Randy Quaid, wife arrested over unpaid hotel bill

LOS ANGELES Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:25am EDT

Actor Randy Quaid is shown in Los Angeles in this May 23, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Actor Randy Quaid is shown in Los Angeles in this May 23, 2005 file photo.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested on Thursday following a complaint that they had not paid a hotel bill of more than $10,000, according to U.S. authorities.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that the complaint was made in early September by a hotel in California and warrants to arrest the couple were issued as part of a criminal investigation.

The warrants for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy set bail at $20,000 each, according to Drew Sugars, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County sheriff, who added that detectives had not yet been able to interview the actor.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that the couple was arrested in Marfa, Texas, by Presidio County Sheriff's deputies. The 58-year-old actor and his former model wife were both reported to have posted their $20,000 bail.

No further details were available and a representative for the Quaids could not be immediately contacted for comment.

Quaid, the older brother of fellow actor Dennis, has appeared in a long list of films but is best known for his roles in the "National Lampoon's Vacation" movies, "Kingpin," and the 2005 Oscar-winning "Brokeback Mountain."

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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