David Arquette

David Arquette

Born: September 8, 1971
Age: 52
Birthplace: Bentonville, Virginia, United States
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David Arquette (born September 8, 1971) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer and former professional wrestler. A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid-1990s after starring in several Hollywood films, such as the Scream series, Wild Bill, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has since had several television roles, such as Jason Ventress on ABC's In Case of Emergency.

In addition to his acting career, Arquette took a brief foray into professional wrestling in early 2000, competing for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During his tenure (primarily to promote his upcoming film Ready to Rumble), Arquette became a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, an angle that has been cited as pivotal to the demise of WCW.


Early life

Arquette was born in a Subud commune in Bentonville, Virginia. He is the youngest child of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor. Arquette's paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Arquette's mother was Jewish (from a family that immigrated from Poland and Russia), while his father was a convert from Catholicism to Islam; through him, David is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis. His father, whose family's surname was originally "Arcouet", was of part French-Canadian descent. Arquette's four siblings, Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and Patricia, are all actors. The Arquettes had an unusual upbringing, with a father who occasionally had substance abuse issues. Their mother died of breast cancer.

Acting career

Arquette appeared in a number of movies in the 1990s, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Airheads (1994), and Never Been Kissed (1999). He had guest spots on television shows like Blossom (1992), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), and Friends (1996). Arquette arguably achieved his biggest success in the horror/slasher film franchise Scream. It was during the filming of the first film in 1996 that he first met his future wife, Courteney Cox. The couple married in 1999; together, they appeared in a 2003 advertisement for Coke and formed the production company Coquette (both a portmanteau of their last names and a word meaning a flirty woman), which has produced a number of films and television series, including Daisy Does America, Dirt, and Cougar Town. Arquette guest starred alongside Cox on Cougar Town in 2012.

Arquette appeared in the Sega video game ESPN NFL 2K5, voicing himself as a "celebrity adversary" and manager of his own team, the Los Angeles Locos, as well as appearing as an unlockable character in Season Mode. He also appeared in the 2001 EA video game SSX Tricky, as the voice of lead character Eddie. He also starred in See Spot Run in 2001. Arquette starred in the 2007 ABC comedy series In Case of Emergency, which was canceled after one season. Since then, he has appeared in the 2008 film Hamlet 2, and reprised his role in Scream 4, again acting alongside Cox. He appeared alongside his sister in the TV show Medium in January 2011.

He appeared in Rascal Flatts' music video for their song "Why Wait" in 2010. Arquette, a well-known horror fan, made his directorial debut with 2007's The Tripper, and has signed on to direct Glutton, a 3D psychological thriller. The film began shooting in July 2011 in Canada. Arquette appeared on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with two time champion Kym Johnson. He was eliminated on November 1, 2011.

On October 7, 2013, Arquette's new show "Dream School" in which he plays a mentor to high-risk kids in LA, will premier on the Sundance Channel.

Professional wrestling career

In 2000, after filming the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) movie Ready to Rumble, Arquette was brought into WCW storylines. He made his first appearance on the April 12, 2000 episode of Thunder, sitting in the crowd before leaping into the ring to take part in a worked confrontation with Eric Bischoff and his New Blood stable. Afterwards, he formed an alliance with Chris Kanyon and the reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page, and with their help, he defeated Bischoff in a match in the April 24 episode of WCW Monday Nitro. On the following episode of Thunder, Arquette teamed with Page in a match against Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett, with the stipulation that whichever man got the pin would take the championship. Arquette pinned Bischoff again in the match's finish, receiving the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in the process.

During his time as champion, Arquette was mostly used as comic relief. He only appeared on two shows as champion, the May 1 Nitro and May 7 Slamboree pay-per-view. During the former, a vignette was shown, filmed on the set of Arquette's film 3000 Miles to Graceland, which also featured his wife Courteney Cox and their co-star Kurt Russell. In the vignette, Cox informs Russell that Arquette is the WCW Champion, causing Russell to laugh and walk off and Arquette to chase after him with a steel chair. In another portion of the show, Arquette was seen backstage trembling in fear and attempting to "give back" the belt. He did, however, successfully defend the belt against Tank Abbott with help from Page.

Arquette held the title until the Slamboree pay-per-view on May 7, 2000. During the show, he was booked to defend the championship against Jarrett and Page in a Triple Cage match, the same match featured in the climax of Ready to Rumble. In the end, he turned on Page and gave the victory to Jarrett. After Slamboree, Arquette cut a promo on the May 8 episode of Nitro, explaining that his entire friendship with Page and title run was a "swerve". Page subsequently ran down to the ring and hit him with a Diamond Cutter. Arquette made one final appearance with WCW at the New Blood Rising pay-per-view on August 13, when he interfered in a match between Buff Bagwell and Kanyon.

Arquette was totally against becoming the WCW World Champion, believing that fans like himself would detest a non-wrestler winning the title. Vince Russo, who was the head booker for WCW at the time, insisted that Arquette becoming the champion would be good for the company and for publicity. Arquette reluctantly agreed to the angle. All the money he made during his WCW tenure was donated to the families of Owen Hart (who died in a freak accident), Brian Pillman (who died from an undiagnosed heart condition), and Darren Drozdov (who became a quadriplegic after an in-ring accident). After World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) purchased WCW, Arquette's championship run was listed as the top reason for the "failure" of Nitro in a list published by WWE Magazine.

On February 8, 2002, Arquette appeared on WWF SmackDown!, popping up in the crowd with a sign that said "Former WCW World Champ". On December 13, 2010, Arquette appeared on WWE Raw as one of the presenters during the 2010 Slammy Awards. During that time, he adopted a comical heel gimmick. He later teamed with Alex Riley in a Handicap match in a losing effort against Randy Orton. Immediately following the match, Arquette and WWE Champion The Miz tried to attack Orton, which led to Arquette being powerbombed through a table by Orton. Arquette has also appeared in promotional commercials for the WWE's "Be A Star" anti-bullying campaign.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
    • Spear
    • Worm (High-impact elbow drop with theatrics)
  • Theme music
    • "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Bif Naked (WCW)

Championships and accomplishments

  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • WrestleCrap
    • Gooker Award (2000)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic (2000)

Other ventures

In May 2007, Image Comics (in conjunction with Raw Studios) published David Arquette's the Tripper, which was adapted for the comic book medium by artist Nat Jones and writer Joe Harris, with whom Arquette shared writing duties. Propr Collection is a clothing line run by Arquette and Ben Harper. Arquette was briefly in a band by the name of Ear2000, who contributed a song to the Scream 2 soundtrack and Scream 3 soundtrack. The group, whose style blended hip-hop and rock, has since broken up. Arquette has also been a part of Washington's Red Museum, and recorded "Post Empire" with the band, which was released in 2011.

Arquette is part owner of the Bootsy Bellows nightclub. The club is named after Arquette's mother who was a burlesque dancer who danced under the name Bootsy Bellows.

In popular culture

The band The Black Math Experiment released "You Cannot Kill David Arquette", a tongue-in-cheek song about Arquette's acting and wrestling career. Arquette himself helped promote the band on MTV's Total Request Live, and during his promotional tour for The Tripper. He also used the band's music for the B-roll in the DVD of the The Tripper. In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, when America and Canada go to war, the countries begin bombing celebrities' houses, the Arquette family being one of them. Arquette has appeared on The Howard Stern Show many times, including multiple times as the show's celebrity intern.

Personal life

Arquette married actress Courteney Cox on June 12, 1999. They have a daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, born June 13, 2004. Jennifer Aniston is Coco's godmother. On October 11, 2010, it was announced that Arquette and Cox were having a trial separation but "still love each other deeply". In June 2012, Arquette filed for divorce after nearly two years of separation from Cox. The divorce became final in May 2013.

David Arquette checked into rehab for treatment of "alcohol and other issues" on January 1, 2011, shortly after celebrating New Year's Eve. On April 8, 2011, Arquette announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he had reached the 100-day sober milestone. Later that year, Arquette confirmed on The Tonight Show that he had been sober for over nine months. In June 2012, while in Israel to film an episode of the travel show Trippin, Arquette belatedly celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall. The presiding rabbi was Shmuel Rabinovitch.

Arquette has been dating Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty on/off since 2011. They announced they were expecting their first child together in November 2013. McLarty gave birth to the couple's son Charlie West Arquette on April 28, 2014. The couple announced their engagement in July, 2014. They were married on April 12, 2015.



As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Where the Day Takes You Rob
1992 Halfway House Short film
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Benny
1992 Cruel Doubt Josh Duggan
1993 Ambush of Ghosts, AnAn Ambush of Ghosts
1993 Grey Knight Murphy
1993 At Home with the Webbers Johnny Webber
1994 Roadracers Dude Delaney
1994 Airheads Carter
1995 Fall Time David
1995 Frank & Jesse
1995 Wild Bill Jack McCall
1996 Kiss & Tell Skippy
1996 Beautiful Girls Bobby Conway
1996 Skin and Bone Buzz Head
1996 Johns John
1996 Scream Deputy Dewey Riley
1997 Dream with the Fishes Terry
1997 Alarmist, TheThe Alarmist Tommy Hudler
1997 Scream 2 Deputy Dewey Riley
1998 RPM Luke Delson
1998 Free Money Ned Jebee
1999 Ravenous Pvt. Cleaves
1999 Never Been Kissed Rob Geller
1999 Muppets from Space Dr. Tucker
1999 Runner, TheThe Runner Bartender
2000 Scream 3 Deputy Dewey Riley
2000 Ready to Rumble Gordie Boggs
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Gus
2001 See Spot Run Gordon
2001 Shrink Is In, TheThe Shrink Is In Henry Popopolis
2001 Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone Hoffman
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Chris McCormick
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Daniel
2002 Happy Here and Now Eddie
2003 Essentially Naked Gordie Boggs Segment: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
2003 Foreign Affair, AA Foreign Affair Josh Adams
2003 Stealing Sinatra Barry Keenan
2004 Never Die Alone Paul
2004 Riding the Bullet George Staub Based on Riding the Bullet by Stephen King
2005 Slingshot Ash
2005 Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Max's Dad
2005 Commuters, TheThe Commuters Peter
2005 Dirt Squirrel Dirt Squirrel
2006 Time Bomb Mike Bookman
2006 Darwin Awards, TheThe Darwin Awards Harvey
2006 Tripper, TheThe Tripper Muff
2008 Hamlet 2 Gary
2008 Nosebleed Short film
2008 Butler's in Love, TheThe Butler's in Love Robert Short film
2010 Black Limousine Jack
2010 Legend of Hallowdega, TheThe Legend of Hallowdega Kiyash Monsef Short film
2011 Scream 4 Sheriff Dewey Riley
2011 Conception Paul Reynolds
2012 Cottage, TheThe Cottage Robert Mars
2012 40 is the New Dead Cameron Scott
2012 Smart One, TheThe Smart One Buddy Cooper
2013 Orion
2013 Field of Lost Shoes Captain Henry A. DuPont
2014 Sold Sam
2014 Just Before I Go Vickie's Husband Also producer
2015 Bone Tomahawk Purvis
2016 Going Under Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Outsiders, TheThe Outsiders Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews 13 episodes
1990-1991 Parenthood Tod Hawks 12 episodes
1992 Blossom David Slackmeir Episode: "Only When I Laugh"
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Dennis "Diesel" Stone Episode: "Wild Horses"
1994 Rebel Highway Dude Delaney Episode: "Roadracers"
1995 Double Rush Hunter 13 episodes
1996 Dead Man's Walk Augustus McCrae Miniseries
1996 Friends Malcolm Episode: "The One with the Jam"
1998 Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular Episode: "1.15"
1999 Hughleys, TheThe Hughleys Mr. Smith Episode: "The Curse of the Coyote Man"
2000-2002 Pelswick Mr. Jimmy Voice
26 episodes
2001 Son of the Beach Johnny Queefer Episode: "Queefer Madness"
2002 Son of the Beach Johnny Queefer Episode: "Saturday Night Queefer"
2003 Static Shock Leech Voice
Episode: "Romeo in the Mix"
2007 In Case of Emergency Jason Ventress 13 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Sweet Johnny Episode: "Sweet Johnny"
2008 Pushing Daisies Randy Mann Episode: "Frescorts"
2009 Pushing Daisies Randy Mann 3 episodes
2011 Medium Michael "Lucky" Benoit Episode: "Only Half Lucky"
2011-present Jake and the Never Land Pirates Skully Voice
Skully the Parrot
2012 Cougar Town Daniel Episodes: "My Life / Your World: Parts 1 & 2"
2012 Tron: Uprising Link Voice
5 episodes
2014 Happy Face Killer Keith Jesperson TV film


Year Title Role Notes
2013-2014 Cleaners Frank Barnes Main role (18 episodes)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 SSX Tricky Eddie Wachowski Voice
2004 ESPN NFL 2K5 Himself Voice
unlockable character


Year Group Award Result Notes
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror Won Scream 2
1998 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Star on the Horizon Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance Won Never Been Kissed
2000 Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry shared with: Courteney Cox Won Scream 3
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror (Internet Only) Lost Scream 3
2011 Eyegore Awards Won
2014 International Academy of Web Television Awards Best Male Performance in a Drama Nominated Cleaners
2014 The Streamy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Nominated Cleaners

David Arquette supports the following charitable causes: AIDS, Pediatric AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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