Dennis Quaid’s third wife, Kimberly Buffington, files for divorce

Holy crap. This shocked me – Dennis Quaid’s third wife, Kimberly Buffington (no joke, that’s her real name) just filed for divorce. Dennis and Kimberly were married in 2004, just a few years after his marriage to Meg Ryan ended in disaster (when Meg left him for Russell Crowe). Many assumed (I think correctly) that Kimberly was a trophy wife – someone nice and uncomplicated, without much of a career of her own. TMZ broke the story – you can read their report here.

Dennis Quaid’s wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, is ending their marriage.

According to court papers obtained by first breaking the story, Buffington-Quaid says she is filing for divorce because things have “become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.”

The couple, who wed in 2004, have 4-year-old, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace together.

Born in 2007, the babies nearly died when they were given an overdose of heparin at a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Quaids later sued the hospital and drug manufacturer and were awarded $750,000.

A temporary custody order indicates that the couple will share custody of the twins.

Buffington-Quaid has been granted possession of the family’s main house and a Mercedes, while Quaid, 57, gets a condo and a Cadillac, according to the filing. The couple will share a Range Rover.

Last October, Quaid put his 418-acre Montana property on the market for $14 million.

In a response to his wife’s filing, Quaid has requested that she get nothing in their eventual settlement.

Quaid divorced Meg Ryan in 2001 and actress P.J. Soles in 1983.

[From People]

My Spidey sense is tingling. Dennis Quaid used to have a major substance abuse problem, but it seemed like he was clean and sober for the past decade or so. But maybe not? Another thing: Buffington (for real) is asking for an equal split of all of the community property. No prenup? Is this a money grab? Or does Dennis have issues and Kimberly didn’t feel like putting up with it anymore? This is very interesting.

These are some of the most recent photos we have of Quaid, from December and January. Does he look strung out?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    I just read this on and I was surprised, too.

  2. The Truth Fairy says:


  3. BK says:

    The stress surrounding the twins and their continuing health problems may well be the cause. It’s sad, but given the situation, perhaps nobody is to blame.

    • fabgrrl says:

      The twins have health problems? I thought they were fine, after that horrible accident.

  4. mln76 says:

    I remember reading something on a gossip site (maybe CDAN?) ages ago describing Quaid as still being a drunk. I think he probably stopped the drug use but still drinks like a fish and even the trophy wife had her fill.

    • Kimbob says:

      I think so, too.

    • meowmix says:

      I witnessed Quaid’s strange twitchy behavior first hand as I watched homeboy get sloshed on Martinis. He IS NOT sober.

    • Carolyn says:

      Quaid is one of those getting better with age men who I think I just like to look at. He’d be a lot of work to be in a relationship with. 3rd wife? There’s a few issues there. Same with Kelsey Grammar (he’s without the good looks though).

  5. Sumodo1 says:

    His swollen nose tells the tale.

    • Relli says:

      Agreed and the rosiness of his skin, gin blossoms as my mom would say. And she would know, she was raised by two alcoholics.

    • Kaye says:

      He may in fact be a drinker, but looks like he has rosacea. I have that also, along with a red slightly bulbous nose, and I drink only a couple of glasses of wine a month, if that.

      • Lis says:

        I was just going to bring that up. He seems fairly pale and might have sensitive skin, which might aggravate things.

        It doesn’t mean that he’s *not* off the wagon. It’s just that his skin is not evidence either way.

      • Kimbob says:

        @Kaye, thanks for bringing that up. And I agree, rosacea can be a b*%ch, I know..I have just a TAD BIT of it, but I don’t need to have any of the treatments, as it’s just not that bad.

        That being said, I agree, Dennis may have rosacea, but, it doesn’t explain his haggard appearance. His skin (besides the possible rosacea) just isn’t “hanging good,” which to me means he is probably drinking. He, & his skin looks slightly dehyrdrated, & overall just not healthy, which, to me, screams that he’s drinking. Combine drinking w/getting older, & it just shows.

      • Relli says:

        Years of being a bartender will teach you the difference between roseacea and an alcoholic. Its actually in the eyes.

    • skuddles says:

      I spotted the whiskey nose right away too, plus his eyes look boozy to me, especially in the blue jacket pics.

  6. Rux says:

    I did a little bit of background and found that perhaps, it is the drinking. On TMZ there is this tid bit of drunkedness in 2009

    • Onyx XV says:

      Yeah, I was going to say I remember seeing a video on TMZ a couple years back of him being really drunk, getting in his car to drive home from a bar and the TMZ photogs were trying to talk him into getting a cab or something. Not sure if I’m remembering that exactly right, but it was something like that. He’s a drinker.

      • Rux says:

        I thought the same thing too; that’s why I did some digging. Such a shame I was really pulling for the guy after Megan “Monster Face” Ryan pulled that shit. I get a little nostalgic when I think of the good ole days with Innerspace. Shit, I’m old.

    • opinion8edx2 says:

      …wasn’t she drunk too?

  7. jamie says:

    It’s sad but he does give off something that makes it seem like he’d be hard to stay married to.

    • Esmom says:

      I’ve never gotten that from him. In fact when he was with Meg Ryan I thought she was the high-maintenance one in the relationship and thought she was a fool for dumping him for Russell Crowe. But who knows. Maybe Dennis drove her into Russell’s arms.

  8. Cathy says:

    He does look old and strung out. He used to be rather good looking. But now he just looks like hell.

    • beanie says:

      He definitely used to he hot. Like Dylan McDermott hot if he had taken care of himself like Dylan has.

      • MsCatra says:

        Yeah, these pics make me sad. I might need to watch The Big Easy today to remember the hot times. “Your luck’s about to change, cher.” ::shiver:: The smirky/cocky ones always get me, lol.

      • Esmom says:

        Not to defend Dennis, but he’s at least ten years older. I didn’t realize he’s almost 60. And I’m sure Dylan McD is still in his 40s.

    • sandra says:

      Yes, that sums it up – old and strung out. He was playing with his band around various bars (touring) – can’t be easy to stay sober with that lifestyle. He looks like a mile of bad road.

  9. Lena says:

    3 divorces!? There must be something wrong with him, that’s what everyone said about J.Lo.

    • Lis says:


      I wonder which mainstream gossip outlets will push this angle.

      Are we going to see Quaid being portrayed as needy and desperate, and close ups of his weight fluctuations, and every rebound analysed in a way that makes him look bad…

      It’s possible, but less likely because he sports a dangler.

  10. Floridaseaturtle says:

    Sad. I have always liked him. I doubt he is back on drugs, he looks pretty good to me. Bummer for the children.
    (edit)..hmmm, now that ya’ll mention it, his face is a little rosy …might be from drinking.

  11. Reece says:

    Sad. Don’t know much about them but divorce is always sad.

  12. Kaboom says:

    Maybe he doesn’t look strung out but certainly like an old boot that has been left outside in the weather.

  13. HappyMom says:

    Drinking. And she’s ready for her stint on RHOBH!

  14. kristiner says:

    I swear there was a blind item about this one. Someone guessed Dennis Quaid for the man being back on his substance of choice and the woman being fed up about it so divorce/separation was coming

    • Katherine says:

      That BI could be dozens of people. Hence the BI – see someone will pull it up in the future and I, BI writer, will look like I really knew something. LOL!

      BIs are generally BS and nothing more. If they were real and true then they would name people.

  15. Alexa says:

    I never could understand his appeal. To me – she’s breathtakingly beautiful and he’s the opposite. Get it Girl!

  16. tracking says:

    Meg Ryan took a lot of flack for her affair with RC and subsequent divorce from Quaid, but that was after years of his cheating on her. Once a cheater…

    • Lara says:

      Exactly. He always rubbed me the wrong way after their split, when all of a sudden he became a “victim” whose unfaithful wife ruined their “perfect union”. His career got a boost, while Russell and Meg were crucified and sank into oblivion. When Meg Ryan finally told her side of a story, how she was cheated on, Mr. Quaid told her to get over it. I gusess it’s time for the truth. I never found him either talented or attractive.

      • Lis says:


        I never paid him much attention, but I never had anything against him and I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

        But this?!??!?

        Who treats their spouse like this? And can you provide a link?

        And has anyone else ever noticed that cheating men are the most outraged when someone cheats on them?

      • Carol says:

        I remember Meg’s article and Dennis’s retort. I’ve always liked him onscreen, but he definitely seems like a piece of work in his personal life. I don’t have a link, but you can search for her comments. I think Meg was promoting The Women so that was around 2008 or so.

    • Jen says:

      That always bugged me, too! He let her take such a hardfall, when he’d been out cheating and drugging and drinking the whole time. Her career never recovered. His actually bounced back.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Maybe she got sick of dealing with her inlaws (side eye to Randy)….

  18. ladybert62 says:

    I dont know about the strung out – but he looks old.

    • Esmom says:

      Well he’s not getting any younger. But the hair dye and the bronzer are not helping.

  19. ladybert62 says:

    Off topic – I cant believe that picture above of Johnny Depp as Tonto – the face makeup is great – the headpiece – what is it? Looks like a bat!

  20. Jayna says:

    Dennis is an avid golfer. That’s why the leathery skin, red-faced a lot. But I have no doubt that he’s a heavy drinker. She is gorgeous.

    Anyone remember the story where a waitress or someone sold a story about them wanting to swing or do a threesome?

  21. Buffy says:

    They have to share the Range Rover? Lol Is it that special of a car? 😉

    • Onyx XV says:

      LOL, I thought the same thing about that! And how exactly does a divorced couple “share” a car? They gonna write up a schedule for it? That’s just silly… 🙂

    • malathyonxx says:

      I bet her car and his car are 2 seaters, and the range rover will hold the kids. Seriously-the need for shared custody of the range rover

  22. Gia says:

    For his age, he still looks great. Has always had a good bod too.

    His huge house just sold for around 9 million. He probably needs to cash after 3 divorces. Not sure why any of these people would ever marry without a prenup.

  23. Ann says:

    If the genders were reversed, much would be made about the age difference, and the verdict would be: looking for a younger model. Ergo: he’s too old for her, she wants to go younger.

  24. Cerulean says:

    Something is most definitely going on here. If he’s a cheating, liquor soaked, coke whore then leaving with the children is best.

  25. Rin says:

    He’s like a million years older than her. Facts are facts, hunties, she did the time, can get the money and move on to someone not her father’s age before she, herself, is day old bread.

    **applauding the golddigger**

  26. danielle says:

    I’ve always been a Dennis Quaid fan – but share the opinion that he might be a real pain to be married to.

  27. fabgrrl says:

    Strange, you’d think she would stick it out for another two years and hit that magical 10 year mark. Gold Digger 101. He must be up to something pretty bad for her to bolt like this.

    • Madison says:

      Either she’s a dumb gold digger or another 2 years of putting up with a drunk, cheating husband is unbearable, she still gets the house, the kids, the mercedes and child support. Should be an interesting divorce since he’s determined she get nothing.

  28. shaniqua nunyadambidness says:

    I just realized how much she resembles Julianna Hough. As to the reason behind the split, he does look a little cray. But, I’m not diagnosing him as having fallen off the wagon, just cause he looks old, tired and like he’s dry-humping the grecian formula til his junk blistas.

  29. blah says:

    Cheating douchebag. I’m glad it’s finally coming out what a dick he is, and that Meg Ryan was unfairly maligned.

  30. Linda says:

    Don’t forget, he is a big man whore, albeit a pretty one.

  31. TXCinderella says:

    He used to be so cute, but he has not aged well at all. I guess his hard partying ways caught up with him.

    • mssnarnd says:

      I totally agree TXCinderella! Why are people calling him “cute” . . . claiming he has “aged well”? His face looks more jacked than Madonna’s mug. God, those cheeks alone make him look like Jocelyn Wildenstein’s brother!

  32. Madchen says:

    Why the strange phrasing about the reason for the divorce? I have never heard anything but “irreconcilable differences.”

  33. Katherine says:

    Dennis was quite the hottie in his younger days. Completely gorgeous in The Big Easy. So I always “got it.”

    Dennis personally leaves a bit to be desired. A friend grew up with Meg and stayed in touch with both her and her family. She liked Meg but thought Dennis a jerk – pretty well known that he did cheat on her. Though Meg has her issues as was evident in her treatment of her mother. Nothing the mom did justified Meg’s behavior.

    • Lizzie says:

      “Your luck’s about to change, cher.”

      OMG, he and Ellen Barkin still rank on my personal Top 10 Hottest Love Scenes!

      • MsCatra says:

        Paha….I just made a similar comment above.

        ITA with the person who said they like him as an actor, but it seems like he’d be a PITA to be married to.

  34. heidiho says:

    He’s frickin old and thats what you look like when your like 54 or however old, the opposite could be him totally toxed out which would elicit another stream of comments. The guy was a heat throb in the 80’s and the last time I checked that was 25 to 30 years ago. Forever young ….wishful thinking folks.

  35. lucy2 says:

    Sad for their kids. He does seem difficult, but I don’t know anything about her.

    It is pretty sad when you’ve been a major movie star for decades, to walk away from a divorce with a condo and a Cadillac! I’m sure there’s more assets, that just sounded so funny.

  36. original sandy says:

    meg was the one suffering in that marriage for years,she stuck by him when he had a lot of addictions. i am happy she is happy, also i agree with the trophy wife, she got in, had kids, got out, get paid, classic gold digger.

    • jc126 says:

      Yes, I am no fan of Meg Ryan, but Dennis Quaid cheated on her a lot, for years before she did so (yes, I believe her). Somehow, he became the victim because she was so public about it.

      • beanie says:

        Yes, you are absolutely right about his cheating and her standing by him until it just got to be too much. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Not so much if you are America’s designated sweetheart.

      • K-MAC says:

        oh, he was just a pig to Meg Ryan but then she got the bad rap because she fell for someone who truly loved her. He was so innocent about the whole thing it made me sick. I am sure he has done the same thing to this wife. He is disgusting and it is shocking to me, why did his (ex) wives put up with it for so long???

  37. normades says:

    This thread is gold.

  38. I am Legend says:

    Maybe Randy and his wife we’re threatening to live on their coach. That would drive me to divorce.

  39. Vesper says:

    A recent blind item:

    What wife of a famous actor checked into a mental ward of an Austin hospital over the weekend because she caught her husband cheating and tried to k*ll herself?

  40. Cpm says:

    The Brothers Quaid aren’t exactly models of stability.

  41. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I agree with normades.

  42. Cleo says:

    WTH – she looks like Elisabeth Rohm now. There’s no going back from that.

  43. Dana M says:

    The quaids live here in Austin. He was seen out partying with women who were not his wife from time to time. Also, Kaiser, regarding her occupation, She DID in fact have a career of her own in real estate and worked at some title company too. Doubt she works now though, i dont know. I don’t really care to get updates from my sources abt them, so I don’t have much info for you guys about them. I do know that his mother lives/ed in a nursing home in town as well. I saw them shopping at nordstom’s for back to school clothes and shoes in the fall. Cute kids! Too bad about the divorce.

  44. S. says:

    My man saw him at an airport a few years ago, he was outside smoking a cigarette and he said he really thought Quaid was a homeless person. They ended up doing a few shots together at the airport bar. His wife (soon to be ex-wife) is really pretty.

  45. Ally says:

    Aw, how cute was Dennis Quaid way back when with his first wife…

    • Karma says:

      Awww…her belt is in his belt loop…that’s like a promise ring. 😉

      Until seeing this pic, I didn’t know these two had been married. Cool pic…thanks.

  46. mimi says:

    Why does a 57 years old has children?

    Does it really make sense to bring children to the world when you are past your 50 YO birthday, and with wife no. 3?

    I feel for those kids.


    Plus, he had Meg Ryan and effed it up?!

    I really like him in movies, and love most of his films, but it sounds like he makes some bad choices in life.

    If wife no. 3 is a gold-digger or trophy wife, then why marry her and why have children with her?

  47. K-MAC says:

    This guy is a piece of work and I am really surprised you have not heard the rumors yet of his countless infidelities. This was a big reason he and Meg Ryan split, but she got a terrible rap for falling for Russel Crowe (who loved and adored her). Dennis Quaid played the “wounded” ex-husband card to a T. I bet his third wife had enough of his drinking and womanizing ways….yeah, I do not believe for a second that this guy has been sober for all of these years.

  48. juicyjackie says:

    Yeah I would still hit that…..

  49. Bob Roberts says:

    She is not a gold digger. She comes from a very wealthy family in Austin.

  50. Dirty Martini says:

    In addition to all the alcohol and drug issues, I recall hearing (and reading) he also always was big old horn dog. He stayed at the Four Seasons in Dallas while filming here, and the general talk all around there was also how he hit on anything and everything in his line of sight with a vagina.

  51. weasel says:

    he looks tweaked, especially around the eye area

  52. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    He’s looking creepy to me. Right around Far from Heaven was the last time I had fantasies about Dennis being my sugar daddy. He was such a beautiful rugged man. The kind of guy my dad would hang out with and go shooting, fishing with in totally non Brokeback Mountain sort of way. They’d pull chicks in with their alpha thing. LmAO!

    Now, he scares me. I was was a Meg Hater too, even knowing he had the problems with the coke and drink. But you know what, three marriages failed makes him the common denominator so something ain’t right.

    I hope they work it out either way.

  53. Lauren says:

    How old is Kimberly..she looks botoxed and shiny.

  54. El Jefe says:

    I too live in Austin and saw them together in a bar a few months ago. They appeared very happy and both were friendly. And he wasn’t drinking.

  55. midnightmoon says:

    I’m 54 and had myself an AWESOME time (still having my share of fun) and I look NOTHING like him. That skin is due to drug, drink, and suntan (both indoor and outdoor. He is definitely doing drugs again. Alcoholics are bloated, his skin is hanging like a meth addict, and his eyes are sunken. She’s a drinker too, so that can’t have been the reason she left. It was more & worse.

  56. carly says:

    He is still exceedingly handsome for a 57 year old man. If you don’t agree, compare your dads or grampas.

    She is also quite beautiful and I bet their little twins are darling.

    I have certainly enjoyed his acting skills over the years and certainly hope they can have a civil relationship for the sake of the kids. He does not have any physical traits of a big boozer, in fact I think he looks great. Why would anyone even begin to speculate on the sad demise of another couple’s marraige? It’s sad enough when it happens to you.

  57. lisa says:

    Goodness. before there was botox women had shinny foreheads for years and years.

    the obsession of thinking that every shinny head is botox has gotten crazy. I don’t know if she is botoxed or not. but every shinny head is not a botoxed head.

    Dennis is a known cheater. He cheated on Meg and may have cheated on Kimberly. the thing that makes me SMH is how all the people that get so riled up over other celebs are not so upset about Dennis and his supposed cheating on his wife.

    their twins are just adorable.

  58. Elle says:

    I’ve actually waited on them a couple times at the restaurant I work at here in Austin. They’re pretty nice, maybe a little odd, and definitely super tan. He was puffing on his electronic cigarette once in the restaurant, waving it around .. pretty entertaining. And they definitely drink. I’ve served them several vodka on the rocks at around 2 in the afternoon on a weekday. It’s weird, they came in together about a month ago .. I guess a lot can happen in a month.