Randy Quaid Freed: Actor Released From Canadian Jail

Randy Quaid has been freed from a Canadian jail after spending a week behind bars. Quaid’s father-in-law posted bail for the Independence Day star. The actor and his wife Evi Quaid have been living under the radar since 2010. Quad fled to Montreal after a warrant for some legal issues in the United States.

Evi and Randy Quaid were arrested in Montreal on Thursday on an outstanding warrant charge. The warrant was issued after Quaid missed a meeting with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board two years ago. Although the National Lampoon’s Vacation star now sports a long gray beard, he was recognized walking into a house in Montreal and was arrested.

Quaid, 64, reportedly sought refugee status in Canada after claiming his life was in danger from “Hollywood star-whackers” that he said were going to assassinate him.

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Randy Quaid was freed only after his father-in-law posted a $10,000 bond and the actor agreed to keep the Canada Border Service Agency apprised of his whereabouts. Quaid was reportedly denied permanent residency in Canada in 2013, but was living in the country because Evi was sponsoring his stay. Evi Quaid’s father was born in Canada, and she was granted Canadian citizenship in 2012.

During a hearing in Canada on Tuesday, Randy Quaid said that he was devastated at the denial of permanent residency status after leaving Vancouver and living off the grid in the Montreal area.

“I’d lost faith in the system,” Quaid stated during the hearing. “I wanted to get into a space where I could have time to investigate. I needed to gather evidence about what happened in Santa Barbara. I meant no disrespect to Canadian border services. I have great respect for them, but I didn’t feel that anyone else was willing to listen to me. At this point, I desire nothing more than to fully cooperate with any restrictions or conditions, as long as I could be with my wife, even if that means going back to the States to reapply for permanent residency status in Canada.”

Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe award for LBJ: The Early Years and Independence Day.

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