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Also Known As: David James Arquette Died:
Born: September 8, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winchester, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, singer, graffiti artist, wrestler, producer, musician

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Though by no means the most eccentric of the Arquette clan, actor David Arquette earned a reputation in the 1990s and into the new millennium as one of Hollywood's most offbeat talents. After a lengthy apprenticeship in minor roles, he caught his big break as the lightweight but loveable sheriff Dewey in Wes Craven's "Scream" (1996); the character was so popular with audiences that producers revamped his death scene to include him in both sequels (1997 and 1999). The franchise's success - along with his long-running marriage to his "Scream" co-star Courteney Cox, which ultimately ended in 2010 - propelled him to stardom, though he seemed to prefer character parts like the former high school jock in "Never Been Kissed" (1999) or his unabashed wrestling fan in "Ready to Rumble" (2000). On occasion, he could be counted on for more restrained dramatic turns, as seen in "johns" (1996), "Dreams with the Fishes" (1997), which he also co-produced, and the grim Holocaust film "The Grey Zone" (2002). However, audiences seemed more tolerant of Arquette's wacky side, which got plenty of exposure through frantic ads for AT&T and a brief stint as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Whether he was serving as comic...

Though by no means the most eccentric of the Arquette clan, actor David Arquette earned a reputation in the 1990s and into the new millennium as one of Hollywood's most offbeat talents. After a lengthy apprenticeship in minor roles, he caught his big break as the lightweight but loveable sheriff Dewey in Wes Craven's "Scream" (1996); the character was so popular with audiences that producers revamped his death scene to include him in both sequels (1997 and 1999). The franchise's success - along with his long-running marriage to his "Scream" co-star Courteney Cox, which ultimately ended in 2010 - propelled him to stardom, though he seemed to prefer character parts like the former high school jock in "Never Been Kissed" (1999) or his unabashed wrestling fan in "Ready to Rumble" (2000). On occasion, he could be counted on for more restrained dramatic turns, as seen in "johns" (1996), "Dreams with the Fishes" (1997), which he also co-produced, and the grim Holocaust film "The Grey Zone" (2002). However, audiences seemed more tolerant of Arquette's wacky side, which got plenty of exposure through frantic ads for AT&T and a brief stint as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Whether he was serving as comic relief in the ring or reprising his role of Sheriff Dewey Riley for "Scream 4" (2011), Arquette always managed to keep fans intrigued about just what he was going to do next.

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 Sold (2012)
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 Hemlock Drive (2012)
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 Conception (2012)
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 Cottage, The (2012)
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 Scream 4 (2011)
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 Hamlet 2 (2008)
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 Tripper, The (2007)
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Born in a Subud commune in Bentonville, Virginia
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Raised in Los Angeles
1990:
TV debut as series regular on the FOX series, "The Outsiders"
1990:
Cast as Tod on short-lived NBC sitcom, "Parenthood"
1992:
Film debut, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1992:
TV miniseries debut, "Cruel Doubt" (NBC)
1992:
Played the recurring role of Diesel on the FOX series, "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1994:
Appeared in the comedy film, "Airheads"
1996:
Breakthrough role as Deputy Dwight 'Dewey' Riley in the horror film "Scream"
1996:
Played Willie's (Timothy Hutton) brother in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"
1997:
Producing debut, "Dream with the Fishes"; also starred
1997:
Reprised role of Dewey in the hit sequel "Scream 2"
1998:
Played a young salesman under the tutelage of Stanley Tucci in "The Alarmist"
1999:
Cast as the transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter in a LA stage revival of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
1999:
Played Drew Barrymore's younger brother in the comedy "Never Been Kissed"
2000:
Again reprised role of Deputy Dewey in "Scream 3"
2001:
Starred as an offbeat mailman in the family comedy "See Spot Run"
2001:
Featured as a concentration camp inmate in "The Grey Zone"; directed by Tim Blake Nelson
2002:
Played a leading role in the feature comedy "Eight-Legged Freaks"
2002:
Portrayed one of the kidnappers of Frank Sinatra Jr. in the Showtime movie, "Stealing Sinatra"
2003:
Co-produced (with Courteney Cox) "Mix It Up," a decorating show on cable network WE
2004:
Co-executive produced (Tim Blake Nelson) "A Foreign Affair"; also co-starred
2004:
Formed the production company Coquette with wife Courteney Cox Arquette
2004:
Starred in "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King
2005:
Featured in "The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D"; directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by his son Racer Rodriguez
2005:
Co-executive produced (with Courteney Cox) the short-lived TBS series "Daisy Does America"
2007:
Co-executive produced (with Courteney Cox) the FX series, "Dirt"; also starred Cox as the editor-in-chief of the tabloid magazine
2007:
Made feature directorial debut with the satirical horror film, "The Tripper"; co-produced with wife through their Coquette Production company
2007:
Cast in the short-lived ABC comedy "In Case of Emergency"
2008:
Joined the cast of the short-lived ABC series "Pushing Daisies"
2010:
Appeared in Rascal Flatts' music video for their song "Why Wait"
2011:
Reprised role of Deputy Dewey in Wes Craven's "Scream 4"
2011:
Joined the 13th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"
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Education

Fairfax High School: Los Angeles , California - 1989

Notes

When not working in front of the cameras, Arquette creates graffiti art: "I got into graffiti art, first illegally with my friends. We would sneak out in the middle of the night and spraypaint big murals and abandoned buildings. [Professional mural jobs followed]." --David Arquette

"I like to be outrageous. As I'm always joking with my friends. After my peak years as an actor, then I'll start my porn career." --David Arquette in MOVIELINE, March 1995

In the December 1998 issue of PREMIERE, Arquette confessed to having used heroin in the past but told the reporter he had stopped using the drug around 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Ellen Barkin. Actor. Were together for a period after filming "Wild Bill".
wife:
Courteney Cox Arquette. Actor. Met during filming of "Scream"; he announced their engagement in October 1998; married on June 12, 1999 in San Francisco; expecting first child.

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grandfather:
Cliff Arquette. Humorist.
father:
Lewis Arquette. Actor. Original member of the improvisational group The Committee, also a member of Paul Sills' Story Theater; died on February 10, 2001 at age 65.
mother:
Mardi Arquette. Poet, political activist, acting teacher. Born in August 1939; divorced from Arquette's father c. 1990; died of breast cancer in August 1997.
sister:
Roseanna Arquette. Actor. Born on August 10, 1959.
brother:
Richmond Arquette. Writer, actor. Born c. 1963.
sister:
Patricia Arquette. Actor. Born on April 8, 1968; formerly married to actor Nicolas Cage.
brother:
Alexis Arquette. Actor, drag artist. Born in 1969.
daughter:
Coco Arquette. Born June 13, 2004; mother is Courteney Cox Arquette.
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