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Actor Randy Quaid has been ordered released by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board but still faces being sent back to the United States next week.
Quaid appeared before the board Thursday for a detention review. A Canada Border Services Agency official told the board member hearing the case that Quaid was arrested because it was felt he wouldn't comply with an order to leave the country next Wednesday. But that fear was rejected by the board member and Quaid was ordered released.
Quaid, 65, was informed this week he would be sent back to the United States, where he faces an outstanding warrant and pending criminal charges.
He was arrested in Montreal for the second time this year on Wednesday a spokesperson for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada told FOX411.
The actor told the Associated Press that he could be deported from Canada next week, and he would like to resolve his legal issues in California and "move on with my life."
He told the AP Wednesday from a detention center in Laval, Quebec, that he was arrested by Canada Border Services while doing a regular check-in on Tuesday. "They won't allow me to remain."
The Canada Border Service Agency would not comment on Quaid's arrest to FOX411, and a rep for the actor did not return FOX411's request for comment.
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 border authorities. He later apologized and was released, with the requirement to check in every two weeks.
Quaid's wife, Evi, posted a profanity-ridden video on YouTube, in which she called out President Obama and the State Department for the warrants out for the couple. Quaid appears in the background of the video wearing a black T-shirt and sweat pants with an unruly beard and long hair. He is filmed waving his arms around and sitting at a picnic bench drinking champagne.
In the video's description the Quaids wrote that they posted the video after Randy Quaid was "illegaly (sic) arrested again ON OCT 6 2015."
The actor and his Canadian wife fled the U.S. in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution. Quaid has sought to stay in Canada, saying he was being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers" who he claimed killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.
The couple faces legal problems in the U.S. They began in 2010, when the Quaids were charged with trespassing and causing more than $5,000 in damage to the guesthouse of a California home they once owned. They were allegedly squatting in it when they were arrested. Two days before they were charged, they traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said Wednesday there is an active extradition order for Quaid on a felony vandalism case, and prosecutors would be seeking his extradition if he's returned to the United States. Carter said Quaid and his wife, Evi, also face felony charges for failing to appear at a November 2010 court hearing while out on bail.
"I probably will get arrested for all that. I'm perfectly willing to face all that stuff," Quaid said Wednesday. "I would like to have the issues in Santa Barbara resolved so I can move on with my life."
Randy Quaid is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid. Randy Quaid is best known for his roles in films such as "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "Independence Day."
He said the couple's behavior, statements and videos they've posted to social media, including a sex tape, are an act and a way of expressing themselves.
"I don't know how you go about correcting perceptions. It's like trying to put the genie out back in the bottle. For 40 years I was well respected," he told the AP.
He said he doesn't regret calling powerful people in the movie business "Hollywood star-whackers."
"I don't mean it in a literal sense. I think the people I'm going after would like to see me dead, absolutely, but whether they would act on that, I don't know," he said.
Quaid also said he would like to return to making films and called his wife "the best director I ever worked with." But he said major movie studios make boring movies and called the people who run them "a bunch of crooks."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.