Happy belated birthday, Dennis Quaid -- but what’s the deal with your brother Randy and his wife?

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Dennis Quaid was in Washington, D.C., Monday to talk about how reducing preventable medical errors fits into healthcare reform, and he hit ‘The Early Show’ as well to make his case.

After almost losing his newborn twins to an accidental heparin overdose in 2007, Quaid launched a foundation to raise awareness about preventable hospital errors. His documentary ‘Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm’ premieres April 22, and he spoke about patient safety Monday at a National Press Club luncheon.

It wasn’t all serious in Washington, however -- Quaid was surprised with a belated birthday cake (he turned 56 on Friday), and if you click here and scroll down to the video, you’ll see his reaction to the idea that he might one day star in a John Edwards biopic.

On the other coast, Randy Quaid wasn’t in court today — again — and neither was his wife, Evi. The judge continued the case until later in the day, giving the two a chance to show before a warrant was issued. That’s after the continuance granted March 3 when the couple, and Randy’s Golden Globe Award, did manage to make it to court.

The two face felony charges related to about $10,000 worth of unpaid bills at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. Cuffs don’t scare them. Was it the airlines’ fault again? Probably not, as the Quaids’ attorney told the judge Monday that they had indeed made it to Southern California this time. We can’t wait to see if there’s an extradition any time soon.


Lil Wayne‘s prison-sentence delays are looking incredibly business-as-usual next to this couple’s dance with the court.

— Christie D’Zurilla

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