Randy Quaid, the actor best known for his roles in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Independence Day, has become more notorious for his run-ins with the law than his acting, of late. Following a ban from the Actor’s Equity Union in 2008 for abusing his cast mates, to releasing a bizarre 'simulated sex tape' about Rupert Murdoch earlier this year, the actor who believes he's being hunted by the "Hollywood star-whackers" responsible for killing Heath Ledger, is now being held in custody for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States.
According to AP, Randy, along with his wife, Evi Quaid, was detained by state troopers in Vermont on Friday night, two days after being told by Canadian officials that he was to be deported. The current legal situation dates back to 2010, when the pair were arrested for squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned in Santa Barbara and causing $5,000 worth of damage. To add a cherry to that cake, the pair then skipped bail and emigrated to Canada (were Evi was granted permanent residency but Randy was not), which in turn elevated their trespassing charge to felony.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained the Quaids at the Vermont port of entry at about 8 p.m. Friday after determining they were fugitives from justice and subject to extradition, State Police said. They were taken into custody by troopers, and a judge set bail at $500,000 each. Randy Quaid was being held at the North West State Correctional Center and Evi Quaid at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. They are expected to be arraigned in Vermont on Monday, according to a county prosecutor.
Attempts to reach a current attorney for the Quaids were unsuccessful early Saturday.
Randy Quaid’s bid for permanent residency in Canada was denied in 2012, and it can take years for deportation to follow. He was arrested in Montreal in May after becoming the subject of a nationwide arrest warrant when he stopped checking in with border authorities. He later apologized and was released, with the requirement to check in every two weeks.
The actor and his Canadian wife fled the U.S. in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution. Quaid said he was being hunted by “Hollywood star-whackers” who killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.
The Associated Press conducted an interview with Quaid last week from a detention center in Quebec, in which he reportedly said that he wished to resolve his issues in California and "move on" with his life.
The pair are due to appear in court today, Monday 12th, to argue their case. Updates to follow.