Lewis Arquette

Lewis Michael Arquette (December 14, 1935 – February 10, 2001) was an American film actor, writer and producer. Arquette was known for playing J.D. Pickett on the television series, The Waltons, where he worked from 1978 to 1981.

Lewis Arquette
Lewis Michael Arquette

December 14, 1935
DiedFebruary 10, 2001 (aged 65)
OccupationActor, writer, producer
Years active1977–2001
Brenda Nowak
(m. 1963; died 1997)
ChildrenRosanna Arquette
Richmond Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Alexis Arquette
David Arquette
Parent(s)Cliff Arquette
Mildred Nesbitt Le May

Life and career

Arquette was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mildred Nesbitt Le May and actor Cliff Arquette.[1] He was related to explorer Meriwether Lewis, for whom he was named.[2] His family's surname was originally "Arcouet", coming from his partial French-Canadian ancestry.[3] He was a part of the famous Arquette family, as son of Cliff Arquette and the father of actors Patricia, Alexis, Rosanna, David and Richmond Arquette. He is the former father-in-law of actress Courteney Cox, film composer James Newton Howard, and actors Thomas Jane and Nicolas Cage. Arquette frequently appeared in movies with his sons.

While living in Chicago, Arquette managed The Second City theater for several years. In 1970, the family moved to a Subud[4] commune (described by Patricia as a "hippie commune") in Front Royal, Virginia. His wife, Brenda Olivia "Mardi" (née Nowak), died in 1997 from breast cancer. She was Jewish and the daughter of a Holocaust refugee from Poland, while Lewis Arquette, raised a Catholic,[5] was a convert to Islam.[6][7][8][9]

Arquette died in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 at age 65, due to congestive heart failure.



  • Alice - The Second Time Round (1977) TV Episode
  • Man from Atlantis - The Naked Montague (1977) TV Episode .... Friar Laurence
  • Ruby and Oswald (1978) (TV) ... a.k.a. Four Days in Dallas
  • Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978) (TV) .... Judge
  • Barney Miller - Wojo's Girl: Part 1 (1979) TV Episode .... Finney
  • The China Syndrome (1979) .... Hatcher
  • Mrs. Columbo ... a.k.a. Kate Columbo (USA) ... a.k.a. Kate Loves a Mystery ... a.k.a. Kate the Detective - The Valley Strangler (1979) TV Episode .... Howard
  • Tenspeed and Brown Shoe - The Sixteen Byte Data Chip and the Brown-eyed Fox (1980) TV Episode
  • Pray TV (1980) .... Fred Wilson ... a.k.a. K-GOD
  • The Waltons .... J.D. Pickett (1978–81) - The Travelling Man (1980) TV Episode .... J.D. Pickett
  • Loose Shoes (1980) .... Warden ... a.k.a. Coming Attractions ... a.k.a. Quackers
  • The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980) (TV) .... Publicity Man ... a.k.a. Jayne Mansfield: A Symbol of the 50s
  • Fantasy Island - High Off the Hog/Reprisal (1981) TV Episode .... Slocumb - The Inventor/On the Other Side (1979) TV Episode .... Fred Waters - Carnival/The Vaudevillians (1978) TV Episode .... Jeff
  • The Smurfs (1981) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices (1987) ... a.k.a. Smurfs' Adventures
  • The Incredible Hulk - Triangle (1981) TV Episode .... Les Creaseman
  • Simon & Simon - The Dead Letter File (1982) TV Episode .... Matt
  • Off the Wall (1983) .... Prison Chaplain
  • Remington Steele - Red Holt Steele (1983) TV Episode .... Stuart Thorpe
  • Riptide - The Hardcase (1984) TV Episode .... Sidney Gorman
  • Matt Houston - Cash and Carry (1984) TV Episode .... City Councilman Roberts
  • St. Elsewhere - Cramming (1984) TV Episode .... Judge Ellsworth
  • Challenge of the GoBots (1984) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices (1985)
  • Meitantei Holmes (1984) TV Series .... Dr. Watson/Smiley/Inspector Lestrade (1984-1985) (English)... a.k.a. Sherlock Hound, the Detective
  • E/R - A Cold Night in Chicago (1984) TV Episode (as Louis Arquette) .... Arnie Popkin
  • Rocky Road (1985–1986) TV Series .... Lucas
  • Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985) TV Series (voice) .... Superfly Jimmy Snuka (animated segments) ... a.k.a. Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling (USA: complete title)
  • Badge of the Assassin (1985) (TV) .... 1st Foreman
  • The Fall Guy - October the 32nd (1985) TV Episode .... Ghost
  • Tall Tales & Legends ... a.k.a. Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends (USA: complete title) - Johnny Appleseed (1986) TV Episode .... Jimbo Smith/Narrator
  • Just Between Friends (1986) .... TV Station Guard
  • The Check Is in the Mail (1986) .... Man at pool ... a.k.a. The Cheque Is in the Post (UK)
  • Sledge Hammer! ... a.k.a. Sledge Hammer: The Early Years (USA: second season title) - Witless (1986) TV Episode .... Jacob
  • Nobody's Fool (1986, with daughter Rosanna) .... Mr. Fry
  • Mama's Family - Fangs a Lot, Mama (1986) TV Episode .... Grand Viper
  • Perfect Strangers - Get a Job (1987) TV Episode (as Louis Arquette) .... Rowdy Hockey Fan #1
  • Married... with Children - Where's the Boss? (1987) TV Episode .... Ed
  • ALF - Some Enchanted Evening (1987) TV Episode .... Ed Billings
  • Big Business (1988) .... Mr. Stokes
  • The Great Outdoors (1988) .... Herm
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices
  • Dance 'til Dawn (1988) (TV) .... Pawnbroker
  • My First Love (1988) (TV) .... Mark Grossman
  • A Very Brady Christmas (1988) (TV) .... Sam/Santa
  • Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989) .... Sheriff Bugiere ... a.k.a. Cycle Sluts (USA)
  • Charles in Charge - Buddy's Daddy (1989) TV Episode .... Clarence Lembeck
  • Paradise ... a.k.a. Guns of Paradise (new title) - A Private War (1989) TV Episode - Ghost Dance (1988) TV Episode
  • Quantum Leap - The Right Hand of God - October 24, 1974 (1989) TV Episode .... Father Muldooney
  • The Horror Show (1989) .... Lt. Miller ... a.k.a. Horror House ... a.k.a. House 3 (Australia: video title) ... a.k.a. House III: The Horror Show (UK: video title)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) (voice: English version) .... Additional Voices ... a.k.a. Kiki's Delivery Service (USA) ... a.k.a. The Witch's Express Mail (literal title)
  • Akira (1989) (voice: Streamline Pictures dub) .... The Doctor, Additional voices (as Lewis Lemay)
  • Camp Candy (1989) TV Series (voice) .... Rex DeForest III
  • Dad (1989) (voice)
  • Tango & Cash (1989) .... Wyler
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1990) .... Mr. Cheese
  • Syngenor (1990) .... Ethan Valentine
  • Tales from the Crypt... a.k.a. HBO's Tales from the Crypt - Lower Berth (1990) TV Episode
  • Gravedale High (1990) TV Series (voice) ... a.k.a. Rick Moranis in Gravedale High (USA: complete title)
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices ... a.k.a. The New Adventures of Captain Planet (USA: fourth season title)
  • Matlock - The Narc (1990) TV Episode .... Commissioner
  • Book of Love (1990) .... Mr. Malloy
  • Get a Life - Married (1991) TV Episode .... Justice of the Peace
  • Morton & Hayes - Society Saps (1991) TV Episode .... Mr. Caldicott
  • The Linguini Incident (1991) .... Texas Joe
  • Let's Kill All the Lawyers (1992) .... Antinus
  • Double Trouble (1992) .... Tarlow
  • L.A. Law - Silence of the Lambskins (1992) TV Episode .... Inspector Dodek
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - Wedding Bell Blues (1992) TV Episode .... Priest
  • A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992) (TV) .... Walter Vinton ... a.k.a. A Child Lost Forever (USA: short title)
  • Tainted Blood (TV film) (1993) (TV) .... Artie
  • Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) (TV) .... Mr. Ingersol
  • The Flintstones: Wacky Inventions (1994) (V) (voice) .... Prof, Einstone
  • Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994) (TV) .... Lyle's Jury: Juror #3
  • Sleep with Me (1994) .... Minister
  • Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist (1994) (VG) (voice) .... Whittlin' Willie/P. H. Balance
  • Saved by the Bell: The New Class - Back at the Ranch (1994) TV Episode .... Uncle Lester
  • SeaQuest DSV ... a.k.a. SeaQuest 2032 (USA: new title) - Something in the Air (1995) TV Episode .... Kearny
  • Stuart Saves His Family (1995) .... Cemetery official
  • Wild Side (1995) .... The Chief
  • Seinfeld - The Secret Code (1995) TV Episode .... Leapin' Larry
  • Mojave Moon (1996) .... Charlie
  • Hypernauts (1996) TV Series (voice) .... Horten
  • Fox Hunt (1996) .... The Wolf
  • Babylon 5 ... a.k.a. B5 (USA: promotional abbreviation) - Point of No Return (1996) TV Episode .... General Smits
  • Kiss & Tell (1996) .... Detective
  • Waiting for Guffman (1996) .... Clifford Wooley
  • The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest ... a.k.a. Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures - The Ballad of Belle Bonnet (1996) TV Episode (voice) .... Civilian/Driver
  • Kid Cop (1996) (V) .... Mayor Cosgrove
  • Adventures with Barbie: Ocean Discovery (1997) (VG) (voice)
  • A River Made to Drown In (1997) .... Vagabond
  • Meet Wally Sparks (1997) .... Cardinal
  • Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer (1997) (mini) TV Series
  • Spawn (1997) TV Series (voice) .... Additional Voices ... a.k.a. Todd McFarlane's Spawn
  • Princess Mononoke (1997) (voice: English version) .... Additional Voices
  • Life During Wartime (1997) .... Bruce Hudler ... a.k.a. The Alarmist (USA: new title)
  • The Westing Game (1997) (TV) .... Otis Amber ... a.k.a. Get a Clue (USA: video title)
  • Sleepwalkers - Pilot (1997) TV Episode
  • Scream 2 (1997) .... Chief Lewis Hartley
  • Twilight (1998) .... Water Pistol Man
  • Almost Heroes (1998) .... Merchant
  • Ready to Rumble (2000) .... Fred King
  • Best in Show (2000) .... Fern City Show Spectator
  • Little Nicky (2000) .... Cardinal
  • Escape from Monkey Island (2000) (VG) (voice) .... Freddie
  • FreakyLinks - Subject: Me and My Shadow (2001) TV Episode .... Bob Frewer
  • Out Cold (2001) .... Herbert 'Papa' Muntz
  • As Told by Ginger (2000–01) .... Mr Cilia


  • The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show (1976) TV Series (writer)


  • The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show (1976) TV Series (executive producer)



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  2. ^ "Lewis Arquette Obituary in Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2001-02-13. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ Finding Your Roots, February 9, 2016, PBS
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/20/movies/none-of-that-sultry-innocence-for-a-change.html
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (October 17, 2002). "Arquette Reconnects". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Patricia Arquette - Cranky Critic StarTalk - Movie Star Interviews
  8. ^ USA WEEKEND Magazine Archived 2012-06-29 at Archive.today
  9. ^ Hoggard, Liz (August 18, 2006). "Patricia Arquette: The not-so-dippy hippie". The Independent. Retrieved June 22, 2018.

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Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette (July 28, 1969 – September 11, 2016) was an American actress, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist.


Arquette is a surname; people with this name include the following members of the Arquette family:

Alexis Arquette, American transgender actress and musician

Cliff Arquette, American actor, father of Lewis Arquette

David Arquette, American actor and a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and husband of American actress Courteney Cox

Lewis Arquette, American actor, father of Alexis, David, Patricia, Richmond and Rosanna

Patricia Arquette, American actress

Richmond Arquette, American actor

Rosanna Arquette, American actress

Arquette family

The Arquette family is an American show business family.

Camp Candy

Camp Candy is a 1989–1992 animated television series produced by DIC Animation City, Saban Entertainment and Worldvision Enterprises (1992), in association with Frostbacks Productions, with comedian John Candy providing the voice for an animated version of himself.

David Arquette

David Arquette (born September 8, 1971) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and fashion designer. He is also a professional wrestler, most infamously known for his brief stint in World Championship Wrestling where he was a one time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. 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. He has since had several television roles, such as Jason Ventress on ABC's In Case of Emergency.

In addition to his full 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 WCW World Heavyweight Champion, an angle that has been cited as pivotal to the demise of WCW.

Deaths in February 2001

The following is a list of notable deaths in February 2001.

Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 horror comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and starring David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra and Scarlett Johansson. An international co-production between Germany, the United States, and Australia, the plot concerns a collection of spiders that are exposed to toxic waste, causing them to grow to gigantic proportions and begin killing and harvesting. The film was dedicated to the memory of several people: One was Lewis Arquette, father of the star of the film David Arquette, who had died in 2001 from heart failure, and the other two were Don Devlin and Pilar Seurat, the parents of producer Dean Devlin who died of lung cancer in 2000 and 2001, respectively.

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is an American animated television series that originally aired on CBS Saturday mornings from September 14, 1985 to October 18, 1986, with reruns airing until June 27, 1987.


A kiss is the touch or pressing of one's lips against another person or an object. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, romance, sexual attraction, sexual activity, sexual arousal, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, peace, and good luck, among many others. In some situations, a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect, or sacrament. The word came from Old English cyssan ("to kiss"), in turn from coss ("a kiss").

Loose Shoes

Loose Shoes (also known as Coming Attractions and Quackers) is a 1980 comedy film directed by Ira Miller and featuring Bill Murray. The film is presented as a series of movie trailers with titles such as The Howard Huge Story, Skate-boarders from Hell and The Invasion of the Penis Snatchers. The film was shot around 1977 and only released years later in 1980, probably to capitalize on Bill Murray's success as a box office film star.

The title Loose Shoes is taken from a 1940s-, Cab Calloway-style song-and-dance number in the film's final skit "Dark Town After Dark," which satirizes an infamous 1976 racist remark:

"I'll tell you what the coloreds want. It's three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit",

made by Gerald Ford's then-Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz who was subsequently forced to resign.

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an American actress. She made her feature film debut as Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Her other notable films include True Romance (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Lost Highway (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Holes (2003), and Fast Food Nation (2006).

For her performance in the coming-of-age drama film Boyhood (2014), which was filmed from 2002 until 2014, Arquette received widespread critical praise and won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, along with many other critics prizes, for Best Supporting Actress.

On television, she played the character Allison DuBois—based on the author and medium Allison DuBois, who claims to have psychic abilities—in the supernatural drama series Medium (2005–2011). She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2005, from two nominations she received for the role, in addition to three Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Arquette also appeared in the CSI franchise as Avery Ryan, the Deputy Director of the FBI, starring in CSI: Cyber (2015–16). She went on to star as Joyce Mitchell in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora (2018), winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, and as Dee Dee Blanchard in the Hulu anthology series The Act (2019).

Pray TV

Pray TV (also known as KGOD) is a 1980 comedy film spoofing televangelism.

Richmond Arquette

Richmond Arquette (born August 21, 1963) is an American film and television actor.

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Lisa Arquette ( roh-SAH-nə; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress, film director, and film producer. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1982 TV film The Executioner's Song, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. Her other film roles include After Hours (1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Crash (1996). She also directed the 2002 documentary Searching for Debra Winger, and starred from 2006 to 2007 on the ABC sitcom What About Brian?

Spicy City

Spicy City is an animated television series which was created by Ralph Bakshi for HBO. The series lasted for one season in 1997, which consisted of six episodes.

The Secret Code (Seinfeld)

"The Secret Code" is the 117th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the seventh episode of the seventh season. It aired on November 9, 1995.

Waiting for Guffman

Waiting for Guffman is a 1996 American mockumentary comedy film written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, and directed by Guest. The film's ensemble cast (who improvised their dialogue based on Guest and Levy's story) includes Guest, Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, and Parker Posey.

The film's title is a reference to Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. As in the other mockumentary films created by Guest, the majority of the dialogue is improvised. Because the film is about the production of a stage musical, it contains several original musical numbers written by Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film's score was composed by William Ross.

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