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David Arquette
David Arquette Alpha1 2019 (cropped).jpg
Arquette in 2019
Born (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 52)
  • Actor
  • professional wrestler
  • producer
Years active 1990–present
  • (m. 1999; div. 2013)
  • Christina McLarty
    (m. 2015)
Children 3
Parent(s) Lewis Arquette (father)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) David Arquette
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight 161 lb (73 kg)
Trained by Peter Avalon
Debut 2000
Retired 2021

David Arquette (born September 8, 1971) is an American actor and former professional wrestler. He is best known for his role as Dewey Riley in the slasher film franchise Scream, for which he won a Teen Choice Award and two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

As a professional wrestler, he is best remembered for his widely panned 2000 stint in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and headlined the Slamboree pay-per-view event; he later received praise for his work on the independent wrestling circuit.

A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid-1990s after starring in several Hollywood films aside from the Scream franchise, such as Wild Bill, Never Been Kissed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, See Spot Run and Eight Legged Freaks. He has since had several television roles, such as Jason Ventress on ABC's In Case of Emergency. Arquette has also voiced Skully on the Disney Channel animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and executive produced the game show Celebrity Name Game, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.

Early life

Arquette was born in a Subud commune in Bentonville, Virginia. He is the youngest child of Brenda "Mardi" Olivia (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theatre 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) while his father was a convert from Roman Catholicism to Islam; through him, David is distantly related to explorer Meriwether Lewis. His father, whose family's surname was originally Arcouet, was partly of French-Canadian descent. Arquette's four siblings, Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, and Alexis, all became actors as well.


Acting career

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Arquette on the set of Scream 4 in July 2010

Arquette appeared in a number of films 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. On October 7, 2013, Arquette's new show Dream School, in which he plays a mentor to high risk kids in L.A., premiered on the Sundance Channel. In 2017, he starred in the reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters as Captain Barnabus. In May 2020, it was confirmed that Arquette would be reprising his role as Dewey Riley for the fifth Scream film, which was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film was released on January 14, 2022.

Arquette has appeared on The Howard Stern Show many times, including multiple times as the show's celebrity intern.

Professional wrestling career

In 2000, after filming the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) film 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 on 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, winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in the process.

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Arquette in 2002

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. However, he did 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". 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 against the idea of 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 the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/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. Gene Okerlund stated in a 2009 interview on WCW's history that "once Arquette won the title, it might as well been thrown in the trash" due to losing what little credibility it had left at that point, and Arquette's reign as champion has been criticized in other WWE media in the years since, despite the fact that the then-WWF itself briefly booked Vince McMahon as WWF Champion months before Arquette's title win.

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. In 2018, during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show, Arquette said that, in the years following his controversial WCW title win, he had been trolled on the Internet and that he wanted people to have respect for his name in professional wrestling. He began training with professional wrestler Peter Avalon for his return. On July 15, 2018, Arquette made his return to professional wrestling making his debut for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH) in a losing effort against RJ City.

On October 6, 2018, Arquette teamed with RJ City to defeat the team of Halal Beefcake (Idris Abraham and Joe Coleman) in a tag team match at Border City Wrestling's 25th Anniversary show in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The event was filmed by Impact Wrestling to air as a One Night Only pay-per-view in November 2018. On November 16, 2018, Arquette wrestled Nick Gage in a deathmatch at Joey Janela's LA Confidential event. During the match, he suffered a severe cut in the neck. After the match, he went to a hospital and was operated on.

On May 23, 2019, Arquette made his debut on Being the Elite, where he attempted to convince Nick and Matt Jackson to allow him to enter the Over the Budget Battle Royal at All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) Double or Nothing event. Neither of them recognized him at first, however they eventually recalled his WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign but still refused to let him compete, instead, giving him a double Superkick.

In June 2021, Arquette announced he was retiring as a wrestler.

On April 23, 2023, Arquette appeared on AEW's internet television show Hey! (EW).

Other ventures

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.

David is a certified Bob Ross instructor, so he was trained in the landscape painting technique popularized by the famous painter.

Arquette purchased the rights to Bozo the Clown in 2021 and has plans to revive the character.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 453 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2019
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • WrestleCrap
    • Gooker Award (2000) Winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic (2000) Winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
David Arquette and Tim Storm (Arquette's hair) Jocephus and his Spiritual Advisor (Jocephus' hair) Clarksville, Tennessee NWA New Years Clash January 5, 2019

In pop 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 Tripper.

Personal life

Arquette married actress Courteney Cox on June 12, 1999. They have a daughter, Coco Arquette, born in 2004. Jennifer Aniston is Coco's godmother. On October 11, 2010, the media 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. He started dating Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty in 2011. They announced they were expecting their first child together in November 2013. McLarty gave birth to the couple's son in 2014. The couple announced their engagement in July 2014. They were married on April 12, 2015. McLarty gave birth to their second son in 2017.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Where the Day Takes You Rob
Halfway House Short film
Cruel Doubt Josh Duggan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Benny
1993 An Ambush of Ghosts
Grey Knight Murphy
At Home with the Webbers Johnny Webber
1994 Roadracers Dude Delaney
Airheads Carter
Frank & Jesse
1995 Fall Time David
Wild Bill Jack McCall
1996 Beautiful Girls Bobby Conway
Skin and Bone Buzz Head
Johns John
Scream Deputy Dewey Riley
1997 Dream with the Fishes Terry
The Alarmist Tommy Hudler
Kiss & Tell Skippy
Scream 2 Deputy Dewey Riley
1998 RPM Luke Delson
Free Money Ned Jebee
1999 Ravenous Pvt. Cleaves
Never Been Kissed Rob Geller
Muppets from Space Dr. Tucker Cameo
The Runner Bartender
2000 Scream 3 Dewey Riley
Ready to Rumble Gordie Boggs
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Gus
See Spot Run Gordon Smith
The Shrink Is In Henry Popopolis
The Grey Zone Hoffman
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Chris McCormick
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Daniel
Happy Here and Now Eddie
2003 Essentially Naked Gordie Boggs Segment: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
A Foreign Affair Josh Adams
Stealing Sinatra Barry Keenan
2004 Never Die Alone Paul
Riding the Bullet George Staub
2005 Slingshot Ash
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Max's Dad
The Commuters Peter
Dirt Squirrel Dirt Squirrel
2006 Time Bomb Mike Bookman
The Darwin Awards Harvey
The Tripper Muff Also director, writer, and producer
2008 Hamlet 2 Gary
Nosebleed Short film
The Butler's in Love Robert Short film
2010 Black Limousine Jack
The Legend of Hallowdega Kiyash Monsef Short film
2011 Scream 4 Sheriff Dewey Riley
Conception Paul Reynolds
2012 The Cottage Robert Mars
Then Smart One Buddy Cooper
2014 Sold Sam
Just Before I Go Vickie's Husband Also producer
Muffin Top: A Love Story Cameron Scott
2015 Field of Lost Shoes Captain Henry A. DuPont
Bone Tomahawk Purvis
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Diesel Stone
Amanda & Jack Go Glamping Jack Spencer
2018 High Voltage Jimmy
Saving Flora Henry
The Big Break Lt. Ramirez Short film
Sk8 Dawg Buddy Voice
2019 Mope Rocket
The Old Man's Hands Vinnie Short film
2099: The Soldier Protocol Dr. Emmett Snyder
The MisEducation of Bindu Bill
Mob Town Sgt. Ed Croswell
2020 Spree Kris
12 Hour Shift Jefferson
Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story Big Jack
You Cannot Kill David Arquette Himself Documentary; also executive producer
2021 Kid 90 Himself Documentary
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets Xavier
Domino: Battle of the Bones Walter
Ghosts of the Ozarks Douglas
2022 Scream Dewey Riley
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Lambiase
Quantum Cowboys Colfax
2023 The Good Half Rick Barona
TBA Heartland Elliot


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Outsiders Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews 13 episodes
1990–1991 Parenthood Tod Hawks 12 episodes
1992 Blossom David Slackmeir Episode: "Only When I Laugh"
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
Friends Malcolm Episode: "The One with the Jam"
1998 Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular Episode: "1.15"
1999 The Hughleys Mr. Smith Episode: "The Curse of the Coyote Man"
2000–2002 Pelswick Mr. Jimmy Voice, 26 episodes
2001–2002 Son of the Beach Johnny Queefer 2 episodes
2003 Static Shock Leech Voice, episode: "Romeo in the Mix"
2007 In Case of Emergency Jason Ventress 13 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Sweet Johnny Episode: "Sweet Johnny"
2008–2009 Pushing Daisies Randy Mann 4 episodes
2011 Medium Michael "Lucky" Benoit Episode: "Only Half Lucky"
2011–2016 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Skully Voice, main role
2012 Cougar Town Daniel Episodes: "My Life/Your World: Parts 1 & 2"
Tron: Uprising Link Voice, 5 episodes
2014 Happy Face Killer Keith Jesperson Television film
2014–2017 Celebrity Name Game Himself 22 episodes; also Executive producer
2017 The Untitled Action Bronson Show 1 episode
Drop the Mic Episode: "David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry / Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz"
Dice 2 episodes
Bill Nye Saves the World Hacked Support Group Member Episode: "Your Computer is Under Attack"
2018 Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Himself Episode: "Hollywood meets Hollywood"
Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy Episode: "Hog Hunt"
2019 Carter Episode: "Harley Gets Replaced"
2019 Creepshow Sheriff Deke Episode: "Times is Tough in Musky Holler"
2021 Dark Side of the Ring Episode: "Nick Gage"
2023 Mrs. Davis Montgomery Abbott 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Cleaners Frank Barnes Main role (18 episodes)
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling Himself Short film

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2000 "What If" Creed Deputy Dewey Riley
2014 "Imagine" (UNICEF: World version) Various Himself
2018 "Give Me Your Hand" Shannon K
2019 "Red Bull and Hennessy" Jenny Lewis

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 SSX Tricky Eddie Wachowski Voice
2004 ESPN NFL 2K5 Himself Voice
2022 The Quarry Chris Hackett Voice, motion capture and likeness

Awards and nominations

Year Title Association Category Result Ref
1998 Scream 2 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Horror Won
n/a Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Star on the Horizon Won
2000 Never Been Kissed Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance Won
Scream 3 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie – Chemistry (shared with Courteney Cox) Won
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Horror (Internet Only) Won
2011 N/A Eyegore Awards Won
2014 Cleaners International Academy of Web Television Awards Best Male Performance in a Drama Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Actor in a Drama Nominated
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Children's Educational Nominated
2016 Evan's Crime Breckenridge Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Won
2017 Celebrity Name Game Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game Show Nominated
2018 Amanda & Jack Go Glamping Deep in the Heart Film Festival Best Actor – Feature Won

See also

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