David Arquette

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David Arquette
David Arquette 2013.jpg
Arquette in 2013
BornDavid Arquette
(1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 43)
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, fashion designer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Courteney Cox (m. 1999–2013)
ParentsLewis Arquette (father, deceased)
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David Arquette
David Arquette 2013.jpg
Arquette in 2013
BornDavid Arquette
(1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 43)
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, fashion designer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Courteney Cox (m. 1999–2013)
ParentsLewis Arquette (father, deceased)

David Arquette (born September 8, 1971)[1] is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, wrestler, and fashion designer. 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 (and primarily to promote his upcoming film Ready to Rumble), Arquette became a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, an angle that has been cited by wrestling commentators as being pivotal to the degradation of the title and the demise of WCW.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Arquette was born in a Subud commune in Bentonville, Virginia.[4] He is the son of Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor.[5][6] 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.[7] Arquette's siblings are actors Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond, and Patricia. The Arquettes had an unusual upbringing, with a mother who died of breast cancer and a father who occasionally had substance abuse issues.[8][9]

Acting career[edit]

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. 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

David Arquette
Birth nameDavid Arquette
Born(1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 43)
Bentonville, Virginia, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)David Arquette
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight150 lb (68 kg)
Trained byDiamond Dallas Page
Chris Kanyon
DebutApril 12, 2000[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] 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).[20] 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.[3]

On February 8, 2002, Arquette appeared on WWF SmackDown!, popping up in the crowd with a sign that said "Former WCW World Champ".[21] 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.[22] Arquette has also appeared in promotional commercials for the WWE's "Be A Star" anti-bullying campaign.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Other ventures[edit]

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.[24] 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.[25]

Arquette is part owner[26] 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.[27]

In popular culture[edit]

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,[28][29] and during his promotional tour for The Tripper.[30][31][32] 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[edit]

Arquette married actress Courteney Cox on June 12, 1999.[33] They have a daughter, Coco Riley Arquette, born June 13, 2004.[34][35] Jennifer Aniston is Coco's godmother.[36] On October 11, 2010, it was announced that Arquette and Cox were having a trial separation but "still love each other deeply".[37] In June 2012, Arquette filed for divorce after nearly two years of separation from Cox.[38]

He checked into rehab for treatment of "alcohol and other issues" on January 1, 2011, shortly after celebrating New Year's Eve.[39] 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.[40] The presiding rabbi was Shmuel Rabinovitch.[41][42]

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.[43][44][45] McLarty gave birth to the couple's son, Charlie West, on April 28, 2014.[46] The couple announced their engagement in July, 2014.[47]


Arquette on the set of Scream 4 in July 2010


As actor

1991Where the Day Takes YouRob
1992Halfway HouseShort film
1992Buffy the Vampire SlayerBenny
1992Cruel DoubtJosh Duggan
1993Ambush of Ghosts, AnAn Ambush of Ghosts
1993Grey KnightMurphy
1993At Home with the WebbersJohnny Webber
1994Road Killers

, TheThe Road Killers

1995Fall TimeDavid
1995Frank & Jesse
1995Wild BillJack McCall
1996Kiss & TellSkippy
1996Beautiful GirlsBobby Conway
1996Skin and BoneBuzz Head
1996ScreamDeputy Dewey Riley
1997Dream with the FishesTerry
1997Alarmist, TheThe AlarmistTommy Hudler
1997Scream 2Deputy Dewey Riley
1998RPMLuke Delson
1998Free MoneyNed Jebee
1999RavenousPvt. Cleaves
1999Never Been KissedRob Geller
1999Muppets from SpaceDr. Tucker
1999Runner, TheThe RunnerBartender
2000Scream 3Deputy Dewey Riley
2000Ready to RumbleGordie Boggs
20013000 Miles to GracelandGus
2001See Spot RunGordon
2001Shrink Is In, TheThe Shrink Is InHenry Popopolis
2001Grey Zone, TheThe Grey ZoneHoffman
2002Eight Legged FreaksChris McCormick
2002It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieDaniel
2002Happy Here and NowEddie
2003Essentially NakedGordie BoggsSegment: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
2003Foreign Affair, AA Foreign AffairJosh Adams
2003Stealing SinatraBarry Keenan
2004Never Die AlonePaul
2004Riding the BulletGeorge StaubBased on Riding the Bullet by Stephen King
2005Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-DMax's Dad
2005Commuters, TheThe CommutersPeter
2005Dirt SquirrelDirt Squirrel
2006Time BombMike Bookman
2006Darwin Awards, TheThe Darwin AwardsHarvey
2006Tripper, TheThe TripperMuff
2008Hamlet 2Gary
2008NosebleedShort film
2008Butler's in Love, TheThe Butler's in LoveRobertShort film
2010Black LimousineJack
2010Legend of Hallowdega, TheThe Legend of HallowdegaKiyash MonsefShort film
2011Scream 4Sheriff Dewey Riley
2011ConceptionPaul Reynolds
2012Cottage, TheThe CottageRobert Mars
201240 is the New DeadCameron Scott
2012Smart One, TheThe Smart OneBuddy Cooper
201?Hemlock Drive
201?Mile High
2013Field of Lost ShoesFilming
2015Bone TomahawkPurvisFilming

As producer


1990Outsiders, TheThe OutsidersKeith "Two-Bit" Mathews13 episodes
1990–1991ParenthoodTod Hawks12 episodes
1992BlossomDavid SlackmeirEpisode: "Only When I Laugh"
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Dennis "Diesel" StoneEpisode: "Wild Horses"
1994Rebel HighwayDude DelaneyEpisode: "Roadracers"
1995Double RushHunter13 episodes
1996Dead Man's WalkAugustus McCraeMiniseries
1996FriendsMalcolmEpisode: "The One with the Jam"
1998Penn & Teller's Sin City SpectacularEpisode: "1.15"
1999Hughleys, TheThe HughleysMr. SmithEpisode: "The Curse of the Coyote Man"
2000–2002PelswickMr. JimmyVoice
26 episodes
2001Son of the BeachJohnny QueeferEpisode: "Queefer Madness"
2002Son of the BeachJohnny QueeferEpisode: "Saturday Night Queefer"
2003Static ShockLeechVoice
Episode: "Romeo in the Mix"
2007In Case of EmergencyJason Ventress13 episodes
2008My Name Is EarlSweet JohnnyEpisode: "Sweet Johnny"
2008Pushing DaisiesRandy MannEpisode: "Frescorts"
2009Pushing DaisiesRandy Mann3 episodes
2011MediumMichael "Lucky" BenoitEpisode: "Only Half Lucky"
2011–presentJake and the Never Land PiratesSkullyVoice
Skully the Parrot
2012Cougar TownDanielEpisodes: "My Life / Your World: Parts 1 & 2"
2012Tron: UprisingLinkVoice
5 episodes
2014Happy Face KillerKeith JespersonTV film

Video games[edit]

2001SSX TrickyEddie WachowskiVoice
2004ESPN NFL 2K5HimselfVoice
unlockable character


1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - HorrorWonScream 2
1998Ft. Lauderdale International Film FestivalStar on the HorizonWon
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/RomanceWonNever Been Kissed
2000Teen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice Chemistry shared with: Courteney CoxWonScream 3
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Horror (Internet Only)WonScream 3
2011Eyegore AwardsWon
2014International Academy of Web Television AwardsBest Male Performance in a DramaNominatedCleaners
2014The Streamy AwardsBest Actor in a DramaNominatedCleaners


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  2. ^ Reynolds, R.D.; Alvarez, Bryan The Death of WCW, ECW Press, 2004
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  6. ^ David Arquette Biography (1971–)
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  9. ^ 'All the Arquettes'
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  19. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro Results – May 8, 2000". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved May 18, 2007. 
  20. ^ The Death of WCW pg. 258.
  21. ^ "SmackDown! results – February 8, 2002". Online Onslaught. Retrieved May 18, 2007. then David F'ing Arquette sneaks in some camera time with a "FORMER WORLD CHAMP" sign in the front row behind them. 
  22. ^ "RAW Results December 13, 2010". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  23. ^ "WCW World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved May 18, 2007. 
  24. ^ David Arquette’s Propr Clothing Collection on StyleFrizz.com
  25. ^ "Red Museum Facebook page". 
  26. ^ "Bootsy Bellows". Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  28. ^ MTV’s transcript from Total Request Live
  29. ^ Coverage and interview on MTV and David Arquette, with MTV photo
  30. ^ Houston Chronicle account of David Arquette and The Black Math Experiment onstage
  31. ^ Video highlights by David Arquette of his visit with The Black Math Experiment with interview excerpts
  32. ^ Video montage by The Houston Chronicle of David Arquette and The Black Math Experiment onstage with interview excerpts
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  38. ^ "David Arquette files for divorce from Courteney Cox". Reuters. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  39. ^ "David Arquette Checks Into Rehab", TMZ.com, January 2, 2010.
  40. ^ It’s official, Hollywood actor David Arquette can now make a minyan
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  42. ^ "'Finally I am a man': David Arquette, 40, completes a Jewish rite of passage by having his very first Bar Mitzvah in Israel". Daily Mail (London). June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
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