With ties to two of Hollywood's more beloved celebrities, it seemed predestined that Jack Quaid would enter show business. The talented teen began his career by landing a major part in "The Hunger Games" (2012), the highly anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' 2008 best-selling trilogy of the same name. Born on April 24, 1992, he was the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, who had starred together in films such as "Innerspace" (1987) and "D.O.A." (1988) before becoming one of the most recognizable couples of the 1990s. Though the couple would famously split up in 2000, both remained devoted parents to their only child together. Despite this admirable pedigree, the young Quaid had virtually no acting experience under his belt when he was cast in the movie adaptation of "The Hunger Games," based on Collins' popular sci-fi novel about children who live in a post-apocalyptic world and are forced to compete in a brutal televised event called the Hunger Games.
Referred to in Collins' novel and in the film as "tributes," the game's young participants are plucked from their homes and forced to compete in the annual bloodshed for a chance to win a lifetime supply of food for their families. Quaid's character, Marvel, was part of a group of tributes called the "Careers," children who spend their lifetime training for the Hunger Games and actually volunteer to participate. An expert spear thrower, Quaid's character was a strong and ruthless tribute that spared no one in his quest to win. The film starred Jennifer Lawrence as the film's unwilling and tough-as-nails heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old tribute who volunteered to compete in place of her younger sister.