arrested in Texas after they had committed fraud, burglary and conspiracy in California. Additionally, they supposedly skipped out on a hotel bill in California worth $10,000. The two missed set trail dates for this case multiple times, and a warrant was issued for their arrest. Eventually, the case was dropped against Randy Quaid, and Evi Quaid pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and is required to complete 240 hours of community service.
The two then fled to Canada, where Randy had applied for refugee status, and Evi was granted citizenship since her father is Canadian. Randy was scheduled to appear at an interview with the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2013, but he never showed. Since then, the couple had been living in seclusion until recently, when Canadian Border Services Agency discovered him living in Montreal. This was on May 14th, his most recent detainment. Apparently, their very own neighbor – a man named Ivan Mulkeen – had no idea he was living next door to the actor and his wife. He stated, “I was surprised as anyone, I think.”
At this time, the actor is obligated to check in with border-agency officials within 48 hours after his release, and then once every two weeks. He cannot work in Canada without a valid work permit, and cannot leave the country without informing officials. Quaid also still has a pending case in California for burglary, which he claims is due to stolen identity. He has apologized for the case, and vows to return to the States to deal with it. He hopes to eventually return to Canada, where he wants to live permanently.
Quaid has starred in many notable films – including The National Lampoons Holiday, Independence Day, and Brokeback Mountain. He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in The Early Years, and was nominated for an Oscar in The Last Detail. In 2008, Quaid was banned by the Actors’ Equity Association, which represents American stage actors and was required to pay an $81,000 fine. This was all due to his “oddball behaviour” and “verbally and physically attacking” fellow performers in a play he was set to perform in.
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