David Arquette is an American actor, professional wrestler, film director, producer, screenwriter 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, Never Been Kissed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, See Spot Run and Eight Legged Freaks. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about David Arquette.
1. Arquette was born in a Subud commune in Bentonville, Virginia.
2. He is the youngest child of Brenda “Mardi” Olivia, an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor.
3. Arquette’s paternal grandfather was comedian Cliff Arquette.
4. 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 Johnny “James” Arquette.
5. His father, whose family’s surname was originally Arcouet, was of part French-Canadian descent.
6. Arquette’s four siblings, Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, and Alexis, all became actors as well.
7. The Arquettes had an unusual upbringing, with a father who occasionally had issues with substance abuse.
8. Their mother died of breast cancer.
9. Arquette appeared in a number of movies in the 1990s, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Airheads (1994), and Never Been Kissed (1999).
10. He had guest spots on television shows like Blossom (1992), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), and Friends (1996).
11. Arquette achieved his biggest success in the horror/slasher film franchise Scream.
12. It was during the filming of the first film in 1996 that he first met his future wife, Courteney Cox.
13. 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.
14. Arquette guest starred alongside Cox on Cougar Town in 2012.
15. 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.
16. He also appeared in the 2001 EA video game SSX Tricky, as the voice of lead character Eddie.
17. He also starred in See Spot Run in 2001.
18. Arquette starred in the 2007 ABC comedy series In Case of Emergency, which was canceled after one season.
19. He appeared in Rascal Flatts’ music video for their song “Why Wait” in 2010.
20. In 2000, after filming the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) movie Ready to Rumble, Arquette was brought into WCW storylines.
21. 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 Bloodstable.
22. 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.
23. Arquette was totally against becoming the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, believing that fans like himself would detest a non-wrestler winning the title.
24. 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.
25. 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).
26. On the December 13, 2010, episode of Raw, Arquette made his WWE debut by teaming with Alex Riley in a handicap match against Randy Orton, which they lost.
27. 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.
28. Arquette is part owner of Bootsy Bellows, an exclusive nightclub in Los Angeles. The club is named for Arquette’s mother, a burlesque dancer who performed by that name.
29. David is a certified Bob Ross instructor, so he has trained in the landscape painting technique popularized by the famous painter Bob Ross.
30. Arquette checked into a rehabilitation center for treatment of “alcohol and other issues” on January 1, 2011. 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.