Arquette in 2013
September 8, 1971|
Bentonville, Virginia, United States
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, fashion designer|
Courteney Cox (m. 1999–2013)|
Christina McLarty (m. 2015)
Lewis Arquette (father)|
Brenda Olivia Nowak (mother)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||David Arquette|
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
Diamond Dallas Page
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.
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 emigrated 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.
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 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.
Professional wrestling career
World Championship Wrestling
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 then reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page, and with their help, he defeated Bischoff in a singles match in the April 24 episode of 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 World Heavyweight 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 championship belt. He did, however, successfully defend the title against Tank Abbott with help from Page.
Arquette held the title for 12 days until the Slamboree pay-per-view on May 7, 2000, when 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 Heavyweight 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, and 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 Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) purchased WCW, Arquette's championship run was listed as the top reason for the "failure" of Nitro in a list published by WWE Magazine.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
On February 8, 2002, Arquette appeared on SmackDown!, popping up in the crowd with a sign that said "Former WCW World Champ". On December 13, 2010, Arquette appeared on Raw as one of the presenters during the 2010 Slammy Awards. During that time, he adopted a comical villainous character. He later teamed with Alex Riley in a handicap match in a losing effort against Randy Orton. Immediately following the match, Arquette and then WWE Champion The Miz tried to attack Orton, which led to Arquette being hit with a powerbomb through a table by Orton. Arquette has also appeared in promotional commercials for the WWE's "Be A Star" anti-bullying campaign.
- Finishing and signature moves
- Theme music
Championships and accomplishments
- World Championship Wrestling
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic (2000) Winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
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.
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 United States 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.
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.
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 dated Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty on/off from 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.
|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||At Home with the Webbers||Johnny Webber|
|1995||Frank & Jesse|
|1995||Wild Bill||Jack McCall|
|1996||Kiss & Tell||Skippy|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Bobby Conway|
|1996||Skin and Bone||Buzz Head|
|1996||Scream||Deputy Dewey Riley|
|1997||Dream with the Fishes||Terry|
|1997||Alarmist, TheThe Alarmist||Tommy Hudler|
|1997||Scream 2||Deputy Dewey Riley|
|1998||Free Money||Ned Jebee|
|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||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||Butler's in Love, TheThe Butler's in Love||Robert||Short film|
|2010||Legend of Hallowdega, TheThe Legend of Hallowdega||Kiyash Monsef||Short film|
|2011||Scream 4||Sheriff Dewey Riley|
|2012||Cottage, TheThe Cottage||Robert Mars|
|2012||40 is the New Dead||Cameron Scott|
|2012||Smart One, TheThe Smart One||Buddy Cooper|
|2013||Field of Lost Shoes||Captain Henry A. DuPont|
|2014||Just Before I Go||Vickie's Husband||Also producer|
|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"|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Johnny Queefer||Episode: "Queefer Madness"|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Johnny Queefer||Episode: "Saturday Night Queefer"|
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"|
|2014||Happy Face Killer||Keith Jesperson||TV film|
|2013–2014||Cleaners||Frank Barnes||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2001||SSX Tricky||Eddie Wachowski||Voice|
|2004||ESPN NFL 2K5||Himself||Voice|
|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|
|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|
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then David F'ing Arquette sneaks in some camera time with a "FORMER WORLD CHAMP" sign in the front row behind them.
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- David Arquette at AllMovie
- David Arquette interview
- The Mighty Vin interviews David Arquette
- Propr Collection Official Website