Alexis Arquette

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Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette 2009.jpg
Arquette attending VH1's Daisy of Love premiere party at My House, Hollywood, CA in April 2009.
BornRobert Arquette
(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 45)
Los Angeles
Other namesEva Destruction
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
ParentsLewis Arquette (father)
Relatives
 
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Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette 2009.jpg
Arquette attending VH1's Daisy of Love premiere party at My House, Hollywood, CA in April 2009.
BornRobert Arquette
(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 45)
Los Angeles
Other namesEva Destruction
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
ParentsLewis Arquette (father)
Relatives

Alexis Arquette (born Robert Arquette; July 28, 1969) is an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.

Early life[edit]

Arquette was born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles, California and assigned male at birth. Her mother was Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist. Her father, Lewis Arquette, was an actor and director.[1] Her paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette. Her mother was Jewish, from a family that immigrated from Poland and Russia.[2] Her father was a convert to Islam from Catholicism, and Alexis is distantly related to Welsh explorer Meriwether Lewis.[3][4][5] Arquette's siblings are actors Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond, and David.

In 1982, at the age of twelve, Arquette's first acting gig was as "this little kid who's on a ride with all these women and whatnot" in the music video "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes.[6] In 1986, Arquette debuted on the big screen in an uncredited role as Alexis, the androgynous friend and bandmate of sexually ambivalent teenager Max Whiteman (Evan Richards)[7] in Bette Midler comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills.[8]

Twenty years later, she transitioned from male to female, an experience that was documented in the film, Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.[9]

Career[edit]

At nineteen, Arquette landed her first sizable film role, playing transvestite Georgette in the screen adaptation of controversial novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. The majority of her film work has been in low-budget or independent films. Her starring roles include Jumpin' at the Boneyard (as a crack addict), acting opposite Tim Roth, and New Zealand-shot fantasy Jack Be Nimble, as a man seeking revenge for a hellish childhood, and low budget comedy Killer Drag Queens on Dope, as a murderous drag queen.

Arquette has appeared in I Think I Do, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and Sometimes They Come Back... Again, among more than 40 other independent movies.

Arquette has also had supporting roles in Pulp Fiction, Threesome, and horror movie Bride of Chucky. She played a Boy George fanatic in Adam Sandler hit The Wedding Singer, performing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?". In 2001, Arquette returned to New Zealand to play Roman emperor Caligula in two episodes of cult television show Xena: Warrior Princess. That same year, Arquette guest starred in the Friends episode "The One with Chandler's Dad" and cameoed in Son of the Beach.

In September 2005, VH1 announced Arquette as one of the celebrity house-guests on the sixth season of reality show The Surreal Life. On January 31, 2007, Arquette was a featured celebrity client and guest judge on the premiere episode of Bravo's reality show Top Design. Arquette also made a cameo appearance in Robbie Williams' "She's Madonna" video.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Last Exit to BrooklynGeorgette
1990Gavre Princip – Himmel unter SteinenMilan
1990High ScoreYago / Freddie
1992Jumpin' at the BoneyardDan
1992Terminal BlissCraig Murphy
1992Buffy the Vampire SlayerVampire DJ
1992Of Mice and MenWhitt
1992Miracle BeachLars
1993Grey KnightCpl. Dawson
1993GriefBill
1993Jack Be NimbleJack
1994ThreesomeDick
1994Pulp FictionMan #4
1994Don't Do ItDavid
1995Days of the PentecostMechanic
1995Paradise Framed
1995Frank & JesseCharlie Ford
1995FriskPunk (victim #3)
1995White Man's BurdenPanhandler
1996Kiss & TellAmerod Burkowitz
1996Cosas que nunca te dijePaul
1996Sometimes They Come Back... AgainTony RenoVideo
1996Never Met PicassoAndrew Magnus
1996Scream, Teen, ScreamLisa MarieShort film
1997Inside OutAdamShort film
1997Goodbye AmericaPaul Bladon
1997I Think I DoBob
1997Close ToDeaf MuteShort film
1998Fool's GoldMark
1998Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding SingerGeorge
1998Cleopatra's Second HusbandAlex
1998Children of the Corn V: Fields of TerrorGregVideo
1998Bride of ChuckyDamien
1999She's All ThatMitch
1999ClublandSteven
1999Out in FiftyKim
1999Love KillsJames
2000Piccadilly PickupsHenri de la Plus Ooh Arrgh
2000Price of Air, TheThe Price of AirWilly
2000Boys Life 3AdamSegment: "Inside Out"
2001Perfect LoverOnix
2001AuditRichardShort film
2001Tomorrow by MidnightSidney
2002Trip, TheThe TripMichael
2002SpunMoustache Cop
2003Killer Drag Queens on DopeGinger
2003Movie Hero, TheThe Movie HeroStrange, Yet Attractive Woman
2003Wasabi TunaChampangne Anna
2005Lords of DogtownTranny
2010Here & NowRamona
2010Hard BreakersMs. Independence
2011Getting Back to ZeroJudy
2013TranzlocoAlexisPre-production
2014BlendedGeorgina[10]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Alien NationJohn BarrymoreEpisode: "Contact"
1991American PlayhouseWerner HauserEpisode: "The Hollow Boy"
1994Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie KelloggDenver McDowellTV film
1995Dead WeekendMcHackerTV film
1995RoseanneEpisode: "December Bride"
1999Strip, TheThe StripCleoEpisodes: "Games Without Frontiers", "Send Me an Angel", "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
1999–2000Beggars and ChoosersLarry / LolaTV series
2000FelicityJimEpisode: "Docuventary II"
2000FriendsThe CustomerEpisode: "The One with Rachel's Sister"
2001FriendsThe Waiter in DragEpisode: "The One with Chandler's Dad"
2001Xena: Warrior PrincessCaligulaEpisodes: "The God You Know", "You Are There"
2001Son of the BeachBeverlyEpisode: "B.J. Blue Hawaii"
2005WantedPaulaEpisode: "Lips Are Lips"
2008CalifornicationLady in JailEpisode: "The Great Ashby"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosanna Arquette Biography". 
  2. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (October 8, 2002). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2001/feb/13/local/me-24843 Lewis Arquette Obituary Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ "USA WEEKEND Magazine". 
  5. ^ Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". London: Independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  6. ^ Lee, Chris (1998). "Interview with Alexis Arquette". indexmagazine. Archived from the original on April 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  7. ^ Alexis Arquette at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Down and Out in Beverly Hills at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Ali, Lorraine (May 13, 2007). "None of Us Are Safe". Newsweek. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1086772/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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