Hollywood star Dennis Quaid has announced his engagement to his 26-year-old partner Laura Savoie.

The 65-year-old actor was speaking to American showbiz outlet Extra when he confirmed the happy news.

He said he proposed to his girlfriend of several months while they were in Hawaii.

"It happened on the very northernmost point of Oahu, at Turtle Bay. It was kind of spontaneous. It was very much a surprise," he said.

"I had the ring in my pocket... It has been kind of a month-and-a-half plan... I wanted it to be private.

"She was actually taking a selfie of us, and I put the ring in front and said, 'Will you marry me?' - and then she fell down."

According to People, Quaid and Savoie, a PhD student at the University of Texas, have been dating since the summer.

Quaid has previously been married three times, to actresses PJ Soles and Meg Ryan, and to estate agent Kimberly Buffington.

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